Finding Family Secrets

Winter 2019

Anika Fajardo ’97 searches for her long-lost father in the memoir Magical Realism for Non-Believers.

An Exercise in Grief

Winter 2019

Erin Lee Carr ’10 grapples with the legacy of her father, the brilliant but troubled New York Times journalist David Carr.

David Blight: A New Take on Frederick Douglass

Fall 2019

His acclaimed biography profiles the great American abolitionist.

Do You Believe in Bigfoot?

Fall 2019

Investigative journalist Scott Carney MA’04 does — in his own way.

Secrets of The Glass Forest

Summer 2019

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Fisher Swanson ’87 of Denver has published her second book, The Glass Forest.…

Madcap UW Writer Makes History in a Model T

Summer 2019

An adventurous summer road trip turned the UW’s first female engineering grad, Emily Hahn ’26, into one of America’s most storied travel writers.

The Mystery of the Missing UW Books

Summer 2019

When popular graduate student Jenny Morrill MA1905 left campus for the summer, librarians found evidence of  “a most awful crime” that she blamed on her morphine addiction.

The Marvels of Cartooning

Fall 2018

Andy Manis

Just like the superheroes he creates, artist Jeff Butler x’18 provided powerful inspiration when he led a workshop on…

Scary Story

Fall 2018

The creepy history of Science Hall provided inspiration for a UW professor’s gothic novel.


Fall 2018

A researcher looks at the rise in arrests for less serious crimes.

Lake Invaders

Fall 2018

How zebra and quagga mussels native to the Caspian Sea came to wreak environmental havoc in the Great Lakes and beyond.

Digital Library

Winter 2019

Demand for digital resources at UW libraries is growing fast.

Empowering Mothers

Summer 2018

A new book gives voice to mothers from all walks of life.

Hoopes Sisters Illustrations

Spring 2018

Susan Barribeau ’77, MA’91 had no time to waste when she came across a listing for 25 sketchbooks that had belonged to Margaret and…

Emma Straub MFA’08

Spring 2018

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times/Redux

A Store Grows In Brooklyn

The planning took months. For a brief moment, when emotions ran…

A Civil Rights Pioneer

Winter 2019

The influence of Lloyd Barbee LLB’56, a civil rights leader and lawyer in the 1960s and ’70s, lives on through Justice for

Ladee Hubbard

Spring 2018

Paula Burch-Celentano

At home in New Orleans, Ladee Hubbard MFA’14 was booked. She had a full-time job as an adjunct…

8 Late Literary Giants

Winter 2017

Badgers who made their mark in the literary world.

Our Capitol at 100

Winter 2017

No matter their political leanings, surely visitors to our capitol agree on its remarkable beauty. In The Wisconsin Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its…

Hail, Juvenile Logophiles

Fall 2017

An alumna helps to pen a clever picture book.

Where There’s a Will …

Summer 2017

Patricia Bean McConnell ’81, MS’84, PhD’88 of Black Earth, Wisconsin, is an internationally renowned zoologist and certified applied animal behaviorist who…

Danielle Evans

Winter 2019

Danielle Evans is no stranger to praise. During her 33 years, the UW assistant professor of creative writing has graduated from the

Angie Stanton ’98

Winter 2019

Alumni author’s latest book is a campus trip through time.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Winter 2016

Photo by Jeff Miller

UW–Madison’s long-standing tradition of fearless sifting and winnowing is rekindled each year through the

Better Aging Through Art

Winter 2016

Changing our perceptions of aging is at the heart of The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care,…

Requiem for a Running Back

Fall 2016

A Green Bay Packer’s daughter embarks on a quest to understand the brain disease that took his life.


Summer 2016

The picture book Waiting has earned Kevin Henkes x’83 two of the highest accolades in children’s literature for 2016: designations…

Flights and Flurries

Summer 2016

Lauren Groff MFA’06 had a year most aspiring novelists can only dream of, writing a bestseller that President Obama named his favorite book of 2015.

War Anthems

Spring 2016

Soldiers share the songs that served as their soundtrack in Vietnam.

Don’t Stop Believing

Winter 2015

Even people who don’t particularly care about basketball were — they had to admit — pretty darned excited last spring when the Badgers…

Bookshelf: Summer 2015 - WAA

Summer 2015

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War (Penguin Press) is the memoir of Lynsey Addario ’95, a Pulitzer Prize–winning war photographer.

The Warlord’s Biographer

Spring 2015

In his recent book, Brian Williams PhD’99 sets the record straight on Afghanistani general and now vice president Abdul Dostum, who, along with his cavalry of two thousand Uzbek horsemen, helped the United States defeat the Taliban in a key battle in late 2001.

A Question of Characters

Summer 2014

Kids’ books are missing the diversity of modern America.

Thinking Inside the Box

Summer 2014

In an excerpt from his new book, UW professor Jordan Ellenberg argues that math is part of our daily lives and encourages us to embrace its power.

Dangerous Minds

Winter 2013

A UW researcher’s work with psychopaths inspires a new novel.

A Badger Tale

Winter 2013

Go Big Read novel spans the globe via two characters.

Bookshelf: Summer 2013

Summer 2013

Highlighted books from the Summer 2013 issue

Bookshelf: Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Highlighted books from the Spring 2013 issue

Bookshelf: Winter 2012

Winter 2012

Highlighted books from the Winter 2012 issue

Bookshelf: Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Highlighted books from the Fall 2012 issue