NOVEMBER 2-5, 2017

and year round




2017 Pinney Mini Book Festival

09/23/2017 - 1:00pm

In its fourth year, the Pinney Mini Book Festival continues to connect local authors and patrons. In addition to a local author presentation of 5-10 authors, Pinney will host a panel session comprised of 3 successful authors, editors, and/or publishers. We hope this will further foster community and collaboration among local budding authors who are honing their skills and marketing their work.


Get Published Panel - 1:00 – 2:00
Three successful Wisconsin authors, Fabu, Lori M. Lee, and Sarah White will reveal tips and tricks for getting published.


Followed by fast-paced, author fun:


  • 2:30 Nancy Dearborn (humor)  
  • 2:45 Eric Schlehlein (historical fiction)
  • 3:00 Jelissa (urban fiction)
  • 3:15 Carl Fuerst (strange tales)  
  • 3:30 F.J. Bergmann (poetry, speculative fiction)  
  • 3:45 Carole Madrzak (children's fiction, adult romance)  
  • 4:00 – 4:30 author meet & greet 


2017 Pinney Mini Book Festival -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/23/2017 - 1:00pm</span>



My Book Of Beautiful Oops

Barney Saltzberg

10/10/2017 - 12:00pm

- School Visits

Barney Saltzberg has been captivating audiences since 1980 as he has traveled all over the world speaking about creativity. As a keynote speaker at numerous conferences as well as a visiting author/illustrator at schools and libraries from China, Russia, India, Spain, Vietnam and throughout the United States, Mr. Saltzberg presents a range of programs, both academically based and just plain fun, with a clear, uplifting message to children of all ages.

My Book Of Beautiful Oops -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/10/2017 - 12:00pm</span>



Kids in the Rotunda

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

10/28/2017 - 9:30am

Overture Center for the Arts - Rotunda Stage

Join Sparky and Rhonda Rucker for an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with storytelling, humor and history. Their songs span over three centuries of traditional American music from slavery to freedom and they accompany themselves with fingerstyle picking and blues, guitar, harmonica, banjo, spoons and bones. 


Sparky and Rhonda will put on three performances: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (This show will be American sign language translated).

Kids in the Rotunda -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/28/2017 - 9:30am</span>



2017 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Jason Reynolds

11/02/2017 - 7:30pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Varsity Hall

Jason Reynolds burst onto the writing scene in 2014 with the publication of When I Was the Greatest, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. Since then he has written seven highly acclaimed novels for children and teens, including The Boy in the Black Suit (2015), All-American Boys (2015), As Brave as You (2016), Ghost (2016), Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017), Patina (2017), and Long Way Down (2017). A dynamic and compelling writer and speaker, in just four years he has become one of the brightest stars in the field of children’s and young adult literature.


The annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture is sponsored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with support from the Friends of the CCBC. There will be a free reception in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Charlott Zolotow Lecture from 6:00-7:30 PM. Email to RSVP to the reception.

2017 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 7:30pm</span>



Look Up! and The Magic Rabbit

Annette LeBlanc Cate

11/04/2017 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Children's Section

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Museum's Story Saturday, Annette Leblanc Cate reads from her two celebrated children's books, Look Up! and The Magic Rabbit.


About Look Up!: This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader ("Here I am, the noble spruce grouse. In a spruce grove. Eatin’ some spruce. Yep."). Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers.


Look Up! and The Magic Rabbit -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 10:30am</span>

201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703


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