NOVEMBER 2-5, 2017

and year round

in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

03

Apr

UW Poetry MFA Graduates Reading

04/03/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Presented in partnership with the Program in Creative Writing, a reading from the MFA cohort in poetry.  This event will feature the work of graduating poets: Alisha Dietzman, Sean Patrick Mulroy, Thiahera Nurse, Carolyn Orosz, and Leslie Sainz.

UW Poetry MFA Graduates Reading -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/03/2017 - 7:00pm</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>

06

Apr

The Soul of Black Comix

04/06/2017 - 6:00pm

- Multicultural Student Center Lounge - Red Gym

In the last decade a new generation of black scholars, publishers, creators, archivists, documentarians, and curators have come forth with a re-imagined vision of what it means to depict the African American experience via the comics medium. An underground movement has been operating unseen; flowing in tandem to the mainstream but showing very different levels of depth and experience. “The Black Age of Comics” is an attempt to shift the paradigm of how black images and stories are portrayed in the medium.

The Soul of Black Comix -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/06/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

08

Apr

The Collapsing Empire

John Scalzi

04/08/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

One of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction authors to emerge in the last decade, New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi returns with the beginning of an exciting new saga: ​The Collapsing Empire.

The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi - <span class="date-display-single">04/08/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

13

Apr

Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading

04/13/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Presented in partnership with the Program in Creative Writing, poetry and fiction from the 2016-17 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows.  This event will feature the work of Derrick Austin, Jamel Brinkley, Natalie Eilbert, Sarah Fuchs, Marcela Fuentes, and Barrett Swanson.

Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/13/2017 - 7:00pm</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>

18

Apr

Everybody's Fool

Richard Russo

04/18/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Everybody’s Fool picks up roughly a decade since we were last with Miss Beryl and Sully on New Year's Eve 1984. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends . . .

Everybody's Fool - Richard Russo - <span class="date-display-single">04/18/2017 - 7:00pm</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>

03

Jun

Testimony

Scott Turow

06/03/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped to examine the disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp – unsolved for ten years – he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. In order to uncover what happened during the apocalyptic chaos after the Bosnian War, Boom must navigate a host of suspects ranging from Serb paramilitaries to organized crime gangs to the U.S.

Testimony - Scott Turow - <span class="date-display-single">06/03/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

10

Jun

Here I Am

Jonathan Safran Foer

06/10/2017 - 7:00pm

- Gates of Heaven Synagogue - James Madison Park

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home—and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.

Here I Am - Jonathan Safran Foer - <span class="date-display-single">06/10/2017 - 7:00pm</span>


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