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Michael Perry gives thanks to Madison fans

I've got anecdotal evidence that what Robert Burns wrote about the best-laid plans of mice and men going astray holds true for a middle-aged Wisconsin Book Festival enthusiast such as meself. >More
 A smoke break with Christopher Hitchens at Ancora

When it comes to people-watching in downtown Madison, the view from the Isthmus offices just off the Square is tough to beat. This is particularly the case when it comes to Ancora Coffee Roasters on King Street, a rich vein of wheeling and dealing when it comes to the business of government and media in the city. >More
 DAREing adventures at the 2007 Wisconsin Book Festival

All writing is built on words, phrases and other fundamental elements of dialect. Thus it was fitting that one of the first events on the 2007 Wisconsin Book Festival schedule was the panel convened to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Frederic G. Cassidy's birth. Cassidy was the founding editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English, an ambitious effort of more than 40 years (and counting) to catalogue the distinctive dialects and turns of phrase particular to the United States. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2007: Matthew Rothschild speaks

Matthew Rothschild is the author of You Have No Rights, a collection of stories documenting the post-9/11 abuse of U.S. citizens' civil liberties. He has worked for The Progressive for a quarter century, serving for the last 12 years as the magazine's editor. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2007: Peter Annin speaks

Peter Annin is the author of The Great Lakes Water Wars, an authoritative volume on the battles being waged between interests with a thirst to extract fresh water from the Great Lakes and those who are laboring to craft a Great Lakes Compact as a step toward preserving their freshwater legacy for future generations. At stake: one-fifth of the world's surface freshwater reserves. >More
 Brief interviews with Luis Alberto Urrea, Logan Ward, and Faith Adiele

 Five days, 187 authors, one theme

Alison Jones Chaim has had to cancel plans for a three-week trek in Nepal, she says, due to an unexpected surge in preparations for the sixth annual Wisconsin Book Festival. The festival's director may be joking, but it's hard to be certain. Chaim has one of those smiles that render you unsure as to whether she is pulling your leg and, if she is, how hard she might be pulling. >More
 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
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