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Wisconsin Book Festival

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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

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Jeannie Vanasco’s memoir, “Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl” is complicated, heartwarming and heart-wrenching. In it, she confronts the friend who raped her 14 years prior. Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What timing! Catherine Capellaro talks to Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. Traister speaks at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Oct. 13. Read more

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Our daily guide to some of the best bets at the 2018 Wisconsin Book Festival. Read more

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Politics, resistance and Wisconsin authors feature heavily in this year’s stacked lineup for the Wisconsin Book Festival. Read more

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Jeff Bercovici spent four years testing claims about aging and exercise. Now he’s written a book about it. Read more

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The improbable winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing was Art Cullen, editor of “The Storm Lake Times in Iowa. Jane Burns talks to Cullen about the future of independent journalism and the changing face of rural America. Read more

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Wisconsin Book Festival director Conor Moran is upbeat and hopeful about the present and future of book publishing. We talk to him about the upcoming Nov. 2-5 festival and the year-round celebration of literary culture. Read more

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Mark O’Connell, author of “The Close Encounters Man” talks with Isthmus about his biography of ufologist J. Allen Hynek. O’Connell is at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Nov. 4. Read more

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Linda Falkenstein takes a peek at the 711-page “America, The Cookbook,” which attempts to wrangle recipes from all 50 states into a digestible form. Author Gabrielle Langholtz is in town for the Wisconsin Book Festival on Nov. 2. Read more

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Clear that calendar: The 15th anniversary Wisconsin Book Festival has something for everyone. Isthmus helps you pick out some highlights from the more than 70 events taking place Nov. 2-5. Read more

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Social commentator and founder of the influential literary journal n+1 Mark Greif is in Madison for the Wisconsin Book Festival. He stops at the Central Library on Oct. 22 to read from “Against Everything.” Read more

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Along with the weightier fare, the Wisconsin Book Festival is also teeming with authors of entertaining reads. Mike Popke previews his top picks for sports and recreation books — along with a few quirky additions. Read more

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Bill Lueders takes a look at some serious authors tackling some weighty topics at this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival. Read more

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From favorites Jane Hamilton and Jennifer Chiaverini to festival newbies, the Wisconsin Book Festival puts women authors center stage. Read more

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