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Booked for Murder gets a new owner, new location and new name, Mystery To Me

The long-running mystery-centric bookstore Booked for Murder has found a buyer. With Booked for Murder owner Sara Barnes moving back to her hometown in Minnesota, UW-Madison Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Joanne Berg has purchased the business and will reopen it June 15 under the name Mystery to Me. >More
 From poet to big-time novelist: Dale Kushner gains a national profile with The Conditions of Love

Madison's literati know Dale Kushner as a poet. That's why it's so surprising she chose fiction for her big national debut. Grand Central Publishing -- part of Hachette Book Group, home of notable authors such as Kate Atkinson and David Sedaris -- will release her first novel, The Conditions of Love, on May 14. To kick off her national tour, she'll read at A Room of One's Own on Sunday, May 19. >More
 A Book A Week: The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas' The Kashmir Shawl was a breath of fresh air after weeks of reading several dark things in a row. Sometimes I just need to escape, preferably to someplace far away. >More
 UW announces Go Big Read 2013-14 selection: Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being

Reading is typically a solitary activity, but it doesn't have to be. Just ask the organizers of the UW's Go Big Read program. They know books are social media in its purest form, tools for bringing people together and helping them connect, converse and learn from each other. >More
 A Book A Week: The Wool series by Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey's The Wool Series is composed of eight novellas (the first one of which is called Wool) that all take place in a post-apocalyptic U.S., where a small contingent of survivors are holed up in something resembling a missile silo. Howey self-published this series through Amazon's Kindle Direct publishing system starting in 2011. >More
 A Book A Week: The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

John Vaillant's The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival sounded like a good adventure: the story of the hunt for a man-eating tiger in modern-day Russia. In 1997, a giant Siberian tiger has a run-in with a poacher who steals the tiger's kill and shoots him in the leg. A short time later that tiger (now really annoyed) stalks the poacher, lies in wait for him at his cabin, and devours him. Revenge! >More
 A Book A Week: Exit Music by Ian Rankin

Have I gone off mysteries? I have read very few in the last few years, not so much by design as by oversight. But I thought I would try again with a classic author/detective combination: Ian Rankin's John Rebus, in his most-recent-but-one offering Exit Music. >More
 Selling Act 10: How Walker persuaded reluctant Republicans to back his anti-union plan

Just as pundits across the country are parsing the likelihood of a 2016 presidential bid by Gov. Scott Walker, the University of Wisconsin Press is releasing a behind-the-scenes look at the spectacle launched by the governor's 2011 proposal to all but end collective bargaining rights for public employees. >More
 Booked for Murder's future a mystery as owner prepares to depart Madison

One of Madison's most eccentric bookstores is for sale, and one of its most memorable bookstore owners is leaving town. Booked for Murder opened in 1988 and specializes in mysteries of an incredibly specific variety, from the classics of Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie to novelties like The Long Quiche Goodbye: A Cheese Shop Mystery. Proprietor Sara Barnes has decided to return to her hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, at the end of March to care for her ailing mother. >More
 Local presses pepper Dane County with events this spring

Wisconsin Historical Society Press and UW Press are keeping the Madison area busy with readings, signings and other book-oriented events in 2013. Here's a selection of presentations taking place in the next three months. >More
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