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Penguin Random House

The country of Ireland has inspired countless songs, poems, books, and many other creative reflections. For author Kathleen Anne Kenney, her affinity for Ireland grew stronger after visiting the lands that inspired her novel – Girl on the Leeside.

There’s a lot of talk about the violence that affects urban America: drive-by shootings, carjackings, and other crime that continue to affect the fabric of this country. But very little of that violence has the sectarian underpinnings of the time known as “The Troubles,” which plagued the Northern Ireland city of Belfast for three decades starting in 1969.

The leading characters of two recent young adult novels live their lives in different eras, but one gets the feeling that if they were to meet somehow, they’d feel a kinship.  That was certainly the case with their authors, who became fast friends and undertook a book tour together.

Brickboys/Splunge Comunications

Milwaukee is known for its summer festivals. From Summerfest to Irish Fest and German Fest, and increasingly, MKE Punk Fest. The citywide festival celebrating punk music art and culture is into its seventh year. But the history of the punk scene here is much older.

Janette Braverman is a person with a lot on her plate. She is the first African American to serve on the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors and has a two-decade career in the IT and manufacturing industries. As if that weren't enough, Braverman also owns her own consulting business and is deeply invested in church life. 

Writer Bianca Marais was born in South Africa in 1976, a time when the country was still very much ruled under Apartheid laws that separated people of different skin colors.  It was the year of the Soweto Uprising, when Black high school students living in the ghetto designated by the White government outside Johannesburg marched in protest of the Apartheid laws.

Mitch Teich

While it may be common to see images of friend’s trips abroad these days, if an American traveled to Europe in the 1930s it was probably considered “the trip of a lifetime.” That was certainly the case for Frank Daily Sr., a 30-year old school teacher from Chicago. Daily spent two months in Europe in 1936 - a time when the specter of war was beginning to loom.

Walden Pond Books, W.W. Norton and Company, Scribner and Sons Publishing.

Looking for a new book to crack open at Bradford Beach or a story to lose yourself in during your summer getaway? Boswell Books bookseller Daniel Goldin chatted with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich this week and offered his top 7 recommendations for summer reading:

For all the time Lake Effect has spent researching and producing content about creamy, frozen dairy desserts (here & here), we were put to shame by the amount of time writer Amy Ettinger has spent.

Harper Collins Publishers

This month marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Many religious leaders and laypeople alike came together in the wake of the shooting to provide support, and mourn the loss of the victims killed in the LGBT nightclub.

Photo courtesy of Flame Sullivan

 

June is Pride month - a time for people around the world to celebrate the LGBTQ community. But there are still many stories of the community that haven’t yet been widely told. Local author Brice Smith tells one such story of a pioneer transgender activist in his new book Lou Sullivan: Daring to be a Man Among Men.

The war in the former Yugoslav republics in the Balkans took place a quarter century ago. And while some of the atrocities perpetrated in those conflicts are known today, much about what transpired in Bosnia, Serbia and elsewhere is still shrouded in mystery.

One of the major promises Donald Trump made during his presidential campaign was a significant change in the United State's relationship with China - in light of the communist nation's rise to the top of the global economy. Some of Trump’s rhetoric has softened since he took office, and since his meetings with top-level Chinese leaders.

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Susan Silver may have left Milwaukee to follow her dreams in Los Angeles, but she says she's back in full force to discuss her years as a TV comedy writer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her escapades in love. Her new memoir, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms details her encounters with people like Jim Morrison and Elvis in addition to dishing out advice for women pursuing their dreams. 

We are a long time removed from the era in which farming represented the majority of southeastern Wisconsin's economy, but there remain many people who make a living on farms in the region.

Writer Anna Blessing highlights compelling stories of farms in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest in her book, Locally Grown. In her acknowledgements, Blessing described the farmers she met “heroes," who approach their work as a kind of art. 

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