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Gurda's landmark "The Making of Milwaukee" gets another update

Published Dec. 13, 2018

As we reach the holiday season, it seems like the perfect time to catch up with John Gurda. He is the Milwaukeean that is to us history-lovers something of a beard-less and more svelte Santa Claus of our own, bringing both longed-for and unexpected treasures, in the form of books, articles, talks and television appearances.

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Milwaukee's most influential punk bands, according to the experts

Published Feb. 9, 2017

Four folks with roots in the local music scene banded together to create "Brick Through The Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984," an exhaustive tracing of the scene in Milwaukee from its earliest gasps for air.

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A case for Downer Avenue as my favorite Milwaukee street

Published Feb. 2, 2017

There are many amazing neighborhoods and streets in Milwaukee, all with unique flavor, personality and reasons to visit. But if you had to pick one, just one street, which would be your favorite? Here I make the case for mine.

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#WeWant: Father's Day edition

Published June 16, 2016

Don't know what to get the guy who's always been there for you? Don't worry, OnMilwaukee is here to help with suggestions for all of the men in your life.

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Gleaning frothy wisdom from Alworth and his "Beer Bible"

Published Oct. 16, 2015

As simple as it might seem on the surface, there's a lot to know about the complex product that is beer. And no one seems to know the subject better than Jeff Alworth, author of the new, encyclopedic book, "The Beer Bible." As Alworth prepares to visit Sugar Maple for an event to launch his book here, we caught up with him to ask him about his favorites and about pairing beer with food.

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Yearwood's Milwaukee trip includes Café Hollander, Boswell Books

Published Sept. 28, 2015

After an insane Friday night concert, Trisha Yearwood didn't sit around resting up for Saturday night's double-header concert to roll around. She and a group from FM 106.1 - including two lucky listeners - headed to Café Hollander for a chef's table-like lunch and Boswell Book Company for a book signing.

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Milwaukee-raised author delivers her Denver-set debut "The Bookseller"

Published July 18, 2015

What if? It's two simple words, not even adding up 10 letters, but that seemingly innocent question has likely haunted every single person that's walked this planet at some point or another. And it's a question that fascinates Milwaukee native Cynthia Swanson, so much so that she made that idea the cornerstone for her debut novel, "The Bookseller."

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8 great Milwaukee bookshops

Published April 2, 2015

There was a time when Milwaukee was awash in great bookshops. This is not that time. But don't fret because there is still a range of great booksellers purveying everything from fine literature to kids classics to cutting edge poetry to political works and more.

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Author Kagen's "The Resurrection of Tess Blessing" comes to life

Published Dec. 6, 2014

In late July, Wisconsin-based author Lesley Kagen released the e-novella "The Undertaking of Tess." The brief story played the role of a charming and intriguing little introduction to the young Finley sisters Tessie and Birdie. That e-novella was merely the appetizer, however; "The Resurrection of Tess Blessing" serves as the full course.

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Widen combines his passions in new "Milwaukee Rock & Roll" book

Published Sept. 25, 2014

Milwaukee Renaissance man Larry Widen combines many of his passions in his latest book, "Milwaukee Rock and Roll," published by Arcadia Press as part of its ongoing "Images of Modern America" series of illustrated paperbacks.

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Third time's the charm for Milwaukee's Rojstaczer

Published Sept. 3, 2014

Third time's the charm, at least for Milwaukee-born and bred author Stuart Rojstaczer. Rojstaczer's third stab at writing a novel has been his most successful and the publication of "The Mathematician's Shiva," out now in paperback from Penguin, brings the Brew City boy home for a reading and signing next week at Boswell Books.

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Salsini's saga traces generations across modern Tuscan history

Published July 10, 2014

In 2006, Milwaukee journalist and professor Paul Salsini wrote a novel of his family in Tuscany. That project unexpectedly blossomed into an award-winning trilogy and a book of short stories. The ongoing saga continues in his latest, "A Piazza for San'Antonio," a collection of five novellas.