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Up-and-comers

I've rarely read another collection of stories featuring so many authors - 21 to be exact - that has left me more exhilarated. Some shift is afoot in this generation of writers, and it bodes well for the present and future of fiction. >More
 A fuss over Russ

Horwitt admits he didn't uncover that many surprises in his research, and no skeletons in the closet. "I didn't have any big preconceptions one way or the other when I started the book," Horwitt says in a telephone interview. But something outsiders may not realize is that the senator has "a terrific sense of humor, something he maybe got from his dad." He's a bit of a practical joker and a great mimic, "almost professional level," and does a good Jesse Helms and George W. >More
 Prison breaks

The program is part of a larger effort to promote literacy among inmates and help them pass high school equivalency tests. It's a joint effort of the UW's Humanities Exposed, which encourages graduate students to create community-outreach programs, and Community Connections, an organization that provides Oakhill with volunteers. >More
 God bless the child

This just in: Adults may be reading less, but kids love books. The wild success of Madison's prolific writer/illustrator Kevin Henkes is proof. >More
 The book's next chapter

The pallbearers strain under caskets filled with the carcasses of books nobody loved. The press attends the funerals. 'Domestic Book Sales Flat for 2006,' blared a banner in a January e-edition of Book Business. 'Say Goodbye to the Book,' mourned a syndicated tech-column headline in a March edition of the Wisconsin State Journal. In the latest Harper's, Cynthia Ozick dissects the decline of reading in the electronic age. >More
 An interview with Midwestern poet Anne-Marie Oomen

You wouldn't want to be one of those people who only reads poetry during April -- would you? >More
 The Taliesin massacre

Drennan's approach to the Wright tragedy is more nuanced, though I suspect he shares Larson's shrewd understanding that nothing sells like a good murder mystery. >More
 Not just chick lit

'I'm trying to carve out a niche for myself as a writer of love poems to nonhumans,' the fictional Emily Ross explains. Similarly, Fox's novel, her first, gets a lot of laughs while it zeroes in on a niche that seems rather narrow at first glance. >More
 Indie book tackles serious topic

Thomas Doherty of Madison worked at the Mendota Mental Health Institute for just a few years when he was a graduate student in the early 1970s. While there, he heard stories about the center's precursor on the same land, the Wisconsin Insane Hospital ' a huge Victorian facility four stories tall and the length of two football fields. Traces of its foundation remain, but otherwise, it's 'long vanished and virtually forgotten,' writes Doherty. >More
 Poet's corner

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