Books

Book App Astrojammies Blasts into Hardcover

Dec 10, 2011

A children's book application that's led the charge in combining literature and technology gets a hardcover edition. Stacey Williams-Ng is the author and illustrator of the interactive children's book Astrojammies, which is now available as a hardcover print book. It was first published as a book app for the iPad by Chicago-based Demibooks – where Williams-Ng is now Creative Director.

Artifacts of Life

Dec 10, 2011

A new novel combines mysterious artifacts, an import shop... and yoga? Mary Dally-Muenzmaier's debut novel is called Artifacts, published by Cerebral Bends Productions. That's a creative services company Dally-Muenzmaier launched in 2003 with her husband. She is also the communications coordinator at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and blogs about Wisconsin art and culture at CricketToes.

We learn how one woman's cells changed the course of medicine. Rebecca Skloot is the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, published by Crown. She'll be the keynote speaker tomorrow at "An Evening to Promote Racial Justice," presented by the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee. Rebecca Skloot lives in Chicago, and spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Gutekunst, Frederick (1831-1917) [Public domain]

We learn about the secret surgery Grover Cleveland underwent and the daring reporter who tried to expose it. 

CBC photo

We’ll go north of the border and meet the creator of The Vinyl Café and the engaging inhabitants thereof. 

Milwaukee's Port at Heart of Commerce, City's Soul

Jan 14, 2011
The History Press

Please note: This interview originally aired Jan. 14, 2011.

While the Port of Milwaukee is not in the heart of the city, it may just be the heart of its commerce.

Celebrated actor Alan Alda was in Milwaukee last month to read from his new book, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. He spoke with Bonnie North.

Lake Effect

Alan Alda first rose to fame as Hawkeye Pierce on the TV show, "M*A*S*H*". He also hosted "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS, and more recently starred as Senator Arnold Vinnick on the NBC drama, "The West Wing". Alda has also acted and written for the silver screen and for the stage. He was in Milwaukee to speak at Alverno College as part of a series sponsored by Schwartz Bookshops. His book, "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed", has just been released in paperback.

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