Bayfield County author James Brakken will celebrate the launch of his 10th title at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Hank’s Up North Sports Bar & Grill in the Spooner Civic Center.

Sponsored by Badger Valley Publishing and Northwind Book and Fiber, the event is free and open to the public and benefits local historical societies.

Brakken’s new novel, “Infamous,” delves into the life of the FBI’s 1938 Public Enemy No. 1, Johnny Seadlund, who had a direct connection to Spooner and the vicinity. The novel is based closely on 1938 newspaper reports, FBI files and court documents.

“Infamous” is Brakken’s 10th book set in northwest Wisconsin. The book launch benefits the Sawyer County Historical Society and includes a 40-minute slideshow featuring images from the book. Signed and numbered first-run editions of “Infamous” may be pre-ordered through James Brakken’s website,, where readers can see excerpts and illustrations from the book.

A resident of Cable, Brakken has been published in Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream and Boys’ Life magazines. His writing awards include the 2013, 2014, and 2016 Lake Superior Writers Award and the 2014 Wisconsin Writers Association Jade Ring award. Brakken’s best-seller, an 1880s lumberjack adventure called “The Treasure of Namakagon,” took second place in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards out of 10,000 worldwide entries.


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