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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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 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



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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Althea Dotzour

Women are constantly criticized for how they sound. Their voices are shrill, harsh, grating. The list goes on. Veronica Rueckert has a new book out on the phenomenon. Read more

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Mineral Point Library Archives, R. Richard Wagner Collection

The Stonewall riots turn 50 this year. But gay liberation was in play years before — even in Wisconsin — as a new book by Dick Wagner chronicles. Read more

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Dean Strang, the attorney who became a star after Netflix released “Making a Murderer,” has a new book out with UW Press. He looks at the history of how the government crushed the Industrial Workers of the World. Read more



Carolyn Fath Ashby

Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society celebrates a golden anniversary with a 996-page history. Read more


Double mystery: "Death by the Bay" and "The Dead of Achill Island" are two sharp new thrillers written by Wisconsin authors. Read more



Eli Wedel

After 28 years of fighting fires in inner-city Milwaukee, Greg Renz retired and began work on a novel. On June 1, “Beneath the Flames” will be published by Three Towers Press. For Renz, it’s satisfying to put it all together. Read more

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Prolific Wisconsin author Jerry Apps does it again. He’s got a new account of the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Read more

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Stephanie Hofmann

From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. Read more

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Caitlin PenzeyMoog has penned a sometimes irreverent but helpful inside look at the unsung hero of cooking: spices. It also happens to be the family business. Read more


Fourteen book clubs are meeting around Madison to discuss the upcoming visit from queer activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor, author of “The Body Is Not an Apology.” She’s at Madison College March 11. Read more


There is a deep history of African American farms and cooperative living strategies. UW-Madison professor of environmental justice Monica M. White writes of its impact on farming movements of today in her new book, "Freedom Farmers." Read more

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Jonathan Kasparek’s new book, "Proxmire: Bulldog of the Senate" looks back at the spunky determination of the longest serving U.S. senator in Wisconsin history. Read more



Jonah Westrich

Madison author r.r. campbell publishes his second novel, “Imminent Dawn,” a creepy dystopian thriller that’s been compared to “Black Mirror.” Read more



Jen Doser

R. Chris Reeder publishes a confident young adult fantasy novel, “The Changeling’s Daughter.” Read more


“The Curiosities,” a sophomore novel by Madison attorney Susan Gloss, pictures life among complicated creatives in an artists’ colony. Read more