OCTOBER 20-23, 2016

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Going for Wisconsin Gold

Jessie Garcia

08/02/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Third Floor

U-S-A! U-S-A! That familiar refrain is heard in every Olympics, but truly it could be "Wis-con-sin! Wis-con-sin!" Since pioneering hurdler Alvin Kraenzlein got his Olympic start in the Badger State in the 1890s, Wisconsin has nurtured, trained, or schooled more than 400 Olympic athletes in a vast array of sports—from weightlifter Oscar Osthoff to gymnast Paul Hamm; from Jesse Owen’s relay-mate Ralph Metcalfe to sailor Buddy Melges; and from hockey’s Mark Johnson and Karyn Bye to speed skaters Dan Jansen, Eric Heiden, Bonnie Blair, Casey FitzRandolph, and more!

Going for Wisconsin Gold - Jessie Garcia - <span class="date-display-single">08/02/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



The Assassination Complex

Jeremy Scahill

09/19/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Presented in partnership with WORT, bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose major revelations about the US government’s drone program and stunning new details about America’s secret assassination policy.

The Assassination Complex - Jeremy Scahill - <span class="date-display-single">09/19/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



Lithium Jesus: A Memoir of Mania

Charles Monroe-Kane

09/23/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Charles Monroe-Kane is a natural raconteur, and boy, does he have stories to tell. Born into an eccentric Ohio clan of modern hunter-gatherers, he grew up hearing voices in his head. Over a dizzying two decades, he was many things—teenage faith healer, world traveler, smuggler, liberation theologian, ladder-maker, squatter, halibut hanger, grifter, environmental warrior, and circus manager—all the while wrestling with schizophrenia and self-medication.

Lithium Jesus: A Memoir of Mania - Charles Monroe-Kane - <span class="date-display-single">09/23/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



Tupelo Press 30/30 Project Reading

09/23/2016 - 7:00pm

The Tupelo Press 30/30 Project is a unique poem-a-day project and fundraiser which takes poetry out into the larger world. The outreach builds a wonderful community of readers for each poet, with a supportive alumni group of over 300 poets from around the world.  Poets write a poem a day for a month, after which the poems stay up for one more month, and then are taken  down as poets review and revise their work prior to submissions.

Tupelo Press 30/30 Project Reading -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/23/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



Give Us The Ballot

Ari Berman

09/27/2016 - 7:00pm

Goodman Community Center

Presented in partnership with the Center for Media & Democracy and Common Cause Wisconsin, Ari Berman will discuss his latest book GIVE US THE BALLOT.  Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. GIVE US THE BALLOT tells this story for the first time.

Give Us The Ballot - Ari Berman - <span class="date-display-single">09/27/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



Perfume River

Robert Olen Butler

10/03/2016 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

From one of America’s most important writers, Perfume River is an exquisite novel that examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family.

Perfume River - Robert Olen Butler - <span class="date-display-single">10/03/2016 - 7:00pm</span>



Roughneck Grace

Michael Perry

10/11/2016 - 4:00pm

Wisconsin State Journal Office Building

New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry returns with a new collection of bite-sized essays from his Sunday Wisconsin State Journal column, "Roughneck Grace." Perry's perspectives on everything from cleaning the chicken coop to sharing a New York City elevator with supermodels will have you snorting with laughter on one page, blinking back tears on the next, and -- no matter your zip code -- nodding in recognition throughout.

Roughneck Grace - Michael Perry - <span class="date-display-single">10/11/2016 - 4:00pm</span>

201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703


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