Arts & Culture
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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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
10:10 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Book's Plucky Tractor Plows His Way into Kids' - and Some Adults' - Hearts

Long's new book, "Otis and the Puppy."
Credit Loren Long

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Loren Long.

Inspired by his favorite picture books from childhood, like The Pokey Little Puppy and The Little Engine that Could, Loren Long has tried to pass on that inspiration to children through his books. He has a series about Otis the Tractor and he is the illustrator of President Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing.

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2:25 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Think You Know the Rosa Parks Story? Think Again, Says a New Book

Rosa Parks, being booked after her refusal to move her seat on a Montgomery bus

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Jeanne Theoharis.

Many of us know that Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks refused to give up a seat on a municipal bus in Montgomery, Alabama – an incident that resulted in her arrest and sparked a year-long boycott of the bus system there.

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Arts & Culture
12:24 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Who Says Angels Are Always Nice?

Angelopolis, a sweet name that turns out to cause a lot of problems
Credit courtesy Viking Press

For those who are intrigued by Dan Brown’sAngels and Demons and Elizabeth Kostova’sThe HistorianDanielle Trussoni’s trilogy,Angelology, might be a great addition to the summer reading list. Her first book in the series, Angelology, was published in 2011. The next book, Angelolopolis, came out this March.

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Arts & Culture
2:31 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Fictional Character Pens Autobiography - and Confuses American Public

Manning's new book, The Myth of Ephraim Tutt

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Molly Guptill Manning.

One of America’s most famous lawyers of the 20th century was Ephraim Tutt. A public-service, justice-driven lawyer, he was known for his wild courtroom antics and brilliant legal maneuvers. Champion of the underdog, defender of justice and moral crusader, Tutt was the kind of compassionate and passionate lawyer everyone wanted on their side.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

New Ian Rankin Novel Finds Once-Retired Cop "Standing in Another Man's Grave"

Ian Rankin, Scottish detective writer.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Ian Rankin.

John Rebus is one of the most famous detectives in crime fiction. The creation of Scottish writer Ian Rankin, the hard-drinking, hard-smoking Inspector Rebus has been solving crimes in his own, not quite by the book, way for 25 years. He’s also earned Rankin a slew of international literary and academic honors, as well as an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 2002.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Long Overdue Book Inspires Librarian's Search for Culprit in "Underneath the Lintel"

Old library books can acrue fines, too.
Credit Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews actor James Ridge and director C. Michael Wright.

Have you ever kept an overdue library book for an extended period of time? How about 113 years?

In Glen Berger’s play Underneath the Lintel, currently being performed by the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, one Dutch librarian is out to catch the family that had that book checked out for much longer than the standard three weeks.

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Arts & Culture
1:14 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Book: Edison's Success Based on His Collaborations

Thomas Alva Edison listened to his team.
Credit Courtesy of Thomas Edison NHP Archives and National Parks Service

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Sarah Miller Caldicott.

Thomas Alva Edison: We all know what he did, right? He was the creator of modern conveniences, improving and innovating light bulb, motion picture and sound recording technologies.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

'Prairie Silence' Reconciles Small Town Life and Coming Out

Coming out leaves a small-town expat with a lot to say and an inability to say it. (Author Melanie Hoffert)

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Melanie Hoffert.

The appeal of small town living to some is the very thing that drives other people away – the very close connections to your neighbors. That is, while the sense of community can be very strong, it is also difficult to live with a secret when everyone knows everyone else.

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