Sunday, April 19, 2009

State Journal Front-Page Feature Article on Michael Perry

(Perry's new book goes on sale Tuesday, April 21)

Link to April 19 Wisconsin State Journal article, "Wisconsin author Perry's tales shift easily from one musing to another".

LA CROSSE — After church service and brunch in a hotel ballroom, more than 150 attendees of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Women's Conference await the event's keynote speaker: writer Michael Perry.

It's 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, chilly and drab outside. Perry, 44, wears a thick black-and-white checkered flannel over a plain brown T-shirt, faded jeans and gym shoes. Unbuttoned and untucked, the flannel almost looks like a suit jacket. Perry means no disrespect. This is how he dresses whether eating in a highbrow New York restaurant to meet his literary agent or feeding pigs at his small farm in rural Eau Claire.

The conference features a polite crowd, but a tough one — not the easiest group to entertain with book readings for 70 minutes.

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