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Main Events 11/19/17

Late professor awarded for children’s book

MENOMONIE — A book on children’s literature co-authored by a UW-Stout English professor who died in April has received an award. 

Mike Levy and co-author Farah Mendlesohn won a World Fantasy Award for “Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction,” which was published in spring 2016 by Cambridge University Press.

The award was announced in early November at the World Fantasy convention in San Antonio, Texas. They were one of five nominees. 

The book chronicles children’s fantasy literature from the 17th century to present. 

Levy earned a Ph.D. in English and Mendlesohn a Ph.D in history. 

Levy began teaching at UW-Stout in 1980. He was chair of the English and philosophy departments and researched science fiction in literature. He has published three other books. 

Author discusses craft beer journey

MENOMONIE — Author Matthew Janzen will speak about his book, “State of Craft Beer” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Raw Deal, 603 Broadway St. S.

Janzen took his passion for beer on the road in Wisconsin to learn about the state of craft beer. 

Two years later, he published his book, which is a journey through Wisconsin’s craft beer industry. It features photos and stories documenting the brewing process, fields and factories that supply breweries and more. 

This is a free event, but libations and books will be available for purchase. 

For more information about Janzen and his book visit

Concert-reading explores man’s life

Eau Claire musician Derick Black will join Eau Claire writer Ken Szymanski for “Searching for Mike Teclaw: An Unauthorized Biography” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Galaudet Gallery, 618 S. Farwell St. 

Black will play acoustic guitar while Szymanski reads about exploring who we are and where we come from. 

The themes center around a grandfather’s life and death. The two attempt “to turn a tombstone back into a man through a powerful blend of blues, gospel, stories and songs,” according to a news release.

For more information visit​ggllc or call 715-513-9994.

Arts center kicks off film series

SHELL LAKE — Shell Lake Arts Center, 802 First St., is kicking off its fifth annual “Art of Film” film series with a showing of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” hosted by Justin Peck at 7 p.m. Saturday at the arts center.

Peck, a UW-Madison Film Studies graduate, will host each of the three evenings of the series. The two other nights will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and Feb. 24.

The December film will be “A Ghost Story” and February’s will be “Hail, Caesar.”

Films will be projected on a screen in the center’s cafeteria. Seating is provided, but audience members are welcome to bring their own if they would prefer. Admission is by free-will donation with a suggested donation of $7 per person.

For more information about “Art of Film,” visit or call 715-468-2414.

From staff reports

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