New report finds synergistic rise in book bans | WFAE 90.7

More than 1,600 titles have been banned throughout the 2021-22 school year, according to a new report from PEN America, an organization that advocates for free speech. According to the report, the surge in book bans is the result of a network of local political and advocacy groups targeting books with LGBTQ+ characters and storylines, … Read more

Racine native publishes first book centering on black characters in the Old West | Books

Dee Holzer Racine – William Greer’s first book was given to his son as a gift on his 40th birthday. The Racine native, who now lives in Madison, said it was difficult to come up with a gift that showed a father’s love for his son, not just a card, but one he could put … Read more

Joan Silber on the mysteries of the body

In your story of the week, “Evolution,” in 1980, a teen named Carla hitchhiked from New York to Arizona with her older boyfriend Brody, experiencing liberation and disappointment from her newfound sexual freedom . Looking back at the events of the story, the older Carla said “people believe in sex in a way they don’t … Read more

Telling children about death is not easy.But the stories we make up can help lighten the darkness

When we think about how we will be remembered after death, it seems that simple words and basic descriptions do not do us justice. But for terminally ill parents and the dying, plain language is sometimes best. “Dad is an artist. He paints the world he sees. People love his paintings.” How else can you … Read more