Programs/Events

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Nov
3
Mon
Library Book Club
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Read a book about “politics”, fiction or non-fiction to share with the group. New members always welcome.

The Retirement Classroom : Retirementology
Nov 3 @ 5:15 pm – Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
7
Fri
Author/Photographer Travis Dewitz
Nov 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Eau Claire photographer Travis Dewitz will share his deep passion for photography and the traditions associated with the whitetail gun hunting season during a stop at the Black River Falls Public Library on Friday, November 7. Dewitz’s presentation will take place at 3:30 in the library’s Program Room, 222 Fillmore Street.

     Dewitz’s images of the nine-day hunt are captured in Blaze Orange: Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin, recently published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The book profiles not only the hunters but the businesses that support them − from taxidermists and knife makers to butchers and mom-and-pop stores where hunters gather to warm up and swap stories.

     This stunningly evocative collection of documentary pictures serves as a cultural snapshot of a generations-old hunting tradition. In 129 images, Dewitz documents the annual Wisconsin gun deer hunting season and portrays a cross section of the more than 600,000 hunters who fill the Northwoods every November.

     Dewitz followed the annual “army of seasonal orange” that spread out through the Wisconsin terrain, guided by his own childhood hunting experiences. While the hunters pursued whitetail deer, Dewitz sought to encapsulate the hunt itself — from a girl and her grandfather scanning a field in fresh snow to hunters laughing around a fire back at camp.

     “I wanted to capture with my camera what I experienced growing up and what I still see among my friends and family whenever late November comes around,” Dewitz explains. The result is a stunning and keen-eyed chronicle of the Wisconsin deer hunt.

     In the book’s foreword, American art and photographer expert Thomas H. Garver, retired director of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, says Dewitz is a “diarist-photographer” who possesses a deep understanding of the “photographic vision” needed to document a deeply felt ritual like the Wisconsin deer hunt.

     For more information contact Library Director Tammy Peasley at 715-284-4112 or t.peasley@wrlsweb.org. Dewitz will do a book-signing at Sand Creek Brewery following his library presentation.

Nov
8
Sat
BRF Writer’s Group
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Author Genevieve Davis
Nov 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Black River Falls Public Library will host author Genevieve Davis for a reading from her Wisconsin History book, Fanni’s Viennese Kitchen. The reading will take place on Saturday morning, November 8, at 10:30, in the library’s Program Room, 222 Fillmore Street. Participants are welcome to bring family stories or heirloom recipes and/or dishes to share.

     Fanni’s Viennese Kitchen is a collection of recipes and immigrant stories. Included in the book are authentic Viennese recipes for Apricot Kuchen, Apfelstrudel, Plum Dumplings, Strawberry Cake, Rum Cake, Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel and many other scrumptious, delicious things to make in your own kitchen!   The book also includes stories about how Fanni got her family through the Great Depression with her cooking, why she came to America and how Fanni saved her glamorous secretary daughter from a monster – her boss.

     Genevieve Davis is also the author of Secret Life, Secret Death, the true story of a young mother who falls into crime in Gangland Chicago in the Roaring 20′s. The book details Davis’s hunt for her family’s secrets. Davis produced and directed the award winning film, also called Secret Life, Secret Death. She is also a professional artist. You can see her work at www.october7thstudio.com.

     For further information, call Library Director Tammy Peasley at 715.284.4112 or contact her at t.peasley@wrlsweb.org.

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