Here we go again!

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by Michael on March 22, 2021

Remember the last time Loyola Chicago defeated Illinois to advance in the NCAA tournament? Probably not, it was almost 60 years ago. That 1963 team not only won the championship; in doing so it also created a milestone in the civil right movement.

Another Run for Ramblers

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by Michael on May 1, 2018

Thanks to Loyola-Chicago’s inspiring run to the 2018 final four, my book Ramblers enjoyed an extra ten minutes of fame this year. Here’s a piece I wrote for The Athletic; thanks to Seth Davis for asking. Here I utter one extremely profound sentence on NPR’s All Things Considered: thank you producer Gabe O’Connor for getting the whole title in there!

Buy Ramblers direct from the publisher

by Michael on March 28, 2018

Due to circumstances beyond our control at, the only print copies they’re offering at the moment are from third party resellers. If you want a nice new copy that will pay royalties to the author, buy direct from Agate Publishing and use the promo code “Ramblers” to get $6 off the $16 list price. Or buy from Barnes & Noble. Or buy the Kindle edition, which is probably what Amazon wants you to do.

Go here to read more about Ramblers.

Much Ado #2 at Arcadia Books

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by Michael on August 18, 2017

Happy to be returning to Arcadia Books in Spring Green for a second round of hawking and talking about Much Ado.

On Sunday, August 27, I’ll be signing books and chatting informally with readers and friends starting at 11 AM.  At 1 PM, after the crowd thins out a bit (as people head off to the APT matinees), I’ll commandeer a podium and give a more formal (but not very formal) presentation about the book, how it came to be, what I learned in the rehearsal room, and whatever else people want to talk about. Please join us and tell your friends.


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by Michael on July 18, 2017

Thanks to Doug Moe, Mr. Madison, for a nice writeup in his Madison Magazine blog. He says Much Ado is “delightful.” Obviously a man of taste and breeding, Doug has been writing about Madison and its people for close to 40 years now.


Monday Night in Madison

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by Michael on June 18, 2017

If you’re in or around Madison on Monday night (June 19), please join me at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, 315 W Gorham, at 6 PM. I’ll be hawking and talking, selling and signing. Would love to see you there. More info here.

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Much Ado at Printers Row

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by Michael on May 26, 2017

Happy to say I will be appearing at the Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 10, with Cari Lynn, Neil Steinberg, and Rick Kogan. More details here.

More Radio

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by Michael on December 22, 2016

Thanks to the Chicago Tribune‘s Rick Kogan for a relaxed and gracious interview on WGN Radio. You can listen here. Of course the whole show is fascinating, but if you’re in a hurry the Much Ado segment starts at about 17:00.

Love This List

by Michael December 21, 2016
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Remember your newspaper’s books section? It died and went to cyberspace and became the National Book Review. I’ve always wanted to be on their weekly Hot 5 list: “five books people are talking about this week, or should be.” And here I am! Thank you Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago book goddess.  

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Chapter 4: Beatrice

by Michael December 13, 2016
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In late summer 2013, when David Frank knew for sure he would be directing Much Ado, he didn’t have to think about who would be his Beatrice: Colleen Madden would. She is one of the company’s stars, a small woman with a big voice, an extraordinary actress. I saw her take Benedick’s arm in playful […]

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