OCTOBER 11-14, 2018

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in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

30

Aug

Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter

08/30/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

 

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence. Celebrating her birthday over lunch with her mother, they find themselves in the middle of a deadly shooting and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. While Andrea freezes in fear, Laura is calm, cool, and collected—jumping into action to stop the killer in his tracks. How can a quiet, middle-aged speech pathologist possibly stop a shooter on a rampage? Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same.

 

Pieces of Her -  - <span class="date-display-single">08/30/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

24

Sep

Mango, Abuela, and Me

Meg Medina

09/24/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301-302

Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center.

 

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s most recent young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.

 

Meg Medina will be at the Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss her books for kids of all ages.

Mango, Abuela, and Me -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/24/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

25

Sep

Burn Baby Burn

Meg Medina

09/25/2018 - 10:00am

- School Visits

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s most recent young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.

Burn Baby Burn -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/25/2018 - 10:00am</span>

26

Sep

There There

Tommy Orange

09/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

 

There There -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/26/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

27

Sep

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

09/27/2018 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the 2017 Schewe Lecture features Pulitzer Prize winner, Caroline Fraser, speaking about her new book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.

 

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/27/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

07

Oct

Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat

Amy Pearce-Hayden Kelly DiNardo

10/07/2018 - 10:00am

Central Library - Madison Room

Yoga is as much a spiritual practice as it is a physical one, and the core of the ancient philosophy is inscribed in the nearly 200 aphorisms that comprise the Yoga Sutras. Written some two thousand years ago by the guru Pantajali, these texts offer timeless wisdom on how to live a joyful, purposeful life. In this accessible, engaging handbook to the Sutras, Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden group the works thematically, offers brief commentary, and provides writing prompts for deeper and more personal reflection on this path to enlightenment. In this talk, DiNardo and Pearce-Hayden will offer a brief intro the sutras, share tangible, science-backed exercises from the book and lead you through a guided meditation.

Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/07/2018 - 10:00am</span>

09

Oct

How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality

Erin Clune

10/09/2018 - 7:00pm

Mystery To Me

An uproarious memoir/tongue-in-cheek guide to leaving the cool city in which you "found" yourself and moving somewhere far more ordinary.

 

So you escaped whatever humdrum little town you grew up in and moved to The Big City. Maybe it was New York. Maybe it was Seattle or Kansas City. Wherever it was, there was amazing stuff everywhere you turned: Ethiopian food! A movie theater that played documentaries! A hairstylist who knew what to do with frizz! You overlooked the proximity of your kitchen to your bed, and the fact that you had to take public transportation to see nature.

 

But then you got a job offer you couldn't refuse. Or you developed asthma. Or you got pregnant. Or you got pregnant for the second time and you couldn't use your closet as a bedroom for two babies. And you decided you had to leave.

 

How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/09/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

16

Oct

Go Big Read: The Death and Life in the Great Lakes

Dan Egan

10/16/2018 - 7:00pm

Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

The Death and Life in the Great Lakes is an ode to the majesty and history of this national, natural treasure. Egan, a master reporter and storyteller, begins with European explorers arriving at these shores for the first time in the 1600s. Egan takes the reader deep beneath the lakes’ shimmering surface to illuminate the ongoing and unparalleled ecological unraveling of the continent’s most precious natural resource, all while retaining a sense of awe and respect for their immensity and danger: “A Great Lake can swallow freighters almost three times the length of a football field; the lakes’ bottoms are littered with an estimated 6,000 shipwrecks, many of which have never been found. This would never happen on a normal lake, because a normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.”

 

Go Big Read: The Death and Life in the Great Lakes -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

16

Oct

Virgil Wander

Leif Enger

10/16/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Leif Enger, the author of the extraordinary and magical New York Times bestseller, Peace Like a River, returns with an enchanting and timeless story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive it’s flagging heart.

 

Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is “cruising along at medium altitude” when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals—from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil’s oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.

 

Virgil Wander -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

26

Oct

We Can't Breathe

Jabari Asim

10/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301-302

In We Can't Breathe, Jabari Asim disrupts what Toni Morrison has exposed as the "Master Narrative" and replaces it with a story of black survival and persistence through art and community. In eight wide-ranging and penetrating essays, he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body. What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that resisted, survived and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma. These thought-provoking essays present a different side of American history, one that doesn't depend on a narrative steeped in oppression bur rather reveals black voices telling their own stories.

We Can't Breathe -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/26/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

12

Nov

The Library Book

Susan Orlean

11/12/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

Susan Orlean, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries.

 

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was Goodbye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but over thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

 

The Library Book -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/12/2018 - 7:00pm</span>
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