HUDSON, Wis. — Hudson resident Rob Bignell reads selections from his debut book “Windmill” at the Chapter 2 bookstore in downtown Hudson Feb. 23.
“Windmill” tells the story of Carl Steinar and his sons, Peter and Lyle, who for 15 years have maintained a tenuous balance keeping together their family and farm on the western plains of Nebraska. Like blades in a well-oiled windmill, each works in harmony with the other.
But when Abbie Blaire, the new reporter in town, comes to write a story about them, a monkey wrench is thrown into their perfect machine: She is the spitting image of the wife and mother the Steinar men lost years ago. They soon find themselves on new trajectories in which their needs and goals can only collide.
Chapter 2, an independently owner bookstore, located at 422 2nd St., hosts Bignell’s book reading and signing from 4 to 6 p.m. Bignell will read the book’s opening chapter.
“Those who attend my book readings get anecdotes about how I wrote the novel and insights into which parts I like most,” Bignell said. “It’s like that old VH1 show ‘Storytellers’ — the music is fun, but the stories are what people really want to hear.”
“Windmill” has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio and in several Wisconsin newspapers, including the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Appleton Post-Crescent, (Manitowoc) Herald Times Reporter, Stevens Point Journal, Dunn County News, and Door County Advocate.
Bignell is the award-winning editor and author of several works of journalism and the published author of short stories, non-fiction books and poetry. He owns and runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which handles fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. With a master’s degree in English, Bignell taught writing for eight years in Wisconsin, California and New Mexico classrooms. He is the author of the popular “7 Minutes a Day…” writing guides, the “Hikes with Tykes” guidebooks, and a collection of poetry, “Love Letters to Sophie’s Mom.”
Bignell grew up outside Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High school in 1984. He now lives in Hudson.
Books available for signing are on sale at Chapter 2.