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Westfield Comics counts votes for Obama and McCain with Presidential Material from IDW

One hero struggles with identity, searching for a cause in life, coming to grips with how he can bring hope to the world. Another hero stands tall, looking to maintain a long legacy of service, realizing only after losing his freedom how important it is to him. They are not the costumed, super-powered titans found only in the pages of comic books, though, but candidates for President of the United States. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Dave Fox speaks

Seattle-based travel and humor writer Dave Fox provides a tutorial in his new book Globjotting on the travel-journal methods he employs to document his own far-flung journeys without distracting from enjoyment of travel experiences themselves. In a interview conducted via email, he notes some of his favorite travel writers and books, offers some advice for coping with some of the more worrisome recent trends in the travel industry, and cites some of his own travel ambitions for the coming decade. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: M.K. Asante, Jr. speaks

In his new book, It's Bigger Than Hip Hop, the poet, author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr., chronicles the rise of the post-hip-hop generation, its ownership of the spoken-word movement as a vehicle for social justice and its savvy rejection of corporate exploitation. He describes the inspirations for and the fluid process of researching and writing the book, recounts a formative childhood encounter with Public Enemy, outlines the consequences of the corporate hijacking of hip hop, and more in an email interview. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Patricia Smith speaks

Published last month by Coffee House Press, Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith is a searing portrait of the horrors wrought by Hurricane Katrina -- told from perspectives including the hurricane itself, its victims and survivors, politicians and more abstract points of view. In an interview conducted via email, Smith describes the genesis of Blood Dazzler assesses the legacy of Katrina, compares the rewards of teaching public-school students vs. prison inmates, and explains the responsibility that comes with fearlessness. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Stephanie Kuehnert speaks

Set in small-town Wisconsin, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephenie Kuehnert is a gritty feminist punk-rock celebration of the rebellious bonds that connect a daughter with her absent mother. Published by MTV Books in July, it has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "an empowering new twist on a girl's coming of age." In an interview conducted via email, she recounts the genesis of her novel, describes the strength she finds in punk, cops to admiration for Courtney Love, and reveals what she misses about Madison. >More
 The Oprah effect

David Wroblewski spent the better part of a decade crafting The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Everything since has happened very fast indeed. Published in June to critical acclaim and a lavish testimonial from Stephen King, the northern Wisconsin native's 576-page debut novel climbed The New York Times best-seller list. During a summer book-tour stop in Madison, he was invited to return for the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival. Then, on Sept. 19, Oprah Winfrey picked The Story of Edgar Sawtelle as the latest title for her book club -- calling it a great American novel comparable to the best of Steinbeck and Harper Lee. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Dave Zirin speaks

Perhaps best known for his Edge of Sports column and radio show, Dave Zirin is the award-winning antithesis of the mainstream sportswriter. His new volume, A People's History of Sports in the United States, was published last month as part of historian Howard Zinn's People's History series for New Press. In 320 pages, Zirin places sports in the socio-political and cultural contexts where they belong, tracing the most courageous and ignominious sports episodes in U.S. history. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist speak

John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist are the proprietors of Inn Serendipity, an award-winning carbon-negative bed and breakfast on a parcel of farmland in rural Green County, Wisconsin, where they harvest their own organic food, generate power from renewable sources and strive to redefine the good life as one that values purpose, creativity and a slower pace more than money. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Amitava Kumar speaks

A native of India, Amitava Kumar has emerged as one of South Asia's most prominent contemporary voices -- a journalist, author, editor and poet who has earned both critical praise and literary laurels for long-form non-fiction work. In an interview conducted via email, Kumar reflects on how life has changed since 9/11, revisits his recent experience covering the Democratic National Convention, and identifies those other authors he is most looking forward to seeing at the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival -- including one whose hand he aspires to kiss. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2008: Gail Konop Baker speaks

Gail Konop Baker has been all of the following: advertising executive, stand-up comic, waitress, high-school teacher and journalist. She has written two novels, Waitress of the Month and Paris Smells Like Rotten Eggs, and has been published in Isthmus, Wisconsin Trails, Talking River Review and other journals. To all of these things, add runner, yoga teacher, mother of three, wife and now memoirist. >More
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