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Wisconsin Book Festival 2007: Faith Adiele speaks

An assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, Faith Adiele won a PEN Beyond the Margins Award for her memoir Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun in Thailand, and was the subject of My Journey Home, a PBS documentary that looked at her childhood up as the daughter of Nigerian and Nordic-American parents. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2007: Michael Perry speaks

Michael Perry wrote about his experiences as a volunteer firefighter in the best-selling Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time. His most recent book, Truck: A Love Story, is about collaborating with his brother Mark to restore a vintage International Harvester L-120, about his friendship with a quadriplegic, about gardening and small-town Wisconsin life but most of all about being blindsided by true love. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2007: Joan Houston Hall speaks

Joan Houston Hall has been chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English since 2000, when she succeeded the ambitious project's late founding editor, Frederic G. Cassidy. A former resident of California, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Ohio and Oregon, Hall joined the DARE staff in 1975 -- a full decade before publication of its first volume -- and had risen to associate editor by the time Vol. III was published in 1996. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2007 interviews

Isthmus staff writer David Medaris is interviewing many of the presenters appearing at the sixth annual Wisconsin Book Festival, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 14. Links to every discussion follow below. >More
 Michael Feldman's 58 reasons to have sex

In July, The New York Times reported that two psychologists at the University of Texas, having asked nearly 2,000 people why they had sex, had assembled a list of 237 reasons. I could only come up with 58. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2007: Luis Alberto Urrea speaks

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of 11 books, including the best-selling The Hummingbird's Daughter and The Devil's Highway, the latter a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. The true story of 26 Mexican men who try to enter the U.S. in search of work but are abandoned in the Arizona desert by human traffickers, Devil's Highway is a piercing indictment of the social and political political that have contributed to this and similar tragedies. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2007: Logan Ward speaks

Logan Ward and his family moved from New York City to rural Virginia seven years ago, selling their belongings and forsaking all conveniences that did not exist in 1900 to throw themselves into a year of subsistence farming. Ward's account of this experiment, See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America, is rich with insights into the struggles and rewards he encountered by turning the clock back one full century. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2007: Ana Castillo speaks

Ana Castillo is a poet, essayist, playwright, novelist and recipient of the Carl Sandburg Prize, but is perhaps most familiar for her novel Peel My Love Like an Onion. Her new novel, The Guardians, is set along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and tells the story of a Mexican family whose members straddle it. >More
 Head-trip through the counterculture

Sandra Eugster had no interest in writing a memoir, which only goes to underscore the adage that the most interesting people are exactly the ones who are most reluctant to talk about themselves. Nonetheless, Eugster, now a Madison psychologist, found herself drawn to writing about her childhood on a commune in rural southwestern Virginia. >More
 Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive

How did an angry kid from an unhappy working-class home in Wausau become the longest-serving member of Congress in Wisconsin history and the powerful chair of the House Appropriations Committee? >More
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