Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva

It may be Victorian, but the Christmas pudding is a boozy affair just right for 21st-century celebrations. It’s sure to be a sensation, flaming or not. more

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Paulius Musteikis

Isthmus reviewers make the rounds of the latest restaurants. more

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Stephanie Hofmann

Seven of our favorite Madison restaurants where it’s quiet enough to carry on a conversation — or just dine in a gracious atmosphere. more

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Paulius Musteikis

New Pasqual’s Cantina embraces small plate “street food” but doesn’t jettison old faves. more



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A new era of farm-fresh German food populates the menu at Freiburg Gastropub. more



Paulius Musteikis

I’ve scouted a few Madison restaurants at which you can find nutritious and delicious offerings at lunchtime that go beyond the usual sandwiches, salads and pizza. more

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Philip Ashby

In recent years we've seen an exciting expansion in our understanding of poetry and its forms, as well as how and where it is expressed. And here in Madison there is an opportunity for poets to share their work with a wide and eclectic audience. Madi more



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In the same way that I comb seed catalogs late in our Wisconsin winter, at the end of summer I begin to look around my house with an eye to sprucing up the décor. more

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After opening this weekend against the LSU Tigers in "neutral" Houston, the Wisconsin Football Badgers will spend three September Saturdays at Camp Randall before their Big Ten conference schedule begins at Northwestern Oct. 4. more

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Sharon Vanorny

On a recent day in my Facebook feed, a photo rolled up of three preschoolers " two black, one white " gleefully hugging. The caption read, "No one is born racist." Shortly after, someone posted an article by a black woman offended when white people w more

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Susan Gloss and Gayle Rosengren write for very different audiences, but both authors call the Madison area home. Their characters live nearby, too. more

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By any standard, Michelle Wildgen is having a very good year. Her third novel, "Bread and Butter", comes out on Feb. 12; classes are full at Madison Writers' Studio, the writing school she founded last year with fellow Madison author Susanna Daniel; and a movie of her first novel, "You're Not You", starring Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel and Emmy Rossum, is slated to hit theaters in early summer. more


Madison author and illustrator Kevin Henkes has been named a 2014 Newbery Honor recipient for "The Year of Billy Miller", his latest book for young readers. Newbery Honor Books are a short list of runners-up to the Newbery Medal, which the American Library Association awards yearly to the most distinguished American literature for children. more


Danielle Evans, a former Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellow, will join the faculty of the UW-Madison creative writing program as an assistant professor in the fall of 2014. A position opened about a year ago when Lorrie Moore, a revered fiction stylist who was also recognized as a rising star when she came to Wisconsin in the 1980s, quietly accepted a professorship at Vanderbilt University. more

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Madison historian Jody LePage met Sylvia Bell White in 1973, when they were both selling vegetables at the farmers' market on the Capitol Square. She was one of the most fun people I had ever met," says LePage, who did not learn for 10 years that White's brother, Daniel Bell, had been gunned down by a Milwaukee police officer in 1958. more


The most surprising part of this year's Wisconsin Book Festival (Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 17-20) is how much a celebration of homegrown talent it will be. Clearly, great care has been taken to highlight books that reflect a wide range of voices and reading interests. And yet, with notable exceptions, most presenters live and work in right here in Wisconsin. more


Madison's Kashmira Sheth has written four award-winning novels for middle grade and teen readers, and a popular chapter book for six- to nine-year-olds, but right now her picture books are what she's excited to talk about. more

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The successful meditation spaces in the homes I visited were as unpretentious as they were distinguished by personal touches, some governed by the traditions or disciplines of the practice, and others purely by aesthetic preference. There are, howeve more

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Jennifer Downey

How "real people" dedicated to daily practice are creating the spaces they use to meditate. more

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Wisconsin Book Festival events coordinator Conor Moran has been a book lover for longer than he can remember. There are, he says, baby photos of him reading his Richard Scarry books at the breakfast table while his dad read the newspaper. Hired March 1 by the festival's new host, the Madison Public Library Foundation, Moran has hit the ground running. more