This week’s “Spotlight on Bookstores” guest post is written by Lisa Roe. Lisa is an online book publicist, “connecting books with the online world.” Read on for Lisa’s introduction to Castle Arkdale and Happy Tales Bookshop, owned by Lloyd and Leonore Dickmann. The video is a must-see to get a complete picture of this bookshop and its proprietors.
I’ve never been to the largest bookstore in the country, but it’s in my home state. And I have the directions to it. County Road K. Middle of Nowhere. Central Wisconsin. Riiiiight. Try and put a pin in a map with that.
It’s no secret that Wisconsin is my most favoritest place on Earth. (Yes. I get so excited that proper grammar goes out that window!) I’ve moved away several times and several times returned. I love State Fair with its deep fried anything on a stick: s’mores, cheesecake, Snickers, and pickles. During the summer, Milwaukee hosts a different ethnic festival every weekend. The Green Bay Packers lead our thoughts and conversations, while peppering our wardrobes with green and gold. World-renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s first completed work in the United States is right here on our lakefront. And as I write this, the rumble of hundreds of Harleys are rattling the windows, as we are smack dab in the middle of the 105th Harley Davidson celebration. What’s not to love?
But that’s all city stuff. Wisconsin is the 26th largest state in our Union, so there are a lot more amber waves of grain to be had out there. And somewhere among those rolling hills lies the newest object of my Wisconsin love and affection: Castle Arkdale.
If you watch this video and don’t get choked up, feel warm and fuzzy, want to adopt these folks, or chart your road trip to ‘somewhere Wisconsin’ right now, well then, I’m sorry to tell you my friend, you’re in a coma!
So…who’s comin’ with me?!
Castle Arkdale, W1778 County Road K, Markesan. For more: 920-398-3375. Open by chance or appointment.
Many thanks to Bibliohistoria for the video link!