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1:11 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

With "Goldin" Leadership, Milwaukee's Book Scene Stays Strong

Boswell Book Company's proprietor Daniel Goldin is featured in Milwaukee Magazine.
Credit Boswell Book Company

When Milwaukee’s venerable independent bookstore chain, Harry W. Schwartz, faded away four years ago – and was followed by Borders Books, many feared the local literary scene might disappear as well.

But that hasn’t happened. If anything, the book world is stronger than ever. That’s thanks in large part to the strength of the remaining independent bookstores in the area.

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Mining
1:08 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Who Knew Mining Could Be So Emotional? In Wisconsin, It Certainly Is

Writer Erik Gunn at the Penokee art exhibit at the Urban Ecology Center.
Credit Susan Bence

Plenty of journalists have covered – over the past year or so – the often hostile legislative and environmental battle that surrounded proposed iron or mining in the far-off Penokee Hills – located just below Lake Superior.

Although Wisconsin has a new mining law that streamlines permitting; and Gogebic Taconite – a company that sprouted from a Florida-based business – has begun its application process, writer Erik Gunn with Milwaukee Magazine thought the subject deserved a fresh examination.

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Environment
10:56 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Stewardship Funding Will Soon Face Legislative Scrutiny

Local land trust hopes to preserve prime Milwaukee River real estate for public urban green space

The Joint Finance Committee continues working its way through the “dollars and cents” of Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 state budget. One program facing scrutiny is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Over the past 20 years, the fund has protected more than 600,000 acres. It pools resources of the DNR, local government and land trusts. You have only to head up the Milwaukee River to see the funding at work.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Book Club Focuses on Women's Fiction - Okay, Chick Lit

Not all chick lit is hued in pink, but this display was.
Credit Timberland Regional Library photo, via Flickr

It’s not quite beach weather out there yet, but an area book club specializes in a literary form with a reputation for being well-read at the beach.

Kelly Malone organizes the Milwaukee Chick Lit Book Club. And while everyone has their own definition of the genre, Malone's is pretty specific.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Biography Celebrates "The Most Important Filmmaker You've Never Heard Of"

Filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian is the subject of Milwaukee writer David Luhrssen's latest book.
Credit Wiki Commons

You may not know his name, but many of the movies you've seen have been influenced by his work.

Filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian left his native Armenia before the World War II, in an effort to escape looming strife. He fled to France and England, where he made theater connections, before coming to the United States to work at the Eastman School of Music.

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