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The 2011 Wisconsin Book Festival: Five highlights

The Wisconsin Book Festival has way too many things to see between Oct. 19 and 23. Here are five good places to start. >More
 Back to the Wisconsin Book Festival: An interview with author and former book fest honcho Dean Bakopoulos

While living in Madison, Bakopoulos served for many years as director of both the Wisconsin Book Festival and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Drawing heavily from his personal experiences, his newest novel My American Unhappiness takes place in Madison during the second Bush Administration. Before arriving in Madison for his appearances at the Wisconsin Book Festival, Bakopoulos took some time to talk about his newest book and how it was informed by his experiences living in Madison. >More
 A Book A Week: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

As a girl I was obsessed with books about Anne Boleyn and her daughter Elizabeth I (and indeed about all the queens and princesses of England). My favorites were by authors like Margaret Campbell Barnes (whose 1944 classic Brief Gaudy Hour is still in print) and Jean Plaidy, whose Tudor Saga and Stuart Saga kept me occupied for an entire summer when I was about 12. >More
 A Book A Week: My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young

Louisa Young's My Dear I Wanted to Tell You starts out so gently: It's the story of Riley, a sensitive working-class boy in pre-World War I London. He's taken in by an aristocratic (but nonconformist) family, educated beyond his station, treated with kindness and encouragement until he embarks on a "thing" with the family's daughter Nadine, at which point he is banished; turns out they are only so liberal after all. >More
 A Book A Week: Eden by Yael Hedaya

Eden was written in Hebrew by contemporary Israeli writer Yael Hedaya and translated into English. I thought it sounded like something really different from my usual fare and my book club was reading it, so I dove right in. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. >More
 Occupation Zine captures Wisconsin Capitol protests with photos, essays

Downtown Madison sounds different these days than it did over the first few months of the year. A visitor to the Capitol today is hard-pressed to hear drivers leaning on their horns, activists yelling into megaphones or protesters banging on drums under the Rotunda. But the spirit that roared during months of protest and weeks of occupation has not been muted. >More
 A Book A Week: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

I can't believe I haven't written about Ann Patchett's State of Wonder yet. I read it over a month ago. I think I have been saving it up as a treat because I loved it so much. >More
 A Book A Week: Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Last time I looked at Kate Atkinson's website, I got the impression she was done with Jackson Brodie, at least for a while. That was back when I read When Will There Be Good News. But apparently I was wrong! >More
 Arts Beat: The Labor Movement in Wisconsin: A History reissued

Wisconsin labor unions are a timely topic, and that's putting it mildly. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has just reissued The Labor Movement in Wisconsin: A History, by Robert Ozanne. Originally published in 1984, it covers labor from statehood to the 1950s. >More
 A Book A Week: Kraken by China Miéville

China Miéville's Kraken is an unreadable mess -- a fascinating, memorable, unreadable mess. It's got much of what I look for in fiction: a clever, original plot, complex characters, challenging language. >More
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