OCTOBER 22-25, 2015

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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>



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>



Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

Cathy Barrow

04/20/2015 - 7:00pm


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>



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>



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>



Beer for All Seasons

Randy Mosher

05/08/2015 - 5:30pm

Central Library - 3rd Floor

Celebrate Madison Craft Beer Week with the Wisconsin Book Festival and Wisconsin Brewing Company.  Best-selling beer author Randy Mosher leads you on a delicious tour of beer-tasting opportunities through the year. Organized by season, the book guides you through all the best summer fests and seasonal beer releases and helps you make the most of Craft Beer Week, Oktoberfest, and much more. It also describes the best beers to drink in each season -- the ones that are perfect for lazy summer Saturdays, barbecues with friends, traditional Thanksgiving dinners, and icy winter nights.

Beer for All Seasons - Randy Mosher - <span class="date-display-single">05/08/2015 - 5:30pm</span>



A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah J. Maas

05/12/2015 - 6:30pm

Sequoya Library - Event Room

Kick off Teen Summer Reading with a new series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah J. Maas.  Maas' Throne of Glass series has captured readers all over the world. Maas is an epic storyteller, spinning intricate tales of worlds in peril and the incredible characters who work to save them and now, in the first book in her new series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, she introduces a new world with equally captivating characters.


A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas - <span class="date-display-single">05/12/2015 - 6:30pm</span>




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>



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>



The Jesus Cow

Michael Perry

06/10/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

For the first time, beloved Wisconsin author, Michael Perry, turns to fiction with The Jesus Cow, an affectionately skewed and big-hearted depiction of one miraculous bovine and the chaos it unleashes. “A wildly comic and deeply felt examination of faith, combining politics, scandal, farming, love, environmentalism and rural philosophy,” says Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members.


The uneventful world of Harley Jackson, low-key Wisconsin farmer, is about to change forever: 


The Jesus Cow - Michael Perry - <span class="date-display-single">06/10/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

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