NOVEMBER 2-5, 2017

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in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

20

Feb

Bobby Kennedy

Larry Tye

02/20/2017 - 6:30pm

- Pyle Center Auditorium

Presented in partnership with The Madison Institute, Larry Tye discusses his new book, Bobby Kennedy.  History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy's enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure. 

 

Bobby Kennedy - Larry Tye - <span class="date-display-single">02/20/2017 - 6:30pm</span>

08

Mar

The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar

Jamey Stillings

03/08/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

In this new monograph, Jamey Stillings synthesizes environmental interests with his longstanding fascination with the intersections of nature and human activity. In October 2010, Stillings began a three-and-a-half-year aerial exploration over what has become the world's largest concentrated solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert of California.

The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar - Jamey Stillings - <span class="date-display-single">03/08/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

09

Mar

Harmless Like You

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

03/09/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Connecticut, and Berlin, following Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki’s son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront his mother’s abandonment of him when he was only two years old.

 

Harmless Like You - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan - <span class="date-display-single">03/09/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

13

Mar

The Confessions of Young Nero

Margaret George

03/13/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Behind each Roman Emperor’s climb to power lie the grand ambitions and chilling machinations of those closest to him. And none match the spectacularly theatrical and fraught sequences that carried the sixteen-year-old Nero from the periphery of the royal family directly into the palace and then placed him on its throne.

 

The Confessions of Young Nero - Margaret George - <span class="date-display-single">03/13/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

16

Mar

In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite

Melissa Clark

03/16/2017 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Madison Room & Art Gallery

Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, food writer and cookbook author Melissa Clark discusses being a staff reporter for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the popular column “A Good Appetite” and appears in a weekly cooking video series. Melissa has written thirty-eight cookbooks, including her latest, DinnerChanging the Game, to be published in March 2017.

In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite - Melissa Clark - <span class="date-display-single">03/16/2017 - 7:30pm</span>

03

Apr

Hag-Seed & Technology: Revisiting The Tempest in the 21st Century

Margaret Atwood

04/03/2017 - 7:30pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Varsity Hall

Faced with the challenge of revisiting The Tempest as a 21st century novel – Hag-Seed – Margaret Atwood chose to cast Ariel as a hacker who uses modern audio visual and digital technology to create illusions. In this lecture, she will describe the process, and the problems she had to solve. If Shakespeare were alive today he'd be using holographs!

 

Hag-Seed & Technology: Revisiting The Tempest in the 21st Century - Margaret Atwood - <span class="date-display-single">04/03/2017 - 7:30pm</span>

14

Apr

Known and Strange Things

Teju Cole

04/14/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301-302

Presented in partnership with the UW Department of African Cultural Studies, Teju Cole's newest collection of essays. With this collection of more than fifty pieces on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature, Teju Cole solidifies his place as one of today’s most powerful and original voices. On page after page, deploying prose dense with beauty and ideas, he finds fresh and potent ways to interpret art, people, and historical moments, taking in subjects from Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare, and W. G. Sebald to Instagram, Barack Obama, and Boko Haram.

Known and Strange Things - Teju Cole - <span class="date-display-single">04/14/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

18

Apr

Lunch for Libraries

Richard Russo

04/18/2017 - 11:30am

Overture Center for the Arts

Madison Public Library Foundation's annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser is an opportunity for communty members who are committed to our libraries to come together to celebrate, support and invest in the future of our libraries.

 

This year's lunch will feature the Pulitzer Prize winning bestselling author of Empire Falls, Richard Russo. Russo will join us on Tuesday, April 18 at the Overture Center for the Arts to discuss his newest novel, Everybody's Fool.

 

Lunch for Libraries - Richard Russo - <span class="date-display-single">04/18/2017 - 11:30am</span>

04

May

Imagine Wanting Only This

Kristen Radtke

05/04/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

 

Imagine Wanting Only This - Kristen Radtke - <span class="date-display-single">05/04/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

10

May

Pandora's Lab

Paul Offit

05/10/2017 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction? History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating—and significant—missteps: from opium's heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the U.S.; from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria.

Pandora's Lab - Paul Offit - <span class="date-display-single">05/10/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

18

May

Chuck Klosterman X

Chuck Klosterman

05/18/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Chuck Klosterman X collects Chuck's most intriguing pieces along with fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished structures, passages, and digressions.

Chuck Klosterman X - Chuck Klosterman - <span class="date-display-single">05/18/2017 - 7:00pm</span>


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