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Wisconsin Book Festival 2006: Michelle Wildgen speaks

Expanded from her award-winning short story, Michelle Wildgen's debut novel, You're Not You, tells the story of a college student who becomes the caregiver for a woman with ALS. Wildgen took her undergraduate degree in English at UW-Madison, with an emphasis on creative writing. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2006: Herbert S. Lewis speaks

The author of seminal volumes on Ethiopian history and culture and on Israel's Yemenites, UW-Madison emeritus anthropology Prof. Herbert S. Lewis is most recently the editor of Oneida Lives: Long-Lost Voices of the Wisconsin Oneidas. Containing a substantial collection of oral histories given by Oneida Indians in the early 1940s as part of the Oneida Ethnological Project (conducted under the auspices of the Federal Writers Project), the volume is distilled from a boxful of stenographers' notebooks that had languished in various archives for more than half a century before they were rediscovered. >More
 From A to Zine

UW-Madison's College Library is the center of the zine universe during the Wisconsin Book Festival's day-long Zines Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21. >More
 These United States

Ripped from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, 'To Establish Justice' is the theme for 'A More Perfect Union,' the Wisconsin Humanities Council's book-based exploration of American ideals and policies. >More
 Child's Play

With seven core presenters representing almost all the major medals and awards in children's literature, the Wisconsin Book Festival's events for kids and families have a higher per-capita rate of literary laurels than any of this year's other program tracks. >More
 Book Fest Q & A

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 The big idea

The Wisconsin Book Festival has come to resemble a Wisconsin Ideas Festival. Scheduled for Oct. 18-22, this year's festival is more loaded with literary concept than ever. It encompasses the justice-oriented 'A More Perfect Union' and a robust sequence of sessions focusing on zines. And the presenters in 2006 include more marquee names than in years past. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2006: Ted Kooser speaks

Ted Kooser served from 2004-2006 as the Library of Congress's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He is also a professor in the English department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His body of work spans more than 40 years, and has been decorated with a 2005 Pulitzer Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, the James Boatwright Award and other laurels. A native of Iowa, Kooser worked for more than 30 years in the life insurance industry. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2006: Chris Ware speaks

Perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware and his works are the subject of doctoral dissertations and inspired the poet J.D. McClatchy to call him 'the Emily Dickinson of comics.' Ware's work is distinguished by its clarity of line, its prolific precision and his experiments in narrative structure and graphic design, which have included three-dimensional pullout inserts. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2006: Bill Horzuesky speaks

Bill Horzuesky, the chef and co-proprietor of Bluephies Restaurant, is the author of Bluephies New American Cooking: Recipes Your Mom Never Made You. Published by Itchy Cat Press, the volume includes such non-maternal dishes as chile-infused sweet potatoes, euro scallops, all-dressed-up meat loaf, Thai peanut chicken and vegetable strudel. Other ways to distinguish Horzuesky from your mother include his striking visual presence, which starts from the top with his shaved head and also includes an assortment of tattoos as impressive as his command of the kitchen. >More
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