Wisconsin Led the Nation in Environmental Activism
Bill Berry on the banning of DDT
A Green Bay native and veteran journalist, Berry will discuss his book at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place. Admission is $10 ($5 for UEC members). For more information, visit urbanecologycenter.org.
7 p.m., May 9
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 E. Locust St.
A dynamic trio of contemporary poets will perform live readings at Woodland Pattern. Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle; Genevieve Kaplan is the author of In the ice house and settings for these scenes; and Joel Craig is the poet behind The White House and the chapbook Shine Tomorrow.
1 p.m., May 13
Graham Public Library
1215 Main St., Union Grove
For a century, the Taylor Children’s Home in Racine provided a sheltering environment for indigent kids. D.W. Rozelle recounts growing up in the home during the 1940s in The Kid Who Climbed the Tarzan Tree. The beautifully produced book, illustrated by C.A. Grooms, is a loosely constructed series of flashbacks to the wartime home front, a childhood spent in movie theaters (tickets were a quarter) and a caring institution that opened his mind to the wider world.
7 p.m., May 14
Harry & Rose Sampson Jewish Community Center
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Jacob was barely alive in the Bergen-Belsen infirmary after the British liberated the Nazi death camp. But he was aware of the smirking camp guard, slipping away by posing as a victim rather than a perpetrator. In Martin Fletcher’s award-winning post-Holocaust novel, Jacob’s Oath, the protagonist vows to track and kill that man, only to be confronted by practical as well as ethical quandaries. Fletcher is familiar to generations of broadcast news viewers as NBC’s foreign correspondent—the voice of an era when network news wasn’t a subsidiary of the entertainment industry.