Madeline Island Book Club

Once a month, the Madeline Island Book Club meets to discuss a new book. Vibrant discussions and community fellowship take place at the home of Book Club members. Sometimes, local authors or playwrights are invited to review their work and talk with the club. For 2020, all meetings will be held on ZOOM.

The Book Club is an affiliate of the La Pointe Center for the Arts which provided the grant for the authors’ visits. The committee: Mark Hier, Paula Weiss, Susi Saxl and Robin Russell selects the titles based on member recommendations. The Library kindly provides the books and meeting place.

Please contact Paula Weiss at bpweiss at to sign up and for more information.

For the 2020 summer season, the Madeline Island Book Club has selected two fiction books by northern authors and two nonfiction books for reading and discussion.

June 23 , 2020  
Rosling, Hans. Factfulness: Ten Reasons Why We’re wrong
about the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.
(2018) 352p.

A hopeful book showing how data might lead you to different conclusions than sensational anecdotes will. “One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable
guide to thinking clearly about the world.” Bill Gates

July 21, 2020 
Krueger, William Kent. Iron Lake.
(2009) 352p.

The Minnesota author’s colorful detective, half Irish and
Ojibwe, Cork O’Connor, investigates murders in the small
northern Minnesota town where he was formerly sheriff. “The
author’s deft eye for the details of everyday life bring the town
and its peculiar problems to vivid life.” Krueger also wrote Ordinary
Grace and his newest The Tender Land.

August 18, 2020
Kneale, Matthew. Rome: A History in Seven Sackings.
(2019) 432p.

Historical book that reads like a novel. Long-time resident
(and novelist) tells the story of Rome through the lens of seven
key battles from barbarian invasion to Allied bombings. Come
away with a new understanding of one of the world’s most well
preserved cities, its famed ruins, and the tenacity of its people. Robin Russell will be providing some background with slides from her recent fall trip to Italy.

September 15, 2020
Enger, Leif. Virgil Wander
(2019) 320p.

Charmer of a tale about a down at the heels town on Lake Superior full of lovely people making do…sweet and funny. “Fast-paced, humorous and mystical novel about hope, friendship, love and the relationship between a town and its people.” Bookpage

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