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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
 It Doesn't End with Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal

The publication of this book could hardly be more timely, considering the rapid changes that the newspaper industry is undergoing. The author, former Daily Cardinal editor Allison Hantschel, was part of the crew of diehards that yanked the Cardinal back from financial ruin during a seven-month shutdown in 1995, so she's certainly suited to the task of unearthing the paper's illustrious past. With many interviews and much archival material, this history of the paper's 115 years reads not as a plodding chronology but more like a roller coaster, with each decade featuring its own fight for the paper's existence. >More
 Star-struck

All the excitement about Johnny Depp's filming of Public Enemies in Wisconsin and the Madison casting calls for extras and vintage cars has me thinking about our continuing ability to be star-struck here in the Midwest, even in a supposedly urbane outpost like Madison. >More
 Badger creator Mike Baron talks comics

Badger is a comic book character and series created by Mike Baron back in 1983. The star of this series is Norbert Sykes, a regular guy who suffers from multiple personality disorder, and one of Norbert's personalities is Badger, a costumed superhero who battles evil on a regular basis. What's particularly fun, though, is that much of the action is visibly set right here in good ol' Madison. >More
 Badger returns to Madison in comic-book relaunch

What might bring a comic-book neophyte into cozy Capital City Comics on a cold winter day? There's a new superhero in town. Again. >More
 Five questions for novelist Manil Suri

The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri emerged from a crowded pack of first novels in 2001 to win praise from The New York Times ("Deft and confident") and be nominated for the PEN/Faulkner award. Suri, who is also a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, has just published his second novel, The Age of Shiva. >More
 Wisconsin Vets Museum marks a signal moment in the Vietnam War

There are echoes of Vietnam in today's Iraq war coverage. Then, as now, complaints came that reporters focused too much on bad news. "But it turns out," says Ohio University historian Chester Pach, "that if you look at the coverage, there's variety. On the same evening, the same newscast, there's a report that talks about the heroism of Marines in Hue, but also someone saying that what the U.S. government tells us isn't working." >More
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