Friday, September 28, 2012

Wisconsin Book Festival Schedule is Up

A couple of months ago the tentative list of featured presenters at the Wisconsin Book Festival was posted to this blog, and now the official schedule is up!  The Festival begins on Wednesday, November 7th and lasts until Sunday, November 11th.  With exciting presentations every day located right downtown in the beautiful fall weather there is no reason not to attend!

There are events for every age group and the breath of topics ensure that there is something to interest everyone.  The featured authors have written about everything from Islam to Agriculture, in memoirs, biographies and history books.  Personally, I can't wait to see the Legends and Lost Chances: Sports and Dreams in America presentation. Football, Wisconsin ties, dreams of the major league - what's not to love!

You can see the complete schedule with descriptions of each event at the Wisconsin Book Festival website now.  And don't forget to attend the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries Sale taking place for the duration of the festival in Memorial room 116.

What are you most looking forward to?  Have you read any of the books by the featured authors?  If so, write a review!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cyanotype Printing

I know a lot of people are excited about the Go Big Read selection (Radioactive by Lauren Redniss for those of you who haven't seen it around yet) because for the first time it incorporates the physical sciences.  There's even more to the book than meets the eye.  Redniss used some cool techniques to introduce even more character to Radioactive.

First of all, parts of the cover glow in the dark.  The illustrations were made using a technique called  cyantotype printing. According to Redniss' website:
Cyanotype is a camera‐less photographic technique in which paper is coated with light‐sensitive chemicals. When the chemically-treated paper is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it turns a deep blue color. 
If you're interested in cyanotype printing, the Madison Public Library is holding a few classes on it.  If you're interested, you can register and get more information here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Finding Fiction at Memorial

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If you're still looking for something good to read, try using the Finding Fiction at Memorial guide.  This research guide was created by Ellen Jacks at Memorial to help people locate readily accessible fiction located right on campus.  The guide also offers links to resources that can help you find book reviews and selection guides.  It's worth checking out if you're unsure about what to read next.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Author Interview: Sean Carroll

Last week this blog featured an interview of Michio Kaku on the Colbert Report, and it turns out that Colbert has actually interviewed several physicists and astronomers.

After his book, From Eternity to Here: the Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, came out in 2010 Sean Carroll visited Stephen and attempted to discuss theoretical cosmology - specifically theories of time and why the past is different from the future.  As usual, Colbert's antics made for a humorous if not terribly informative interview.  You can watch the video here.

Books by Carroll in the Library Catalog

Thursday, September 13, 2012

NPR Books

NPR Books is another great resource for discovering new books.  NPR posts new reviews and author interviews regularly.  Their Summer Books Series is just winding down, but there are several more continuing series. Perhaps, like many, you have a Guilty (literary) Pleasure that you would like to explore or are interested in what kind of books authors recommend in You Must Read This.
NPR Books

I especially recommend this website, because it is very thoughtfully laid out and pleasant to visit.  You can sort by reviews, author interviews, and even browse genres.  The audio component is unique and

NY Times Books

Earlier in the summer I wrote about the Physics Today Bookends website, and today I'm featuring another resource for book recommendations.  Unlike Bookends, this website is not physics related, but is definitely well respected and an excellent source of book reviews and information.
Most people are familiar with the New York Times Books section, but here is a reminder to look into what their editors are recommending this summer and fall.  Their reviews are always honest, interesting, and certainly worth reading.

As always, remember that it's your opinion we really want to hear.  Have you read any of the books recently reviewed by the New York Times?  What did you think? Submit your own review here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Author Interview: Michio Kaku

I don't know how I missed it, but popular science author Michio Kaku was interviewed on Stephen Colbert's show in the summer of 2010 before his most recent book came out, Physics of the Impossible.  As you can imagine, Stephen was very excited to hear some of Kaku's ideas.  Best of all, Kaku promised Colbert the possibility of a Harry Potter-esque invisibility cloak!  You can watch the video on Colbert's website.

Books by Kaku in the Library Catalog

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Author Interview: David Kaiser

"How the Hippies Saved Physics" by David Kaiser was not only  featured on the Reconnect to Reading summer reading list, an interview with the author was replayed on To the Best of Our Knowledge with Jim Flemming last Sunday on WPR.  You can listen to the interview or read the transcript here.

I encourage everyone to check out this excellent interview.  Science historian Kaiser briefly explains how the field of physics transformed from the "shut up and calculate" attitude after the Second World War to a bunch of "hippie physicists" reconnecting physics with philosophy in the 1970's.

Copies of How the Hippies Saved Physics at UW-Madison Libraries

Other books by David Kaiser at UW-Madison Libraries