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


Doulas have “one of the most complex jobs on the planet,” says doula trainer and UW-Madison researcher Amy Gilliland. She’s trying to learn how they become more effective in their role as birth coaches. Read more


Two Wisconsin poets, Marilyn Annucci and DeWitt Clinton, release powerful new collections of poetry. They both read at A Room of One’s Own on Feb. 1. Read more


African Americans started putting down roots in Madison in the 1800s. A new collection of oral histories from the descendants of these pioneers capture what life was like for these early settlers. Read more

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Madison author Sam Savage is currently in hospice, but a Minneapolis publisher has released the late-career author’s “final collection,” titled “An Orphanage of Dreams.” Read more



Liaizon Wakest

The Church of Anarchy helped define Willy Street in the ’80s and ’90s. Andy Moore catches up with poet, performer and now winemaker mIEKAL aND, the unconventional co-founder who moved west to create Dreamtime Village. Read more

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Not much is known about the artist Paul Seifert, but the elusive artist’s magnificent paintings are getting their due in a new book by Joe Kapler, lead curator of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Read more


Citizen Dave has been busy turning the pages of both new books and classics. What’s his pick for the best book of the last 365 days? Read more

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