Thomas Davis, a Sturgeon Bay resident, will sign his new book, The Weirding Storm, A Dragon Epic (Bennison Books) at Book World on 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay on Sept. 2, 10 am – 2 pm.
Witches, dragons, malevolent spirit animals, dire wolves, hate, war, community, peace, and love all take their turns in a tale that roars to a dramatic conclusion. The story starts with a young girl whose mother has died, living beneath dragon caves in an unnamed country.
Then it tells the story of the young girl, villagers who live down the mountainside from her, and the dragons themselves as events embroil all the characters in epic struggles.
Terence Winch, winner of the American Book Award and author of 15 books of fiction and poetry, said in a review that “Davis has taken a literary form – the epic poem – that goes all the way back to the great sagas of antiquity’s oral literature, and fashioned a contemporary tale that will enthrall both adults and their children. Davis has…given us a story-poem that is part Beowulf and part Game of Thrones.”
In addition to The Weirding Storm, Book World will have other books written by Davis to sign during the event, including his nonfiction book about the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin’s sustainable development and forestry practices, Sustaining the Forest, the People, and the Spirit, the children’s novel Salt Bear, and another novel, The Alkali Cliffs.
In addition to having five books published, Davis has edited three literary magazines and a poetry anthology, and his poetry, articles and essays have appeared in magazines, books, anthologies, and journals. He has been President or Chief Academic Officer of five tribal colleges and universities in the United States.
In Door County Davis has been active with the Dickinson Poetry Series held once a month in Ephraim and Write On, Door County, where he has offered workshops and other events.
The cover artwork is by Phoebe Wood, the author’s granddaughter, a student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design who also works in Door County during the summers.