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Author Melanie McManus in Boulder Junction on Aug. 6

August 02, 2019

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, author Melanie McManus will be at the Boulder Junction Library to discuss her book “Thousand Miler” as part of the Northwoods Book Festival.

In 36 thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as the Thousand-Milers. In prose that’s alternately harrowing and humorous, “Thousand-Miler” takes readers on an “into-the-wild” experience through Wisconsin’s forests, prairies, wetlands, farms, and far-flung small towns. Follow along as she worries about wildlife encounters, wonders if her injured feet will ever recover, and searches for an elusive fellow hiker known as Papa Bear. Woven throughout her account are details of the history of the still-developing Ice Age Trail — one of just 11 National Scenic Trails — and helpful insight and strategies for undertaking a successful thru-hike. 

The Northwoods Book Festival is a joint project of six libraries in northern Wisconsin: Boulder Junction Public Library, Frank B. Koller Memorial Library in Manitowish Waters, Mercer Public Library, Minocqua Public Library, Presque Isle Community Library, and Winchester Public Library. 

All programs are free and open to the public. The Northwoods Book Festival series is sponsored by a grant from the St. Matthias Thrift Shop in Minocqua.

For more or updated information on any of these author appearances, visit www.northwoodsbookfest. org or find Northwoods Books Fest on Facebook.

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