OCTOBER 11-14, 2018

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2017 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Jason Reynolds

11/02/2017 - 7:30pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Varsity Hall

Jason Reynolds burst onto the writing scene in 2014 with the publication of When I Was the Greatest, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. Since then he has written seven highly acclaimed novels for children and teens, including The Boy in the Black Suit (2015), All American Boys (2015), As Brave as You (2016), Ghost (2016), Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017), Patina (2017), and Long Way Down (2017). A dynamic and compelling writer and speaker, in just four years he has become one of the brightest stars in the field of children’s and young adult literature.


The annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture is sponsored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with support from the Friends of the CCBC. There will be a free reception in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Charlotte Zolotow Lecture prior to the lecture from 6:00-7:30 mp. Email kt.horning@wisc.edu to RSVP for the reception.

2017 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 7:30pm</span>



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!


Margaret Atwood will also present the keynote address at our annual Great World Texts student conference on April 3. Great World Texts in Wisconsin connects UW faculty with high school teachers across the state, through the shared goal of encouraging high school and university students to read classic world texts, both ancient and modern. This year, high school students will explore William Shakespeare's The Tempest as part of the 2016-2017 Great World Texts program.


Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, Promega, and the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Hag-Seed & Technology: Revisiting The Tempest in the 21st Century -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/03/2017 - 7:30pm</span>



2016 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Jacqueline Woodson

10/20/2016 - 7:30pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Varsity Hall

Presented in partnership with the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the 2016 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture will be given by Young People's Poet Laureate, Jacqueline Woodson.  “And somehow, one day, it’s just there / speckled black-and white, the paper / inside smelling like something I could fall right into, / live there — inside those clean white pages.” In Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood unfolds in poems that beautifully reveal details of her early life and her slow but gradually certain understanding that words and stories and writing were essential to her. Her older sister was shining smart. One of her brothers could sing wonderfully. She would come to realize words were her smart, her singing, her special thing. Woodson writes about growing up in Greenville, South Carolina, and then Brooklyn, New York, living with family members who were full of love and expectation.  An album of black-and-white photographs and an author’s note round out this exquisite, quietly inspiring volume.

2016 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture  -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 7:30pm</span>



Go Big Read: Just Mercy

Bryan Stevenson

10/26/2015 - 7:00pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Varsity Hall

In partnership with Go Big Read, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents Bryan Stevenson for Just Mercy.  A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.  
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. 
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Go Big Read: Just Mercy -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/26/2015 - 7:00pm</span>



2015 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Yuyi Morales

10/20/2015 - 7:30pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Marquee Theater

Established in 1998, the lecture was named to honor Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 65 picture books, including such classic works as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Harper, 1962) and William's Doll (Harper, 1972). Ms. Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a writing scholarship from 1933-36 where she studied with Professor Helen C. White. The Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of Education of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, administers the event which each year brings a distinguished children's book author or illustrator to the campus to deliver a free public lecture.

2015 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2015 - 7:30pm</span>



Go Big Read Keynote Lecture

Shiza Shahid

10/27/2014 - 7:00pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Varsity Hall

Shiza Shahid was a college sophomore when she first met Malala Yousafzai.  Today, the two young women are working together to help the 600 million adolescent girls worldwide who are denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors.


Go Big Read Keynote Lecture -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/27/2014 - 7:00pm</span>



An Evening With Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki

10/28/2013 - 7:00pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - Varsity Hall

Join the Wisconsin Book Festival for the public presentation of this year's Go Big Read book, A Tale for the Time Being. It is a powerful story about the ways in which reading and writing connect two people who will never meet. Spanning the planet from Tokyo’s Electric Town to Desolation Sound, British Columbia, and connected by the great Pacific gyres, A Tale for the Time Being tells the story of a diary, washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox, and the profound effect it has on the woman who discovers it.

An Evening With Ruth Ozeki -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/28/2013 - 7:00pm</span>



My Race: A Jewish Girl Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa

Lorraine Abramson

10/08/2013 - 4:00pm

Union South - Wisconsin Union - TITU

My Race is the memoir of a gifted Jewish athlete growing up under the apartheid system of South Africa. Lorraine Lotzof Abramson shares her unique vantage point on the apartheid experience. She provides a first-hand account of her growing unease with the system of social inequality that simultaneously excluded her and celebrated her.

My Race: A Jewish Girl Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/08/2013 - 4:00pm</span>
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