Killer Hobbies, Mystery Novels, and Fudge

Christine DeSmet shared some quick history about the origin of fudge and marshmallows at the Killer Hobbies blog on Thursday, October 1. desmitcoverThe blog features a group of mystery writers, including Tracy Weber, who invited Christine to share her character’s hobby in the Fudge Shop Mystery Series. Look for the sparkly pink fudge!

Christine will be teaching at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies’ Weekend with Your Novel coming up November 13-15 in Madison, where she will also be leading a critique group.

Author slam this Saturday in Middleton!


Be sure to catch the author slam on Sat., Oct. 3, at the Middleton Public Library. It’s part of the month-long Wisconsin Book Festival.

The event includes staff member Christine DeSmet and also showcases several new authors who learned their craft with the help of our UW-Madison writing programs and services, including Ann Garvin, Nick Chiarkas, Buzz Humke, and Rex Owens.

Each presentation is 15 minutes. It’s fun, fast, supports the library, and of course Christine DeSmet will bring fudge to sample.

Call for submissions: Midwest Review

The Midwest Review submission deadline has been extended to October 15! You still have time to submit your work for the 2016 issue of Midwest Review.

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The Midwest Review is an annual literary and arts magazine published in Madison Wisconsin, featuring the Midwest in work by writers, photographers and artists who live in, or have lived in, the Midwest. We consider the Midwest as the region in the north central United States that includes the Great Lakes area and the upper Mississippi River valley (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Midwest is comprised of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri). Of course, the Midwest is also a state of mind.

We are looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwestern heartland. We are especially interested in new and emerging voices. We no longer accept mailed submissions or previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay; please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

To submit: