Last December I wrote in my blog that I was immersed in two book projects, both involving my parents. What I didn’t realize at the time is that it would evolve into three book projects. Two of them are done! The third, a book for young readers by Susan Tupper to be published by the Wisconsin Historical Society, isn’t really my project. I helped with editing for content and gathering of visuals; now that project is in the waiting mode.
My two books projects also involve my parents. If you don’t know much about my parents be sure and read my December post:
Briefly --both my parents were ornithologists who spent their career working on prairie chickens for the State of Wisconsin. They also made a significant contribution to raptor research. My father was one of few who earned his Phd under the famed ecologist, Aldo Leopold, and my mother was the only woman to get a degree under Leopold, a masters.
After my parents died, Deann De La Ronde, a dear friend of my parents, helped me collect an anthology of stories about my parents. I self published it as, “Hamerstrom Stories” in 2002. Now, just over ten years later I’ve granted permission for a new edition which includes ten new authors. The 336 page book is being released by Golden Sands RC&D Council Inc, a non-profit organization that works to preserve Grasslands in Central Wisconsin -- where Wisconsin’s prairie chickens still live. Books ordered directly from R. Schneider, Publishers will have most of their cover price go to
Golden Sands. Books ordered through Amazon.com with have a much smaller portion of the profits go to Golden Sands. I have directed any monies that I might receive go to Golden Sands.