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June 19, 2019

6/4/2019 7:30:00 AM
Stokes to discuss 'Margaret's War' at Rhinelander library June 6

Bill Stokes, an award-winning former newspaper man who lives in Mazomanie, will talk about his novel, "Margaret's War" starting at 4:30 p.m. June 6 at the Rhinelander District Library.

"The history he depicts is part of the history of Wisconsin and that of Rhinelander," library officials said in a press release. "Mr. Stokes will sign books following his presentation."

"Margaret's War" is set in Oxbow, a small Wisconsin town, during World War II, during a period when German prisoners of war were being housed in camps in small towns across the country. It follows 15-year-old Billy and his friend and mentor, Cy Butler, the community's notorious oddball, as they try to help Margaret cope with the presence of the POWs in their community after she has learned that her fiance is missing in action.

"Stokes's descriptions are vivid and memorable. His characters fairly jump off the page," state Louise Robbins, Professsor Emerta at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. "The historical details have been meticulously researched and beautifully woven into the fast-paced and nuanced story. Both situations and plot turns provide a lot of good material for discussion. Not only a coming-of-age story, this beautifully-written book challenges the reader to think about how communities are changed by outside events and new and different people, as well as the responses of community members to these changes."

For more information, contact the Rhinelander District Library at 715-365-1070 or

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