OCTOBER 20-23, 2016

and year round

in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

03

Oct

Perfume River

Robert Olen Butler

10/03/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

From one of America’s most important writers, Perfume River is an exquisite novel that examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family.
 

Perfume River - Robert Olen Butler - <span class="date-display-single">10/03/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

04

Oct

Prophets of Eternal Fjord

Kim Leine

10/04/2016 - 7:00pm

- 104 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Presented in partnership with the UW Department of Scandinavian Studies, THE PROPHETS OF ETERNAL FJORD is an award-winning international sensation, a sweeping tale of a Greenlandic community torn apart by the forces of colonialism, and the one priest whose wavering guidance will determine its fate.
 

Prophets of Eternal Fjord - Kim Leine - <span class="date-display-single">10/04/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

11

Oct

Roughneck Grace

Michael Perry

10/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Wisconsin State Journal Office Building

New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry returns with a new collection of bite-sized essays from his Sunday Wisconsin State Journal column, "Roughneck Grace." Perry's perspectives on everything from cleaning the chicken coop to sharing a New York City elevator with supermodels will have you snorting with laughter on one page, blinking back tears on the next, and -- no matter your zip code -- nodding in recognition throughout.

Roughneck Grace - Michael Perry - <span class="date-display-single">10/11/2016 - 4:00pm</span>

19

Oct

2016 Friends of UW-Madison Libraries Book Sale

Friends of UW Libraries

10/19/2016 - 4:00pm

Memorial Library - Room 116

The largest used book sale in Wisconsin returns this fall! The sale will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Library in room 116. The sale includes literature, history, children's books, science, art, philosophy, reference texts, foreign language books, and more. Videos, DVDs, CDs, and LPs are available. All sales are open to the public. For more information about the Book Sale, how to donate, or become a volunteer contact the Friends of the UW—Madison Libraries.
 

2016 Friends of UW-Madison Libraries Book Sale - Friends of UW Libraries - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2016 - 4:00pm</span>

20

Oct

Friends of the Madison Public Library Fall Book Sale

Friends of Madison Public Library

10/20/2016 - 9:00am

Central Library

Find great bargains for your home library and support the library! This sale features books, DVDs and other materials of all types, perfect for Wisconsin Book Festival visitors. Most items are $2 or less. Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library.
 
This is a multi-day sale. Sale hours: Thursday, October 20, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, October 21, 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday, October 22, 9 am - 4:30 pm (bag sale 2-4:30pm - $5/bag).

Friends of the Madison Public Library Fall Book Sale - Friends of Madison Public Library - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 9:00am</span>

20

Oct

James Madison Lecture

Gordon Wood

10/20/2016 - 4:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Five years have passed since the emergence of democracy movement across the Middle East.  In his lecture, Dr. Wood will share insights from his lifelong study of the American Revolution, expanding on thoughts he offered to Egyptian leaders during their visit to the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies.

James Madison Lecture - Gordon Wood - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 4:30pm</span>

20

Oct

Writing Professionals Panel

Amy Hassinger Michelle Wildgen Susan Gloss

10/20/2016 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

The Day Job: How To Make Money And Write And Not Lose Your Mind 
 

Writing Professionals Panel - Amy Hassinger - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 5:30pm</span>

20

Oct

America Invertida

Jesse Lee Kercheval

10/20/2016 - 5:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

América Invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets introduces twenty-two Uruguayan poets under the age of forty to English-speaking audiences for the first time. Editor Jesse Lee Kercheval paired poets and translators to produce a rich, bilingual volume based on a multicultural dialogue about poetry and the written word. América Invertida presents Spanish poems and their English translations side by side to give readers an introduction to Uruguay’s vibrant literary scene.

America Invertida - Jesse Lee Kercheval - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 5:30pm</span>

20

Oct

The Making of a Book: Writing, Editing, and Small Press Publication

Louis Lo Praeste Jeremiah Lewis

10/20/2016 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Snow Creek Press founders Louis Lo Praeste and Jeremiah Lewis will discuss the long journey they took publishing their first book, including writing Capernaum and how the book evolved from nearly 1,000 pages long to the lean novel it is today. They will discuss honing the book through editing, from addressing tense issues throughout the stream-of-consciousness narrative to reworking scenes and lines to make a more cohesive structure.

The Making of a Book: Writing, Editing, and Small Press Publication - Louis Lo Praeste - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 5:30pm</span>

20

Oct

All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase 2016

First Wave

10/20/2016 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This spoken word & hip hop event is hosted by OMAI’s allies. Come hear visiting youth poetry slam champions and hip hop artists from cities across the Midwest including Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Green Bay, Madison, and the Twin Cities.

All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase 2016 - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

20

Oct

Scriptorium: Poems

Melissa Range

10/20/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Bubbler

A National Poetry Series winner, selected and with a foreword by Tracy K. Smith.
 

Scriptorium: Poems - Melissa Range - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

20

Oct

Hidden Thunder

Robert Boszhardt

10/20/2016 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

A watercolor artist and an archeologist team up to interpret the hidden history and heritage painted in American Indian rock art found in the Upper Midwest in Hidden Thunder: Rock Art of the Upper Midwest. With an eye toward preservation, Geri Schrab and Robert "Ernie" Boszhardt take you along as they research, document and interpret the petroglyphs and pictographs made in past millennia.
 

Hidden Thunder - Robert Boszhardt - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

20

Oct

2016 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Jacqueline Woodson

10/20/2016 - 7:30pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Varsity Hall

Presented in partnership with the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the 2016 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture will be given by Young People's Poet Laureate, Jacqueline Woodson.  “And somehow, one day, it’s just there / speckled black-and white, the paper / inside smelling like something I could fall right into, / live there — inside those clean white pages.” In Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood unfolds in poems that beautifully reveal details of her early life and her slow but gradually certain understanding that words and stories and writing were essential to her.

2016 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture  - Jacqueline Woodson - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 7:30pm</span>

20

Oct

The Excellent Lombards

Jane Hamilton

10/20/2016 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Mary Francis “Frankie” Lombard is deeply in love with her family’s sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it.  Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, one-upping her bratty cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed.

The Excellent Lombards - Jane Hamilton - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 7:30pm</span>

21

Oct

High School Friday 2016

10/21/2016 - 9:00am

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

This is a great opportunity for high school students in Madison to experience a wide-range of book-related programming and see many of the exciting programs offered by Madison Public Library. 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, poets, and peers, students will see themselves as active members of the Madison community.

High School Friday 2016 -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 9:00am</span>

21

Oct

Some Like it Cold

Larry Williams

10/21/2016 - 3:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Dive in to a luau-style celebration of Wisconsin's surfing history.

Some Like it Cold - Larry Williams - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 3:00pm</span>

21

Oct

First Wave Voices

First Wave

10/21/2016 - 5:30pm

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 Voices - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 5:30pm</span>

21

Oct

Wisconsin People & Ideas Writing Contest Reading 2016

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters

10/21/2016 - 5:30pm

Room of One's Own

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters produces programs and publications that explore, explain, and sustain Wisconsin thought and culture.

Wisconsin People & Ideas Writing Contest Reading 2016 - Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 5:30pm</span>

21

Oct

Barcadia! Arcade-Era Cocktails Re-Imagined

Andre Darlington

10/21/2016 - 5:30pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

The golden age of the arcade was a time of colorful, tacky, fruity drinks full of innuendo.  Long considered the cocktail dark ages, this era is making a comeback.  Even if you've never rested your drink on a Pac-Man cocktail table, you'll want to join us for a humorous exploration of arcade-era cocktails re-imagined for modern tastes.  Long Islands, Amaretto Sours, and neon-blue drinks-- get in on the 80s revival!  $12 ticket price includes samples of two cocktails. This event is for individuals ages 21 or older.
 
There will be three seatings for this event:

Barcadia! Arcade-Era Cocktails Re-Imagined - Andre Darlington - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 5:30pm</span>

21

Oct

Under the Harrow

Flynn Berry

10/21/2016 - 6:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Flynn Berry’s debut novel is a chilling story with a slow-burning feeling of dread, a sophisticated psychological edge, and a sharpness that Gillian Flynn fans will love. Beneath the mystery of Under the Harrow is a heartbreakingly honest portrait of sisterhood’s contradictions and complexities: jealousy, rivalry, long-held grudges, devotion, unspoken understanding, and forgiveness. Berry’s spare, elegant writing is thrilling, dominated by emotion yet subtly anchored by details that stick in your head as vividly as your own memories.

Under the Harrow - Flynn Berry - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 6:00pm</span>

21

Oct

Wisconsin on the Air

Jack Mitchell

10/21/2016 - 6:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Peek behind the microphones in this history of Wisconsin Public Radio. The new Wisconsin Historical Society Press broadcasting biography deftly maps the nation's 100-year public broadcasting journey, begun in 1917, by charting the transmissions and transitions of the Wisconsin broadcasters who invented and transformed the media.
 

Wisconsin on the Air - Jack Mitchell - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 6:00pm</span>

21

Oct

The Pleasure of His Company

Randall Duk Kim Anne Occhiogrosso

10/21/2016 - 7:00pm

Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

Presented in partnership with The Arts Institute and Shakespeare in Wisconsin 2016: the world premiere of Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso starring in The Pleasure of His Company: Our 40 Year Love Affair with William Shakespeare, an evening of personal recollections, dramatic scenes and stories of Shakespeare's influence on Kim and Occhiogrosso's lives and careers for more than four decades.
 

The Pleasure of His Company - Randall Duk Kim - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

21

Oct

Murder on the Quai

Cara Black

10/21/2016 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

The world knows Aimée Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in this New York Times bestselling series, as a très chic, no-nonsense private investigator—the toughest and most relentless in Paris. Now, author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aimée first became a detective . . .
 
November 1989: Aimée Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris’s preeminent medical school. She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency.
 

Murder on the Quai - Cara Black - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 7:30pm</span>

21

Oct

A Perfect Score

Craig Hall

10/21/2016 - 7:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Craig and Kathryn Hall recount their twenty-year climb from amateur winemakers to recipients of an elusive perfect score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. The Halls launched themselves head first into Napa Valley 20 years ago with the purchase of their first vineyard and never looked back. Since then, their critically acclaimed HALL Wines and WALT Wines have become fixtures of the California wine industry, winning numerous accolades including now, two coveted 100-point "perfect scores."
 

A Perfect Score - Craig Hall - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 7:30pm</span>

21

Oct

American Panic

Mark Stein

10/21/2016 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

On some level, nearly every American falls victim to political panic, and the hype, intensity and propaganda that come with it. Such panics have been occurring among Americans since the 1692 Salem witch hunt, and they have continued in a number of forms, and with various targets. Mark Stein, author of the wildly popular How the States Got Their Shapes, traces this fascinating, frightening, and recurring by-product of the American psyche in his new book, American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why.

American Panic - Mark Stein - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 7:30pm</span>

21

Oct

Tetris: The Games People Play

Box Brown

10/21/2016 - 7:30pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

It is, perhaps, the perfect video game. Simple yet addictive, Tetris delivers an irresistible, unending puzzle that has players hooked. Play it long enough and you’ll see those brightly colored geometric shapes everywhere. You’ll see them in your dreams.  Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. Nintendo, Atari, Sega—game developers big and small all wanted Tetris.

Tetris: The Games People Play - Box Brown - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 7:30pm</span>

21

Oct

Everything We Always Knew Was True

James Galvin

10/21/2016 - 7:30pm

Room of One's Own

In his first collection in seven years, James Galvin expands upon his signature spare and gnomic lyric as he engages restrained astonishment, desire, and loss in a confessional voice. Whether considering masterpieces of painting or describing the austere landscape of his native Wyoming ranchlands, Galvin turns to highly imagistic yet intimate narratives to rain down compassion within isolation.

Everything We Always Knew Was True - James Galvin - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 7:30pm</span>

21

Oct

Global Voices of Multicultural Arts Showcase

First Wave

10/21/2016 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This special evening will serve as a tribute to one of Central America’s greatest artistic voices of the last generation, Guillermo Anderson, who was a dear friend of OMAI, as well as celebrate the arrival of First Wave’s 10th cohort through a special showcase performance by cohort members. The evening will culminate with a performance of one of Africa’s most important hip hop artists, Senegalese superstar Xuman to be featured with special guest performers, including First Wave students.

Global Voices of Multicultural Arts Showcase - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 8:00pm</span>

21

Oct

Last Night's Reading

Kate Gavino

10/21/2016 - 9:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Why do we go to book readings? For a chance to see the authors we love come to life off the page, answering our questions and proving to be the brilliant, witty people we catch glimpses of through their work. Illustrator Kate Gavino captures the wonder of this experience firsthand. At every reading she attends, Kate hand-letters the event’s most memorable quote alongside a charming portrait of the author.

Last Night's Reading - Kate Gavino - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 9:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center’s Fall Book Sale

Friends of the CCBC

10/22/2016 - 9:00am

Don't miss the Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center’s Fall Book Sale!
 
Get super bargains on brand-new and gently used hardcover and paperback books for children and young adults. Save even more by joining the Friends of the CCBC.
 
Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 
Pre-sale for Friends of the CCBC members only begins at 8:00 a.m. Visitors may join the Friends of the CCBC at the sale.

Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center’s Fall Book Sale - Friends of the CCBC - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 9:00am</span>

22

Oct

Hip Hop Education Summit

Jeff Chang Chris Emdin First Wave Brian Mooney

10/22/2016 - 10:00am

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This all day event will feature some of the most important figures in the burgeoning field of hip hop pedagogy including university scholars, artist practioners and K-12 classroom teachers and involve hands on workshops and break out sessions showcasing the power and potential of using hip hop methodologies in the classroom and beyond. All of those involved have participated in OMAI’s highly successful Hip Hop in the Heartland Educator’s Institutes that take place annually in the spring and summer.
 

Hip Hop Education Summit - Jeff Chang - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 10:00am</span>

22

Oct

On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota

Don Sanford

10/22/2016 - 10:30am

Central Library - Local History Room

On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota is the story of the people, places, and events that have shaped the shoreline of Lake Mendota, Madison’s greatest lake. It is the story of Native people, settlers, iceboaters, sailors, fishers, hunters, explorers, politicians, entertainers, lifeguards, boat captains, inventors, scientists, and Olympians, much of it in their own words. Don spent over a decade preparing this social history of Lake Mendota.

On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota - Don Sanford - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 10:30am</span>

22

Oct

I Will Send Rain

Rae Meadows

10/22/2016 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Bubbler

From its first page, I Will Send Rain is a story you feel, as the family at its center—and more broadly, their town—comes undone by the relentless waves of grit and dust that marked the Dust Bowl years. In the Bells, Meadows delivers an uncommon family portrait. Untethered by daily drought and storms that leave layers of dirt on counters, pies, in hair, eyes and throats, each in the family harbors a secret dream of escape: through a first love, through faith, by way of a far-away city and a man who will take you there.

I Will Send Rain - Rae Meadows - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 10:30am</span>

22

Oct

The Song Poet

Kao Kalia Yang

10/22/2016 - 10:30am

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

In the Hmong tradition, the song poet is the keeper of the stories of his people: their history, tragedies, joys and losses; it is he who invokes the spirits and the homeland. The Song Poet introduces a young Bee, orphaned as a child, and we watch as he grows into his art—collecting the whispers and words of the people around him and giving them voice. His songs follow as he grows into manhood in a Laos ruined by war, as he is forced into a Thai refugee camp, and then into exile. They follow him all the way to a St.

The Song Poet - Kao Kalia Yang - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 10:30am</span>

22

Oct

Be A Friend / Penguin's Christmas Wish

Salina Yoon

10/22/2016 - 10:30am

Central Library - Children's Section

Salina Yoon presents her two latest children's books.
 
About Be A Friend:
 

Be A Friend / Penguin's Christmas Wish - Salina Yoon - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 10:30am</span>

22

Oct

Miss Paul & The President

Dean Robbins

10/22/2016 - 10:30am

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Dean Robbins brings to life incredible moments from our nation's history in two new children's books, Miss Paul & The President and Two Friends.
 
About Miss Paul and The President:
 

Miss Paul & The President - Dean Robbins - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 10:30am</span>

22

Oct

The Way to the Spring

Ben Ehrenreich

10/22/2016 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Ben Ehrenreich first started reporting from the West Bank in 2011, on an assignment for Harper’s magazine.  He went back again for the New York Times the following year, which resulted in a powerful, much talked-about cover-story for the magazine.  Palestine, it seemed, had gotten under Ehrenreich’s skin.   
 

The Way to the Spring - Ben Ehrenreich - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 12:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The Fever of 1721

Stephen Coss

10/22/2016 - 12:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

More than fifty years before the American Revolution, Boston was in revolt against the tyrannies of the Crown, Puritan authority, and superstition.
 

The Fever of 1721 - Stephen Coss - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 12:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Atlas Obscura

Ella Morton

10/22/2016 - 12:00pm

Room of One's Own

It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.
 

Atlas Obscura - Ella Morton - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 12:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O'Neil

10/22/2016 - 12:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

Weapons of Math Destruction traces the arc of a person’s life, from school to retirement, and looks at models that score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole and prison sentences, and monitor our health. The models being used are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong.

Weapons of Math Destruction - Cathy O'Neil - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 12:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

Kelly Harms

10/22/2016 - 12:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

In The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay, Madison author Kelly Harms trains her eye on the love lives of Lily Stewart and Ben Hutchinson. Lily, at a crossroads in her life, is ready to throw in the towel and abandon her beloved apartment in the city for cheaper pastures. But, in the process of packing away her possessions, she finds—oops!—a letter in her junk drawer requiring further action to finalize the annulment of a long-forgotten Vegas wedding from…10 years ago!

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay - Kelly Harms - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 12:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The 100 Year Miracle

Ashley Ream

10/22/2016 - 1:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

If you were given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to save yourself, would you take it? Even if it cost you everything? This question is the driving force behind Ashley Ream’s whip-smart, powerful and captivating The 100 Year Miracle.
 

The 100 Year Miracle - Ashley Ream - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 1:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Fates & Traitors

Jennifer Chiaverini

10/22/2016 - 1:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker returns with a riveting work of historical fiction following the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his perilous confidence.  John Wilkes Booth, the mercurial son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, committed one of the most notorious acts in American history—the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
 

Fates & Traitors - Jennifer Chiaverini - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 1:30pm</span>

22

Oct

The Midnight Star

Marie Lu

10/22/2016 - 1:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from "hit factory" Marie Lu. There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen. Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She's turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy what she's achieved.

The Midnight Star - Marie Lu - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 1:30pm</span>

22

Oct

Days of Awe

Lauren Fox

10/22/2016 - 1:30pm

Room of One's Own

Only a year ago Isabel Moore was married, was the object of adoration for her ten-year-old daughter, and thought she knew everything about her best friend, Josie. But in one short year Isabel’s husband moved out; her daughter grew into a moody insomniac; and Josie—impulsive, funny, secretive Josie—was killed behind the wheel in a single-car accident that’s left a mess of unanswered questions in its wake.
 

Days of Awe - Lauren Fox - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 1:30pm</span>

22

Oct

Utopia is Creepy

Nicholas Carr

10/22/2016 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

A freewheeling, sharp-shooting indictment of a tech-besotted culture.  With a razor wit, Nicholas Carr cuts through Silicon Valley’s unsettlingly cheery vision of the technological future to ask a hard question: Have we been seduced by a lie? Gathering a decade’s worth of posts from his blog, Rough Type, as well as his seminal essays, Utopia Is Creepy offers an alternative history of the digital age, chronicling its roller-coaster crazes and crashes, its blind triumphs, and its unintended consequences.
 

Utopia is Creepy - Nicholas Carr - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 1:30pm</span>

22

Oct

America's War for the Greater Middle East

Andrew Bacevich

10/22/2016 - 2:00pm

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Presented in partnership with the Madison Institute, retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades.
 

America's War for the Greater Middle East - Andrew Bacevich - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 2:00pm</span>

22

Oct

We Gon' Be Alright

Jeff Chang

10/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

In these provocative, powerful essays acclaimed writer/journalist Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop and Who We Be, takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, passionately personal writing, and distinguished cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism.

We Gon' Be Alright - Jeff Chang - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 3:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The Sacred Disease

Kristin Seaborg

10/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

Young Kristin Seaborg had the world at her fingertips: a loving family, happiness and security, early admission to medical school--until the frightening diagnosis of epilepsy threatened to destroy both her career path and her health. Living in constant fear that her seizures would intensify and prevent her from practicing medicine, Kristin kept her condition a closely guarded secret, leading a tenuous double life as patient and practitioner. A memoir of discovery, acceptance, and hope, The Sacred Disease chronicles Kristin’s tenacious fight for a seizure-free life.

The Sacred Disease - Kristin Seaborg - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 3:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Thrill Me

Benjamin Percy

10/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Room of One's Own

In Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, his first book of nonfiction, Benjamin Percy challenges the notion that literary and genre fiction are somehow mutually exclusive.  In fifteen essays on the craft of fiction, Percy looks to sources such as Jaws, Blood Meridian, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to discover how contemporary writers engage issues of plot, suspense, momentum, and the speculative, as well as character, setting, and dialogue. The title essay is an ode to science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, horror, from J. R. R.

Thrill Me - Benjamin Percy - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 3:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The Hopefuls

Jennifer Close

10/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

From the best­selling author of Girls in White Dresses, a glorious send­up of young D.C. and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage­­. When Beth arrives in Washington, D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away.

The Hopefuls - Jennifer Close - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 3:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir

Thomas Pecore Weso

10/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

In this food memoir, named for the "manoomin" or wild rice that also gives the Menominee tribe its name, tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook's journey through Wisconsin's northern woods. He connects each food beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge with colorful individuals who taught him Indigenous values. Cooks will learn from his authentic recipes.

Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir - Thomas Pecore Weso - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 3:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Finding an Agent Workshop

Chloe Benjamin

10/22/2016 - 3:00pm

Central Library - First Floor Conference Room

During the publication process, literary agents act as middlemen, matching manuscripts with publishing houses—but how does an author find an agent? In this seminar, we’ll explore each step of the process, from effectively targeting agents to writing query letters to crafting synopses and writing samples. This two-hour course is suitable for writers who would like to learn more about the agenting process, but it is ideal for those with book projects, as there will be opportunities to develop query materials based on a specific project.
 

Finding an Agent Workshop - Chloe Benjamin - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 3:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The Millionaire and The Bard

Andrea Mays

10/22/2016 - 4:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Presented as part of the Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin, Andrea Mays tells the miraculous and romantic story of Shakespeare’s First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession.  When Shakespeare died in 1616, half of his plays died with him. No one—not even their author—believed that his writings would last. In 1623, seven years after his death, Shakespeare’s business partners, companions, and fellow actors gathered copies of his plays and manuscripts and published thirty-six of them.

The Millionaire and The Bard - Andrea Mays - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 4:30pm</span>

22

Oct

Against Everything

Mark Greif

10/22/2016 - 4:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

From n+1 founding editor Mark Greif, a young writer who is already a star in the intellectual firmament, comes Against Everything, a brilliant collection of critical essays—a book of scope and acuity worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation and Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
 

Against Everything - Mark Greif - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 4:30pm</span>

22

Oct

After the Dam

Amy Hassinger

10/22/2016 - 4:30pm

Room of One's Own

Undone by motherhood, judged by her husband, thirty-two-year-old Rachel Clayborne flees with her baby in the middle of the night for the one place on earth that’s been her refuge: her grandmother’s lakehouse in northern Wisconsin. Hoping to reconnect with a former, healthier self, she instead faces a confused and dying grandmother, her ever-present nurse who seems bent on thwarting each of Rachel’s desires, and a changed ex-boyfriend—her first and most passionate love.

After the Dam - Amy Hassinger - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 4:30pm</span>

22

Oct

Children of the New World

Alexander Weinstein

10/22/2016 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

Children of the New World introduces readers to the lost characters of a near-future of social media software implants, manufactured memories, dangerously immersive virtual reality, and frighteningly intuitive androids. Some live in a superficially utopian future of instant connection and mutual understanding that belies an unbridgeable distance; others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster, which they must work to rebuild. All are attempting to hold on to their humanity.
 

Children of the New World - Alexander Weinstein - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 5:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Lions

Bonnie Nadzam

10/22/2016 - 6:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

From the winner of the Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, an elegiac and arresting novel about a young couple whose love—and everything they know to be true—is threatened by the arrival of an unwelcome stranger in their collapsing east Colorado town.
 

Lions - Bonnie Nadzam - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 6:00pm</span>

22

Oct

The Politics of Resentment

Kathy Cramer

10/22/2016 - 6:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Since the election of Scott Walker, Wisconsin has been seen as ground zero for debates about the appropriate role of government. In a time of rising inequality, Walker not only survived a bitterly contested recall that brought thousands of protesters to Capitol Square, he was subsequently reelected. How could this happen? How is it that the very people who stand to benefit from strong government services not only vote against the candidates who support those services but are vehemently against the very idea of big government?
 

The Politics of Resentment - Kathy Cramer - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 6:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Mapping the Heavens

10/22/2016 - 6:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

This book provides a tour of the “greatest hits” of cosmological discoveries—the ideas that reshaped our universe over the past century. The cosmos, once understood as a stagnant place, filled with the ordinary, is now a universe that is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Priyamvada Natarajan, our guide to these ideas, is someone at the forefront of the research—an astrophysicist who literally creates maps of invisible matter in the universe.

Mapping the Heavens -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 6:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Teaching Hip Hop Culture

Brian Mooney Chris Emdin

10/22/2016 - 6:00pm

Room of One's Own

Two of the nation's leading hip hop scholars put forward thoughtful and innovative approaches to transforming education. 
 
About Breakbeat Pedagogy:
 

Teaching Hip Hop Culture - Brian Mooney - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 6:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Big Ideas, Busy People: Shakespeare's Genome?

Joshua Calhoun

10/22/2016 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

The wildly popular “Big Ideas for Busy People” returns to the Wisconsin Science Festival for a third-consecutive year. Five leading thinkers will feature their groundbreaking work at this unique event that began at the Cambridge (MA) Science Festival. Each presenter has five minutes to share their idea and five minutes to answer questions (time will be kept with a gong). 
 
Featured talk: Shakespeare’s Genome?
 

Big Ideas, Busy People: Shakespeare's Genome? - Joshua Calhoun - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Nothing Ever Dies & The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

10/22/2016 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Presented in partnership with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will discuss his two latest books.
 
About The Sympathizer:
 

Nothing Ever Dies & The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 7:30pm</span>

22

Oct

Finding the Flavors We Lost

Patric Kuh

10/22/2016 - 8:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

The multiple-James Beard Award–winning restaurant critic for Los Angeles Magazine delivers an arresting exploration of our cultural demand for “artisanal” foods in a world dominated by corporate agribusiness. We hear the word “artisanal” all the time—attached to cheese, chocolate, coffee, even fast-food chain sandwiches—but what does it actually mean? We take “farm to table” and “handcrafted food” for granted now but how did we get here?

Finding the Flavors We Lost - Patric Kuh - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 8:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Hue-Man featuring Rain Wilson

Rain Wilson

10/22/2016 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Esteemed performance artist, Rain Wilson, will be joined by spoken word and other artists to perform pieces that will broaden, deepen and stimulate conversations about police brutality and how it can be changed. This comes at a time when tensions are running high in cities throughout America around the death of black and brown bodies at the hands of police.

Hue-Man featuring Rain Wilson - Rain Wilson - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 8:00pm</span>

22

Oct

I'm Judging You

Luvvie Ajayi

10/22/2016 - 9:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi, serves up necessary advice for the masses in this hilarious book of essays. With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture.

I'm Judging You - Luvvie Ajayi - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 9:00pm</span>

23

Oct

Run for Literacy 2016

Literacy Network

10/23/2016 - 10:30am

Room of One's Own

Your steps make a difference! Join Literacy Network supporters along the Lakeshore Path for the 25th year and help end the cycle of illiteracy. Funds raised from the run will benefit Dane County adults that are committed to improving their reading, writing and speaking skills to be better equipped to succeed in the workplace, understand health issues, and provide supportive environments for the education of their children. The Literacy Network provides free classes and with the help of more than 500 volunteer tutors over 1,200 adults are helped each year.

Run for Literacy 2016 - Literacy Network - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2016 - 10:30am</span>

23

Oct

Braving It

James Campbell

10/23/2016 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Bubbler

Braving It is the story of these three journeys to Alaska, and how they change a father, his teenage daughter, and their relationship.

Braving It - James Campbell - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2016 - 10:30am</span>

23

Oct

Much Ado: A Summer with a Repertory Theater Company

Michael Lenehan

10/23/2016 - 10:30am

Central Library - Community Room 301

Presented in partnership with the Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin, Much Ado provides readers with an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the lauded American Players Theatre, focusing on its 2014 production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
 

Much Ado: A Summer with a Repertory Theater Company  - Michael Lenehan - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2016 - 10:30am</span>

23

Oct

North of Dixie

Mark Speltz

10/23/2016 - 10:30am

Central Library - Community Room 302

The history of the civil rights movement is commonly illustrated with well-known photographs from Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma—leaving the visual story of the movement outside the South remaining to be told. In North of Dixie, historian Mark Speltz shines a light past the most iconic photographs of the era to focus on images of everyday activists who fought campaigns against segregation, police brutality, and job discrimination in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and many other cities.
 

North of Dixie - Mark Speltz - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2016 - 10:30am</span>

23

Oct

Book of Hulga

Rita Mae Reese

10/23/2016 - 12:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Part fan fiction, part hagiography, part graphic poetry, The Book of Hulga wrestles with the long shadow of Flannery O’Connor, a Southern Catholic writer who wrote about roadside killers, racists, and wooden legs. The poems ask what use can be made of suffering and in what ways are we defined by absence, and they look to the same sources that O’Connor looked to for answers, ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to the French philosopher Simone Weil.

Book of Hulga - Rita Mae Reese - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2016 - 12:00pm</span>

23

Oct

Performing New Lives

Jonathan Shailor

10/23/2016 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Presented as part of the Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin, Jonathan Shailor will discuss his book, and will share the most recent chapter of his remarkable journey, as revealed in the writings of the prisoners who were a part of it.
 

Performing New Lives - Jonathan Shailor  - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2016 - 12:00pm</span>

23

Oct

The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting

Anne Trubek

10/23/2016 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Today, our grocery and to-do lists live on our smart phones, and it’s rare that we pick up a pen except to sign a check. Signatures—far from John Hancock’s elegant model—have become mere scribble. Fewer and fewer schoolchildren are being taught how to write in cursive. In The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, Anne Trubek argues that the decline and even elimination of handwriting from daily life does not signal a decline in civilization, but rather the next stage in the evolution of communication.
 

The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting - Anne Trubek - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2016 - 12:00pm</span>

23

Oct

All the Little Liars

Charlaine Harris

10/23/2016 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

After a thirteen year hiatus, Harris triumphantly returns to the series which began her successful career. All The Little Liars picks up where we left off, with Aurora Teagarden just married to her true love, crime writer Robin Crusoe, and the couple is basking in the news of her pregnancy.
 

All the Little Liars - Charlaine Harris - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2016 - 1:30pm</span>

01

Nov

Evicted

Matthew Desmond

11/01/2016 - 7:00pm

Memorial Union - Theater

Presented in partnership with Go Big Read, Wisconsin Book Festival announces Matthew Desmond for his latest book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.  This heartbreaking first-hand account brings together years of fieldwork and data to change the perception of poverty in America.   
 

Evicted - Matthew Desmond - <span class="date-display-single">11/01/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

09

Nov

I Must Be Living Twice

Eileen Myles

11/09/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Bubbler

Presented in partnership with the FELIX Series of New Writing, Eileen Myles will discuss their 1994 novel Chelsea Girls and their latest book of poetry I Must Be Living Twice
 
About I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems:

I Must Be Living Twice - Eileen Myles - <span class="date-display-single">11/09/2016 - 7:00pm</span>


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