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We’re moving!

In the coming week, we’ll complete a major revision (in progress) of a new Crickhollow Books website, which will allow us to include our Crickhollow Book blog right on that site.

So . . . in about a week, this blog will disappear at this address, to be replaced with bigger, better, more versatile, more integrated things at our main website.

Hope to see you there!

Thanks,
Crickhollow Books

 

We had such a good time last Spring sponsoring a “Cheese for Haiku” contest . . . that we’re eager to do it again.

Last year’s theme was books. This Spring Haiku contest’s theme is . . . water.

That’s right. The wet stuff. In any form whatsoever.

We’re just celebrating that we’ve published a couple of water-related books here at Crickhollow, most recently A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach, about a woman’s walk around the entire perimeter of Lake Michigan.

And April 22 is Earth Day (founded by Wisconsin’s own Gaylord Nelson), and issues of clean water are becoming super-important around the world. Here in Milwaukee, our Crickhollow Books office is just a few blocks from Lake Michigan, and those fresh breezes off the cool lake keep us wonderfully cool in the summer (and warmer in the winter).

So . . . scribblers of haiku or lowku . . .
Check out Contest Details for “Cheese for Haiku” here.

In short: write a haiku . . .  an ultra-short, 3-line poem . . . about something that strikes your fancy about water.

And win some great Wisconsin cheddar! That’s right. Cheese for haiku.

It’s simple.

  1. Write a haiku poem about books.
  2. Go to our Facebook page (go ahead . . . “Like” us): Crickhollow Books on Facebook.
  3. Submit your haiku as a post on the Wall of Crickhollow’s Facebook page.
  4. Wait to find out if you win some cheese.

Deadline: April 30 (end of the day).
Please share the news with friends who love water, haiku, or great cheese.

Not sure if you have a haiku in you? Here’s more about the cheese to be shipped to a lucky person.

Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc. in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a winner of national and regional awards for their artisan cheeses. Tony and Julie Hook have been making Wisconsin cheese for over 35 years.

For the Crickhollow Books event, we’ll be sending the author of the best haiku a pound each of Hook’s:

  • 6-year white cheddar (full, rich cheddar flavor)
  • 2-year cheddar (also a white cheddar)
  • horseradish cheddar
  • Hook’s Little Boy Blue (won 3rd place in the World Cheese Championship 2010)
  • Blue Paradise (a double-cream blue cheese)

(Or you can pick your own selection from Hook’s Cheese.) Why cheese? Artisan cheesemakers and small indie presses have something in common. We care about the craftsmanship that goes into our products.

And then . . . you’ll have a little something to nibble while you read that next book!

March has started. The Olympics 2010 are over. But now, it’s  . . . (cue trumpet fanfare) . . . Small Press Month . . . for all of March!

Okay, it’s a lesser-known event. I don’t think we’ll see Bob Costas anchoring any NBC coverage.

But here at Crickhollow Books, we decided to celebrate in a couple of ways. First, we’re inviting you to write and submit a haiku about your love of books, or of a book. (See here for more info on our “Cheese for Haiku” event.)

Also, I decided to celebrate by recommending some of my personal favorite indie-press books. When I looked at my bookshelves, I saw so many great choices. My criteria: I encourage you to read it! Buy it, give it as a gift, share it with others.

Without further ado, here’s my first book put up on the medal podium. An embossed medal, a bouquet of flowers . . . ? Just our praise might have to do! That’s what most of us in the indie-press world hope for.

The Haiku Apprentice
Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan
by Abigail Friedman
Stone Bridge Press (2006)
paperback, $14.95 list price

I loved this book when I read it a few years ago, and shared it with plenty of friends. It is much broader in scope than just about haiku. The author is an American diplomat, entering the world of haiku, and discovering – in a cross between a memoir, travel journal, and writing guide – all it taught her about Japanese ways and people.

Here’s the publisher’s description:

Abigail Friedman was an American diplomat in Tokyo, not a writer. A chance encounter leads her to a haiku group, where she discovers poetry that anyone can enjoy writing. Her teacher and fellow haiku group members instruct her in seasonal flora and fauna, and gradually she learns to describe the world in plain words, becoming one of the millions in Japan who lead a haiku life. This is the author’s story of her literary and cultural voyage, and more: it is an invitation to readers to form their own neighborhood haiku groups and, like her, learn to see the world anew.

Stone Bridge Press is based in Berkeley, California, and publishes lovely, lovely books.

It’s March Madness! No, not that minor event with a round bouncy ball that people toss through a hoop, over and over . . .

I mean Small Press Month!

And you’re asking yourself: What, oh what, can I do to celebrate?

Join us in Crickhollow Books’ “Cheese for Haiku” Event!
Check out the “Cheese for Haiku” event details here.

In short: write a haiku . . .  an ultra-short, 3-line poem . . . about something that strikes your fancy about books. Maybe about a particular book. Or a favorite setting where you read . . . or . . . anything book-related.

And win some great Wisconsin cheddar! That’s right. Cheese for haiku.

It’s simple.

  1. Write a haiku poem about books.
  2. Sign up as a fan of Crickhollow Books on Facebook.
  3. Submit it as a post on Crickhollow’s Facebook page Wall.
  4. Visit the page now and then and enjoy the other haikus. (Vote for those you like.)
  5. Wait to find out if you win some cheese.

Deadline: Monday, March 15.
Again, the “Cheese for Haiku” event details are found here (rules, FAQs, etc.).
Please share the news with friends who love books, haiku, or great cheese.

Not sure if you have a haiku in you? Here’s more about the great cheese we’ve got lined us for a lucky person.

Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc. in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a winner of national and regional awards for their artisan cheeses. Tony and Julie Hook have been making Wisconsin cheese for over 35 years. They sell 30 different varieties of cheese.

For the Crickhollow Books event, we’ll be sending the author of the best haiku a pound each of:

  • 10-year cheddar (full, rich cheddar flavor and a smooth finish, won 1st place at 2006 American Cheese Society Show)
  • 2-year cheddar (a white cheddar)
  • horseradish cheddar
  • World Champion Colby
  • Pepper Jack (a Monterey Jack with jalapenos)
  • 2-year Swiss
  • Blue Paradise (a double-cream blue cheese)

Why cheese? Artisan cheesemakers and small indie presses have something in common. We want to honor the caring attention that goes into a finely made product. And celebrate our love of books.

And then you’ll have a little something to nibble while you read that next book!

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