Discovering Beloit: Stories Too Good to be True?

A novel by Tom Warren

This tale takes place a few years into the future. It features a Beloit, Wisconsin, high school journalism teacher and his class. He is frustrated by the disappearance of investigative journalism that has accompanied the decline of traditional newspapers. They call this teacher Gov, like in Governor. Gov says,  “All around us are untold stories. Some must be allowed to rest in private. Others need to be told, and some must be told!”


Gov’s students dig up stuff that at first glance seems un-believable. Certainly, many readers will think these things couldn’t happen in Beloit . . . Could they?

Ex-convicts teaching at Beloit College?

Major league baseball here, in little ol’ Belwah?

Vibrant main-line churches?

Violence and love in Oakwood Cemetery?

A goofy new industry?

Motivated matrons?

A herd of old Buffaloes?

A world famous chef?

A death-defying turtle?

Love after death?

Spies snooping around?


They could and they do. Happen. And they need to be told.

Is this the Beloit of our future, or our present? Well, things change and things that stay the same become better known. In the meantime, endangered species try to hang on.


All profits are donated to non-profit organizations that support investigation or the community of Beloit.  Purchase the book it at the following places: In Beloit:   Turtle Creek Bookstore and Visit Beloit; On line: Barnes & Noblel, Amazon, or iUniverse.



Dear friends:

This blog is an attempt to share some of my activities, images and thoughts.   Blatantly,  I am pitching my latest non-academic book.  Some of you are aware of it; others don't even realize I do this sort of thing.  In any event, I hope you take some time to explore this site and get back to me.  I would love to  hear from you.

I find endless fascination in some topics that have resulted in or are planned to become books.  They include golf, Lake Superior,  journalism,  and religion/spirituality  Of course I am still a learner.  That's where you could come in.  I want your reactions to what I have done or am doing, and I'd love it if you would share some of your wild and crazy ideas.  By the way, I'm also interested in  toy trains, travel, Roy Chapman Andrews (the explorer), Cameroon, crossword puzzles, Steve Martin,  photography, and grandfatherhood.

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Books I am reading.

December 17, 2013


  Here are some recent books that have interested me enough to mention them to you: The Catcher in the Rye.  Yes.  The recent PBS  special on Salinger hooked me, so I bought the book by the same name (co-authored by David Shields and Shane Salerno) along with a new copy of Catcher.  I want to […]

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Looking back … WAAAAY back

December 17, 2013


Here’s a sizable chunk of our annual holiday letter for 2013.   This year it’s easy for us to mix personal highlights with those acted out on a larger stage:   Two thousand thirteen has been a noteworthy year for us highlighted by our fiftieth  wedding anniversary celebration, a delightful gathering with much of Mim’s […]

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Discovering Beloit

September 26, 2013


Update on Discovering Beloit: Stories Too Good to be True? I’m inching along.   Each sentence is a little challenge, and these days I’m eliminating or shortening many of them. I share the latest drafts with readers, and they respond.  Always with meaningful advice or corrections.  I incorporate much of it, but the main task […]

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Progress on my novel…

March 30, 2013


I’m inching ahead on a novel.  Here is some evidence: Author Introduction to a pre-publication draft of Discovering Beloit Stories Too Good to be True? This is a book of fiction with doses of fantasy.  It focuses on what I hope could happen to Beloit, to baseball, to old men and women, to religion, to […]

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