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Wisconsin History of Books & WritingJoin us for a time travel tour through the big names in Wisconsin literature, with photos, audio files, and video.http://wcb.uwm.edu/sites/default/files/wcb-logo.pngstart
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1Laura Ingalls Wilder is born in the Big WoodsThough she moved to North Dakota and other states, Laura Ingalls Wilder was born near Pepin, WI, and later wrote of the her birth place in <i>Little House in the Big Woods</i>http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/34/Little_House_Wayside_replica.jpg/350px-Little_House_Wayside_replica.jpgphoto by JodamillerLittle House Wayside
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2August Derleth publishes the first of the Sac Prairie Saga"A 1938 Guggenheim Fellow, Derleth considered his most serious work to be the ambitious Sac Prairie Saga, a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew." (wikipedia)http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/data/images/TEIr/wiacrev/V37/reference/WAR0370301701r.jpegphoto from http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/
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3Lois Ehlert publishes <i>Feathers for Lunch</i>Born in Beaver Dam, WI, Lois Ehlert still lives in Milwaukee, and has written and illustrated dozens of children's books.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ihR1YK4u1nY
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4Patrick Rothfuss releases long-awaited sequel to <i>The Name of the Wind</i>Rothfuss, a native of Steven's Point, wrote an instant epic fantasy classic with the <i>The Name of the Wind</i>, and followed it up with <i>Wise Man's Fool<i>. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fR6-hh2fBrYJim Butcher interviews Patrick Rothfuss
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511-year-old Sterling North adopts a racoon, which is later immortalized in <i>Rascal</i><i>Rascal</i>, published in 1963, won the <strong>Newbery Award</strong>, and was set in a fictionalized version of Edgerton, WI.http://www.booksontape.com/sample.swf?isbn=9780739335994&c=1from Books on Tape
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6Aldo Leopold moves to "the shack" where he writes <i>Sand County Almanac</i>Visit Leopold's "refuge from too much modernity.” http://www.aldoleopold.org/http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WI/data/images/TEIr/wiacrev/V44/reference/WAR0440403601r.jpegphoto from http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/
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7Oprah chooses Jacqueline Mitchard's <i>Deep End of the Ocean</i> for her book clubMitchard lived in Wisconsin, working for the UW Madison and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, when she wrote some of her most famous books, such as The Deep End of the Ocean.http://www.booksontape.com/sample.swf?isbn=9780736661676&c=1from Books on Tape
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8Stephen Ambrose writes <i>Band of Brothers</i>Ambrose was raised in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Whitewater High School. His family also owned a farm in Lovington, Illinois and vacation property in Marinette County, Wisconsin. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity and played on the University of Wisconsin football team for three years.<blockquote>The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an English major.</blockquote>
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9Neil Gaiman moves to Wisconsinauthor of <i>American Gods</i> (which is partially set in Wisconsin) and many other books, Gaiman resides parti-time with his dogs and family near Menomenie.http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/209189692.jpgtwitpic from http://twitpic.com/photos/neilhimselfNeil's dog & winterized beehive
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10WCB starts a new website to celebrate Wisconsin writing.you are HERE.http://wcb.uwm.edu/
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11A. Mannette Ansay born in Port WashingtonAnsay also set her first novel, the Oprah Book Club pick, Vinegar Hill in Port Washington.https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Port+Washington,+WI&hl=en&ll=43.384341,-87.872686&spn=0.053833,0.055361&sll=44.900771,-89.56949&sspn=13.428963,14.172363&oq=port+was&hnear=Port+Washington,+Ozaukee,+Wisconsin&t=m&z=14
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