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Jane Hamilton and David Rhodes read to a capacity audience at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Upstairs at Overture, a book festival volunteer herding people asked me, "Are you here for Jane Hamilton?" Well, if the truth were told, I was out in the windy cold on Saturday night to hear David Rhodes. >More
 A Book A Week: Mother on Fire by Sandra Tsing Loh

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer, performance artist and public radio commentator. I don't hear her much on radio but I do read her pieces in the Atlantic. I've also never seen any of her one-woman shows but would sure like to. In 2008 she published Mother on Fire, a memoir about her life in Los Angeles, framed around her search for an appropriate school for her kindergarten-age daughter. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2009: Marty McConnell speaks

Marty McConnell is not for the faint of heart: The spoken-word artist's performance poetry blows through the border checkpoints of faith, freedom, gender, humanity, integrity and sex in ways that are frequently beautiful, sometimes transgressive and, in her most exhilarating work, both at once. >More
 A Book A Week: Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

I keep coming across these mysteries that take place in exotic locales. This was another one, set in Saudi Arabia. A teenage girl called Nouf goes missing and eventually turns up dead. >More
 Your handy guide to the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival

"When we walk," Thoreau wrote, "we naturally go to the fields and woods." True enough, but so what? Once you've arrived at the literary meadows and forests of the Wisconsin Book Festival, the great Henry David's aphorism is little help finding a path through its thickets of words -- and there must be scores of trails from which to choose. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2009: Bonnie Jo Campbell speaks

Novelist and short-story author Bonnie Jo Campbell's new collection, American Salvage, traverses the bleak social and economic landscapes of rural Michigan, where methamphetamine labs are as common as unemployment. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2009: Michelle Wildgen speaks

In a wide-ranging interview, Michelle Wildgen discusses the genesis and evolution of her new novel, But Not for Long, and its characters, the challenges and rewards of writing it, real-life apprehensions and anxieties, courage and what she always carries with her. >More
 Wisconsin Poetry Festival examines Lorine Niedecker, other poets

The Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, in Fort Atkinson. Events include workshops, panel discussions, exhibits, poetry readings and tours of landmarks associated with the late Niedecker, a Wisconsin native and internationally respected poet, including her former cabin on Blackhawk Island. >More
 A Book A Week: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold

I really had high hopes for Beguilement, which is the first volume of a series called The Sharing Knife. My hopes were high not so much because I had heard anything about this book, but because I wanted it to be good. >More
 No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard is skillful, ludicrous

Jacquelyn Mitchard's latest book, No Time to Wave Goodbye, exhibits all the traits that have made her so successful and well loved: brisk, journalistic prose, a group of readily identifiable characters and a tale that tugs at the emotions with the insistence of a wayward child. >More
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