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Susan Gloss and Gayle Rosengren make an impression from Madison

Susan Gloss and Gayle Rosengren write for very different audiences, but both authors call the Madison area home. Their characters live nearby, too. What the Moon Said, Rosengren's recently released novel for middle-grade readers, takes place on a Wisconsin farm. Gloss' novel, Vintage, revolves around three women who spend time in a vintage clothing boutique on East Johnson Street. >More
 Madison Public Library's Jane Jorgenson turns readers on to steamy stories starring women

Madison can be a hard place to live if you love romance novels. Admit to someone that you read bodice-rippers, and you'll likely receive one of a few expressions: the glare of outright contempt, the smirk of amused condescension or the frozen look that says, "I don't know how to react, but I am far too polite to be openly dismissive." >More
 Michelle Wildgen crafts delicious Bread and Butter from memories of working at L'Etoile

By any standard, Michelle Wildgen is having a very good year. Her third novel, Bread and Butter, comes out on Feb. 12; classes are full at Madison Writers' Studio, the writing school she founded last year with fellow Madison author Susanna Daniel; and a movie of her first novel, You're Not You, starring Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel and Emmy Rossum, is slated to hit theaters in early summer. >More
 Erika Janik explores the early days of modern medicine in Marketplace of the Marvelous

While most Americans want easier access to the past century's medical advances, a small minority question established therapies such as childhood vaccinations, which save scores of lives each year. It's frustrating to consider how their choices might shorten the lives of others. If one thing puts my mind at ease, it's knowing that this tension isn't new. >More
 Echolocations shares poetry about Madison's nooks and crannies

Which local spots define Madison? Madison poets laureate Wendy Vardaman and Sarah Busse, along with local poet Shoshauna Shy, find answers through creative writing projects. A recent project called Echolocations has local writers compose poems about specific places in our city, to create a "map" of location-based reflections and observations. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival humor showcase explores how writing can be smart and funny

The recently renovated Madison Central Library has many roles: it's a fantastic community space, an inspiring resource for research and study, and a symbol of the city's commitment to lifetime learning. But a comedy club? Not so much. That is why it's intriguing to see the Wisconsin Book Festival host Michelle Wildgen's Humor Writing Showcase. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival gets intimate: The 2013 event celebrates more Madison-area authors

The most surprising part of this year's Wisconsin Book Festival (Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 17-20) is how much a celebration of homegrown talent it will be. Clearly, great care has been taken to highlight books that reflect a wide range of voices and reading interests. And yet, with notable exceptions, most presenters live and work in right here in Wisconsin. >More
 Leafing through fall books: The season brings vivid new tales by and about Wisconsinites

Trees aren't the only ones dropping colorful, locally sourced creations this autumn. So are book publishers, who've released a host of new reads by Madison-area authors, and about people and inventions that have shaped southern Wisconsin. Here are four to dive into like a pile of freshly raked fronds. >More
 Kevin Henkes' The Year of Billy Miller will appeal even to adults

If there's a secret to writing a great children's book that is breezy and substantive enough for adults to enjoy, Madison author Kevin Henkes has found it. And it may be that less truly is more. >More
 Cold War University is a riveting account of Madison's New Left

Just when you thought Madison might finally be getting over the 1960s comes another volume on the subject. But before you dismiss Matthew Levin's Cold War University as something you've read before, take another look. >More
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