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Fighting Son: A Biography of Philip F. La Follette

'Fighting Bob' La Follette has become such an iconic figure in Wisconsin politics that the remarkable accomplishments of his two sons have been unjustly overlooked. >More
 Beautiful dreamer

The new Charles Munch: Dreaming in Color, Paintings 1971-2006 (Trails Books) has the punch of a lavish coffee-table book, reduced to a smaller and more portable (and affordable at $20) package. >More
 Who am I?

His new book is The Discomfort Zone, a memoir in six essays. While it's taken some heat from critics, the book is whip-smart. Franzen answered a few questions via phone from New York City in advance of his appearance at the Wisconsin Historical Society (Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.). >More
 @ the 2006 Wisconsin Book Festival

This year's Wisconsin Book Festival encompassed five days rich in literature and ideas. In a modest effort to document the fifth annual event, Isthmus has compiled a cluster of short video clips and reports that hint at the maelstrom of words and concepts swirling between Oct. 18-22 throughout Madison. >More
 Utne Reader Smiles on Wisconsin Academy Journal

The Utne Reader has nominated Wisconsin People & Ideas -- the quarterly journal of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters -- for a 2006 Utne Independent Press Award. >More
 What scares Neil Gaiman?

During his appearance with best-selling horror author Peter Straub (left) and critic Gary K. Wolfe (middle) on Sunday's panel at the Wisconsin Book Festival focusing on "Genre Fiction and the New Wave Fabulists," Neil Gaiman -- author of the novel American Gods and the acclaimed series of Sandman graphic novels -- takes a question from the audience: What frightens him? The short video follows below. >More
 Tony Grooms reads from Bombingham

In reading this passage during his Wisconsin Book Festival on Saturday, novelist Anthony Grooms offers a subtle hint of the great social, political and cultural upheavals revisited in Bombingham, his novel of the Civil Rights movement. Listen carefully to the last line, and you can hear the foreboding with which he punctuates an apparently innocent scene. The short video follows below. >More
 A heroic crown of sonnets for Emmett Till

Saturday morning at the Wisconsin Book Festival, the award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reads the concluding 29 lines from A Wreath for Emmett Till, her heroic crown of sonnets about the Chicago youth whose 1955 lynching helped spark the U.S. Civil Rights movement. The short video and a report about the reading follows below. >More
 1 Dead in Attic, one determined columnist

Pulitzer-winning New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, author of 1 Dead in Attic, appeared at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Friday to read from his book and state his case for resurrecting the Crescent City. The short video follows below. >More
 Urban renewal claims a Milwaukee lifestyle

During her appearance on Friday at the Wisconsin Book Festival, Ivory Abena Black, author of Bronzeville: A Milwaukee Lifestyle, recounts a part of the thriving neighborhood's history when the community was in its cultural, social and economic heyday. The short video follows below. >More
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