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Articles tagged with 'books'


Words and music fight depression and despair in "Unplugged"

Published March 24, 2014

Local author and musician Paul McComas has made many projects, collaborating with his past work and his past self. "Unplugged," however, is much more than simply another project. Much of that is due to the performance's mission: combating rape, depression and despair, topics that sadly still desperately need just as much attention and discussion today as they did when McComas originally wrote "Unplugged" 12 years ago.


"Cocaine Vampires" book set in Brew City

Published Jan. 4, 2014

Local writer Jim Cryns recently finished and self-published a full-length novel called "Cocaine Vampires." Despite the title, Cryns says he knew almost nothing about vampires or cocaine when he started the writing, but he does know a lot about Milwaukee, which is where the book takes place.


10 great books ... off the top of my head

Published Dec. 28, 2013

I'm not very good at lists. I read far too many books and listen to far too much music to ever successfully narrow things down to 10. But the key is to make your list without thinking too hard about it.


Author Rice revisits his "Summer on Haight Street"

Published Oct. 13, 2013

Back in 1967, a young Robert Rice Jr. hopped into a 1959 VW Bug with a friend of his sister's and headed out of his hometown of Milwaukee to make his way to the West Coast. Rice's road would eventually come to an end in Sacramento, the location of his new Air Force duty station, but his path would also lead him into a collision course with the legendary intersection of Haight and Ashbury.


Getting Wisconsin down on paper

Published Oct. 6, 2013

Thanks to some great publishers that really focus their energies and efforts on getting Wisconsin down on paper, there seems to be a never-ending stream of quality literature - fiction and non - about the Badger State. Here are some recent titles that tell a portion of the Sconnie story.


Gokey opens up in new book

Published Sept. 30, 2013

Everyone knows that Danny Gokey, Milwaukee's favorite idol, has faced his unfair share of adversity and loss. But some stories that Gokey shares in his new book, "Hope in Front of Me" (NavPress), will be new even to his biggest fans.


Local writer documents Real Life Superheroes in new book

Published Sept. 29, 2013

Real Life Super Heroes (RLSH) are people who dress up in costume and perform services to help their community. After years of research and interviews, Tea Krulos wrote the book, "Heroes In The Night," and he will do an in-store appearance at Boswell Book Company on Friday, Oct.11 at 7 p.m.


Lavish "Layton's Legacy" chronicles enduring gift of art

Published Sept. 24, 2013

In a sense, the story of Frederick Layton is the story of art in Milwaukee. Not only was the English immigrant meat-packer one of Milwaukee's first serious art collectors, he was also among the first to pony up to build a civic art gallery - the Layton Art Gallery on Jefferson Street - to allow the public access to his collection. That gallery also had an important local art school attached and, while the gallery morphed into the Milwaukee Art Museum, strands of the school are woven into the history of Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.


Shooting pool with the doomed and going to the World Series on a school day

Published Sept. 23, 2013

I admit I initially wondered why Milwaukee's Kipp Friedman had written a memoir. But that's before I really knew the slightest thing about him. Thankfully, "Barracuda In the Attic: A Memoir by the Latest Member of a Comedic Dynasty," published in hardcover by Fantagraphics Books, makes it all quite clear.


Giorgio debuts sequel to "Clocks" at Southeast Wisconsin Book Festival

Published Sept. 19, 2013

Waukesha author Kathie Giorgio is getting ready to debut her latest novel, a sequel to the award-winning "A Home for Wayward Clocks." She tells the secret to writing a good follow-up and shares her views on the publishing industry today.


"Larceny Games" author blows the whistle on pro sports

Published Sept. 18, 2013

At the minimum, a fair, honest and entertaining competition is all fans want from sports. We wouldn't watch if it wasn't fair. According to Kenosha-based author Brian Tuohy, however, that's not what fans are getting. In fact, after years of watching sports with a keen, critical - and some might argue cynical - eye, Tuohy has come to a troubling conclusion. Almost every sport you watch is a lie.


1998: a year in books

Published Sept. 4, 2013

When Molly Snyder asked about how I've changed since 1998 - the year was founded - I mentioned that I still read books printed on paper. And, in a habit I picked up from my friend Daniel Goldin, I keep a list of the books I read. Peeking back at that list, I was reminded of how my life has changed. Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, before I had kids, I read a lot more books than I do nowadays.


Former Milwaukee cop puts career experience into new novel

Published Sept. 4, 2013

Mitchell Nevin, a former member of the Milwaukee Police Department and a cop with almost 30 years of experience, is making a name for himself as a crime author. His second novel, "Psychic Reprieve," was published on Aug. 12 and has been burning up the fiction charts ever since, where it is currently listed at No. 9 on the Sports Fiction list.


Gokey's memoir coming in October

Published Aug. 29, 2013

Milwaukee country singer and "American Idol" alum Danny Gokey shares his story of grief and healing in his new book, "Hope in Front of Me."


A guide to Milwaukee's little free libraries

Published Aug. 22, 2013

Little free libraries are popping up all over Milwaukee and its surrounding communities. These homemade, freestanding structures in front yards around the city operate on the "take-a-book/leave-a-book" system, and many are neighborhood or community efforts.