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Demystifying ‘Juneau Black’
The duo behind a new mystery series talks about the creative process, benefits of co-writing and tips for publishing.
   

Hit the Books
Autumn is the ideal time to cozy up with a good book — even if you’re not enrolled in an English class. Still crave a spirited discussion? Plenty of local book clubs are open to the public. Follow this guide to find your literary tribe.
   

15 Minutes With: Aaron Boyd
Tiny mice in waistcoats, Chinese dragon kites whirling, butterflies fluttering, birds ferrying children through the sky, gophers wearing Eisenhower jackets, and violin-playing frogs populate the pages of children’s books illustrated by Milwaukeean Aaron Boyd. Dramatic stories of children with anguish on their young faces almost don’t need words to explain them.
   

Finding your voice
When her debut novel, "The Deep End of the Ocean," was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the first choice for the talk show host’s book club, people said she was lucky. Boosted by the exposure, Jacquelyn Mitchard’s book sold more than 3 million copies.
Chill Summer Reads
Grab a cozy spot and unwind with a new release
Book Roundup
Those who long for more innocent times were probably not in Milwaukee from 1840 into the 1940s. Even then, says author Matthew Prigge, the city had its share of mysteries, crimes, disasters and murders.
The bearded book
It’s no surprise that photographer Jessica Kaminski and producer Kate Foster, both seasoned professionals in their respective fields, chose to give back in an impressively creative way.
Book Roundup
It is possible to not just visit Italy, but to live, work and thrive there, marry, buy a house, give birth, launch two businesses and continue to live with no regrets, even adding on a few years living in Austria and Russia.
First in the Fire
Wayne Mutza was born a "wild child," which led him to serve with the U.S. Army in Vietnam followed by a long career as a Milwaukee firefighter. "That wild spirit was still in me, having done a lot of exciting, crazy things," Mutza says. "I needed to keep my hair in the wind."
High Society
For Manhattan-based writer, curator and cultural historian Charlie Scheips, recalling his younger years means reminiscing about his time spent growing up in Shorewood — a childhood that included watercolor classes at the Milwaukee Art Museum, day trips to the Milwaukee Public Museum and symphony performances at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
   
 







 

 

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.

Foodies
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


 
 


Q&A: Former Times critic Robert Hilburn on writing about Paul Simon and the struggle to protect artistry 05-14-18

 

Chicagoan’s book celebrating black girls’ hair is a hit — 20 years after it was first published 05-07-18


Golden State Killer case was cold for years. Michelle McNamara kept the story alive. 05-07-18

 


Fore! Why the new book about ‘Caddyshack’ is better than the movie 05-07-18

 


Mark Sarvas’ new ‘Memento Park,’ about looted art, was ‘the book I was waiting to write’ 04-30-18

 

Charles Frazier didn’t plan to return to the Civil War for his next book. But he couldn’t shake the story of "Varina." 04-30-18

 


James Comey, in Chicago with ‘A Higher Loyalty,’ wins over crowd with plea for American value 04-30-18

 


Jenna Fischer dishes survival tips in ‘The Actor’s Life’ 04-23-18


Author Meg Wolitzer discusses writing about women in the #MeToo era 04-16-18


Are we on ‘The Road to Unfreedom’? Timothy Snyder considers this political moment through history’s lens 04-16-18



Laura Lippman blends literary flair and intricate plots in her crime fiction 04-09-18

 


Chelsey Johnson walks the ‘Stray City’ streets of Portland, Ore., with Carrie Brownstein 04-09-18

 


Patrick Hickey Jr. on his book ‘The Minds Behind the Games,’ full of interviews with classic video game developers 04-02-18


Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ is shock therapy for pessimists 03-26-18

 


Mallory Ortberg on the remixed fairy tales of her new book ‘The Merry Spinster’ 03-19-18


With ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Black Lightning’ emerging, the ‘Encyclopedia of Black Comics’ is here to help 03-19-18

 


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Unmasked’: New memoir offers interesting tidbits, but it’s hardly revealing 03-12-18



David Mamet talks about his new book ‘Chicago,’ all about gangsters and Tribune reporters 03-05-18


Minneapolis writer Kelly Barnhill writes fairy tales for grown-ups 03-05-18


The original Baltimore bad girl: New Wallis Warfield Simpson bio out from royals biographer 02-26-18

 


‘The Wire’ — TV’s best drama ever — now has an oral history to match in ‘All the Pieces Matter’ 02-18-18

 


Oprah pick Tayari Jones uses wrongful incarceration to explore ‘An American Marriage’ 02-12-18

 


Author Kim Fu talks about her haunting second novel, ‘The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore’ 02-12-18

 

 

In ‘Brave,’ Rose McGowan finally tells her whole story 02-05-18

 

Mystery master James Patterson talks about writing a thriller with Bill Clinton and why watching cable news is so scary 01-29-18


‘One of the most important American writers today’: Jesmyn Ward talks ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ 01-22-18

 
 

 

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