Recent Happenings

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, I participated in the Present Music Virtual Hootenanny #3

Reading Kitty O’Meara’s overnight sensation

And the People Stayed Home

This event will take place on Zoom Video Conferencing. Upon registration, you will receive instructions for how to download the Zoom application. In the days leading up to the event, you will receive the link for the meeting.

Register Here!

https://presentmusic.org/events/virtual-hootenanny-3/

Hear Jim Fleming read Midnight Catch on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter A Day.

Ten Questions for Jason Fagone, author of

The Woman Who Smashed Codes.

You can hear my Chapter A Day reading of the book through March 20, 2020, at:

https://www.wpr.org/programs/chapter-day

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Percussion EXTRAVAGANZA!

**April 4, 2020 — Canceled by Covid-19**

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Percussion Ensemble will perform works by new composers.

I’ll be narrator for a new three-part work during this concert, which begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday the 4th in Mills Music Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

May 30, 2019

A Conversation with Anne Hillerman

The Tale Teller: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel (A Leaphorn and Chee Novel Book 23) by [Hillerman, Anne]

On May 30 I interviewed New York Time best-selling author Anne Hillerman about growing up in the Southwest and her approach to continuing the remarkable success that her father Tony had with his Jim Chee-Joe Leaphorn crime novels. The event was hosted by the Koller Library in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. Watch for excerpts of the interview at https://www.wpr.org/programs/chapter-day.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Story of Country Music

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This summer watch for my TV interview with country music great Bill Malone. The hour-long conversation with music was taped live on May 16 by Wisconsin Public Television at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Bill’s book Country Music USA came out in 1968 and is still the primary academic study of that American musical phenomenon. It was also the main reference for Ken Burns’ new 16.5-hour documentary Country Music, which will air on PBS beginning September 15. Bill is featured prominently in the documentary. Our conversation will be broadcast on WPT in the weeks leading up to the broadcast.

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

The Great Naturalist Returns to Wisconsin

John Muir-University of the Wilderness

I’ll be reading again from the stories and philosophy of John Muir as Chance ensemble explores the connections between wilderness experiences and music. Muir,  known as the “Father of the National Parks” will take you for a “walk in the woods” to the accompaniment of tunes from his native Scotland, his boyhood home in Wisconsin, and California, the land that inspired much of his writing.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

7:30 PM

LRC Theater

303 West Prospect Street

Rhinelander, WI

Friday, January 25, 2019

Prodigy Miriam K. Smith returns to Madison to perform the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Listen to our conversation on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Midday between noon and 1 pm.

Photo of Cellist Miriam K. Smith

Two Russian Comedies Come to Wisconsin Public Radio:

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Saturday, November 17, 2018–

Live Radio Drama returns to Wisconsin Public Radio with my adaptations of two classic Russian short stories.  The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin can be considered a supernatural thriller, a tragedy, or a wry comedy depending upon your point of view. But The Wedding by Anton Chekhov is all comedy, a rollicking look at social climbing gone wrong. Enjoy both shows starting at 8:30 pm Central Time as the 9XM Players  bring them to you live via the Ideas Network of WPR.

In the tradition of classic radio drama, our plays will include live music performed by members of the UW Russian Folk Orchestra.

The Great Naturalist Comes to the Wisconsin Union:

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Sunday, November 4, 2018–

At 2:30 I’ll be reading the stories and philosophy of John Muir as Chance ensemble explores the connections between wilderness experiences and music. Muir,  known as the “Father of the National Parks” will take you for a “walk in the woods” to the accompaniment of tunes from his native Scotland, his boyhood home in Wisconsin, and California, the land that inspired much of his writing.

https://union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/event-calendar/event/chance-ensemble/

“The Canterville Ghost” Finale:

The road show finale for The Canterville Ghost will play to a capacity crowd at the Mineral Point Opera House on Saturday night, May 5, 2018. So far, our show has played to 2,000 theater-goers and thousands more via radio.

Wisconsin Public Radio’s stellar 9XM Players bring Oscar Wilde’s supernatural comedy to the stage at Wausau’s James F. Veninga Theater at 7 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018.  For tickets, go here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wprs-old-time-radio-drama-live-in-wausau-tickets-40150906442

“Chasers” Live on Wisconsin Public Radio:

Who–if anyone–will catch the mysterious Ponzi operator known as Redbud? Come to a Northwoods Wisconsin roadhouse to find out. But be advised, the clientele are not who they appear to be.

Hear the November 11th broadcast of Chasers on the WPR website:

https://www.wpr.org/chasers

The Canterville Ghost Walks Again!

WPR’s 9XM Players will put on performances in Wausau on February 9, 2018, in Eau Claire on March 24, and in Mineral Point on May 5.

The Canterville Ghost Comes to Door County

My stage adaptation of the classic supernatural story by Oscar Wilde takes to the stage at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek on Saturday, July 22, at 8 pm. Tickets are available at wpr.org/100

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The show will be broadcast live from the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield on Saturday night, August 12, at 8 on the Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio and streamed over wpr.org.

Coming Soon……Wolf Pack Moon: A New Novel

It’s 1943. After 13 years away from his North Florida hometown, Richard Ward returns to rebuild his life and finds that past relationships die hard when he tries to prove his innocence in the death of a young sailor.

Downeast Ledge was broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter A Day,  May  4-22, 2015.

Downeast Ledge: A Novel

Amber Waits has lived all of her 23 years in the quiet coastal community of Ashton, Maine. When she takes a job as caregiver to a summer resident–dementia sufferer Walter Sterling–she finds herself drawn into the unraveling lives of his secretive wife Geneva and their reckless daughter Karen, and she has to muster her courage and resourcefulness to save her friends and herself from disaster.

“You’ll be rooting for Gilliland’s well-drawn cast despite all their human flaws–or perhaps because of them. A rewarding, touching read.”

–Kelly Harms, author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay.

Order your copy of Downeast Ledge here!

ALSO AVAILABLE AS A KINDLE eBOOK at Amazon.com.


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