‘Secret Rockford’ anthology now available

Staff Report

Secret Rockford, the highly anticipated anthology published by Black Oak Media, is now available to the public online and at local retailers.

After only four days after its release, copies are flying off the shelves at Toad Hall on Broadway Avenue and Phoenix Traders on Seventh Street. Secret Rockford is also available at the Tinker Swiss Cottage gift shop, Amazon.com, and for Nook and Kindle e-readers. More local vendors, as well as events, will be announced shortly.

What do you really know about Rockford, Ill.? Secret Rockford pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of life in the Forest City. Join contributors as they go behind the headlines to explore the interesting people, places and events that make our city unique. On these pages, you will find the unconventional, gritty and sometimes shocking truth.

This anthology contains many snapshots of life in Rockford: A history of Mattison Machine Works. The battle over a mural in Roosevelt Junior High School. The story of a simple basketball game with a shoeless youth. The truth about local connections to organized crime. Infamous murders. The day Santa Claus fell from the sky. All are merely a peek behind the curtain, but each contains meaningful truths about our Rockford experience.

Men and women from all walks of life have come together to share their stories in this anthology. They are journalists, teachers, writers, photographers, entrepreneurs or just average citizens who are being published for the first time. All have a deep and abiding interest in their community.

Contributors include Jeff Havens, Brandon Reid, Kathi Kresol, Jim Phelps, Kevin Rilott, Dan Creviston, Ted Biondo, D.B. Lane, Ernie Fuhr, Heath Alberts, Nicole Lindsay, Stanley Campbell, Karen Mahieu Lyddon, Scott Farrell, Jami Beck and Michael Kleen.

For more about the anthology, visit http://www.secretrockford.com or https://www.facebook.com/secretrockford.

From the Feb. 5-11, 2014, issue

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