Local book Roundup
Tom Ryan’s young son, Abe, couldn’t quite figure it out. He kept hearing about his parents’ "pet peeve." But this pet named Peeve was a puzzler.
Penning her passion
Although she has been acting since she was 11 years old, Milwaukee’s Liz Shipe didn’t set out to be a writer. But over the past two years, she has become one of the city’s most prolific playwrights.
Write choice
Although she is just entering her junior year at Whitnall High School, Anna Krolikowski has already demonstrated that she has the imagination and command of language she’ll need if she chooses fiction writing as a career.

Longtime Milwaukee-area writers and M Magazine contributors Martin Hintz and Pam Percy have penned a new book, "Food Lovers’ Guide to Wisconsin," released earlier this year by Globe Pequot Press.

Read Wisconsin
Whether you are beachside or camped out indoors waiting for the weather to break, it’s time to get cozy with a good read. You’re sure to find something fascinating in this collection of books, each with its own Wisconsin-based point of view.

Grief journey
Barbara Manger had just finished a meditation session at a yoga retreat in Houston when she picked up her phone and heard the news that would plunge her into what she later called "a dark tunnel of grief."

New reads by local writers
Whether you prefer fact or fiction, these four recently published books by Milwaukee-area authors are sure to pique your reading interest. Choose from a fairy-tale-inspired weight loss guide, to a modern day romance mystery set in the Milwaukee suburbs, to a delectable food-infused memoir, to a rich chronicle of one of Milwaukee’s founding fathers.

Next level
By the time Aeron Knutson was 15 years old, he’d lived in 15 different places (his father was a business consultant whose projects took him all over the country).

Witty muse
Poet and author Charles Ries of Milwaukee is well aware of the warnings that "serious writers" don’t write cat poems, but he just couldn’t help himself. He’d taken good care of his daughter’s cat, and watched as she had her one chance to escape into the wide world, but hesitated, and made her choice to stay.

Adventure man
When Tim Cahill was 9 years old and living in what was the "wilds of Waukesha" in the 1950s, he often dreamed of exploring "the second woods."

New books with Wisconsin roots
Summer might be fading, but there’s still a little time to squeeze in some good reads, and these recent publications are a great place to start. Whether you’re looking for a novel, inspiration for your writing or a guide for your next road trip, these Wisconsin-themed books deserve a place on your nightstand.

Ink tales
Milwaukee is known as Brew City, but it has enough talented comic book artists that it could adopt the name Ink City. For years these creative individuals have produced their own small press publications and developed fans in Milwaukee and beyond. Here are five fresh local projects worth finding.

Between the pages
James E. Causey believes everyone has a book inside them. The 43-year-old Milwaukee native should know. He recently published his second novel, "Twisted," a follow-up to his debut work "The Twist."

Animal magnetism
The heartbreaking and inspiring story of how Pat came to Milwaukee from his native Belize in Central America has been documented in a book, "Pat the (Great) Cat: A Jaguar’s Journey," published by Milwaukee’s SHARP Literacy Inc. in 2011. The book is a unique collaboration among schoolchildren in Milwaukee and Belize, who were presented with the challenge of telling Pat’s story for him.

Resolute reading
Southeastern Wisconsin has a wealth of interesting architecture, towns and people. Some local authors have written about a few of them in some newly published works.

Atomic Comic
When Drew Maxwell first debuted his webcomic, Atomic Fist Punch, last spring, the Whitefish Bay resident was blown away by the response. "Within a few hours of launching, we had an animation studio contact us about turning the webcomic into a TV show," Maxwell says.

Book looks

One quirky thing about Milwaukee, says Matt Flynn, author of "Pryme Knumber: A Novel about Taking a Stand," is that its inhabitants are so self-deprecating that outsiders think they can just waltz in and push us around. 

Words with friends
Both novice and seasoned writers, at one point or another, have what Nobel-prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee calls the "bout with the page." It’s that drought when the words can’t find their natural rhythm, or don’t show up at all.

Home-Grown works
Someone once said, "Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion." These three Milwaukee-based authors have written new books they hope reveal their irresistible compulsions to the reader.

Time to shine
The stories started early and for no particular reason. Kirk Farber wanted funny. He couldn’t help it. In some haphazard roll of the genetics dice, Farber inherited his mother’s sense of humor and his dad’s storytelling prowess. And so naturally, the Oconomowoc teenager set about crafting humorous tales — all for the pure entertainment it provided him.



Book Reviews



J.K. Rowling bibliography reveals secrets of the 'Harry Potter' books 03-16-15

Brony king M.A. Larson has a hit with 'Pennyroyal Academy'

The literary life (and death) of Susan Berman, alleged Robert Durst victim 03-09-15

Sarah Manguso's 'Ongoingness' preserves life in the pages 03-09-15

An old family secret, a new novel from Elizabeth Gaffney 03-02-15


Back from the battlefield, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans produce a surge of great fiction 03-02-15


Kim Gordon on her new memoir, 'Girl in a Band' 02-23-15


David Axelrod: Working in the White House 'a little bit of a narcotic' 02-23-15


Oprah's new book club pick: 'Ruby' by Cynthia Bond  02-16-15



News of second Harper Lee book, 'Go Set a Watchman,' gives a book critic pause


With 'Holy Cow,' David Duchovny is finally, officially a novelist 02-09-15

Book review: Teen bully turned international criminal, who would have thought? Allen Kurzweil's 'Whipping Boy' tells story 02-02-15

Book review: Nick Hornby's new novel, 'Funny Girl,' is sedate despite its swinging '60s London setting 02-02-15

'Sophia' a fascinating story of a princess turned revolutionary 01-19-15

Patton Oswalt has a thing for the movies  01-12-15

Rebecca Harrington follows celebrity diets and lives to write about it 01-12-15

Star Tribune artist of the year: Kate DiCamillo, rock star of children's lit 01-05-15

Brooke Shields explores complex relationship with mother in 'There Was a Little Girl' 12-29-14


New Judy Blume novel for adults coming in June 12-22-14


For Cheryl Strayed, writing 'Wild' was just the beginning12-15-14


New Toni Morrison novel coming in April


Frank talk: Novelist Richard Ford brings back his most enduring character 12-01-14

Jeff Chang examines the rise, fall and selling of multiculturalism

Jess Row discusses 'Your Face in Mine' 11-24-14


Author Emily St. John Mandel explains our post-apocalyptic fears

Martin Short aims for 'buoyancy' 11-17-14


Lydia Millet finds mermaids in her new novel 11-17-14



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