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Farley and me

In grade school, I read every book I could get my hands on by a now-forgotten and probably forgettable science-fiction writer named Lester del Rey. In high school, I fell for John Steinbeck; in college, I turned to Twain and turned on to Kerouac. >More
 Head-trip through the counterculture

Sandra Eugster had no interest in writing a memoir, which only goes to underscore the adage that the most interesting people are exactly the ones who are most reluctant to talk about themselves. Nonetheless, Eugster, now a Madison psychologist, found herself drawn to writing about her childhood on a commune in rural southwestern Virginia. >More
 Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive

How did an angry kid from an unhappy working-class home in Wausau become the longest-serving member of Congress in Wisconsin history and the powerful chair of the House Appropriations Committee? >More
 Matthew Rothschild illustrates how You Have No Rights

The title of Matt Rothschild's new book -- You Have No Rights: Stories of America In An Age Of Repression (The New Press) -- carries a strong whiff of lefty hyperbole. Is the fascist jackboot really on America's throat? >More
 A Room of One's Own brings Harry Potter to downtown Madison

"I really am overwhelmed," said Sandi Torkildson, co-owner of A Room of One's Own and host of the release party, which had a purpose beyond simply joining in the Potter craze. "The level of interest much more than I expected," she explained. "When I first though of this idea of selling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as a fundraiser for public school libraries in Madison, I thought maybe we'd sell 100 books." >More
 Madison poet Heather Swan Rosenthal triumphs in BookMark contest

The Wisconsin Center for the Book is announcing today that it has bestowed Madison poet Heather Swan Rosenthal's poem "Interstice" with top honors in its 2007 Poetry BookMark Contest. The poem and her photo will be published on 1,000 bookmarks destined for distribution at book festivals and other events statewide. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival presenting authors for 2007 announced

The Wisconsin Humanities Council this morning announced the presenting authors authors for the 2007 Wisconsin Book Festival, and it's an impressive quintet indeed. >More

I've rarely read another collection of stories featuring so many authors - 21 to be exact - that has left me more exhilarated. Some shift is afoot in this generation of writers, and it bodes well for the present and future of fiction. >More
 A fuss over Russ

Horwitt admits he didn't uncover that many surprises in his research, and no skeletons in the closet. "I didn't have any big preconceptions one way or the other when I started the book," Horwitt says in a telephone interview. But something outsiders may not realize is that the senator has "a terrific sense of humor, something he maybe got from his dad." He's a bit of a practical joker and a great mimic, "almost professional level," and does a good Jesse Helms and George W. >More
 Prison breaks

The program is part of a larger effort to promote literacy among inmates and help them pass high school equivalency tests. It's a joint effort of the UW's Humanities Exposed, which encourages graduate students to create community-outreach programs, and Community Connections, an organization that provides Oakhill with volunteers. >More
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