OCTOBER 22-25, 2015

and year round

in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

11

Sep

Barbara the Slut and Other People

Lauren Holmes

09/11/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Fearless, candid, and incredibly funny, Lauren Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master. A literary star on the rise, her work has appeared in Guernica and Granta, where she was a 2014 New Voice. Her debut, Barbara the Slut: And Other People, is a head-turning collection of wry, intelligent, and sharply observed stories that tackle sex, family, and relationships with a deceptively light touch and a genius for revealing our most vulnerable selves.
 

Barbara the Slut and Other People - Lauren Holmes - <span class="date-display-single">09/11/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

24

Sep

Fall Barn Soiree with Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler

09/24/2015 - 5:30pm

Badger Farms

 Join us for a spectacular evening out with author Nickolas Butler and his unforgettable novel, Shotgun Lovesongs.  
 

Fall Barn Soiree with Nickolas Butler - Nickolas Butler - <span class="date-display-single">09/24/2015 - 5:30pm</span>

27

Sep

Self-Publishing Basics Workshop

09/27/2015 - 2:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Join a panel of librarians, media specialists, and local authors to learn the basics of self-publishing – from creation to distribution of your work. These experts will share their experiences and answer questions about eBook publishing tools, copyright rules, marketing and promotion, writing tips and more.
 
 

Self-Publishing Basics Workshop -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/27/2015 - 2:00pm</span>

03

Oct

Read Local! Indie Author Showcase

10/03/2015 - 9:00am

Middleton Library - Archer Room

Meet local authors all day long!  Each author has an assigned 15-minute slot to read from his or her book, describe the writing process, share inspiration, answer questions from the audience, etc. After every 3 authors (45 minutes), we’ll have a break for book selling and signing and to give authors a chance to meet and chat with audience members.  

Read Local! Indie Author Showcase -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/03/2015 - 9:00am</span>

09

Oct

Pinney Mini Book Festival

10/09/2015 - 6:00pm

Pinney Library

Authors of all abilities are welcome to participate in the Open Mic Night on Friday, October 9. On Saturday and Sunday, accepted authors will have an assigned 15-minute slot to read, describe the writing process, share inspiration, answer questions, etc.  We’ll break after three authors for book-selling and to give authors a chance to meet audience members and each other.  Come experience our local writing talent!
 
Friday, October 9, 6-9 pm
Saturday, October 10, 1-9 pm
Sunday, October 11, 1-4 pm

Pinney Mini Book Festival -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/09/2015 - 6:00pm</span>

14

Oct

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

J. Ryan Stradal

10/14/2015 - 6:30pm

Arcadia Books

This summer, meet the world’s greatest chef of Midwestern cuisine, Eva Thorvald, in the hugely anticipated debut novel by J. Ryan Stradal, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Reminiscent in style and structure of Olive Kitteridge, Stradal delivers the touching and hilarious story of Eva Thorvald’s triumph over a difficult childhood to become the woman with a once-in-a-generation palate behind the most sought-after dinner reservation in the country.
 

Kitchens of the Great Midwest - J. Ryan Stradal - <span class="date-display-single">10/14/2015 - 6:30pm</span>

20

Oct

2015 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Yuyi Morales

10/20/2015 - 7:30pm

- Marquee Theater

Established in 1998, the lecture was named to honor Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 65 picture books, including such classic works as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Harper, 1962) and William's Doll (Harper, 1972). Ms. Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a writing scholarship from 1933-36 where she studied with Professor Helen C. White.

2015 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture - Yuyi Morales - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2015 - 7:30pm</span>

22

Oct

Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices in Hip Hop Today

First Wave J. Ivy Baba Israel Frank Waln

10/22/2015 - 3:30pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

A panel discussion featuring Frank Waln, Telmary Diaz, J. Ivy, Baba Israel moderated by Dr. Kyle T Mays concerning the role of indigenous and multilingual voices in modern hip hop culture.

Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices in Hip Hop Today - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 3:30pm</span>

22

Oct

Mayakovsky's Revolver

Matthew Dickman

10/22/2015 - 4:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Presented in partnership with the UW Department of Creative Writing, a collection, from a dazzling, award-winning young poet, that paints life as a celebration in the dark.
 
At the center of Mayakovsky’s Revolver is the suicide of Matthew Dickman’s older brother. “Known for poems of universality of feeling, expressive lyricism of reflection, and heartrending allure” (Major Jackson), Dickman is a powerful poet whose new collection explores how to persevere in the wake of grief.

Mayakovsky's Revolver - Matthew Dickman - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 4:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The Cherry Harvest

Lucy Sanna

10/22/2015 - 5:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

The Cherry Harvest illumines the American mid-west during World War II, and the largely unknown phenomenon of German prisoners of war being used as plantation laborers, as farmers faced potentially catastrophic forfeitures due to wartime shortages of man power. 
 

The Cherry Harvest - Lucy Sanna - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 5:30pm</span>

22

Oct

What We're Writing Now

Richard Keller Caroline Levine Scott Straus

10/22/2015 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Presented in partnership with the UW Center for the Humanities, UW-Madison faculty in the fields of Medical History and Bioethics, Political Science, and Literary Studies convene to talk about their recently released, field-shaping publications. Richard Keller, Scott Straus, and Caroline Levine will discuss their work on the Paris heat wave of 2003, nation-making in postcolonial Africa, and the patterns and arrangements that shape both art and political life.

What We're Writing Now - Richard Keller - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 5:30pm</span>

22

Oct

Failure: Why Science Is So Successful

Stuart Firestein

10/22/2015 - 6:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

The general public has a glorified view of the pursuit of scientific research. However, the idealized perception of science as a rule-based, methodical system for accumulating facts could not be further from the truth. Modern science involves the idiosyncratic, often bumbling search for understanding in uncharted territories, full of wrong turns, false findings, and the occasional remarkable success.
 

Failure: Why Science Is So Successful - Stuart Firestein - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 6:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Homemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen

Lisa Kivirist & John D. Ivanko

10/22/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

From pies to preserves, wedding cakes to granola, pickles to decorated cookies, fledgling food entrepreneurs now have the freedom to earn, producing non-hazardous foods in their home kitchen. Finally, “homemade” and “fresh from the oven” on the package means exactly what it reads. Homemade for Sale provides a clear roadmap as the first authoritative guide to go from idea and recipe to final product.
 

Homemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen - Lisa Kivirist & John D. Ivanko - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The Big Burn

Timothy Egan

10/22/2015 - 7:00pm

Monona Terrace - Ballrooms A & B

On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men - college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps - to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
 

The Big Burn - Timothy Egan - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

22

Oct

All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase

First Wave

10/22/2015 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This spoken word & hip hop event is hosted by OMAI’s allies J. Ivy, Telmary Diaz, Frank Waln and features the Midwest Spoken Word and Hip Hop All-Stars. Come hear visiting youth poetry slam champions and hip hop artists from cities across the Midwest, including Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis (all cities and artists not confirmed).

All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Fortune Smiles

Adam Johnson

10/22/2015 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson is one of America’s most provocative and powerful authors. Critics have compared him to Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, and George Saunders, but Johnson’s new book will only further his reputation as one of our most original writers. Subtly surreal and darkly comic, Fortune Smiles is a major collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don’t often hear.

Fortune Smiles - Adam Johnson - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 7:30pm</span>

23

Oct

High School Friday 2015

First Wave David Crabb Anthony Breznican

10/23/2015 - 9:00am

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

A program-rich schedule is designed to engage students in the Wisconsin Common Core Standards within a dynamic learning environment. Through meaningful interaction with authors, performers, storytellers, and peers, students become active members of the Madison community.

High School Friday 2015 - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 9:00am</span>

23

Oct

Whispers & Shadows

Jerry Apps

10/23/2015 - 10:00am

Wisconsin Historical Museum

In these times of technological innovation and fast-paced electronic communication, we often take nature for granted--or even consider it a hindrance to our human endeavors. In "Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist's Memoir", Jerry Apps explores such topics as the human need for wilderness, rediscovering a sense of wonder, and his father's advice to "listen for the whispers" and "look in the shadows" to learn nature's deepest lessons.

Whispers & Shadows - Jerry Apps - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 10:00am</span>

23

Oct

The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club

Eileen Pollack

10/23/2015 - 2:30pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

In 2005, when Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard, asked why so few women, even today, achieve tenured positions in the hard sciences, Eileen Pollack set out to find the answer. A successful fiction writer, Pollack had grown up in the 1960s and ’70s dreaming of a career as a theoretical astrophysicist. Denied the chance to take advanced courses in science and math, she nonetheless made her way to Yale.

The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club - Eileen Pollack - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 2:30pm</span>

23

Oct

Wisconsin Agriculture: A History

Jerry Apps

10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Wisconsin has been a farming state from its very beginnings. And though it's long been known as "the Dairy State," it produces much more than cows, milk, and cheese. In fact, Wisconsin is one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation.
 

Wisconsin Agriculture: A History - Jerry Apps - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 3:30pm</span>

23

Oct

First Wave Spoken Word Showcase: Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices

First Wave J. Ivy Frank Waln Telmary Diaz Baba Israel

10/23/2015 - 5:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

First Wave poets put their unique poetic spin on the global languages of hip hop and will be responded to by renowned local and internationally acclaimed artists, community intellectuals and UW faculty members.

First Wave Spoken Word Showcase: Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 5:00pm</span>

23

Oct

Wisconsin People & Ideas Writing Contest Reading 2015

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters

10/23/2015 - 5:30pm

Room of One's Own

Wisconsin People & Ideas publishes fiction and poetry from Wisconsin writers, highlights new works from Wisconsin visual artists and photographers, and covers science and environmental issues that affect Wisconsin’s people, lands, and waters. The magazine also hosts annual fiction and poetry contests that award cash prizes up to $500, publication in the magazine, a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival, and more.

Wisconsin People & Ideas Writing Contest Reading 2015 - Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 5:30pm</span>

23

Oct

Time Salvager

Wesley Chu

10/23/2015 - 5:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his century, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.
 

Time Salvager - Wesley Chu - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 5:30pm</span>

23

Oct

Seven Bad Ideas

Jeff Madrick

10/23/2015 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Presented in partnership with the Madison Institute, the author of the widely praised Age of Greed gives us a bold indictment of some of our most accepted economic theories-why they’re wrong, the harm they’ve done, and the theories that would vastly improve on them.
 

Seven Bad Ideas - Jeff Madrick - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 5:30pm</span>

23

Oct

Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

Alva Noë

10/23/2015 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

In his new book, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, the philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë raises a number of profound questions: What is art? Why do we value art as we do? What does art reveal about our nature? Drawing on philosophy, art history, and cognitive science, and making provocative use of examples from all three of these fields, Noë offers new answers to such questions. He also shows why recent efforts to frame questions about art in terms of neuroscience and evolutionary biology alone have been and will continue to be unsuccessful.

Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature - Alva Noë - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 5:30pm</span>

23

Oct

Celebrating Ten Years of OMAI

Baba Israel First Wave

10/23/2015 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

A showcase featuring OMAI’s new website, guest artists, and an excerpt of Baba Israel’s “The Spinning Wheel by Baba Israel
 
About The Spinning Wheel:
 

Celebrating Ten Years of OMAI - Baba Israel - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

23

Oct

Scrapper

Matt Bell

10/23/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as “the zone,” an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he’s come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy’s unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas.
 

Scrapper - Matt Bell - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

23

Oct

Baddawi

Leila Abdelrazaq

10/23/2015 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Baddawi is the story of a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the many thousands of refugee children born to Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel.
 
 

Baddawi - Leila Abdelrazaq - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 7:30pm</span>

23

Oct

Bon Appétempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (With Recipes!)

Amelia Morris

10/23/2015 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

When Amelia Morris found a beautiful chocolate cake in Bon Appétit and took the recipe home to recreate it for a Christmas day brunch, it collapsed into a terrible (but delicious) mess that had to be served in an oversized bowl. It also paralleled the never-quite-predictable situations she's gotten herself into throughout her life, from her one-day career as a six-year-old lady wrestler to her ill-fated job at the School of Rock in Los Angeles.

Bon Appétempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (With Recipes!) - Amelia Morris - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 7:30pm</span>

23

Oct

Bad Kid

David Crabb

10/23/2015 - 9:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Filled with the music and popular culture of the late-eighties and early-nineties, this refreshingly honest and hilarious coming-of-age memoir from comedian, storyteller, and The Moth host David Crabb tells a universally resonant story about growing up gay and Goth in San Antonio, Texas. 
 

Bad Kid - David Crabb - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 9:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Friends of the CCBC Book Sale

Friends of the CCBC

10/24/2015 - 9:00am

Cooperative Children's Book Center - Elizabeth Burr Room

The CCBC Book Sale will be held on Saturday October, 20th from 9 AM-1 PM in the Elizabeth Burr room at the CCBC, with a Friends member-only pre-sale from 8-9 AM. Anyone can become a Friend at the door to get into the pre-sale. Tons of exciting, diverse titles will be available for sale.

Friends of the CCBC Book Sale - Friends of the CCBC - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 9:00am</span>

24

Oct

Folks, This Ain't Normal

Joel Salatin

10/24/2015 - 9:00am

Monona Terrace - Ballroom C & D

Folk, This Ain't Normal is written in Salatin’s entertaining and informative style that reflects his dirt-under- the- fingernails experience punctuated with mischievious humor , and yet it’s a serious look at our food: where it comes from, it’s current state of abnormality – and why we shouldn’t eat most of it. Folks,it ain’t normal to eat unpronounceable food that you can’t make in your kitchen, and has travelled 1,500 miles to get to your table.
 

Folks, This Ain't Normal - Joel Salatin - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 9:00am</span>

24

Oct

The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods

Avi Lank Ron Legro

10/24/2015 - 10:00am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods introduces readers to the mild-mannered astronomy enthusiast whose creativity, ingenuity, fervor, and endurance realized a dream of galactic proportions. The story of this stargazer from Wisconsin's North Woods so inspired two newspapermen, authors Ron Legro and Avi Lank, that they sought to document the story of the Kovac Planetarium for a new generation of stargazers and dreamers.

The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods - Avi Lank - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 10:00am</span>

24

Oct

This Wonderful Year: The Adventures of Mr. Edward Pamprill

Mark Benno

10/24/2015 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Bubbler

Introducing Mr. Edward Pamprill, profligate son of a dissolute English Baron.  When his father arranges for his kidnapping and impressment into a British man-of-war to fight Napoleon, Mr. Pamprill is forced to leave behind fashionable London and experience the lot of the common sailor.  Young Mr.

This Wonderful Year: The Adventures of Mr. Edward Pamprill - Mark Benno - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 10:30am</span>

24

Oct

Local Food Solutions

Ali Berlow Alan Guebert & Mary Grace Foxwell

10/24/2015 - 10:30am

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Join authors Ali Berlow, Alan Guebert, and Gracie Foxwell, alongside local farmers for a discussion of how we can all engage with the food we eat.  We will discuss practical approaches and common challenges to eating sustainably and present tangible things we all can do to improve our food system.   
 
 
About The Food Activist Handbook:

Local Food Solutions - Ali Berlow - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 10:30am</span>

24

Oct

Waiting

Kevin Henkes

10/24/2015 - 10:30am

Central Library - Children's Room

What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child's windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.
 

Waiting - Kevin Henkes - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 10:30am</span>

24

Oct

Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library

Wayne Wiegand

10/24/2015 - 10:30am

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Despite dire predictions in the late twentieth century that public libraries would not survive the turn of the millennium, their numbers have only increased. Two of three Americans frequent a public library at least once a year, and nearly that many are registered borrowers. Although library authorities have argued that the public library functions primarily as a civic institution necessary for maintaining democracy, generations of library patrons tell a different story.
 

Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library - Wayne Wiegand - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 10:30am</span>

24

Oct

Little Author in the Big Woods

Yona McDonough

10/24/2015 - 10:30am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - Biotech Lab

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don't always realize is that Wilder's books are autobiographical. This biography describes more of  the details of Laura's real life as a young pioneer  homesteading with her family on many adventurous  journeys. Complete with charming illustrations, the narrative points out the differences between the fictional series and Wilder's real life, as well as the many similarities. It's a fascinating story of a much­ celebrated writer. 

Little Author in the Big Woods - Yona McDonough - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 10:30am</span>

24

Oct

The Man Who Wasn't There

Anil Ananthaswamy

10/24/2015 - 11:00am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

A man who is convinced his leg doesn’t belong to him; a woman with voices in her head telling her to jump off a building; a boy who feels as though he’s living in a constant dream state. These are all real people whose complex neurological disorders have caused a disruptive rift in their sense of self, not to mention in their day-to-day lives.

The Man Who Wasn't There - Anil Ananthaswamy - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 11:00am</span>

24

Oct

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire

John Garofolo

10/24/2015 - 11:00am

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

John Garofolo, author of “Dickey Chapelle Under Fire” shares the inspiring life story of, and moist poignant photographs by, Wisconsin native and award-winning war photographer Dickey Chapelle. She covered combat and unrest in World War II and in countries throughout world from Cuba to Hungary before becoming the first American female war correspondent killed covering combat, 50 years ago while on patrol with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam.

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire - John Garofolo - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 11:00am</span>

24

Oct

2015 CWW Winners Reading

Council of Wisconsin Writers

10/24/2015 - 12:00pm

Room of One's Own

Each year for the past 50 years, the Council for Wisconsin Writers has been honoring the best work published by writers from Wisconsin. This years winners are being honored with prestigious prizes outside of our state as well, including a Pushcart winner and an Independent Book of the Year Award.  They represent a variety of literary genres including poetry, memoir, and young adult fiction. These talented authors display the vitality and breadth of writing happening in Wisconsin. 
 

2015 CWW Winners Reading - Council of Wisconsin Writers - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 12:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man

Julie Mata

10/24/2015 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Children's Room

After her huge success with her first feature-length movie, seventh-grader Kate Walden is eager to start on her next film, a sci-fi romance called Bride of Slug Man. When a new kid comes to town from New York City, Kate thinks she might have a new found film buddy—someone to share her interest with. And it doesn't hurt that he’s pretty cute. But it turns out that Tristan is making his own movie, and now the classmates Kate thought were eager to join her cast and crew are divided.

Kate Walden Directs: Bride of Slug Man - Julie Mata - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 12:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Mary Norris

10/24/2015 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Mary Norris began her professional career as a foot checker—dutifully checking patrons’ toes for athlete’s foot as they entered a Cleveland city pool—before working at a costume company and driving a milk truck. Humble beginnings for a woman who would come to spend more than three decades as a copy editor (or “prose goddess”) at The New Yorker, where she’s worked with such celebrated writers as Philip Roth, Pauline Kael, and George Saunders.

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen - Mary Norris - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 12:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Another Time and Place

Jennifer Chiaverini Mary McNear

10/24/2015 - 12:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Authors Jennifer Chiaverini and Mary McNear will read form their latest novels -- books that transport the reader to worlds with a particularly deep sense of place.  
 
About Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule: 

Another Time and Place - Jennifer Chiaverini - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 12:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories

Jennifer Morales

10/24/2015 - 12:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

When Johnquell, an African American teen, suffers a serious accident in the home of his white neighbor, Mrs. Czernicki, his community must find ways to bridge divisions between black and white, gay and straight, old and young. Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities—Milwaukee, Wisconsin—Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.

Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories - Jennifer Morales - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 12:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Beneath the Bonfire

Nickolas Butler

10/24/2015 - 1:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Young couples gather to participate in an annual "chainsaw party," cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter. A group of men spend a weekend hunting for mushrooms in the wilderness where they grew up and where some still find themselves trapped. An aging environmentalist takes out his frustration and anger on a singular, unsuspecting target. One woman helps another get revenge against a man whose crime extends far beyond him to an entire community.

Beneath the Bonfire - Nickolas Butler - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 1:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Bird

Crystal Chan

10/24/2015 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Children's Section

Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away.
 

Bird - Crystal Chan - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 1:30pm</span>

24

Oct

The League of Outsider Baseball

Gary Cieradkowski

10/24/2015 - 1:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes is a truly unique look at the players and personalities that exist in the obscure corners of baseball’s history.

The League of Outsider Baseball - Gary Cieradkowski - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 1:30pm</span>

24

Oct

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

David Maraniss

10/24/2015 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

It’s 1963 and Detroit is on top of the world. The city’s leaders are among the most visionary in America: Grandson of the first Ford; Henry Ford II; influential labor leader Walter Reuther; Motown’s founder Berry Gordy; the Reverend C.L. Franklin and his daughter, the amazing Aretha; Governor George Romney, Mormon and Civil Rights advocate; super car salesman Lee Iacocca; Mayor Jerome Cavanagh, a Kennedy acolyte; Police Commissioner George Edwards; Martin Luther King, Jr. It was the American auto makers’ best year; the revolution in music and politics was underway.

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story - David Maraniss - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 1:30pm</span>

24

Oct

Brutal Youth

Anthony Breznican

10/24/2015 - 2:00pm

Room of One's Own

Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse, in Anthony Breznican's Brutal Youth.
 

Brutal Youth - Anthony Breznican - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 2:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Music for Wartime

Rebecca Makkai

10/24/2015 - 3:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

In Music for Wartime, Makkai brings together a collection of sweeping, powerful, spellbinding stories, three of which under the “legends” section are based on her own family’s history in 1930’s Hungary. A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, while her own relationship is falling apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father's past when a renowned Romanian violinist who survived a brutal pogrom only to be incarcerated for twenty years by the 'liberating' Communists plays a concert in their home.

Music for Wartime - Rebecca Makkai - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 3:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Cold War on Maplewood Street

Gayle Rosengren

10/24/2015 - 3:00pm

Central Library - Children's Room

Cold War on Maplewood Street is a novel for ages 8-12 set against the backdrop of a little known time in our past, the week-long Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.  The main character, 12 year old Joanna, is going through a difficult adjustment even before the crisis begins.  Her adored brother Sam recently joined the Navy and is far away on a ship somewhere in the Atlantic.  With Mom working and going to night school, Joanna is alone in their basement apartment far more than she's comfortable with. She feels abandoned and vulnerable in ways she's never felt before.

Cold War on Maplewood Street - Gayle Rosengren - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 3:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice

Adam Benforado

10/24/2015 - 3:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Several years ago, Adam Benforado came across a photograph—a lineup that had sent an innocent man to prison with a life sentence. As a criminal law professor who studies injustice, he’d become aware of a lot of cases like this. But this particular photograph shook him because standing just to the right of the wrongly accused man was the real perpetrator. By pure coincidence, detectives had pulled him into the lineup as a filler. The victim had looked at the person who had brutally attacked her, whom she’d been face-to-face with, and picked out the guy next to him.

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice - Adam Benforado - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 3:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Picto-Poems

Kim Blaeser

10/24/2015 - 3:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

This event features Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser’s “Picto-Poems,” intersecting layers of text and image inspired by Native American pictographs.  Blaeser will read the poems, visually present the art images, and discuss the examples of this new creative project. The picto-poems bring her nature and wildlife photography together with poetry to explore intersecting ideas of Native place, nature, preservation, and spiritual sustenance.

Picto-Poems - Kim Blaeser - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 3:00pm</span>

24

Oct

This Angel on My Chest

Leslie Pietrzyk

10/24/2015 - 4:30pm

Room of One's Own

This Angel on My Chest is a collection of unconventionally linked stories, each about a different young woman whose husband dies suddenly and unexpectedly. Ranging from traditional stories to lists, a quiz, a YouTube link, and even a lecture about creative writing, the stories grasp to put into words the ways in which we all cope with unspeakable loss.

This Angel on My Chest - Leslie Pietrzyk - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 4:30pm</span>

24

Oct

The Limits of Truth

Matthew Gavin Frank B. J. Hollars

10/24/2015 - 4:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Nonfiction is a funny genre.  It’s the only genre defined by what it’s not.  It’s not fiction, but what is it then? How far can a writer stretch a fact before it becomes a fiction?  And what are one’s reasons for doing so?  Join nonfiction writers Matthew Gavin Frank and B.J. Hollars as they read from their newly released genre-bending books, as well as discuss their attempts and obligations to reach toward the always-nebulous limits of truth.
 

The Limits of Truth - Matthew Gavin Frank - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 4:30pm</span>

24

Oct

Being Nixon: A Man Divided

Evan Thomas David Maraniss

10/24/2015 - 4:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Everyone thinks they know Richard Nixon. His “Tricky Dick,” persona has come to define his perception. Evan Thomas, former Editor at Large of Newsweek and bestselling author of Ike's Bluff and Sea of Thunder, disposes of this cartoonish version of Nixon and creates a three dimensional portrait of a complex man filled with both light and darkness in his new book, Being Nixon: A Man Divided.

Being Nixon: A Man Divided - Evan Thomas - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 4:30pm</span>

24

Oct

Patternalia : An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns

Jude Stewart

10/24/2015 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Whether it be simple patterns—such as dots, squares, checks and florals or the more elaborate seersucker, gingham, tartan, and fleur-de-lis—patterns are everywhere, and each one has a fascinating backstory. Patternalia: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns delves into the deep trove of history and culture unique to each pattern.
 

Patternalia : An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns  - Jude Stewart - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 5:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics

Mark Smith

10/24/2015 - 6:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

When Pope Francis recently answered “Who am I to judge?” when asked about homosexuality, he ushered in a new era for the Catholic church. A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable for a pope to express tolerance for homosexuality. Yet shifts of this kind are actually common in the history of Christian groups. Within the United States, Christian leaders have regularly revised their teachings to match the beliefs and opinions gaining support among their members and in the larger society.
 

Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics - Mark Smith - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 6:00pm</span>

24

Oct

We Are Not Ourselves

Matthew Thomas

10/24/2015 - 6:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed.
 
When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.
 

We Are Not Ourselves - Matthew Thomas - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 6:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

Robert B. Reich

10/24/2015 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Presented in partnership with the Madison Institute, the author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, discusses his most important book to date—a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it.
 

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few - Robert B. Reich - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 7:30pm</span>

24

Oct

The Brewer's Tale : A History of the World According to Beer

William Bostwick

10/24/2015 - 8:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Taste 5,000 years of brewing history as a time-traveling homebrewer rediscovers and re-creates the great beers of the past.
 

The Brewer's Tale : A History of the World According to Beer - William Bostwick - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 8:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Showcase Performance Celebrating 10 Years of OMAI

First Wave

10/24/2015 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This event will feature J. Ivy, Telmary Diaz, Frank Wain, and First Wave artists as well other surprise guests. 

Showcase Performance Celebrating 10 Years of OMAI - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 8:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People

Matthew Diffee

10/24/2015 - 9:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Matthew Diffee is a star cartoonist at The New Yorker, heralded as “the de facto leader of a young generation of cartoonists” by the Wall Street Journal, and editor of the acclaimed volumes of The Rejection Collection. He often jokes that the people who “don’t get” his cartoons are universally ugly and dumb. Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People will only appeal to those who get him—aka, those who are smart and attractive—which makes it the perfect gift!

Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People  - Matthew Diffee - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 9:00pm</span>

25

Oct

The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

Azar Nafisi

10/25/2015 - 11:00am

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society.

 The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books - Azar Nafisi - <span class="date-display-single">10/25/2015 - 11:00am</span>

25

Oct

The Little Free Library Book

Margret Aldrich

10/25/2015 - 11:00am

Central Library - The Bubbler

"Take a book. Return a book." In 2009, Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library as a memorial to his mom. Five years later, this simple idea to promote literacy and encourage community has become a global movement. Little Free Libraries—freestanding front-yard book exchanges—now number twenty-five thousand in eighty countries. 
 

The Little Free Library Book - Margret Aldrich - <span class="date-display-single">10/25/2015 - 11:00am</span>

25

Oct

Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

Andrew Maraniss

10/25/2015 - 12:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

The New York Times bestselling book Strong Inside is the untold story of Perry Wallace, who in 1966 enrolled at Vanderbilt University and became the first African-American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Strong Inside is not just the story of a trailblazing athlete, but of civil rights, race in America, a campus in transition during the tumultuous 1960s, the mental toll of pioneering, decades of ostracism, and eventual reconciliation and healing.
 

Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South - Andrew Maraniss - <span class="date-display-single">10/25/2015 - 12:30pm</span>

25

Oct

Poetry and Social Justice

Ruben Medina Peggy Rogza Thomas Smith Sarah Busse Wendy Vardaman

10/25/2015 - 12:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Madison’s Poets Laureate host a reading and conversation featuring three Wisconsin writer-activist-scholars, Rubén Medina, Margaret Rozga, and Thomas R. Smith. In visionary writing that emerges from lives at the front lines of progressive social movements, Medina, Rozga and Smith explore intersections of personal and political, protest and poetry, local and global, migrations and immigrations, silence and speech. They will read from newly published books, followed by hosted conversation. What does poetry have to say in these times? How does poetry answer the political moment?

Poetry and Social Justice - Ruben Medina - <span class="date-display-single">10/25/2015 - 12:30pm</span>

25

Oct

Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom: The Quest for Legitimation in French Indochina, 1850-1960

Mai Na M. Lee

10/25/2015 - 12:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Countering notions that Hmong history begins and ends with the “Secret War” in Laos of the 1960s and 1970s, Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom reveals how the Hmong experience of modernity is grounded in their sense of their own ancient past, when this now-stateless people had their own king and kingdom, and illuminates their political choices over the course of a century in a highly contested region of Asia.
 

Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom: The Quest for Legitimation in French Indochina, 1850-1960 - Mai Na M. Lee - <span class="date-display-single">10/25/2015 - 12:30pm</span>

25

Oct

The Unmapped Sea

Maryrose Wood

10/25/2015 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Children's Section

For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society, here comes the fifth book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood.  
 

The Unmapped Sea - Maryrose Wood - <span class="date-display-single">10/25/2015 - 1:30pm</span>

25

Oct

Future Perfect

Jen Larsen

10/25/2015 - 2:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother. Pretty standard, right? But like clockwork, every year, Ashley's card also contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness. Ashley doesn't think there's anything wrong with the way she looks. She knows exactly how she fits into her life, wide hips and all.

Future Perfect - Jen Larsen - <span class="date-display-single">10/25/2015 - 2:00pm</span>

25

Oct

Turning Inward

Blake Bailey Kate Christensen

10/25/2015 - 2:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Blake Bailey and Kate Christensen are award-winning authors in the realms of biography and fiction.  In their newest works, they've turned their attentions on themselves and have produced incredible works of personal memoir.  With The Splendid Things We Planned and How To Cook A Moose, Bailey and Christensen bring us into their lives in intimate, touching, and important ways.  These brilliant authors will read and discuss why they were moved to write memoir after their successes in other genres.
 
About The Splendid Things We Planned:

Turning Inward - Blake Bailey - <span class="date-display-single">10/25/2015 - 2:00pm</span>

26

Oct

Go Big Read: Just Mercy

Bryan Stephenson

10/26/2015 - 7:00pm

- Varsity Hall

In partnership with Go Big Read, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents Bryan Stevenson for Just Mercy.  A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.  
 

Go Big Read: Just Mercy - Bryan Stephenson - <span class="date-display-single">10/26/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

30

Oct

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Sarah Vowell

10/30/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette–the one Frenchman we could all agree on–and an insightful portrait of a nation’s idealism and its reality.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell - <span class="date-display-single">10/30/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

07

Nov

Mothers Tell Your Daughters

Bonnie Jo Campbell

11/07/2015 - 2:00pm

Arcadia Books

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s searing new collection, Mothers Tell Your Daughters: Stories offers powerful insights into unforgettable heroines who are determined to shape their own futures with—or despite—the men in their lives. With writing that is muscular and suspenseful, Campbell’s work has been likened to Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver, sharing with these writers a focus on the American working-class.

Mothers Tell Your Daughters - Bonnie Jo Campbell - <span class="date-display-single">11/07/2015 - 2:00pm</span>

07

Nov

Atmosphere of Hope

11/07/2015 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

In his new book, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, bestselling author and world renowned scientist and environmentalist Tim Flannery puts forward an engaging and practical alternative plan to deal the climate crisis, with achievable goals grounded in reasonable optimism that can lead us toward an ecologically viable future.
 

Atmosphere of Hope -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/07/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

17

Nov

Need

Joelle Charbonneau

11/17/2015 - 6:30pm

Sequoya Library

“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”
 
Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

Need - Joelle Charbonneau - <span class="date-display-single">11/17/2015 - 6:30pm</span>

22

Nov

The Great Forgetting

James Renner

11/22/2015 - 2:00pm

Room of One's Own

Jack Felter, a history teacher, returns home to bucolic Franklin Mills, Ohio, to care for his father, a retired pilot who suffers from dementia and is quickly losing his memory. Jack would love to forget about Franklin Mills, and about Sam, the girl he fell in love with, who ran off with his best friend, Tony. Except Tony has gone missing.  Soon Jack is pulled into the search for Tony, but the only one who seems to know anything is Tony's last patient, a paranoid boy named Cole. Jack must team up with Cole to follow Tony's trail-and maybe save the world.

The Great Forgetting - James Renner - <span class="date-display-single">11/22/2015 - 2:00pm</span>

04

Dec

Of Beards and Men

Christopher Oldstone-Moore

12/04/2015 - 8:00pm

Central Library - Third Floor

Ladies and Gentlemen, don't shave your beards!  The Wisconsin Book Festival and the Bubbler present an amazing Night Light event.  Just a few days after the end of Movember, we will gather for books, music, drinks, and activities all in celebration of all things facial hair.
 

Of Beards and Men - Christopher Oldstone-Moore - <span class="date-display-single">12/04/2015 - 8:00pm</span>


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