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Monday, March 29, 2010

Program highlights Jack London’s ‘The Call of the Wild’

We’ve all heard the names—Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Charlotte Brontë, Ernest Hemingway—but sadly many of us have not read the works. In fact, according to a 2004 report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), studies of the written word in America are declining across all ages. Perhaps even more disturbing...
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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If you think your life is complicated, meet Isabel “Izzy” Spellman, a private eye who continually finds herself in insane situations. Izzy has come a long way since being homeless and barred from her place of employment (a family business, no less) because of a restraining order. Izzy...
Monday, March 15, 2010

People’s Books, Next Chapter, Boswell all host writers this week

A trio of local literati will visit bookstores across the city this week. Valerie Laken, author of Dream House, moved to Milwaukee in 2006 and served two years as the writer in residence at Carthage College before...
Monday, March 1, 2010

Plus: Jodi Picoult at Oconomowoc Arts Center

Most everyone loves to receive postcards from family or friends traveling abroad on fantastic adventures. Postcards sent from an ex-girlfriend you haven’t heard from in a year, however, are a different story entirely. It’s this second scenario that is happening to Sid Higgins, the mainl...
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

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History inspires great fiction, and tales of young heroes who succeed against insurmountable odds often top best-seller lists. In the collection The Five Ancestors, history and heroism come together in seven captivating young adult novels by Jeff Stone. Set in 17th-century China, these legends bring to life a very real and interesting period of world history in a narrative...
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

Plus: ‘Rock and Roll’ at Boswell Book Co.

February is Black History Month and reading is one of the finest ways to celebrate and honor the contributions of African Americans. This year the Milwaukee Public Library will host a “Read-In”...
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010

Plus: Open Book presents ‘Work Makes Me Sick’

Poetry is synonymous with affairs of the heart; ergo, an evening of fine wine, gourmet chocolate and poetry sounds like a perfect way to show your love this Valentine’s season. This year Cupid has sent his arrow to the Artavina Gallery in Waukesha, where romance will take flight in the form...
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

Also: Woodland Pattern’s annual marathon benefit

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you,” Ray Bradbury said. It is debatable as to whether Bradbury was actually advocating abstinence by choosing the pen as poison, but no matter what you find intoxicating...

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