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BOOKS

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
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Dave Fox speaks

Seattle-based travel and humor writer Dave Fox provides a tutorial in his new book Globjotting on the travel-journal methods he employs to document his own far-flung journeys without distracting from enjoyment of travel experiences themselves. In a interview conducted via email, he notes some of his favorite travel writers and books, offers some advice for coping with some of the more worrisome recent trends in the travel industry, and cites some of his own travel ambitions for the coming decade. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: M.K. Asante, Jr. speaks

In his new book, It's Bigger Than Hip Hop, the poet, author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr., chronicles the rise of the post-hip-hop generation, its ownership of the spoken-word movement as a vehicle for social justice and its savvy rejection of corporate exploitation. He describes the inspirations for and the fluid process of researching and writing the book, recounts a formative childhood encounter with Public Enemy, outlines the consequences of the corporate hijacking of hip hop, and more in an email interview. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Patricia Smith speaks

Published last month by Coffee House Press, Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith is a searing portrait of the horrors wrought by Hurricane Katrina -- told from perspectives including the hurricane itself, its victims and survivors, politicians and more abstract points of view. In an interview conducted via email, Smith describes the genesis of Blood Dazzler assesses the legacy of Katrina, compares the rewards of teaching public-school students vs. prison inmates, and explains the responsibility that comes with fearlessness. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Stephanie Kuehnert speaks

Set in small-town Wisconsin, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephenie Kuehnert is a gritty feminist punk-rock celebration of the rebellious bonds that connect a daughter with her absent mother. Published by MTV Books in July, it has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "an empowering new twist on a girl's coming of age." In an interview conducted via email, she recounts the genesis of her novel, describes the strength she finds in punk, cops to admiration for Courtney Love, and reveals what she misses about Madison. >More
 The Oprah effect

David Wroblewski spent the better part of a decade crafting The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Everything since has happened very fast indeed. Published in June to critical acclaim and a lavish testimonial from Stephen King, the northern Wisconsin native's 576-page debut novel climbed The New York Times best-seller list. During a summer book-tour stop in Madison, he was invited to return for the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival. Then, on Sept. 19, Oprah Winfrey picked The Story of Edgar Sawtelle as the latest title for her book club -- calling it a great American novel comparable to the best of Steinbeck and Harper Lee. >More
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