OCTOBER 22-25, 2015

and year round

in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

11

Mar

What Burns Away

Melissa Falcon Field

03/11/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Melissa Falcon Field alights on the literary fiction scene with her debut novel, What Burns Away, a sizzling and compelling story about new mom Claire Spruce, whose high school sweetheart resurfaces via social media at a vulnerable time in Claire’s life. With Dean’s reappearance, Claire must approach a crossroads in her life that she wasn’t aware she’d reached.

 

What Burns Away - Melissa Falcon Field - <span class="date-display-single">03/11/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

10

Apr

The Little Edges

Fred Moten

04/10/2015 - 7:00pm

Chazen Museum - Elvehjem L150

In partnership with the FELIX Series of New Writing, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents, Fred Moten reading from his new poetry collection, The Little Edges.  The Little Edges is a collection of poems that extends poet Fred Moten's experiments in what he calls "shaped prose"--a way of arranging prose in rhythmic blocks, or sometimes shards, in the interest of audio-visual patterning. Shaped prose is a form that works the "little edges" of lyric and discourse, and radiates out into the space between them.

The Little Edges - Fred Moten - <span class="date-display-single">04/10/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

13

Apr

Poetry Month Celebration

Joan Murray Cynthia Marie Hoffman

04/13/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

The Wisconsin Book Festival celebrates National Poetry month with a joint reading by poets, Joan Murray and Cynthia Hoffman, reading from their newest works.

 

About Joan Murray's Swimming for the Ark:

Poetry Month Celebration - Joan Murray - <span class="date-display-single">04/13/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

20

Apr

Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

Cathy Barrow

04/20/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library

In Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry, Cathy Barrow introduces a world of practical and easy-to-master techniques, tools, and recipes for preserving fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish, canning beans and soups, and making cheese. Readers will learn the pros and cons of pectin, the essential technique of brining, and the comforting fact that they can make cheese in their own homes.

Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry - Cathy Barrow - <span class="date-display-single">04/20/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

21

Apr

Novel Publication Celebration

Quan Barry Judith Claire Mitchell

04/21/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

The Wisconsin Book Festival is proud to present an event for the publication of novels by two University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Writing Professors.  Quan Barry's She Weeps Each Time You're Born and Judith Claire Mitchell's A Reunion of Ghosts are both magical achievements and incredible additions to the Wisconsin literary culture. 

 

About Quan Barry's She Weeps Each Time You're Born

Novel Publication Celebration - Quan Barry - <span class="date-display-single">04/21/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

28

Apr

The Given World

Marian Palaia

04/28/2015 - 6:30pm

Room of One's Own

Marian Palaia's gorgeous new novel has earned praise from the likes of Lorrie Moore, Karen Joy Fowler, Jonis Agee, Suzanne Rindell, and more.  Spanning twenty-five years of cultural upheaval, moving from Montana to San Francisco to Saigon, The Given World is a major debut from a stunningly talented writer about the effects of war on those left at home. 

 

The Given World - Marian Palaia - <span class="date-display-single">04/28/2015 - 6:30pm</span>

02

Jun

Delicious!

Ruth Reichl

06/02/2015 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

 

Delicious! - Ruth Reichl - <span class="date-display-single">06/02/2015 - 7:30pm</span>

04

Jun

The Rainy Season

Maggie Messitt

06/04/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Step across the border of a former, apartheid-era homeland and into a community in the midst of change, caught between a traditional past and a western future, a racially charged history and a pseudo-democratic present. THE RAINY SEASON—a work of narrative nonfiction resulting from ten months of intense immersion and six years of reporting—introduces readers to the remote bushveld community of Rooiboklaagte and opens a window into the beautifully complicated reality of daily life in South Africa.

 

The Rainy Season - Maggie Messitt - <span class="date-display-single">06/04/2015 - 7:00pm</span>


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