Doug Moe with the cover of The Right Thing To Do

Doug Moe’s latest book project began, like so many of his stories do, with a message from a local resident familiar with his work — in this case, someone on behalf of Dale “Buzz” Nordeen. They knew the award-winning Moe was a veritable literary machine, having written or edited more than a dozen books and literally thousands of newspaper and magazine columns over the past 40-plus years (including monthly profiles and near-weekly blog posts for Madison Magazine, for which he also served as editor in the 1990s). Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss called Moe “the inimitable chronicler of Madison,” but Moe is more humble than that. “I really can’t say I’ve turned much down,” he says with a laugh, hinting that he’s always needed the money. But this is closer to the truth: Moe can’t say no to a compelling story.

This new story isn’t Nordeen’s, however — it’s his wife’s. Katherine “Kit” Saunders-Nordeen was the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s first director of intercollegiate athletics for women and a pioneering force for female athletes’ rights nationwide. When they enlisted Moe three years ago, Saunders-Nordeen was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Both have since died (he in 2019, she in 2021). “The Right Thing to Do: Kit Saunders-Nordeen and the Rise of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin and Beyond” will be released this April by HenschelHAUS Publishing. It is dedicated in their memory.

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Maggie Ginsberg is a senior editor at Madison Magazine. Her long-form features have garnered numerous honors since 2006 including from the National City Regional Magazine Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the American Society of Journalist and Authors. In addition to helping edit the work of Madison Magazine's contributing writers, freelancers and essayists, she writes features and the monthly Looking Back historical photo department page. Online, Maggie conducts monthly author Q&As and covers the local literary scene with her Sunday Reads monthly e-newsletter. Her own debut novel, "Still True," was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in September 2022 and was the honorable mention selection for the 2022 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, as well as a 2023 Midwest Book Award honoree. 

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