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Oct
15
Tue
Lake Reading Series with Author Nickolas Butler
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meet an author! Nickolas Butler will read a selection of his work. There will be open mic before his reading.
 
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Nickolas Butler was raised in Eau Claire and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His first novel was the internationally best-selling and prize-winning Shotgun Lovesongs, which has been optioned for film development and translated into ten languages. Beneath the Bonfire, a collection of short stories, followed a year later. In 2017, The Hearts of Men was short-listed for two of France’s most prestigious literary prizes even before its American publishing. In 2019, his fourth book, Little Faith was published, and he is already at work on another novel set in the mountains of the American West. Prior to publishing Shotgun Lovesongs, Butler worked a long list of jobs including: coffee roaster, liquor store clerk, office manager, hot-dog vendor, author escort, meat-packer, bed-and-breakfast manager, telemarketer, and Burger King maintenance man. He is married and lives with his wife and two children on sixteen acres of land adjacent to a buffalo farm in rural Wisconsin.
 
Cash bar available.
 
Arrangements for the appearance of Nickolas Butler made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY.
 
Part of THELMA’s Lake Reading Series. A free event focusing on visual arts, music, film and theatre. Cash bar. Bar opens at 6 pm.
 
Aug
3
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 
 
Led by Amy Manion, join us for our next meeting August 3 at 7 pm. We meet the first Monday of the month.  

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 

“Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It’s a manual for getting through the days to come.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

 

 

Sep
8
Tue
THELMA Book Club
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 
 
Join us for our next meeting September 8 at 7 pm.  Free to attend! ***We will be in a large space to accommodate social distancing. A mask or face covering is required in the building. Thank you for your cooperation.***

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK!

About the book:

“Eloquent and moving…Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.”—Publishers Weekly

Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

 

Feb
1
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. We will also choose our next book at this meeting.

 

Join us for our next meeting February 1 at 7 pm.  Free to attend! ***We will meet in person at THELMA***

 

About the book:

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.

 

Apr
5
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. We will also choose our next book at this meeting.

 

Join us for our next meeting April 5 at 5 pm.  Free to attend! ***We will meet in person at THELMA***

 

About the book:

In The Midnight Library, Nora Seed finds herself faced with a decision. She is faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, and even realizing her dreams.

 

Apr
14
Wed
Lake Reading Series: Student Voices
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This evening is for the upcoming student poets and writers to shine. Local students will read from pieces of their own work. Highlighting the voices of writers from Marian University followed by Open Mic. We invite all to join us and share their creativity during National Poetry Month.

Listen to original work created by local students! Cash bar opens at 6 pm.

This reading is supported by Marian University.

Part of THELMA’s Lake Reading Series. A free event focusing on visual arts, music, film and theatre. 
 
We will be in the Great Hall. Masks are required inside the building. Thank you for your consideration.
May
3
Mon
THELMA Book Club
May 3 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading Warpaint by Alicia Foster.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 

Free to attend! ***We will meet in person at THELMA***

About the book:

Warpaint by Alicia Foster is a compelling tale of truth and lies, tragedy and black comedy, loosely based on the lives of four painters of the time.

England, 1942: a dark world of conflict, hardship and subterfuge where information is a matter of life and death and art has become a weapon.

In a gothic villa deep in the woods near Bletchley Park, the ‘Black’ propaganda team use intelligence to make propaganda designed to demoralise the enemy. For Vivienne Thayer, employed as an artist at the villa, the war has worked out well so far, she has an indulgent husband and a new lover. And while the government quibbles over what cannot be shown officially, at the villa there are no such restrictions – but where does the subterfuge end?

Meanwhile, on the Home Front, three women painters – Laura Knight, Faith Farr and Cecily Browne – have been tasked by the War Artist’s Advisory Committee with recording wartime life, brightening the existence of a public starved of culture, and summoning up the bulldog spirit in their art. Together they must battle with the men in power, including Churchill himself, to control the stories that can be told.

As the course of the war turns and the lives of both groups collide, each woman must ask herself what can be revealed and what must be concealed, even from those closest to them.

Jun
7
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading The Language of the Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 

Free to attend! ***We will meet in person at THELMA***

About the book:

The Language of the Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a captivating novel about finding new beginnings and second chances.

During the Victorian times the language of the flowers was to convey romantic expressions and feelings. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude.

After spending many years in the foster – care system, Victoria Jones struggles with making connections to the people around her, yet she makes a connections with flowers. At eighteen she was released from the system with no where to go.

Victoria realizes her gift of helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. An when she is forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

 

Amazon.com: The Language of Flowers: A Novel (8601422187557): Diffenbaugh, Vanessa: Books

Aug
2
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading The Huntress by Kate Quinn.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 

Free to attend! ***We will meet in person at THELMA***

About the book:

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive. – Good Reads

“The Huntress” is sure to be a hit with fans of commercial World War II fiction. Nina’s and Jordan’s narratives truly sing in this powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity. – Washington Post

Sep
13
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on September 13 at 5:30 pm! There is no chosen book for September. Attendees are asked to share something about a book they have read.
 
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!
***We will meet in person at THELMA***