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Articles tagged with 'books'

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Milwaukee-raised author delivers her Denver-set debut "The Bookseller"

Published July 18, 2015

What if? It's two simple words, not even adding up 10 letters, but that seemingly innocent question has likely haunted every single person that's walked this planet at some point or another. And it's a question that fascinates Milwaukee native Cynthia Swanson, so much so that she made that idea the cornerstone for her debut novel, "The Bookseller."

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Sconnie summer reading

Published June 19, 2015

Headed to the beach or maybe jetting off to some exotic locale for summer? Of course, the perfect book(s) to take along is one that will remind you why you're coming back to Wisconsin when the adventure ends. Here are some recent Sconnie books for your summer reading list.

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8 great Milwaukee bookshops

Published April 2, 2015

There was a time when Milwaukee was awash in great bookshops. This is not that time. But don't fret because there is still a range of great booksellers purveying everything from fine literature to kids classics to cutting edge poetry to political works and more.

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A love affair with a library

Published March 28, 2015

Almost my entire last year of grad school at Marquette University, I kept on walking right past the Central Library. One day, I finally went in.

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Wisconsin books: Eastberg brings Pabst Farms back to life

Published Jan. 5, 2015

Historian John Eastberg dishes up "Pabst Farms: The History of a Model Farm," published in a stunningly lavish hardcover edition distributed by the University of Wisconsin Press, Marquette contributes a "Bibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee," Calie Herbst has advice for moms (and dads), and more...

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Live "Peter Pan" performance didn't live up to expectations

Published Dec. 8, 2014

Last year, Carrie Underwood led a cast of musical theater performers in a production of the "Sound of Music Live!," that not only delivered a change in the normal programming, but it also drew in a large audience. NBC attempted to recapture the magic with "Peter Pan Live!" last week, and despite all the fairy dust in the world, it barely got off the ground.

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Author Kagen's "The Resurrection of Tess Blessing" comes to life

Published Dec. 6, 2014

In late July, Wisconsin-based author Lesley Kagen released the e-novella "The Undertaking of Tess." The brief story played the role of a charming and intriguing little introduction to the young Finley sisters Tessie and Birdie. That e-novella was merely the appetizer, however; "The Resurrection of Tess Blessing" serves as the full course.

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Black Holocaust Museum founder's book prepared for reprinting

Published Nov. 22, 2014

Dr. James Cameron ran the Milwaukee Black Holocaust Museum from 1988 until his death in 2006. Cameron is believed to be the only person to survive a lynching. A crowdfunding campaign is now in place to fund the re-printing of his autobiography.

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Film critic Luhrssen's latest book looks at "War on the Silver Screen"

Published Oct. 29, 2014

It's one of the great philosophical questions about cinema: How much does reality shape the movies we watch, and how much do the movies we watch shape our perception of reality? Long-time Shepherd Express film critic Dave Luhrssen takes on that question with his latest book, "War on the Silver Screen," along with another classic question proposed by the great Detroit philosopher Edwin Starr: War, what is it good for?

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Hank the Dog comes to Brewers' rescue with new children's book

Published Sept. 12, 2014

The Brewers are desperately trying to pull themselves out of a devastating tailspin. Even when they win, they seem to lose - as evidenced by last night's Giancarlo Stanton debacle. Sounds like a good time to get baseball's favorite canine Hank the Dog back in the spotlight!

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Bartolotta's hosts celebrity chef Mario Batali in October

Published Aug. 7, 2014

The Italian chef, writer, restauranteur and former "Iron Chef America" star will come to town on Friday, Oct. 24 for a special cookbook dinner at Bartolotta Restaurants' upcoming Downtown Kitchen in the U.S. Bank Center.