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The Great American Read: Jerry Apps shares his picks

We’re getting closer to the Fall Kick Off episode of The Great American Read: airing 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.  11. Have you voted on the list yet? If you’re stuck – as we are! – why not check out some more picks by Wisconsin writers?

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.

A person stares into a frozen wave of water.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!

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The Great American Read: Baptiste and Miranda Paul share their picks

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!

Baptiste Paul, a dark-skinned man wearing a gray and maroon shirt, and Miranda Paul, a light-skinned woman with long blonde hair, sit together and smile.Currently residing in Green Bay, Baptiste and Miranda Paul are the globe-trekking, dynamic duo behind the new book Adventures to School: Real-Life Journeys of Students From Around the World. 

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.

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The Great American Read: Author Lesley Kagen shares her picks

As we read, debate and vote on the books of The Great American Read, we’ve had the delightful opportunity to discuss the top picks of several Wisconsin writers.

Lesley Kagen

This week, we meet Lesley Kagen, a multitalented Milwaukee native who began her writing career after many years in several other fields. And we do mean several, as you’ll find out below.

As with Patrick Rothfuss – and, we suspect, many of you! – Kagen had a very hard time choosing one book over another.

“It’s very, very tough to pick just a few of these books, as so many have impacted my life,” she says. “But I gave it a shot!”

Keep reading to learn more about Kagen and her warm, curious stories.

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Theodore Roosevelt – America's Real Renaissance Man

“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.

The Story of Little Free Libraries

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!