OCTOBER 22-25, 2015

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Ruth Reichl

06/02/2015 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

Delicious! - Ruth Reichl - <span class="date-display-single">06/02/2015 - 7:30pm</span>



Dry Bones

Craig Johnson

06/03/2015 - 7:00pm


The Wisconsin Book Festival and Mystery to Me Bookstore present New York Times bestselling author, Craig Johnson, for the 13th installation of the beloved Longmire mystery series.  Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming, must solve his coldest case yet when a T. rex fossil turns up alongside a dead rancher. Dry Bones, by New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson, is the 13th in the mystery series which inspired the hit TV show Longmire, soon to be on Netflix for its upcoming fourth season.


Dry Bones - Craig Johnson - <span class="date-display-single">06/03/2015 - 7:00pm</span>



The Rainy Season

Maggie Messitt

06/04/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Step across the border of a former, apartheid-era homeland and into a community in the midst of change, caught between a traditional past and a western future, a racially charged history and a pseudo-democratic present. THE RAINY SEASON—a work of narrative nonfiction resulting from ten months of intense immersion and six years of reporting—introduces readers to the remote bushveld community of Rooiboklaagte and opens a window into the beautifully complicated reality of daily life in South Africa.


The Rainy Season - Maggie Messitt - <span class="date-display-single">06/04/2015 - 7:00pm</span>



The Jesus Cow

Michael Perry

06/10/2015 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

For the first time, beloved Wisconsin author, Michael Perry, turns to fiction with The Jesus Cow, an affectionately skewed and big-hearted depiction of one miraculous bovine and the chaos it unleashes. “A wildly comic and deeply felt examination of faith, combining politics, scandal, farming, love, environmentalism and rural philosophy,” says Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members.


The uneventful world of Harley Jackson, low-key Wisconsin farmer, is about to change forever: 


The Jesus Cow - Michael Perry - <span class="date-display-single">06/10/2015 - 7:00pm</span>



An Intimate Conversation with Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn

06/16/2015 - 3:00pm

Monona Terrace

The Wisconsin Book Festival and Madison Community Foundation present author Sheryl WuDunn in a candid conversation with author David Maraniss. Ms. WuDunn will share her experiences as a professional woman, journalist, author, women's rights advocate and financial executive. Ms. WuDunn's books, A Path Appears, and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009) will both be available for sale and signing following the event.

An Intimate Conversation with Sheryl WuDunn - Sheryl WuDunn - <span class="date-display-single">06/16/2015 - 3:00pm</span>




Dean Bakopoulos

06/20/2015 - 7:00pm

Room of One's Own

Dean Bakopoulos, whose work New York Times bestselling author Lorrie Moore has praised as “full of insight and inspiration and the best kind of divine comedy,” returns with the keenly funny and honest Summerlong. Mixing the light-hearted with the literary, this third novel from the acclaimed writer deftly tackles the subjects of midlife crises and extramarital longing with characteristic humor and aplomb. “Summerlong is Dean Bakopoulos at his finest,” says Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs.

Summerlong - Dean Bakopoulos - <span class="date-display-single">06/20/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

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