OCTOBER 17-20, 2019

and year round




Little Faith

Nickolas Butler

04/24/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

In this moving new novel from celebrated author Nickolas Butler, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church. Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But while Lyle is thrilled to have his whole family reunited, he’s also uneasy: in Shiloh’s absence, she has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick.


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2019 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading

Aria Aber Chekwube Danladi Natasha Oladokun Emily Shetler Lucy Tan Mary Terrier Kate Wisel

04/25/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

Presented in partnership with the Program in Creative Writing, poetry and fiction from the 2018-19 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows.  This event will feature the work of Aria Aber, Chekwube O. Danladi, Natasha Oladokun, Emily Shetler, Lucy Tan, Mary Terrier, and Kate Wisel.


Doors will open for this event at 6:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission.

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Greek to Me

Mary Norris

04/29/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Best-selling New York Times author and renowned New Yorker copyeditor—the Comma Queen herself—Mary Norris is again delighting readers with her wit, knowledge, and exploration of language in Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen. In this new memoir, Norris relates her life-long love of Greece, her quest to learn the language and master the mythology, and her travels through the Greek Isles in search of herself.


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Native Country of the Heart

Cherríe Moraga

04/30/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Presented in partnership with the Chican@/Latin@ Studies Program. From the celebrated editor of This Bridge Called My Back, Cherríe Moraga charts her own coming-of-age alongside her mother’s decline, and also tells the larger story of the Mexican American diaspora. Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir is, at its core, a mother-daughter story. The mother, Elvira, was hired out as a child, along with her siblings, by their own father to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley. The daughter, Cherríe Moraga, is a brilliant, pioneering, queer Latina feminist. The story of these two women, and of their people, is woven together in an intimate memoir of critical reflection and deep personal revelation.


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Creative Writing Awards Ceremony

05/02/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301 & 302

The 2019 undergraduate and graduate creative writing awards ceremony. Presented in partnership with The UW Program in Creative Writing.


Doors will open for this event at 6:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission.

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We Want To Do More Than Survive

Bettina Love

05/08/2019 - 6:30pm

Mitby Theater

Presented in partnership with The Black Educators Network and Educator’s Actively Working Toward Anti-Racism, Bettina Love discusses her newest work of nonfiction. Drawing on her life’s work of teaching and researching in urban schools, Bettina Love persuasively argues that educators must teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through radical civic initiatives and movements. She argues that the US educational system is maintained by and profits from the suffering of children of color. Instead of trying to repair a flawed system, educational reformers offer survival tactics in the forms of test-taking skills, acronyms, grit labs, and character education, which Love calls the educational survival complex.


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Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

05/15/2019 - 12:00pm

Monona Terrace

The Madison Public Library Foundation presents the 2019 Lunch For Libraries. Lunch for Libraries is a ticketed event put on by Madison Public Library Foundation in support of the Wisconsin Book Festival.


To purchase tickets, visit Madison Public Library Foundation's website. If you have questions, please contact Tracy Phillippi at tphillippi@mplfoundation.org or 608.266.6318.


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A Good American Family

David Maraniss

05/28/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author, has been chronicling American life as told through sports figures (Vince Lombardi in When Pride Still Mattered and Clemente), future presidents (Bill Clinton in First in His Class and Barack Obama: The Story), and everyday heroes (They Marched into Sunlight, Rome 1960, and Once in a Great City). With A Good American Family, he turns the lens on his own family to examine the politics of the 1950s McCarthy era. A Good American Family captures a time of fear, paranoia, and injustice—and at the heart is the story of Maraniss’s father. Elliott Maraniss, a World War II veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House of Un-American Activities Committee, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for five years. Ultimately, though, this is an optimistic book. Maraniss’s father never lost faith in America, and he was eventually vindicated.


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The Stiehl Assassin

Terry Brooks Patrick Rothfuss

06/06/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

Presented in partnership with A Room of One's Own Bookstore, Terry Brooks will discuss the latest installment in the Fall of Shannara saga with Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind.


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We've Been Here All Along

Richard Wagner

06/25/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

The first of two groundbreaking volumes on gay history in Wisconsin, We've Been Here All Along provides an illuminating and nuanced picture of Wisconsin's gay history from the reporting on the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895 to the landmark Stonewall Riots of 1969. Throughout these decades, gay Wisconsinites developed identities, created support networks, and found ways to thrive in their communities despite various forms of suppression--from the anti-vice crusades of the early twentieth century, to the post-war labeling of homosexuality as an illness, to the Lavender Scare of the 1950s. In We've Been Here All Along, R. Richard Wagner draws on historical research and materials from his own extensive archive to uncover previously hidden stories of gay Wisconsinites. This book honors their legacy and confirms that they have been fundamental to the development and evolution of the state since its earliest days.

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