OCTOBER 11-14, 2018

and year round

in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

06

Mar

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>

12

Mar

The Gender Effect

Kathryn Moeller

03/12/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes UW Professor, Kathryn Moeller, to discuss her exploration of women and girls in the new world economy. How and why are U.S. transnational corporations investing in the lives, educations, and futures of poor, racialized girls and women in the Global South? Is it a solution to ending poverty? Or is it a pursuit of economic growth and corporate profit?

 

The Gender Effect -  - <span class="date-display-single">03/12/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

22

Mar

Core Samples From The World

Forrest Gander

03/22/2018 - 6:00pm

Room of One's Own

Forrest Gander’s Core Samples from the World is a magnificent compendium of poetry, photography, and essay (a form of Japanese haibun). Collaborating with three acclaimed photographers, Gander explores tensions between the familiar and foreign. His eloquent new work voices an ethical concern for others, exploring empathic relations in which the world itself is fundamental. Taking us around the globe to China, Mexico, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Chile, Core Samples shows how Gander’s “sharp sense of place has made him the most earthly of our avant-garde, the best geographer of fleshly sites since Olson”

 

Presented in partnership with FELIX: A Series of New Writing.

Core Samples From The World -  - <span class="date-display-single">03/22/2018 - 6:00pm</span>

05

Apr

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>

12

Apr

Gold Fame Citrus

Claire Vaye Watkins

04/12/2018 - 7:00pm

- Conrad A Elvehjem Building Rm L160

Presented in partnership with the UW Program in Creative Writing, Claire Vaye Watkins reads from her second novel, Gold Fame Citrus. Unrelenting drought has transfigured Southern California into a surreal, phantasmagoric landscape. With the Central Valley barren, underground aquifer drained, and Sierra snowpack entirely depleted, most “Mojavs,” prevented by both armed vigilantes and an indifferent bureaucracy from freely crossing borders to lusher regions, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to internment camps. In Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, two young Mojavs—Luz, once a poster child for the Bureau of Conservation and its enemies, and Ray, a veteran of the “forever war” turned surfer—squat in a starlet’s abandoned mansion. Holdouts, they subsist on rationed cola and whatever they can loot, scavenge, and improvise.

 

Gold Fame Citrus -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/12/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

18

Apr

Sleeping Giant

Tamara Draut

04/18/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

There was a time when America’s working class was seen as the backbone of the American economy, having considerable political, economic, and moral authority. But the working class we have now—far more female and racially diverse and employed by the fast food, retail, health care, and other service industries—has been marginalized, if not ignored, by politicians and pundits. This is changing, swiftly and dramatically.

 

Today’s working class is a sleeping giant. And as Tamara Draut makes abundantly clear, it is just now waking up to its untapped political power. Sleeping Giant is the first major examination of the new working class and the role it will play in our economic and political future. Blending moving individual narratives, historical background, and sophisticated analysis, Draut forcefully argues that this newly energized class is far along in the process of changing America for the better.

 

Sleeping Giant -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/18/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

26

Apr

When

Dan Pink

04/26/2018 - 12:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts

The Madison Public LIbrary Foundation presents the 2018 Lunch For Libraries. Daniel Pink, the #1 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.

 

When -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/26/2018 - 12:00pm</span>

26

Apr

When

Dan Pink

04/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

Daniel H. Pink, the #1 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.

 

When -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/26/2018 - 7:00pm</span>


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