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Madison author Steve Busalacchi goes to the doctors

In case you ever wondered, it is possible for a doctor to perform -- ulp -- his own vasectomy. Steve Busalacchi learned as much in researching White Coat Wisdom, in which he profiles 37 Wisconsin doctors, mostly in question-and-answer interviews. Most of the doctors are from Madison or Milwaukee; some live in small towns like Belleville and Menomonee Falls. They are young and old, male and female. They are from a variety of specialties: Surgery, internal medicine, addiction medicine. Some are from overseas. >More
 Philip Roth and Gail Konop Baker prepare for Wisconsin Book Festival 2008

Organizers of this year's Wisconsin Book Festival continue their buildup to next month's seventh annual event with a special program scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16. In cooperation with the west-side Borders Books at 3750 University Ave., the festival is presenting a big-screen webcast featuring Philip Roth live from New York City. >More
 David Rhodes' Driftless chronicles life in southwestern Wisconsin

The story of how David Rhodes ended up moving to a farmhouse on the western edge of Sauk County back in 1972 could be an outtake from his latest work, Driftless (Milkweed Editions) - a terrific novel that coalesces around the unexpected connections among people in the fictional community of Words, Wis. >More
 Now For a Limited Time Only, Ron Wallace's latest collection

Madison poet Ron Wallace has published a new collection, For a Limited Time Only (University of Pittsburgh Press). Although recurring topics in the volume are aging, illness, pain and mortality, the wonder of words is never absent from the poems, which are set in locales as far-flung as Australia and as close to home as a ditch in southern Wisconsin. >More
 Dr. Evermor: Everything you always wanted to know

Before leaving Sauk County, we should stop at Dr. Evermor's Art Park, in the form of a read through Tom Kupsh's informative A Mythic Obsession: The World of Dr. Evermor (Chicago Review Press). Dr. Evermor, if you haven't heard the name, is the visionary welding artist who created the world's biggest scrap metal sculpture (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) in the form of the Forevertron, an indescribable time-travel chamber that is too large to fit into one photographic frame. >More
 Fledgling medium lets her spirit voice start a blog

Wonewoc, in Sauk County, appears as the fictional "Wocanaga" in Spring Green author Sara Rath's new novel, Night Sisters (UW Press). The setting is based on the real-life Wonewoc Spiritualist Camp (the subject of a 7/13/07 cover story in Isthmus). >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008 adds Lynda Barry, Judy Blume, Amy Goodman, and more to schedule

With the approaching 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival now visible on the calendar's horizon, organizers are announcing the addition of Linda Barry, Judy Blume, Amy Goodman, David Orr, Michael Perry and Marilynne Robinson to this year's long and distinguished list of participating authors. >More
 Novelist Rae Meadows spills the beans on her latest book; plus a look at more local works

If the atmosphere in Madison has been a little overheated of late in the wake of three unsolved murders, then Rae Meadows' new novel, No One Tells Everything (June, MacAdam Cage), should fit in well with the zeitgeist. The novel, Meadows' second, is not so much a typical murder mystery as it is a mystery of people -- who they are, how they function, how they communicate -- with a murder at its center. >More
 Kevin Henkes: Home away from home

One of the toughest things about being a kid is, well, adults. And we're talking about things way more serious than bedtimes or what videogames are allowed; mundane rules are only the beginning. Adult pain, due to events like divorce or the loss of a child, seeps into the world of kids, who can neither control nor fully grasp the circumstances. >More
 Wisconsin to true believers: Go ahead, kill your kids

Shawn Francis Peters, who teaches writing and U.S. history at the UW-Madison, writes about the dangerous intersection of Religion and Law. His three books have dealt with thorny challenges to religious freedom -- the refusal of Jehovah's Witnesses to salute the flag or serve in the military; the refusal of the Amish to educate their kids past grade school; and, most recently, the faith-based refusal of some parents to provide their kids with medical assistance. >More
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