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Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 fills downtown Madison with lively discussions about medicine, math, mini-golf and more

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. It doesn't just honor the written word, but pays homage to the things that inspire authors to write and the big ideas that make storytelling so exciting. >More
 UW mathematician Jordan Ellenberg highlights the value of contradiction at Wisconsin Book Festival 2014

Jordan Ellenberg, nationally recognized UW-Madison mathematics professor and author of the recent bestselling book How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, did something very unmathematical Thursday night: He made a last-minute change in plans. >More
 Stephin Merritt is a singer, a songwriter and a Scrabble nut

Stephin Merritt might be a master of song and verse, but the rules governing the word games Scrabble and Words with Friends bewilder him. Especially the 101 two-letter words officially recognized by Scrabble. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 is a celebration of authors, libraries and bold ideas

Madison Public Library and its foundation have transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a yearlong feast of stellar storytelling and intriguing ideas. With many events at the Central Library, the main portion of the fest (Oct. 16-19) is also a chance for attendees to enjoy the new building's art, gathering spaces and, of course, books. Here are some of the events we're most excited about. >More
 MADmatches pairs local readers with the books of their dreams

MADmatches sounds like an online dating service, and it is, in a way. But instead of matching people with one another, it helps local readers find the books of their dreams. >More
 A doctor heals herself in Ann Garvin's The Dog Year

The Dog Year, by Wisconsin author Ann Garvin, is a very funny book about sadness and loss. It's also only a little bit about dogs and a lot about the ways in which relationships can help you heal. >More
 Jordan Ellenberg, the math evangelist

Jordan Ellenberg really wants you to like math. Not math in the sense of calculating a tip or doing your taxes, but math as the path to understanding, math as evidence, math as truth. Hence the title his new book, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, which Penguin Press released this week. >More
 Chloe Benjamin explores the dark side of sleep research in The Anatomy of Dreams

The UW's creative writing MFA program has been a shot in the arm for Madison's literary scene, launching the careers of authors like Lauren Groff and Emma Straub. This story's latest chapter concerns Chloe Benjamin, who'll release her first novel, The Anatomy of Dreams, through Simon & Schuster in September. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The romance writer community in Madison

Isthmus contributor Bobbi Dumas reported on the community of romance writers around Madison in the May 16 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the May 15 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Erotic e-publishing: Madison-area romance novelists seduce readers and book-industry bigwigs

E-publishing is a game-changer for writers in Madison and beyond. It has altered the way many authors deliver their work to readers, and, in some cases, how they craft their prose. As online tools for self-publishing have grown more popular and sophisticated, authors have found ways to bring their work to the public without agents, publishing houses or other book-industry middlemen. >More
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