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The Wrong Guys takes on wrongful murder convictions of Norfolk Four

If I had three wishes, I'd use two of them to get Richard Niess and Noble Wray to read The Wrong Guys, a new book about the Norfolk Four. It drives home a point that everyone in law enforcement, especially judges like Niess and police chiefs like Wray, ought never forget: Getting an innocent person to confess can be as easy as finding an innocent person to lean on. >More
 An irreverent interview with animal rights activist Karen Dawn

Isthmus recently quizzed author and animal rights activist Karen Dawn on her book Thanking the Monkey and her cause. >More
 Words + Pictures

It's a difficult task to guess your friends' and relatives' taste in books. You can hedge your bets by giving a book with pictures; that's why the "coffee table book" has long been a staple of holiday presents. Still, a book without much text can become the victim of a quick flip-through, never to be revisited. >More
 Shelfworthy

The End of the Straight and Narrow (Southern Methodist University Press) is the debut collection of short fiction from Appleton writer David McGlynn. In these nine stories, the characters find their faith slammed up against the worst life can throw at them - wildfires, landslides, divorce, the premature death of a spouse. >More
 Terry Tempest Williams: Finding Beauty in a Broken World

Terry Tempest Williams has established herself in that vanguard of North American environmental essayists and socio-cultural critics alongside such esteemed predecessors as Edward Abbey and Aldo Leopold. In an email interview in anticipation of her appearance in Madison, she addresses the genesis of her new book, its central mosaic metaphor, Barack Obama's potential as a transformative figure, the significance of prairie dogs and the importance of knowing the names of the flora and fauna where you live >More
 Back to the future with David Maraniss at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Madison gave a warm welcome to journalist and historian David Maraniss at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Saturday night in Promenade Hall at the Overture Center. The hometown luminary introduced his new book Rome 1960 with a discussion that wedded the triumphs, intrigues, novelties, and most of all, change afoot in those Summer Olympic Games and the broader world at the onset of that tumultuous decade to the realities of 21st Century athletics and politics. >More
 Making a book with the Bone Folders' Guild

The Bone Folders' Guild exhibit at the Kohler Art Library is perhaps the atypical event at the Wisconsin Book Festival, where most of the sessions are centered on authors reading their prose or poetry aloud. This session was about the book itself. The book as object. Books separated from the words they usually contain. >More
 Madisonians sing to Daniel Levitin at the Wisconsin Book Festival

A random act of ensemble singing broke out on Thursday night at Borders West, where scientist Daniel Levitin promoted his book The World In Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival. As the session ended, a questioner lamented that unlike people in her grandmother's time, we no longer commonly make music together, in the family-gathered-around-the-piano sense. >More
 Kicking off Wisconsin Book Festival 2008 with Matthew Guenette and Dave Zirin

At first blush, the pairing of a poet and a sportswriter sounds counterintuitive. Upon further reflection, it's still counterintuitive. But on the first evening of the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival, booking Matthew Guenette and Dave Zirin into the Overture Center's Promenade Hall brought lovers of poetry together with sports fans. Somehow, it worked. >More
 Westfield Comics counts votes for Obama and McCain with Presidential Material from IDW

One hero struggles with identity, searching for a cause in life, coming to grips with how he can bring hope to the world. Another hero stands tall, looking to maintain a long legacy of service, realizing only after losing his freedom how important it is to him. They are not the costumed, super-powered titans found only in the pages of comic books, though, but candidates for President of the United States. >More
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