Home / Tag: Authors
Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

by David B. Holmes and Wenbin Yuan

Who knew that in 1889 an anti-Chinese riot broke out in Milwaukee after a pair of laundry workers were arrested for "enticing" adolescent white girls for "immoral purposes"? It's just one of the many interesting stories collected in Chinese Milwaukee, a slim but photo-packed account of Chinese Americans in the city from the . . .
Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

Weaving American songs

Erik Darling, who is best known for replacing Pete Seeger in the Weavers, died only a month ago. A virtuoso banjo and guitar player, Darling also founded and performed with two other leading folk groups, the Tarriers (with Alan Arkin, then just a little-known singer) and the Rooftop Singers. In 1956, the Tarriers had a hit with "Cindy, Oh Cindy." Keep in mind that all this was going on when rockabilly was evolving into rock 'n' roll. Even before founding these famous folk groups at the dawn of the 1950s, he formed the Folksay Trio. They recorded only four songs, but one was "Tom Dooley," which the Kingston Trio later nabbed for a hit during the Mighty Wind commercialization . . .
Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Shorewood Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

In Wisconsin author Isabel Sharpe’s latest novel, As Good As It Got, a cynical woman unlucky in love finds unexpected companionship from two other women she attends a women’s retreat with, a shy woman quiet about her failed romances and a more outgoing woman who has deluded herself into believing that her . . .
Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Mequon Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Even if mystery fans aren’t familiar with novelist Michael Harvey and his Michael Kelly franchise, knowing that Harvey is the creator of and a writer for TV’s “Cold Case Files” should give readers an idea of what they’re in store for in Harvey’s latest novel, The Fifth Floor—a fast-paced thriller with ample blood and ample . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Shorewood Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

With her extraordinary 2001 memoir A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana, a loving and funny account of a childhood in a small town of only 300, Haven Kimmel made a name for herself. Although she cut a similar, follow-up memoir in 2005, she’s since moved on to fiction, albeit fiction written . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Brookfield Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Wisconsin’s annual Chautauqua, Fighting Bob Fest, just completed another record year, attracting over a 10,000 attendees. Tonight, with a 7 p.m. talk at the Brookfield Schwartz Bookshop, author Nancy C. Unger shares a little insight about the man who inspired this popular annual festival, Bob LaFollette . . .
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

(iUniverse Star), by Timothy English

It's been written that there's nothing new under the sun, and the axiom has been proven over and over in the history of rock 'n' roll. Sounds Like Teen Spirit compares and contrasts dozens of familiar songs that bear resemblance to one another. Some of them are obvious thefts, such as the transformation of Chuck Berry's. . .
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Murder, corruption and lies

Today's neocons would love it: Terrorists disturbing the peace and security of the United States are hunted down, not at taxpayer expense, but by a private agency for personal gain. The free market rules! Well, sort of. It was attempted a century ago, when enterprise was not so much private as it was wild and woolly, and concern for such minor legal details as individual rights was even less than it has become in our day. Eventually, of course, the government had to step in to arrest the bad guys and put them on trial-and when it did, the attendant early-20th-century corruption sounds as modern as in a John Grisham novel . . .
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Mequon Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Novelist Erin Hunter has stumbled upon an original (and unwaveringly adorable) idea for a children’s book series: It’s an action-packed, battle-filled epic adventure staring… cats. Warriors: The Power of Three, which is now on its fourth book, Eclipse, has proven popular with kiddies who can’t get enough of . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

(Amadeus Press), by John Bell Young

Concert pianist and critic John Bell Young sets out to describe and explain Beethoven's nine symphonies with minimal technical jargon. His Guided Tour largely succeeds. Young offers solid summations of the structure, emotional content and intellectual background of each symphony. He also touches on subjects as various as Beethoven's celebrity status, the role of conductors in interpreting the score, the political backdrop . . .

0|2