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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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 Where's the love for Sarah Vowell?

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Wisconsin Union Theater box office had some 200 free tickets left for the Sarah Vowell talk tonight as part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Distinguished Lecture Series. What's wrong with you people? >More
 Krista Jacob talks about Abortion Under Attack

Krista Jacob was a counselor at the Rape Crisis Center in Madison in the mid-1990s. She returns to Madison on Sunday, January 28, to read from and discuss her new anthology Abortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice (Seal Press) at 2 p.m. at A Room of One's Own bookstore. We spoke by phone in advance of her reading. >More
 Madison artist David McLimans claims a Caldecott

The ALSC describe's McLimans' book as "a black-and-white iconic alphabet that is sophisticated enough to intrigue and captivate readers of any age." >More
 My brief brush with fame

If, as Andy Warhol said, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes, I still have 11 minutes left. Last night, I appeared for a little less than four minutes on the FOX News show, "Hannity & Colmes," along with Patty, the heroine of my new book. We were invited on in the wake of a national Associated Press story about the book, Cry Rape, and the local political reaction it's generated. >More
 'Every portion of history has its own drama'

Faith Sullivan is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Gardenias (Milkweed), a sequel to what may be her best known work, The Cape Ann. That novel detailed the worldview of six-year-old Lark Erhardt, who lived in a makeshift apartment in a rail depot in Harvester, Minn., with her sparring parents during the Depression. Sullivan lives in the Twin Cities. We spoke by phone in advance of her appearance at A Room of One's Own on Sunday, Dec. 10. The resulting interview follows below. >More
 Fundamental reading

For years ' 29 of them, in fact ' the Isthmus year-end book wrap-up was written by avid reader and Broom Street Theater director Joel Gersmann. His list was a departure from most year-end book picks in that he did not restrict himself to new books published within the last year. In his memory, we continue the tradition he started. >More
 Reading fare

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