Today we bring you the prolific, the folksy, the one and only Jerry Apps. He’s a WPT favorite for good reason: adept at memoir writing, storytelling, history, teaching and more, he keeps readers busy turning out new and sometimes unexpected stories at a blistering pace.
His latest, Cold as Thunder, is a dystopian novel set in a frozen wasteland where only “a resourceful band of Wisconsin sixty-somethings calling themselves the Oldsters” have the knowledge to fight the ruling regime.
Read more to find out which books have helped this beloved author think about writing!
We continue to read, debate and vote on the books of The Great American Read, and several Wisconsin writers have shared their own picks with us. Today, we enjoy several firsts: our first team (in life and work), AND our first children’s authors!
As for her inevitable “I can’t choose!” answer, Miranda writes, “Asking a reader to pick a favorite book is like asking a sweet-tooth to pick a favorite dessert; these are the things that shape us and bring us joy. All the time, children ask me which of my own books is my favorite, an interrogation I’ve labeled ‘The Forbidden Question.’ I ultimately let them know the truth: my favorite book is always the one I haven’t written yet, because I intend to write forever.”
Keep reading to learn about this insightful pair and the deep emotions that drive them to create.
“He’s the writing-est president in American history, by far… He’s an intellectual. He read a book a day, sometimes three books in a day if he had some leisure. We think of Jefferson as America’s renaissance man, but it’s really Theodore Roosevelt.” – historian Clay Jenkinson.
From sharing tall tales with anyone who would listen to eating a dozen eggs each morning, wrestling with diplomats and boxing with aides, Theodore Roosevelt might have also been our most interesting president. Watch this sneak peek clip into his fascinating life from Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait. Then, tune in to the seven-part documentary airing seven consecutive nights at 7 starting Sunday on Wisconsin Public Television.
Have you visited a Little Free Library yet? In today’s Wisconsin Life sneak peek, meet James P. Roberts, who has visited plenty! He combined his love of cycling and reading into one hobby and made it his mission to bike throughout the Madison area to create a map of all the Little Free Libraries throughout the city.
The all-new Wisconsin Life television show starts Monday night 8. Set your DVRs now!