For some reason, love stories in books and movies almost always deal with people aged 16 to 34 years old. The young and the beautiful. That 35 and up group is usually there for comedic relief.

This is not the case for writer Emma Hooper's new book. She wrote a story to challenge that stigma.

"We don't stop having desires, dreams or motivations once we turn thirty five. We don't have everything figured out either," Hooper says.

While today marks a major victory for gay rights in the U.S., the anniversary of a major moment in gay rights history is this weekend. The infamous Stonewall Inn was the site of a police raid 46 years ago. 

The raid on the bar with a mainly gay and lesbian clientele sparked a riot, which is itself seen as a landmark moment in the history of the LGBT civil rights movement.

photo courtesy Cathleen Burnham

Kids and animals make for a good mix. Whether you are a parent who thwarts the constant question of "can we get a puppy?" or you see the fascination on children's faces when you go to the zoo, it's obvious that kids have and seek a connection with all kinds of animals.

"I think we're born with this love of animals," says author Cathleen Burnham. "For some reason, whether it's because we live kind of pushing nature away from us, we lose contact with that."

We’re in a racially charged period in the country’s history – going from a high point – the nation’s first African American president – to a low, in the killing of nine African American people at a church in South Carolina last week.

It is obviously not the first time race has been a contentious issue in the United States.  Wisconsin native Andrew Maraniss looks back at a little known story from the Civil Rights era in his new book.

"Going to those places...his major concern was was he going to get shot and killed out on the basketball court," says Maraniss.

Michael Perry


Michael Perry has been known  for his non-fiction work about his life in rural Western Wisconsin. He has accumulated a mass of fans around the world drawn to stories touching on topics from raising poultry to parenting.

After writing his first children's book, Perry is making his first attempt at a novel geared towards adults with his latest book, The Jesus Cow.

The corruption in Illinois politics is often seen as such a farce that if you pitched an Illinois political scandal as the plot for a book, no one would buy it.

But Illinois politics have inspired plenty of books and movies – and probably no one has done it more convincingly in recent times than mystery writer Michael Harvey.

The name Svetlana Alliluyeva should ring a bell to those who know their 1960's history.

She was probably the most famous defector to the United States from the Soviet Union. She was especially famous because she was the daughter of Joseph Stalin, the hard-line Soviet Leader from 1924 to 1953. 

Boswell Books

For those wanting to learn more about our planet and those surrounding us, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago has been a go-to spot. The Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee is a great place to go when it’s not dark enough to see the night sky, or if you’d like to learn more about what you’re seeing.

But it’s not the only planetarium in Wisconsin.  In the tiny town of Monico there’s a unique planetarium created by a unique man. It’s the Kovac Planetarium and it is the creation of  Frank Kovac, Junior.

Milwaukee writer Tea Krulos isn’t holding any ordinary launch event for his new book.  Instead, he’s holding a conference - and it’s definitely not any ordinary conference.

Joe Parks

When it comes to intelligent animals, there are a handful that get a lot of attention.

Chimpanzees and other primates are thought to do a lot of things like human beings.  Dogs are considered man's best friend, capable of doing a multitude of jobs.  And in the sea, dolphins and whales are thought of as having keen intelligence.  When you think of intelligent animals, you probably don’t think of the octopus.