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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
 Farley and me

In grade school, I read every book I could get my hands on by a now-forgotten and probably forgettable science-fiction writer named Lester del Rey. In high school, I fell for John Steinbeck; in college, I turned to Twain and turned on to Kerouac. >More
 Matthew Rothschild illustrates how You Have No Rights

The title of Matt Rothschild's new book -- You Have No Rights: Stories of America In An Age Of Repression (The New Press) -- carries a strong whiff of lefty hyperbole. Is the fascist jackboot really on America's throat? >More
 A Room of One's Own brings Harry Potter to downtown Madison

"I really am overwhelmed," said Sandi Torkildson, co-owner of A Room of One's Own and host of the release party, which had a purpose beyond simply joining in the Potter craze. "The level of interest much more than I expected," she explained. "When I first though of this idea of selling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as a fundraiser for public school libraries in Madison, I thought maybe we'd sell 100 books." >More
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