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Book Festivals Host Society Press Authors

Cyclists from Tomahawk, Wisconsin, are shown with their Kodak Brownie cameras.

Wisconsin Historical Society Press authors are featured at book festivals around the state this weekend, discussing their books about everything from bicycling history to Wisconsin's tavern culture and the Green Bay Packers. The Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison hosts a unique book event Sunday, October 20, featuring Nick Hoffman and Jesse Gant, co-authors of 'Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State, leading a bike tour of Madison from the festival's Madison Central Library headquarters and back again. The event begins with a 10 am discussion about the book that chronicles the nation's first bicycling boom, "Wheel Fever," which took Wisconsin by storm in the late 1800s. Following the talk, bicycles will leave the library and ride past a few Madison spots of bicycling history, including the site of a former velocipede rink where early pedalers learned to ride and race.

Cheer 'My Life with the Green & Gold'

The cover of "Wheel Fever:  How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State"
Also at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison this weekend, on Friday, October 18, at 4 pm, sportscaster Jessie Garcia, author of 'My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting,' will share behind-the-microphone insights into the Green Bay Packers and other Wisconsin sports teams from her perspective as a journalist and working mom. Earlier in the day, Garcia will also talk to more than 100 area high school students as part of the festival's High School Friday events.

Toast Bottoms Up' & 'Fill'er Up'

Further north, the Chippewa Valley Book Festival welcomes Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz, co-authors of 'Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Bars & Breweries' and 'Fill'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations,' along with the books' photographer Mark Fay. On Saturday, October 19, at 3:30 pm, the trio will showcase "social history in liquid form" featuring architecturally unique places where Wisconsinites have "filled their tanks," from taverns to gas stations. The book talk takes place in the Eau Claire Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. A book signing will follow.

:: Posted October 14, 2013

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