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Serving as both a geology lesson and a trail guide, “Wisconsin State Parks” gives the reader a deeper understanding of how Wisconsin’s natural wonders came to be. more

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Ahmed Ismail Yusuf was raised as a nomadic herder in Somalia, and taught himself to read with Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” He's in Madison to read from his new collection of short stories. more

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Michael Sullivan

Eight months ago, a group of LGBTQ creatives came together and created a collaborative art and event space on the city’s east side. Now the members are dispersing, but a new generation hopes to keep the spirit of the space alive. more

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Jazz isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you say Wisconsin. But Ripon College music professor Kurt Dietrich had no trouble finding stories to tell in his hefty volume, “Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland.” more

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UW-Madison’s Shawn Francis Peters has published “The Infamous Harry Hayward,” a mesmerizing biography of a 19th-century psychopath who was found guilty of several murders in Minneapolis. more

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“Somos Latinas” is a new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press documenting the important contributions of the state’s Latina activists. It’s based on an ongoing oral history project. more

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Wisconsin Historical Society Press releases “Once a Professor,” a new memoir from prolific author Jerry Apps. This one is about being a conscientious person in the academy. more

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Dave Cubiak, the Chicago cop turned Door County sheriff, is back to solve another mystery in “Death Rides the Ferry,” Patricia Skalka’s fourth installment of her popular series. more

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Linda Falkenstein

Books4School is catnip for young readers — and underscores the importance of diversity in children’s books. This fifth-generation family-owned Madison business is an under-the-radar find just off the Beltline. more

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A new book about the historic Milwaukee Braves from the University of Wisconsin Press focuses on the economics of baseball and why the Braves failed in Milwaukee. more

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Wauwatosa author Brice D. Smith’s own transition from female to male was spurred by a longtime research project about trans pioneer Lou Sullivan. His biography of Sullivan was released recently by Transgress Press. more

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Nathan Jandl

Up-and-coming novelist Chloe Benjamin talks about the success of her latest novel, “The Immortalists,” and settling down in the Midwest. more

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Former UW artist-in-residence Laura Anderson Barbata returns to Madison to talk about her new book documenting her quest to repatriate the remains of her countrywoman Julia Pastrana. more

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In a new book that has been adapted for the big screen, volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan tells the true story of the team that goes on to win a state championship while grieving the loss of a teammate. more

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“Booze and Vinyl” pairs cocktails with classic albums. Sibling writers (and drink enthusiasts) Tenaya and André Darlington come up with a host of ideas for listening parties. more

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Martin Jenich

Madison’s busy poet laureate Oscar Mireles helps kick off National Poetry Month with a series of events at the Madison Public Library. more

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In “Flying at Night,” a distinctly Madison novel, an artist struggles to balance care for an elderly father and a son diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. more

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Chris Charles

Sagashus Levingston, author of the “Infamous Mothers” coffee table book, hosts a successful conference led by black women. She’s announced a forthcoming “Infamous Fathers” book, a pilot program for mothers and Infamous Mothers University. more

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Abigail Carlin

Madison ER doc Tom Miller pens an acclaimed debut novel, “The Philosopher’s Flight.” more

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“Say No Moor” is a mystery novel set among a group of retirees touring Cornwall, England. It’s Madison author Mary Holmes’ 11th mystery novel in the Passport to Peril series. more

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