I had a blast at the Meet the Author event at the Brookfield (Wis.) Public Library on Saturday, October 28. The event was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Brookfield Public Library.
I got to meet up with former fellow co-workers in the journalism business who have gotten into the author thing, too. I also met some wonderfully talented authors for the first time, too.
See the flyer below for a list of authors. Look them up online. Check out their work. We had all sorts of genres represented, from children’s books to historical fiction to nonfiction and more!
A special treat for me was a visit from my fifth-grade teacher, Cynthia Chovanec, and her lovely granddaughter. I should have brought my report card to show her how right she was when she said I liked to research to find answers to questions. I’ve got two nonfiction books published now.
I also had a great time hanging with my journalist pals: Jim Higgins, Catherine Breitenbucher and Kathy Flanigan.
Catherine Breitenbucher and I were both sportswriters at the Milwaukee Sentinel way back in the day and she has co-authored a book with former Gov. Martin J. Schreiber: “My Two Elaines : Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.”
Kathy Flanigan is one of the state’s beer experts. Many claim that title, but she actually writes about the culture of craft beer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has visited more than 100 breweries in Wisconsin for her job and her book, “Beer Lover’s Wisconsin: Best Breweries, Brewpubs & Beer Bars.”
Jim Higgins writes about books, the performing arts, and other subjects
for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a job he had when he and I were both on staff at the Sentinel in the late 1980s. He is the author of “Wisconsin Literary Luminaries: From Laura Ingalls Wilder to Ayad Akhtar,” which pays tribute to the excellence of Wisconsin writers.
Click here for biographies on all the authors who were there.