Authors Talk & Book Signing
Brijetta Hall Waller and Megan Monday
Featured Storyteller-Pardeep Singh Kaleka
Thursday, June 13th
Books & Company
Love Wisconsin: Stories From The Place We Call Home is a collection of intimate, first-person narratives from diverse voices across the state of Wisconsin. This hardcover, 170-page, full-color coffee table book pairs beautiful portrait photography with the words of over 80 real-life storytellers. Read one by one, the stories inspire and entertain. Taken as a whole, the voices weave together into a bigger conversation—about what it means to be a Wisconsinite, about what it means to live in community, and about how we can and must connect with each other.
Brijetta Hall Waller and Megan Monday, set out to share real-life, first-person stories that showcase the richness and diversity of our state through their digital storytelling project, Love Wisconsin. The Love Wisconsin book features over 80 of the most compelling stories from their celebrated storytelling work along with beautiful portrait photography.
Megan Monday has been writing stories since the time she produced her own kid newspaper and sold it up and down her street. (10 cents a copy! Her grandfather was a newspaperman.) Megan got interested in photography as a teenager, and her combined love of written stories and images followed her to art school, graduate school, and then onto a career as a media producer, teacher, and artist. Her work has screened nationally on PBS and in film festivals. These days, Megan works as an executive producer at Wisconsin Public Television.
Brijetta Hall Waller started editing video stories in high school using two VCRs. She is grateful that technology has evolved, and that the joy of storytelling has remained a constant in her life. She has worked in media and documentary ever since she graduated from film school. Her documentary work has screened at film festivals nationally and internationally, and on PBS. She studied interactive media in graduate school and is passionate about the intersection of media and technology. Brijetta fell in love with a “Wisconsin boy” and moved to Wisconsin in 2007. Working on Love Wisconsin, she cherishes connecting one-on-one with the storytellers, then falling deeply in their stories during edits. Jet lives with her husband, daughter and son in Madison.
Pardeep Singh Kaleka is co-Founder of Serve2Unite, Published Author of “The Gifts of Our Wounds,” Award- winning Community Relations Journalist and Psychotherapist specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse and acts of violence. A native of Punjab, India, Pardeep Singh Kaleka grew up in Milwaukee, WI. As a former Police Officer and Educator in the city of Milwaukee Pardeep understands the difficulty facing our communities locally and abroad and in his practice and out, Pardeep's passion remains one of healing and transformation. Serve2Unite, an organization he co-founded in response to tragedy engages communities in building healthy social fabric and communal identity to address conflict from a solution focused lens. Over the past 7 years, the work of Serve2Unite has been locally and internationally recognized for the work of building safe, inclusive communities and schools.