Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 2:50pm
You may not want to think about it but summer will soon be winding down and school starting. With that in mind, we've pulled together some Midwestern books set in schools to put you in a studious mood.
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 8:45am
It’s summer and with everyone off on some kind of adventure, we’re taking to the page to discover destinations in our own backyard. Continuing our look at books set in Midwestern cities (catch up on our rundown for Milwaukee here ), this armchair traveler is headed to Minneapolis and St...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:55am
With Summerfest kicking off this week in Milwaukee, it seemed only appropriate to delve into the rich musical legacy of the Midwest. Being bookish, I went to the written word. There’s no shortage of writing about music or even writing by musicians, despite that old cliche that "writing about music...
Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:35pm
It’s summer, and everyone seems to be off on an adventure. Maybe you already have something planned, but if not, might we suggest some Midwestern armchair travel?
Friday, June 5, 2015, 2:40pm
The latest novel from Benjamin Percy is a reason to keep the lights on. In the contemporary literary landscape, nobody writes fear the way he does — except maybe Stephen King, who is one of Percy’s many fans.
Percy's latest is " The Dead Lands ", a frontier story with a twist: It’s set...
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 3:35pm
Who says you need an ocean for a beach read? Here are some newish books from Midwestern writers that we’re looking forward to curling up with by our salt-free seas. "Beneath the Bonfire: Stories" by Nikolas Butler Ten short stories set in Wisconsin and Minnesota featuring people...
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 10:55am
People in New York, Los Angeles, and London are used to reading books set in their hometowns—or at least some fictionalized version of it. But what about those of us in smaller places far from the coasts and urban centers? Does a familiar setting make a book more appealing or change the way you read it? Here are a few passages about Wisconsin places compiled from the delightful Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide that may ring true for you.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:40pm
"Listen And Other Stories" by Liam Callanan Liam Callanan’s latest is a book of stories connected by, as the title suggests, a need to be heard. The stories range across the world and touch on fear, hope, and loss while also managing to be humorous.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 1:20pm
“It all started with a sign that read ‘Free Books.’” That’s how the first Little Free Library began, as well as how " The Little Free Library Book" by Margret Aldrich begins. It’s a simple idea—take a book, return a book—that’s been common in coffee shops, grocery stores, and other community places...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:25pm
You have your Southern Gothics, your Westerns, your New York down-and-outers, dreamers, and hustlers — but what’s the shorthand for the literary style of the Midwest?
Some of the most celebrated contemporary and classic American writers have roots here, from Ernest Hemingway, Edna...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 10:55am
Human history in the Midwest happened first in our river valleys and lakes. These waterways provided easy transportation, rich soils for growing food and diverse habitats for game animals and birds. Water is how European explorers, traders and then settlers came to the Midwest. Alongside water is...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:05pm
For today's writers, the Great Depression-era Federal Writers’ Program seems like an impossible dream. Writers paid by the government to collect and create stories? The program not only existed, but it preserved many of the stories, legends, and traditional knowledge that would otherwise...
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7:50pm
I’m not sure where I first ran across the Irish word dinnseanchas. It means place-lore , though it’s also often literally translated as “topography” in English.
No matter, the idea captivated me and perhaps made me a natural target for Karen Babine’s new book of essays, " Water and What...
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 2:45pm
“This far north, winter/ is a spiritual exercise, weight-/ training for the soul,” writes Wisconsin poet Catherine Jagoe. Her new collection of poems, " News from the North ," is a perfect companion to these late days of winter when the sight of a snow shovel can drop your heart through your (salt-crusted) boots. Jagoe writes lyrically about the emotional and physical seasons of life in a northern climate and the annual cycle of freeze and release. Here's one we love -- a poem for the end of March:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 12:35pm
In a luminous debut novel, "She Weeps Each Time You’re Born," Wisconsin poet and writer Quan Barry explores wartime Vietnam through the eyes of a little girl with an uncommon gift.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 3:20pm
His latest book, "The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac," John Hildebrand proves himself a master of the everyday. The book features 52 essays grouped by month that manage to engage all your senses in three short pages on such familiar topics as football games, family reunions, compost piles, and the end of gardening season. And yet, this familiar Midwestern terrain turns to magic in his hands.