Middleton-Cross Plains elementary teachers asked to reexamine using Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books after the popular “Little House on the Prairie” author’s name is removed from a major children’s book award. more



Sarah Rose Smiley

Lucy Tan’s ambitious debut novel, “What We Were Promised,” began as a short story while the author was a student at UW-Madison’s graduate fiction program. Tan will be back teaching at the UW this fall. more


Dan Kaufman looks at what happened to his home state of Wisconsin. The subtitle, "The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics," tells it all. more

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Steven Davis

Steven Davis, a professor at Edgewood College, has a new book out. In Defense of Public Lands reminds readers what is at stake at a time when conservative politicians fail to see the benefits of land commonly owned for the public good. more



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Verona native Sally Franson’s “A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out” is a fast-paced look at modern office culture. Catch the author at her hometown library on July 9. more



Steve Apps

One of Wisconsin’s most prolific authors releases “Cold As Thunder,” a futuristic dystopian novel set in Wisconsin. more


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


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



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


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


“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


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


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


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



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



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


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


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