NOVEMBER 2-5, 2017

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Eternal Life

Dara Horn

01/31/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms

Rachel has an unusual problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubles – widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son – are only the latest. She has already put up with scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years – ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There’s only one person in the world who understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her for centuries, convinced that they belong together forever. In 2018, as her children and grandchildren develop new technologies for immortality, Rachel knows she must enable her beloved offspring to live fully – without her, but with meaning – by finding a way for herself to die. Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive. 

Eternal Life -  - <span class="date-display-single">01/31/2018 - 7:00pm</span>



Bright Dead Things

Ada Limón

02/01/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

Presented in partnership with the UW Program in Creative Writing, Ada Limón reads for her latest collection of poetry. Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately "disorderly, and marvelous, and ours." 


Bright Dead Things -  - <span class="date-display-single">02/01/2018 - 7:00pm</span>



The Philosopher's Flight

Tom Miller

02/19/2018 - 6:00pm

Room of One's Own

Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy—an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service—a team of flying medics—Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals. When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women’s school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women. Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle’s activism and Robert’s recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert’s mother fought years before.

The Philosopher's Flight -  - <span class="date-display-single">02/19/2018 - 6:00pm</span>



American Philosophy: A Love Story

John Kaag

03/06/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

The epic wisdom contained in a lost library helps the author turn his life around. John Kaag is a dispirited young philosopher at sea in his marriage and his career when he stumbles upon West Wind, a ruin of an estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. Hocking was one of the last true giants of American philosophy and a direct intellectual descendent of William James, the father of American philosophy and psychology, with whom Kaag feels a deep kinship. It is James's question "Is life worth living?" that guides this remarkable book.


American Philosophy: A Love Story -  - <span class="date-display-single">03/06/2018 - 7:00pm</span>



2018 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading

04/05/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Presented in partnership with the Program in Creative Writing, poetry and fiction from the 2017-18 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows.  This event will feature the work of Oliver Bendorf, Leila Chatti, Tia Clark, Tiana Clark, and Marta Evans.

2018 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/05/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703


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