Contact us at for more information!

Events hosted by our writing friends.

Rick Harsch - Voices after Evelyn - Book reading and signing Oct 10 7pm at Driftless Books and Music

518 Walnut St Viroqua

Voices after Evelyn is the new novel by Midwest expat author Rick Harsch. Due out this fall, the book seeks not so much to dig up a cold case--the 1953 disappearance La Crosse, Wis, babysitter Evelyn Hartley--as re-open its heart. 

A fugue of voices across time (cracked, offensive, profound) reverberating toward today, when the phantoms of so-called innocence and greatness grow scarier than anything that took Evelyn away. An unsolved crime that jaundiced the way a town saw itself and its relationship to the outside world is rendered into a polyphonic, farcical, yet accurate visitation to the 1950s Midwest, where banality and inspired caprice make for an odd mix of the hilarious and terrifying.

Rick Harsch appeared on the American literary scene in 1997 with the cult classic The Driftless Zone, followed by Billy Verite and Sleep of the Aborigines (all Steerforth Press) to form The Driftless Trilogy. Born and bred in the Midwest, Harsch received degrees in sociology and history from UW La Crosse and lived there off and on for 22 years. He migrated to the Slovene coastal city of Izola in 2001, Rick is also author of Arjun and the Good Snake (2011, Amalietti & Amaliette), Wandering Stone: The Streets of Old Izola (2017, Mandrac Press), and The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas (2018, River Boat Books). The author lives in Izola still, with his wife and two children. He teaches about 100 hours a year at a maritime academy in Trieste, and has co-authored numerous scientific works in the maritime field.

Notice from the Council for Wisconsin Writers:

Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2017 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems two of which must have been published in the contest year, and children’s literature. Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available in the 2017 Entry Forms section of the CWW website, Contests close January 31, 2018 (postmark date).