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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Many literary events this week in Milwaukee

Nineteenth-century poet, author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau once said, “The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Deeply concerned with protecting the environment and treasuring our natural landmarks, Thoreau even today remains one of the country’s foremost
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Author Anna Schmidt at the Marshall Building for Gallery Night

A new, moving World War II novel with connections to Wisconsin tells the little-known story of German refugees who, on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s orders, sailed to New York to escape the repressive Nazi regime. Safe Haven, the third book in author Anna Schmidt’s Peacemaker
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

How to sound smart and avoid Twitterspeak

What makes for good writing style: sparse or ornate, classical or practical? Questions about writing styles and the English language can be terribly confusing, but a recently released concise and surprisingly entertaining style guide by world-renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Larry Widen checks out the scene at Boswell

Did you know that on the same weekend that Woodstock took place, Milwaukee played host to its own concert featuring Jeff Beck, Blind Faith and other rockers at the Wisconsin State Fair Park? Rock ’n’ roll’s history in Milwaukee goes back decades, starting with post-World War II nightclubs
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Novelist Chloe Benjamin at Boswell

When Sylvia and Gabe meet and fall in love at boarding school in Northern California in 1998, they never in their wildest dreams could have imagined the path their lives would take. The spirited duo becomes the central characters in Chloe Benjamin’s debut novel The Anatomy of Dreams
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Emily St. John Mandel tours Milwaukee bookstores

Without a doubt, Station Eleven is not your archetypal YA dystopian novel, despite its post-apocalyptic plot involving a 99% annihilation of the world’s population. Canadian-born New York-based author Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel is a deeply
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
The raw and brutal experiences of war undoubtedly change people, and for Desa Jovanovic, the lead character in Miki Knezevic’s gripping historical novel Behind God’s Back, it is the decision to become a healer that forever changes the course of her life. Growing up in the shadows of
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Readings and discussions at Woodland Pattern and Boswell

A decorated pair of Chicago poets will join a UW-Milwaukee doctoral student for a live reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. CM Burroughs, Tony Trigilio and Soham Patel are scheduled to headline this free event and each artist will bring their unique
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Professor vents to his ‘Dear Committee Members’

Written entirely in the form of recommendation letters by a down-on-his-luck English professor, Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher is a satirical glimpse into the hallowed halls of academia. The cynical writer behind these letters, Jason Fitger, works at a small Midwestern college facing
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Dan Epstein on America’s pastime in the summer of ’76

In America in 1976, Steve Jobs formed the Apple Computer Company, the two-dollar bill was reintroduced and Jimmy Carter defeated incumbent Gerald Ford to take the presidency. And baseball was alive in America. This was the year of the “Big Red Machine,” the year that the love-to-