WNIJ announces regionally penned titles for 2015 Winter Book Series

Book cover of “If You So Desire” by Joseph GastigerThe 2015 WNIJ Winter Book Series begins Monday, Dec. 7, and features authors from throughout northern Illinois.

Each Monday in December at 6:50 and 8:50 a.m., Dan Klefstad speaks with authors about their books as well as their motivation and inspirations. He also invites the authors to read selections of their published pieces.

  • Dec. 7: Craig Hart of Rockford discusses “Becoming Moon,” his debut novel about a novelist who meets an older writer while seeking his muse in the upper peninsula of Michigan. “Becoming Moon” is an Amazon Reader’s Choice “5 Star Award” winner.
  • Dec. 14: Joseph Gastiger of DeKalb speaks about his book of poetry, “If You So Desire.” The nearly 60 prose poems in this collection cover a range of topics, from Pete Seeger to Muammar Qaddafi, and includes one dedicated to Antinette “Toni” Keller, who was murdered in 2010.
  • Dec. 21: Christine Sneed, an Evanston, Ill., author and University of Illinois instructor, joins Klefstad to discuss “Paris, He Said,” the story of an aspiring artist who moves to Paris, France, where she attempts to balance sometimes-conflicting desires for success, love, stability and happiness.
  • Dec. 28: James McManus will discuss his latest book, “The Education of a Poker Player.” Best known for his New York Times bestselling novel, “Positively Fifth Street,” McManus’s latest book is a series of seven linked stories that follow an Irish-American boy growing up in suburban Chicago in the 1960s.

For more information, email (815) 753-9000 or eamil dklefstad@niu.edu.

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