1:06 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Author and Radio Host Michael Perry Offers Snapshots of Wisconsin Life in New Book

Michael Perry, with his chickens at home in rural western Wisconsin
Credit Michael Perry

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Michael Perry.

Wisconsin writer Michael Perry's past books have told the story of his time as an EMT around the small town of New Auburn, Wis.; his adventures in raising chickens, and two daughters; and his friendship with a unique, cannon-building neighbor in western Wisconsin.

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4:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Book Highlights: Patrick Ness Takes on Death and Teenage Pain in New Book

Author Patrick Ness takes on the complexities of death and loss in a new book aimed at young adult readers.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews writer Patrick Ness.

In his latest novel, More Than This, writer Patrick Ness takes on death, a mature topic to be sure. But interestingly, he's written this book for young adult readers.

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Arts & Culture
6:04 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Interview Highlights: Author Amy Tan Explores Courtesan Culture & Her Grandmother's Past

This picture of Amy Tan's grandmother inspired the author to explore the world of courtesans in the early 20th century, one she's not sure her grandmother was a part of.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Amy Tan.

Human trafficking and the sex trades are modern-day tragedies, but writer Amy Tan finds tragedy, as well as hope and redemption, in the upscale brothels of early 20th Century Shanghai. 

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6:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Three Milwaukee Area Breweries Featured in 'American Craft Beer Cookbook'

Beer journalist John Hall has collected the best recipes from breweries and brewpubs across the country for his new book.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews beer and travel writer John Holl.

With craft breweries growing in size and number, there are ever more offerings on tap. But for as hard as it is to pick a beer, it’s equally hard to find the right dish to pair it with.

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7:50 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

PHOTOS: Early Wis. Department Store Offered Good Service - and an Elevator

People shopping in Lauerman Brothers Department Store in Marinette, Wis.
Michael Leannah/Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author Michael Leannah about Lauerman Brothers Department Store.

With Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, upon us, it's nice to think of days of yore when Christmas shopping meant a trip downtown to a fancy department store. 

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

'Dairy Queen' Author Brings Back Wisconsin-Based Characters

Heaven is Paved with Oreos is Catherine Gilbert Murdoch's newest book.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with author Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

Catherine Murdock’s Wisconsin-based series of middle grade novels was supposed to be done by now.  But after the Dairy Queen trilogy concluded, Murdock couldn’t let the characters go.

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1:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

How Wisconsin's Biggest Living History Museum Wound Up in a State Forest

Schulz Farm at Old World Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author John Krugler about the history of Old World Wisconsin.

As the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the country, Old World Wisconsin demonstrates how our immigrant ancestors lived through heirloom gardens, antique machinery and painstakingly restored buildings.

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Arts & Culture
4:09 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

5 Facts You Didn't Know About Spanish Painter Diego Velázquez

"The Toilet of Venus" - aka the Rokeby Venus - by Diego Velazquez is the subject of an enduring art history mystery at the heart of a novel by author Barbara Mujica.
Credit National Art Collections Fund, 1906

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author and Spanish professor Barbara Mujica.

The 17th century wasn't kind to Spain. The formerly powerful empire was crumbling, burdened by debt and a corrupt government.

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Arts & Culture
6:31 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Church Newsletters Brought a Bit of Home to Milwaukee Soldiers in WWII

Milwaukee author Betty Mullins with copies of "The Apostle," a parish newsletter edited by her mother and other young women during WWII. It was sent to soldiers fighting abroad.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author Betty Mullins.

As Milwaukee soldiers fought on the front lines during World War II thousands of miles away, several young women from the city's south side worked to make the homefront seem a little closer.

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3:54 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

PHOTOS: Wisconsin Veterans Take 'Honor Flight' to WWII Memorial

A Wisconsin veteran stands beside the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program.
Courtney Lutz

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Joe Dean, the founder of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight; Dan Buttery, president of the board at Fisher House Wisconsin; Courtney Lutz, a photographer whose work comprises the new book, Honor Flight: A Visual Journey; and Renee Riddle, the book's editor.

For almost a decade, a group of volunteers has undertaken the task of bringing veterans of World War II to visit the Washington, D.C. monument honoring their sacrifice.

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