Books & Authors

The untold story of people of color and public land preservation

James Edward Mills' forthcoming book, contracted by National Geographic, is the latest project for the prolific journalist, photographer and creator of 'The Joy Trip Project.'

The new James Edward Mills book from National Geographic tells the untold story of the role people of color have played in the preservation of public lands.

Q&A with Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston, author of 'Snippets of Soul, Too'

'Snippets of Soul, Too' is the haiku follow-up to 2018's 'Snippets of Soul in Seventeen Syllables' and the fourth book for the Madison writer.

Since his release from prison in 2015 on appeal, Bankston has become an educator, restorative justice practitioner, entrepreneur, nonprofit founder and author of four books. His latest was released in December 2021. 

96-year-old Madison poet recalls magical day in Beijing

Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei’s new memoir, “1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows,” has drawn rapturous reviews. Lenore McComas Coberly reflects back on meeting the author's famous poet father.

Ai Weiwei’s new memoir “1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows” has drawn rapturous reviews. Lenore McComas Coberly, 96, recalls meeting the author's famous father.

Author Alex Bledsoe’s Southern roots influence every aspect of his storytelling

Alex Bledsoe is slated to soon release "Dandelion," the first book in four years from the prolific author of 13 other published novels and more than 50 short stories.

Alex Bledsoe is slated to soon release "Dandelion," the first book in four years from the prolific author of 13 other published novels and more than 50 short stories.

Late Madison flyer 'Bud' Truax is honored with forthcoming book

Eighty years after the U.S. Army Air Force lieutenant was killed in a WWII training exercise, a forthcoming book will introduce a new generation to the Madison native for which the Dane County Regional Airport's Truax Field was named.

On Nov. 2, 1941 — 80 years ago last week — Truax, a lieutenant in the U. S. Army Air Force, died when the P-40 aircraft he was flying crashed.

Q&A with Robert Fromberg, author of 'How to Walk with Steve'

Fromberg will discuss his debut memoir, which chronicles his guardianship at only 19 of his brother, at a launch event on Sept. 26.

Fromberg's debut memoir chronicles how, by age 19, he'd lost both of his parents, triggering an unexpected role as guardian of his brother, who has autism.

Stoughton bookstore launches GoFundMe in effort to go mobile

Since opening in January of this year, Itty Bitty Bookstore has only grown, and now the owner is looking for a new way to share her mission.

Since opening in January of this year, Itty Bitty Bookstore has only grown, and now the owner is looking for a new way to share her mission.

Wisconsin woman executed by the Nazis is hardly 'forgotten'

With a new book, the rest of the world is discovering what a Madison TV journalist unearthed a decade ago.

Mildred Harnack is the only U.S. woman ever executed by Nazis by direct order of Hitler — but a local journalist unearthed her story a decade ago. What does he make of the new book?

Q&A with Nickolas Butler, author of 'Godspeed'

The internationally best-selling Wisconsin author of 'Shotgun Lovesongs' is back with a literary thriller exploring the chasmic gap between the haves and the have-nots in a Wyoming mountain town.

The internationally best-selling Wisconsin author's new literary thriller explores the chasmic gap between the haves and the have-nots in a mountain town.

Q&A with Christina Clancy, author of 'Shoulder Season'

Set at the former Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva in 1981, the Madison author's second novel gives a rare glimpse into an unexamined world.

Set at the former Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva in 1981, the Madison author's second novel gives a rare glimpse into an unexamined world.

Why 'The Queen's Gambit' rang a bell and helped launch a career

When he learned the popular Netflix series was based on a novel, Doug Moe suddenly remembered he'd reviewed it nearly 40 years ago.

When he heard the popular Netflix series was based on a novel of the same name, Doug Moe remembered he'd reviewed it for a newspaper nearly 40 years ago.

Q&A with Andrea Debbink, author of 'The Wild World Handbook'

The former American Girl editor will discuss her illustrated middle grade nonfiction guide online at the Wisconsin Book Festival on May 26.

The former American Girl editor will discuss her illustrated middle grade nonfiction guide online at the Wisconsin Book Festival on May 26.

New book brings Nellie McKay out of the shadows

The late UW–Madison professor’s groundbreaking work illuminated literature by Black women, but her own life was largely private.

Author Shanna Greene Benjamin describes how the late UW–Madison professor’s work illuminated literature by Black women while she kept her own life private.

Author in bloom

With long-awaited, back-to-back book launches, Ann Garvin says the keys to her success have always been hustle and patience.

Five challenging years since her last book was published, Garvin is celebrating the May 1 launch of her fourth novel, “I Thought You Said This Would Work.”