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What scares Neil Gaiman?

During his appearance with best-selling horror author Peter Straub (left) and critic Gary K. Wolfe (middle) on Sunday's panel at the Wisconsin Book Festival focusing on "Genre Fiction and the New Wave Fabulists," Neil Gaiman -- author of the novel American Gods and the acclaimed series of Sandman graphic novels -- takes a question from the audience: What frightens him? The short video follows below. >More
 Tony Grooms reads from Bombingham

In reading this passage during his Wisconsin Book Festival on Saturday, novelist Anthony Grooms offers a subtle hint of the great social, political and cultural upheavals revisited in Bombingham, his novel of the Civil Rights movement. Listen carefully to the last line, and you can hear the foreboding with which he punctuates an apparently innocent scene. The short video follows below. >More
 A heroic crown of sonnets for Emmett Till

Saturday morning at the Wisconsin Book Festival, the award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reads the concluding 29 lines from A Wreath for Emmett Till, her heroic crown of sonnets about the Chicago youth whose 1955 lynching helped spark the U.S. Civil Rights movement. The short video and a report about the reading follows below. >More
 1 Dead in Attic, one determined columnist

Pulitzer-winning New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, author of 1 Dead in Attic, appeared at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Friday to read from his book and state his case for resurrecting the Crescent City. The short video follows below. >More
 Urban renewal claims a Milwaukee lifestyle

During her appearance on Friday at the Wisconsin Book Festival, Ivory Abena Black, author of Bronzeville: A Milwaukee Lifestyle, recounts a part of the thriving neighborhood's history when the community was in its cultural, social and economic heyday. The short video follows below. >More
 Marjane Satrapi discusses the appeal of her medium

During the "WPR Live" event Saturday at the Wisconsin Book Festival, graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi explains why she finds working in her chosen medium so irresistible. In this sequence, Satrapi recounts her introduction to comics as a vehicle for graphic narrative, and explains her immediate and enduring enthusiasm for a medium that allows her to combine her passion for writing with her gusto for drawing. The short video follows below. >More
 Chris Ware: Graphic novels or comic books?

At the Wisconsin Book Festival during Saturday's taping of a Wisconsin Public Radio segment for broadcast next month on "To the Best of Our Knowledge," Chris Ware explains which label he considers most suitable for what he does: graphic novelist or comics artist? The short video follows below. >More
 Fairy tails, not tales, at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Friday afternoon at the Wisconsin Book Festival, one of the models for "Books on the Runway: A Fashion Show of Wearable Books for the Mind and Body" explains the inspiration for her creation, "Fairy Tails." A short video interview follows below. >More
 Laughing at Rejection at the Wisconsin Book Festival

During Friday night's raucous Rejection Collection stage show at the Wisconsin Book Festival, frequent New Yorker cartoonists P.S. Mueller and P. Byrnes share some slides of cartoons they've had rejected by the magazine. A short video clip follows below. >More
 David Maraniss talks boyhood, baseball and Bush at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Thursday night David Maraniss frequently strayed from his official business of promoting his book, Clemente, at the Wisconsin Book Festival in order to talk about his other books, to reminisce about his boyhood in Madison, and to muse on the current occupant of the White House. >More
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