Friday, June 12, 2009

Award-Winning Writer and Editor Raphael Kadushin on Travel, Food, and the UW Press; Dennis Graham on Launchpad

On the June 14, 2009 show:

Award-winning editor and writer Raphael Kadushin, humanities editor for the UW Press, joins us for a wide ranging discussion, including a sneak peek at recently-released and upcoming titles. We'll also be revisited at the top of the show by Dennis Graham from Launchpad, a statewide, alternative music competition for Wisconsin high school students, previewing an exciting musical showcase for talented young people next Saturday in Madison.

More on Launchpad

Launchpad's culminating statewide competition will be occurring on Saturday, June 20, at 4:00 PM in the UW-Madison's Memorial Union - Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon Street. As Dennis has communicated to us with great enthusiasm during previous visits to the program, Launchpad provides support to aspiring young musicians in so-called "garage bands" of all shapes and musical styles from throughout the state.

Events have been occurring all year long in every corner of the state that are both highly competitive and highly collaborative. In other words, these are young people striving for the best, also thriving in a spirit of camaraderie and mutual support, building relationships that help launch many young musical careers, and often last a lifetime. For more info (including some great musical selections from young musicians), go to the Launchpad website, For ticket info, please visit the website of the UW's Memorial Union Theater.

More on the UW Press

Since its first book appeared in 1937, the University of Wisconsin Press has published and distributed more than 3000 titles. They have more than 1400 titles currently in print, including books of general interest (biography, fiction, natural history, poetry, photography, fishing, food, travel and more), scholarly books (American studies, anthropology, art, classics, environmental studies, ethnic studies, film, gay and lesbian studies, history, Jewish studies, literary criticism, Slavic studies, etc.) and regional books about Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. See the UW Press website .

More on Raphael Kadushin

As the WI State Journal's Melanie Conklin wrote last fall, "Raphael Kadushin has a variety of enviable jobs. He is senior acquisitions editor for University of Wisconsin Press and as a freelance writer he travels the globe covering food and travel for such publications as Bon Appetit (he's a contributing editor), National Geographic Traveler and Conde Nast Traveler. Locally, his food reviews appear in Isthmus. Kadushin is a Madison native who lives on the West Side with his partner Thomas McGhee. He's charged with keeping tabs on a half-dozen international cities for This summer he began writing a blog for Kadushin is also editor of a gay travel anthology due out in November called Big Trips and has an article in Best Food Writing 2008."

Follow these links to more background on Raphael, and some samples of his writing:

September 2008 WI State Journal interview by Melanie Conklin

Career Highlights

Food Reviews

Lyrically Beautiful Remembrance of Northern Holland, where his family once lived

Raphael and his colleagues at Isthmus Pick some of the Favorite dishes at Madison area restaurants

Philadelphia Gay News Article on “Big Trips: More Good Gay Travel Writing”

Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion with Raphael. Share with us your favorite UW Press book, your favorite restaurant, or favorite travel destination. Give us a call at 608-321-1670.

And then join us next week as Stephanie hosts a very special Father's Day edition of Forward Forum. (Appropriately enough, John will be at a Michigan lake with his father.)

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