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People Get Ready

John Nichols Robert McChesney

02/19/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

In partnership with WORT, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents Bob McChasney & John Nichols for a publication celebration of their newest book, People Get Ready.  The consequence of the technological revolution is about to hit hard: employment opportunities will collapse across the board as new technologies replace labor. Moribund capitalism and talk of market solutions won't answer this crisis. In this brave new world, the power of the people to demand a smarter and more humane economic and environmental policy will be diminished as fear trumps reason and surrender replaces hope.

People Get Ready - John Nichols - <span class="date-display-single">02/19/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



Why The Right Went Wrong

EJ Dionne

02/26/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

From one of our most engaging and influential political journalists, the story behind today’s headlines. In an absorbing narrative, E. J. Dionne illuminates the recent history of Republican politics from the Barry Goldwater era through the Reagan Revolution and up to the present crisis. Joining his shrewd and eye-opening look at past with contemporary reporting, he explains the unrest and discontent on the Right and the Republican Party’s bitter civil war while illustrating why a radicalized conservatism has made governing our country so difficult.

Why The Right Went Wrong  - EJ Dionne - <span class="date-display-single">02/26/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



Circling the Sun

Paula McLain

03/17/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

The New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novel The Paris Wife, returns with her highly anticipated historical novel, Circling the Sun. The world is 1920s Kenya, where a glamorous and decadent circle of British expats have carved out a toe-hold of civilization at the edge of the boundless frontier. Abandoned by her mother and inspired by the dangerous beauty around her, Beryl grows into a fierce young woman driven to prove her courage and win independence at any cost.

Circling the Sun - Paula McLain - <span class="date-display-single">03/17/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



Two If By Sea

Jacquelyn Mitchard

03/21/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 302

Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit. While on patrol, he pulls a little boy from a submerged car, saving the child’s life with only seconds to spare. In that moment, Frank’s own life is transformed. Not quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes the boy home to the Midwestern farm where he grew up.

Two If By Sea - Jacquelyn Mitchard - <span class="date-display-single">03/21/2016 - 7:00pm</span>




Ally Condie

04/12/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Ally Condie’s debut middle grade novel SUMMERLOST is a tender and poignant exploration of family, loss, and the healing power of friendship. Last year twelve-year-old Cedar’s family was whole, and then her father and youngest brother, Ben, were killed in a devastating accident.  Life wasn’t uncomplicated before—Ben was different from most kids, and much of the family’s world revolved around accommodating his need--but now everything has changed for Cedar’s family, left broken and struggling to come to terms with their loss.

Summerlost - Ally Condie - <span class="date-display-single">04/12/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



H Is For Hawk & Shaler's Fish

Helen MacDonald

04/13/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Literary phenomenon Helen MacDonald visits the Wisconsin Book Festival to celebrate the paperback release of her sensational memoir, H Is For Hawk, and her marvelous debut poetry collection, Shaler's Fish.
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H Is For Hawk & Shaler's Fish - Helen MacDonald - <span class="date-display-single">04/13/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



A Voice From The Field

Neal Griffin

04/16/2016 - 7:00pm

Mystery To Me

A Voice From The Field is the second novel by acclaimed author Neal Griffin, a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement who’s seen it all.  Tia Suarez jumped off the pages in Griffin's brilliant debut novel, Benefit of the Doubt. Now she takes center stage in her own story, A Voice From The Field, a gripping thriller about human trafficking in the U.S.

A Voice From The Field - Neal Griffin - <span class="date-display-single">04/16/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



The Last Bookaneer

Matthew Pearl

05/05/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

London, 1890—Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could easily be published abroad without an author’s permission.

The Last Bookaneer - Matthew Pearl - <span class="date-display-single">05/05/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

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