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
reads by local writers
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.
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
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.
Cahill was 9 years old and living in what was the "wilds of
Waukesha" in the 1950s, he often dreamed of exploring "the
books with Wisconsin roots
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.
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.
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
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.
Wisconsin has a wealth of interesting architecture, towns and people.
Some local authors have written about a few of them in some newly
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
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
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.
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.
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.