Events

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October/November 2018

 

Edgerton Sterling North Book & Film Festival

Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Edgerton Tri-County Community Center, 112 Swift Street, Edgerton, WI 53534

Bill will be present all day. Check it out!!!

http://www.bookandfilmfestival.org/festival.html

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Southeastern Wisconsin Book Festival

Event is over 2 days, November 2 & 3, 2018
http://www.sewibookfest.com

Bill will be on an author panel Saturday @10:30 a.m. & also available to share his book

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha,

1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188-2799

Contact Bill for more information: billmathiswriter@gmail.com

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Madison, Wisconsin

A Room of One's Own Book Store

Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.

315 W. Gorham St., Madison, WI 53703

https://www.roomofonesown.com

Bill will do a reading, answer questions and sign books. Join him!

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Book Signing - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Breadloaf Bookstore

Saturday, November 25, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

727 Geneva St, Lake Geneva WI 53147

A Small, But Mighty Bookstore!

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Belong to a book club?

Have some friends who might be interested in meeting Bill and discussing Face Your Fears?

Contact him regarding an in-person visit in your home, local coffee shop, library or school OR hold a Skype meeting.

billmathiswriter@gmail.com

 

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The Michigan Book Tour October 2-6, 2018 was terrific!

Lake Odessa, Lansing & Ann Arbor - Saw many old friends, met new ones, and caught up with relatives.

A fun and meaningful week.

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The Beloit Public Library BOOK LAUNCH was incredible - 63 people attended!

It was held Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m. Bill read condensed excerpts from Face Your Fears and answered questions. Snacks from Beloit's own Northwoods Premium and The Blender Cafe were devoured. Thirty books were sold and more were signed. Here are several photos:


AllWriters' Workplace and Workshop Summer Friday Night Free For All!

A Great Experience! 

Friday, August 18th, 2017, Bill Mathis read an excerpt from his novel, Face Your Fears, at Café de Arts, 830 W. St. Paul Ave., in Waukesha as part of AllWriters' Summer Friday Night Free For All.  Click HERE for more details.


Face Your Fears...

(Published July, 2018 - check the tab titled Face Your Fears for more info and to purchase.)

What is normal? Who defines it? Can a person with cerebral palsy live a normal life? Even if he’s a quadriplegic? And gay? Could someone fall in love with him? If so, who?

Nate’s a spastic quadriplegic with good head control, a big mouth and use of his right hand with which he can control a joy stick. He must be fed, bathed and toileted. His affluent parents decide he will not be pitied, nor spoiled. Meanwhile, Jude grows up on a hardscrabble dairy farm in Keokuk County, Iowa. The 6th of 10 children, he’s as comfortable changing diapers, baking a cake, fixing bikes or farm equipment and milking cows as he is playing sports. Yet, something is always nagging at the back of his mind: why is he the only short, blond, blue-eyed one of the bunch; and why does Dad avoid him and only call him boy, never son?

Both experience the deaths of teenage loves; both must find their way as gay teens and men, one of them in a wheelchair. Both must find a profession—Jude becomes a physical therapist, Nate an art therapist. Both must navigate relationships, eventually theirs.

Humorous, sometimes tragic, Face Your Fears challenges the traditional concepts of being normal. It treats disability as merely different. With accommodations, Nate is simply another boy, a teen ager, an adult, a human, and not exceptionally inspirational. This is not a typical gay romance novel. Instead it brings together the themes of acceptance, family, love, normalcy, disability and LGBTQ+. It confirms everyone has fears. How we face them determines self-acceptance and growth in each of our lives and our own recognition that being different is truly being normal.