St. Croix County Historical Society presents Northern Moon Book Club at the Octagon House Museum, 1004 Third Street, Hudson, WI. The book club will be reading the “Northern Moon” trilogy of historic fiction by author Phil Peterson, Sr. Explore the impact of Prohibition on western Wisconsin during the Octagon House Museum’s summer book club. The book club meetings will be held at the Octagon House Museum on the porch reception area.
Join us on Sunday, May 5th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a Meet and Greet author Phil Peterson at Octagon House Museum for a book sale and signing. (Please note only a limited number of Peterson’s books are available through the library’s “MORE” system.)
On Sunday, June 9th at 4 p.m. the book club will review book 1 “Northern Moon: Prohibition, Moonshine, and the Family Farm”
This first book in the trilogy of historical fiction focuses on the impact of Prohibition on the upper Midwest. The story takes place within a 100-mile radius of St. Croix Fall, Wisconsin and includes many instances that actually occurred. During the 1930s farmers were desperate to save their family farms, some turned to a new harvest crop called moonshine. “Northern Moon” depicts the exciting story of Prohibition’s impact on local farmers, businessmen and local law enforcement.
On Sunday, July 14th at 4 p.m. the book club will review book 2 “Northern Moon Shadows: Prohibition, Bootleggers, and Speakeasies”
In the second book of the trilogy the Cartier family story resumes with bootlegging moonshine from the Barrens of Wisconsin into the Twin Cities. Prohibition continues to turn farmers into practiced criminals as they are dragged more deeply into the dark underside of prohibition’s blossoming crime. With secrecy, strategies and disguise, they avoid Federal Revenue agents in their efforts to supply the speakeasies and those thirsty for moonshine.
On Sunday, August 18th at 4 p.m. the book club will review book 3 “Northern Moon Repeal: 18th Fails, Repeal Succeeds, It’s Wet Again!”
In “Northern Moon Repeal” the Cartier family outsmart the Feds who try to keep them from reaching the Twin Cities with their bootleg deliveries of moonshine to the speakeasies. They begin deliveries to Superior Wisconsin and Chicago, which eventually causes them to tangle with the Capone gang. What happens when America decides it has had enough of Prohibition and votes it out? Alcohol of every type is reintroduced to our citizens on a grand scale.
The book club is open to any readers who are interested in Prohibition and reading the “Northern Moon” trilogy.