Madison-based author Douglas Haynes tracks the effects of climate change on two Nicaraguan families in “Every Day We Live Is the Future,” an insightful and terrifying look at the impact of environmental change on the world’s vulnerable populations. more

Nov 16, 2017 5:00 AM Books

A new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press collects the writings and speeches of pioneering legislator and civil rights activist Lloyd Barbee. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Just in time for Halloween: University of Wisconsin Press releases a new edition of “Haunted Heartland.” It’s a collection of Midwestern paranormal tales from author Michael Norman. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Bill Lueders reviews two books inspired by Wisconsin’s natural beauty: “The Driftless Reader” and “Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth.” more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM Books

“Into the Mystic” is a nostalgic look at the music of the 1960s from Madison author Christopher Hill. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Mary Dougherty sings the praises of Lake Superior cuisine. From the expected (whitefish) to the unexpected (pho), the recipes and photos are inspirational. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM Books

John Nichols’ 10th book, “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse” profiles the “greedheads, blank-stare ideologues and partisan hacks” who populate Donald Trump’s White House. more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Wisconsin author Michael Perry shows his writing chops in “Danger: Man Working,” an excellent new collection of essays from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Books

“Stark Plug Book.Com" is a new graphic novel from local artist and printmaker Steve Chappell. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Rick Bogle presents a mostly scholarly investigation of UW research and its attendant controversies. He argues that the scientific benefit of animal research, including the work of UW primate researcher Harry Harlow, has been wildly overstated. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM Books

It’s unclear when people started referring to the Wisconsin Capitol as the “people’s house” but a new book says the term can be traced back to a reference to the White House made during an 1827 debate. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


William Hereford

Give a Girl a Knife is more than just a New York kitchen tell-all. Minnesotan Amy Thielen synthesizes big city fine dining and Midwestern cuisine in her new memoir. more

Jun 7, 2017 12:43 PM FOOD & DRINK 1 Comments

After a Google search for “Appalachian soul,” Mt. Horeb’s author Alex Bledsoe began writing a fantasy series based around song titles from a folk musician. He recently released his fifth book in the Tufa series, “Gather Her Round.” more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Poet and UW-Whitewater professor Alison Townsend’s “The Persistence of Rivers” is an essay on moving water, revisiting the rivers that have moved her. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Amy Stocklein

By day, it’s a quiet space for writers. At night, 702WI comes alive as a social space for readings and book clubs. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Bev Mazur

The Raging Grannies bring their street theater and songs to protests around town. But members have their own stories to tell. Listen to Your Grandmothers is their new book. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Phil Ejercito

Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein documented the fallout in Janesville after General Motors shuttered its factory in 2008. Goldstein’s new book shows the difficult choices faced by families whose $28-an-hour jobs vanished. more

Apr 18, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments

Melanie Radzicki McManus recounts her wild journey across Wisconsin in a new memoir, “Thousand-Miler,” from Wisconsin Historical Society Press. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Local country music expert Bill Malone pens a fascinating new biography of bluegrass great Bill Clifton. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Jean Malek

Margaret Atwood, the celebrated Canadian author, sits down with Isthmus to talk politics, dystopia and the fragile nature of democracy. more

Apr 6, 2017 1:10 AM Books