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My brief brush with fame

If, as Andy Warhol said, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes, I still have 11 minutes left. Last night, I appeared for a little less than four minutes on the FOX News show, "Hannity & Colmes," along with Patty, the heroine of my new book. We were invited on in the wake of a national Associated Press story about the book, Cry Rape, and the local political reaction it's generated. >More
 'Every portion of history has its own drama'

Faith Sullivan is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Gardenias (Milkweed), a sequel to what may be her best known work, The Cape Ann. That novel detailed the worldview of six-year-old Lark Erhardt, who lived in a makeshift apartment in a rail depot in Harvester, Minn., with her sparring parents during the Depression. Sullivan lives in the Twin Cities. We spoke by phone in advance of her appearance at A Room of One's Own on Sunday, Dec. 10. The resulting interview follows below. >More
 Fundamental reading

For years ' 29 of them, in fact ' the Isthmus year-end book wrap-up was written by avid reader and Broom Street Theater director Joel Gersmann. His list was a departure from most year-end book picks in that he did not restrict himself to new books published within the last year. In his memory, we continue the tradition he started. >More
 Reading fare

 Local Best Sellers

 Fighting Son: A Biography of Philip F. La Follette

'Fighting Bob' La Follette has become such an iconic figure in Wisconsin politics that the remarkable accomplishments of his two sons have been unjustly overlooked. >More
 Beautiful dreamer

The new Charles Munch: Dreaming in Color, Paintings 1971-2006 (Trails Books) has the punch of a lavish coffee-table book, reduced to a smaller and more portable (and affordable at $20) package. >More
 Who am I?

His new book is The Discomfort Zone, a memoir in six essays. While it's taken some heat from critics, the book is whip-smart. Franzen answered a few questions via phone from New York City in advance of his appearance at the Wisconsin Historical Society (Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.). >More
 @ the 2006 Wisconsin Book Festival

This year's Wisconsin Book Festival encompassed five days rich in literature and ideas. In a modest effort to document the fifth annual event, Isthmus has compiled a cluster of short video clips and reports that hint at the maelstrom of words and concepts swirling between Oct. 18-22 throughout Madison. >More
 Utne Reader Smiles on Wisconsin Academy Journal

The Utne Reader has nominated Wisconsin People & Ideas -- the quarterly journal of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters -- for a 2006 Utne Independent Press Award. >More
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