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Citizen Dave 10 Comments

From a photography book on the Wisconsin Dells to a mystery about The Fonz, Wisconsin authors and Wisconsin-based books are filling the shelves this year. Read more



Chris Roberts

Her turn: Jane Burns provides a lively roundup of some of 2019’s best female music memoirs: from Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Liz Phair, Tegan and Sara Quin, and Amy Rigby. Read more


Ada Deer’s new autobiography, “Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice,” documents the remarkable life of the Menominee leader. Read more


“Dancing on the Wall,” Stuart Stotts’ 11th novel, imagines the last year of a divided Berlin. The novel features two very different, yet intrinsically linked, characters. Read more


Q: What is hard to pick, but easy to wrap? A: Books. The well-chosen gift book can pique someone’s interest and create a whole new passion. Read more

Isthmus Giving

Author Nino Cipri brings an experimental approach and a macabre sensibility to a book of short stories, “Homesick.” Read more


Union organizer turned author Jane McAlevey lays out a strong case for how organized labor can save democracy in her forthcoming book, “A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy.” Read more



C. Daniel Dawson

Maxine Gordon, widow of the towering jazz figure Dexter Gordon, visits Madison with a new biography and several events to honor the sax player’s legacy. Read more



Tim Samuelson

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived an unconventional life. And Paul Hendrickson’s new biography, “Plagued by Fire,” takes an unconventional approach, reading like a thriller. Read more


From a gay Olympian to a witch’s memoir, this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival features a diverse roster of authors, including many hometown — and home state — standouts. Read more


Marie Arana, who visits the Central Library for the 2019 Wisconsin Book Festival, takes a personal approach to examining the history of Latin America in “Silver, Sword & Stone.” Read more


On a months-long journey in motorized canoes John Hildebrand, one of Wisconsin’s finest nature writers, seeks to explore Wisconsin and understand its divided people. Read more


“Ojibwe, Activist, Priest: The Life of Philip Bergin Gordon, Tibishkogijik” is a scholarly book that presents a dry account of a remarkable life. Read more


The Wisconsin Historical Society Press releases “Rebel Poet: More Stories from a 21st Century Indian,” a second volume from the brilliant Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes), a poet from the Oneida Nation. Read more



Carolyn Fath Ashby

Author Doug Hoverson delved into primary source material in writing "The Drink that Made Wisconsin Famous: Beer and Brewing in the Badger State." It’s an encyclopedia of the state’s brewing history. Read more



Mark Hertzberg

Back before the scandals and the fame, Frank Lloyd Wright designed “cottages” on Delavan Lake. A new book looks at the legacy of Penwern, a whimsical example of the architect’s early work. Read more

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“The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean” is a picture book by former Isthmus editor Dean Robbins, who got a chance to collaborate with one of his childhood heroes. Read more



Ya-Ling Tsai

Addiction, sex trafficking and murder are all themes in John Galligan’s absorbing yet brutal new novel, “Bad Axe County.” Read more



The Book Deal

The Book Deal is a used bookstore with heart. With a mission of fostering literacy, it gives away books to schools and other organizations, as well as maintains a brick-and-mortar store off the Beltline. Read more

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