Autumn Bounty

Dig into three just-released, regionally focused reads

Matt Lepay began calling UW football and basketball games for Madison radio in 1988, just before both programs rocketed into championship eras. In Why Not Wisconsin? (Triumph Books), he recounts key games, shares impressions of coaches and players and reflects genuinely on his friendships with those on the field, in the athletic office and the press box.  

Ron McCrea’s longtime passion for Spring Green’s Taliesin brings us the richly researched, beautifully designed Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home of Love and Loss (Wisconsin Historical Society Press). The former Capital Times senior news editor shares new details about Taliesin’s 1911 construction for Wright and his mistress, Mamah Borthwick, and the 1914 murders there of her and six others.

A fierce advocate for public green spaces, Jens Jensen designed early Chicago parks and was a prolific general audience and landscape industry writer. His still-relevant 1940s Capital Times columns are included in Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature (Wisconsin Historical Society Press), an excellent anthology that urges protecting and connecting with nature.  

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