OCTOBER 16-19, 2014

and year round

in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

24

Sep

Take It Off the Shelf!

Forward Theater Company

09/24/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Celebrate Banned Books Week (September 21-27) at the Central Library with the kickoff event of an eight performance run of Forward Theatre’s Take It Off the Shelf!  This event will feature Forward Theatre actors performing monologues reflecting on banned books throughout the ages from various points of view.  The first performance will occur at the Central Library on September 24 at 7 pm.  Take It Off the Shelf!

Take It Off the Shelf! - Forward Theater Company - <span class="date-display-single">09/24/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

27

Sep

The Quirks in Circus Quirkus

Erin Soderberg

09/27/2014 - 10:30am

Central Library - Children's Program Room

Just as the Quirk family was settling into Normal... Ta da! The circus comes to town! The three Quirk children—Molly, Penelope, and Finn—are learning circus skills in gym class. But true to their quirky nature, they bring what they’ve learned at school back home with them. Except who has time to practice circus acts when their nosey neighbor won’t stay out of their business? Molly, Penelope and Finn need to keep Mrs.

The Quirks in Circus Quirkus - Erin Soderberg - <span class="date-display-single">09/27/2014 - 10:30am</span>

27

Sep

Pinney Mini Book Festival

09/27/2014 - 1:00pm

Pinney Library

The Pinney Mini Book Festival is a fast-paced author slam featuring fifteen local authors. Each author will have fifteen minutes to present, with breaks for book selling and signing. Drop in for one author or stay for the entire day!  The Pinney Mini Book Festival is co-sponsored by Mystery to Me.  The event runs 1-8:30 pm with a break from 4-6 pm.

 

Pinney Mini Book Festival -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/27/2014 - 1:00pm</span>

03

Oct

A Sudden Light

Garth Stein

10/03/2014 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

 

A Sudden Light - Garth Stein - <span class="date-display-single">10/03/2014 - 7:30pm</span>

13

Oct

PhotoBook Exhibition

Filter Photo Festival

10/13/2014 - 6:30pm

Central Library - Madison Room & Art Gallery

In recognition of the increasing importance of the photo book, Filter Photo held its first ever photo book call for entries and juror Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of the DePaul Art Museum, selected 29 well-thought-out, original, and compelling books for the exhibition. The selected entries comprise a survey of the contemporary photo book, with diverse styles of design, publication, aesthetic, and country of origin represented.

PhotoBook Exhibition - Filter Photo Festival - <span class="date-display-single">10/13/2014 - 6:30pm</span>

15

Oct

2014 Friends of UW Libraries Semiannual Book Sales

Friends of UW Libraries

10/15/2014 - 4:00pm

- Room 116

The largest used-book sale in Wisconsin includes literature, history, children's books, science, art, philosophy, reference texts, foreign language books, and more. Videos, DVDs, CDs, and LPs are available. All sales are open to the public.

 

Wednesday, October 15

Preview Sale: (New Hours) 4—8 p.m. ($5 entry)

 

Thursday and Friday, March 16—17

Regular Sale: 10:30 a.m.—7 p.m. (no entry fee)

 

2014 Friends of UW Libraries Semiannual Book Sales - Friends of UW Libraries - <span class="date-display-single">10/15/2014 - 4:00pm</span>

16

Oct

The FlakPhoto Booklist

Andy Adams

10/16/2014 - 12:00am

Central Library - 2nd Floor

We've teamed up with FlakPhoto creator Andy Adams to feature a selection of photography books drawn from the Madison Public Library collection. The FlakPhoto Booklist installation is on view September 26 - October 30 on the 2nd floor of the Central Library building. 

The FlakPhoto Booklist  - Andy Adams - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 12:00am</span>

16

Oct

2014 Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale

Friends of Madison Public Library

10/16/2014 - 9:00am

Central Library - Friends Book Store

As part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Friends of the Madison Public Library will be hosting a book sale at our Book Store on the first floor of the Central Library! Stop by for some great deals on used books and other materials!
 

2014 Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale - Friends of Madison Public Library - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 9:00am</span>

16

Oct

StoryBook: Warrington Colescott’s Venice

Rick Axsom

10/16/2014 - 12:30pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Richard H. Axsom, MMoCA curator, will engage artist Warrington Colescott in a conversation about his creation of Death in Venice (1971), a portfolio of ten etchings inspired by Thomas Mann’s novella. To begin the project, Colescott traveled to Venice to make sketches of pivotal locations and to trace the protagonist’s steps through a city that attracted the artist for its richness, evil, and mystery—key elements in Mann’s story. Colescott will talk about his stay in Venice and how he wished to re-imagine Death in Venice according to his own personal read of it.

StoryBook: Warrington Colescott’s Venice - Rick Axsom - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 12:30pm</span>

16

Oct

Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot

Sir Peter Crane

10/16/2014 - 3:30pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - Room B302 Birge Hall

Perhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, Ginkgo is a botanical oddity and a widely recognized botanical “living fossil.” Wild Ginkgo exists only in China, but today it is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. It is one of the world’s most popular street trees and herbal medicines. The lecture will explore the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.

 

Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot - Sir Peter Crane - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 3:30pm</span>

16

Oct

Bending the Frame

Fred Ritchin

10/16/2014 - 4:00pm

Chazen Museum

The Wisconsin Book Festival and PhotoMidwest are excited to have the Midwest Regional Conference of the Society of Photographic Educators in Madison during this year's Festival! To kick things off, PhotoMidwest is hosting an opening lecture: Image War/Image Peace with renown photographer Fred Ritchin. A reception follows Ritchin's talk.

 

Bending the Frame - Fred Ritchin - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 4:00pm</span>

16

Oct

Barracuda in the Attic

Kipp Friedman

10/16/2014 - 5:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Whether shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kipp Friedman led a colorful childhood.

Barracuda in the Attic - Kipp Friedman - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 5:00pm</span>

16

Oct

How Not to Be Wrong

Jordan Ellenberg

10/16/2014 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

In partnership with the UW-Madison Cetner for the Humanities, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents Jordan Ellenberg.  The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how wrong this view is: Math touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. It’s a science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument.

 

How Not to Be Wrong - Jordan Ellenberg - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 5:30pm</span>

16

Oct

Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage

Molly Wizenberg

10/16/2014 - 6:30pm

The Kitchen Gallery

When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, she vowed always to support him, to work with him to make their hopes and dreams real. She evinced enthusiasm about Brandon's enthusiasms: building a violin, building a boat, and opening an ice cream store--none of which came to pass. So when Brandon started making plans to open a pizza restaurant, Molly felt sure that the restaurant would join the list of Brandon's abandoned projects.

Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage - Molly Wizenberg - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 6:30pm</span>

16

Oct

Devil's Lake Reading

Danielle Evans Rebecca Dunham

10/16/2014 - 6:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Devil’s Lake, an online literary journal out of UW-Madison’s MFA program, publishes necessary work—poems, stories, and essays that speak to the human issues of our contemporary moment. This year, we proudly present Wisconsin-based writers Rebecca Dunham and Danielle Evans.  Dunham and Evans are the 2014 Devil’s Lake Driftless Prize judges, and they will read from their poetry and fiction.  

 

About Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self:

Devil's Lake Reading - Danielle Evans - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 6:30pm</span>

16

Oct

To Dwell in Darkness

Deborah Crombie

10/16/2014 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

In the tradition of Elizabeth George, Louise Penny, and P. D. James, New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie delivers a powerful tale of intrigue, betrayal, and lies that will plunge married London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James into the unspeakable darkness that lies at the heart of murder. Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station.

To Dwell in Darkness - Deborah Crombie - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 7:30pm</span>

16

Oct

Passing the Mic/All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase featuring Midwest Hip Hop All Stars

First Wave reg e gaines Chinaka Hodge

10/16/2014 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This spoken word & hip hop event is hosted by First Wave and features the Midwest Spoken Word and Hip Hop All-Stars. Come hear visiting youth poetry slam champions and hip hop artists from cities across the Midwest including Chicago, the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Indianapolis and see two of America’s top spoken word and hip hop artists, reg e gaines and Chinaka Hodge.

Passing the Mic/All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase featuring Midwest Hip Hop All Stars - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 8:00pm</span>

17

Oct

We Make Beer

Sean Lewis

10/17/2014 - 5:00pm

Great Dane Pub - Pool Hall

The Wisconsin Book Festival, in partnership with the Great Dane Pub, presents an eye-opening journey into craft beer–making in America, and what you can find in the quest to brew the perfect pint.

 

We Make Beer - Sean Lewis - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 5:00pm</span>

17

Oct

A Good Year

Andrea Potos Evie Robillard Katrin Talbot Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva

10/17/2014 - 5:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Andrea Potos, Evie Robillard, Katrin Talbot, and Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva are Madison poets whose widely different styles and sensibilities have not kept them from nurturing each other's work in a poetry group every other week for more than a decade. This year, all four have new chapbooks to celebrate. Potos will read from New Girl (Anchor & Plume Press); Robillard from The Willowslip (Finishing Line Press); Talbot from noun'd, verb (dancing girl press); and Zurlo-Cuva from The Beauty of This World (Parallel Press).

A Good Year - Andrea Potos - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 5:00pm</span>

17

Oct

Performance Poetry 2014

First Wave

10/17/2014 - 5:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Presented in partnership with 100 State, the Morgridge Center, the YWCA, the Madison Media Institute, the Hip Hop Revival, UCAN.

 

Performance Poetry 2014 - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 5:00pm</span>

17

Oct

Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups

Betsy Leondar-Wright

10/17/2014 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Many activists worry about the same few problems in their groups: low turnout, inactive members, conflicting views on racism, overtalking, and offensive violations of group norms. But in searching for solutions to these predictable and intractable troubles, progressive social movement groups overlook class culture differences. In Missing Class, Betsy Leondar-Wright uses a class-focused lens to show that members with different class life experiences tend to approach these problems differently.

Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups - Betsy Leondar-Wright - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 5:30pm</span>

17

Oct

Snow in May

Kseniya Melnik

10/17/2014 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

A remote Siberian town with a darkly fascinating history teems with life in this luminous linked debut collection of short stories.

 

Snow in May - Kseniya Melnik - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 5:30pm</span>

17

Oct

Wisconsin People & Ideas Writing Contest Reading 2014

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters

10/17/2014 - 5:30pm

Room of One's Own - Event Space

Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine annually hosts statewide fiction and poetry contests, which award cash awards of up to $500 for works by the best Wisconsin writers as well as other prizes, including a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival.  Featuring articles by and about the best scientists, artists, writers, and community leaders our state has to offer, Wisconsin People & Ideas is your guide to contemporary Wisconsin culture at the intersection of the sciences, arts and letters. 

 

Wisconsin People & Ideas Writing Contest Reading 2014 - Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 5:30pm</span>

17

Oct

Underground: New and Selected Poems

Jim Moore

10/17/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Underground: New and Selected Poems is the long overdue career retrospective of Jim Moore, a poet of great depth and generosity who has steadily been building a devoted following over the course of three decades and seven books. This definitive volume gathers the best of his previous work as well as twenty new poems that showcase a poet whose work should appeal to fans of Mary Oliver and Billy Collins.

Underground: New and Selected Poems - Jim Moore - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

17

Oct

Dappled Things

Robin Chapman Peter Miller

10/17/2014 - 7:00pm

PhotoMidwest Studio

Dappled Things pairs the poetry of Robin Chapman with the photogravures of Peter Miller. There are 23 of each, in a lavishly printed portfolio-book designed by Roman Kames in Paris, and printed on 200-gram Tintoretto paper by Imprimerie Daniel in Prague. Published in 2013 by Revue K following the successful 2012 publication of Peter Miller's Clairvoyant, the book explores new realms of correspondence between graphic and poetic imagination.

Dappled Things - Robin Chapman - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

17

Oct

Daring: My Passages

Gail Sheehy

10/17/2014 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

The author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages returns with her inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

 

Daring: My Passages - Gail Sheehy - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 7:30pm</span>

17

Oct

Monsters of Poetry 2014

Monsters of Poetry

10/17/2014 - 8:00pm

Dragonfly Lounge

Join Madison’s own Monsters of Poetry Reading Series and the WisconsinBook Festival for a night of autumnal fire. On October 17th, we are proud to present Cole Lavalais, William Waltz, Christopher Bolin, and Shara Lessley. Features a half-time raffle that will include signed copies of the readers’ books and other literary wonders. Come hang out! Your blood will be cidered, your hearts will turn, your minds will be raked congenially into piles in the yard!

Monsters of Poetry 2014 - Monsters of Poetry - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 8:00pm</span>

17

Oct

Science of the Supper Club

Terese Allen Ron Faiola Robin Shepard

10/17/2014 - 8:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This hallmark event, which can only happen in Wisconsin, spotlights the distinctive food, culture and history of Wisconsin’s supper clubs. Presented in three “courses,” this Friday evening celebration features the origins of the signature Old Fashioned cocktail, relish tray, fish fry and other hallmarks of a true supper club experience.  Appetizers begin at 5 p.m.

Science of the Supper Club - Terese Allen - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 8:00pm</span>

17

Oct

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Caitlin Doughty

10/17/2014 - 9:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Death. The universal equalizer. It doesn’t care how smart, attractive, wealthy, loved, or well-liked you are. To death, it doesn’t matter, he’ll take us all. From the moment of birth, we begin dying and no one knows when, where, or how. We’re all future corpses, and after cremation, we’re all four to seven pounds of greyish ash and bone.

 

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory - Caitlin Doughty - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 9:00pm</span>

18

Oct

Eyes Wide Open

Paul Fleischman

10/18/2014 - 10:00am

Central Library - Community Room

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines is the briefing every high school reader needs to comprehend our riveting historical moment.  Using history, sociology, and psychology for altitude, the book points out the principles driving events, showing readers how to see the global in the local. 

Eyes Wide Open - Paul Fleischman - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 10:00am</span>

18

Oct

Vintage

Susan Gloss

10/18/2014 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Bubbler

At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women whose lives the store touches.

 

A small-town girl with a flair for fashion, Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. But while she values the personal history behind each beautiful item she sells, Violet is running from her own past. Faced with the possibility of losing the store to an unscrupulous developer, she realizes that despite her usual self-reliance she cannot save it alone.

 

Vintage - Susan Gloss - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 10:30am</span>

18

Oct

Armed with Nonviolence: Stories from the Fight for Human Rights

Ann Bausum

10/18/2014 - 10:30am

Wisconsin Historical Museum

This program for teens and adults draws from Ann Bausum's books Marching to the Mountaintop, Freedom Riders and With Courage and Cloth to show parallel uses of nonviolent resistance in the fight for human rights. During the 1910s women picketed the White House and went to jail in their quest for the right to vote. Fifty years later participants in the Civil Rights Movement used nonviolent protests to break down the barriers of segregation.

Armed with Nonviolence: Stories from the Fight for Human Rights - Ann Bausum - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 10:30am</span>

18

Oct

A Christmas Wish for Corduroy

B. G. Hennessy

10/18/2014 - 11:00am

Central Library - Children's Program Room

It’s almost Christmas and Corduroy wishes he could be a child’s holiday gift—but he’s a plain bear, and nobody seems to notice him. He sets out across the store to ask Santa Claus for help, but he can’t visit without wearing a special outfit! After stopping to try on hats, boots, and even baby clothes, Corduroy finally arrives at the North Pole. Can Santa help Corduroy find a new home in time for Christmas?

 

A Christmas Wish for Corduroy - B. G. Hennessy - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 11:00am</span>

18

Oct

Difficult Fruit

Lauren Alleyne

10/18/2014 - 11:00am

Room of One's Own

A collection of poems about coming into self-knowledge--of fighting for and winning personhood as a woman in the world--this offering from Trinidadian poet Lauren Alleyne grapples with personal experience. The poems form a lyric memoir of the author's life, chronicling a journey that includes coming to terms with violence and loss, celebrating love and connection, and standing witness in the world that shaped that journey.

Difficult Fruit  - Lauren Alleyne - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 11:00am</span>

18

Oct

Sisterland and the Madison Writers' Studio Conversation

Curtis Sittenfeld Susanna Daniel Michelle Wildgen Mary Kay Zuravleff

10/18/2014 - 11:30am

Central Library - Community Room

SISTERLAND tells the story of twins, Kate and Violet, who grow up extremely close—sharing a room, weathering the eccentricities of their parents, and delighting in the music and movies of their 1980s childhood. But in junior high, Kate makes a fateful decision that drives the sisters apart. Years later, Vi is living on the fringes of society while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, is doing everything she can to fit into suburban life. After a chance occurrence in the middle of the night, the sisters find themselves drawn together once again, forced to face the secrets of the past.

Sisterland and the Madison Writers' Studio Conversation - Curtis Sittenfeld - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 11:30am</span>

18

Oct

My Family and Other Hazards

June Melby

10/18/2014 - 12:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

A funny, heartwarming memoir about saying goodbye to your childhood home, in this case a quirky, one-of-a-kind, family-run miniature golf course in the woods of Wisconsin.  When June Melby was ten years old, her parents decided on a whim to buy the miniature golf course in the small Wisconsin town where they vacationed every summer. Without any business experience or outside employees, the family sets out to open Tom Thumb Miniature Golf to the public. Naturally, there are bumps along the way.

My Family and Other Hazards - June Melby - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 12:00pm</span>

18

Oct

The Sleeve Waves

Angela Sorby

10/18/2014 - 12:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Inspired by thrift store knit sleeves, punk rock record sleeves, and, of course, print book sleeves, Angela Sorby explores how the concrete world hails us in waves of color and sound. She asks implicitly, “What makes the sleeve wave? Is it the body or some force larger than the self?” As Sorby’s tough, ironic, and subtly political voice repeatedly insists, we apprehend, use, and release more energy than we can possibly control. This collection includes two main parts—one visual, one aural—flanking a central pastoral poem sung by Virgilian sheep.

The Sleeve Waves - Angela Sorby - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 12:00pm</span>

18

Oct

Double Exposure

Bridget Birdsall

10/18/2014 - 1:00pm

Room of One's Own

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas was raised as a boy, yet she knows something others don’t. She’s a girl. And after her dad dies, it becomes painfully obvious that she must prove it now—to herself and to the world. Born with ambiguous genitalia, Alyx has always felt a little different. But it’s after she sustains a terrible beating behind a 7-Eleven that she and her mother pack up their belongings and move from California to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to start a new life—and Alyx begins over again, this time as a girl.

 

Double Exposure - Bridget Birdsall - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 1:00pm</span>

18

Oct

Painted Cities

Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski

10/18/2014 - 1:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

To those outside it, Pilsen is a vast barrio on the south side of Chicago. To Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, it is a world of violence and decay and beauty, of nuance and pure chance. It is a place where the smell of cooking frijoles is washed away by that of dead fish in the river, where vendettas are a daily routine, and where a fourteen-year-old immigrant might hold the ability bring people back from the dead.

 

Simultaneously tough and tender, these stories mark the debut of a writer poised to represent his city's literature for decades to come.

Painted Cities - Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 1:30pm</span>

18

Oct

Son of Fortune

Victoria McKernan

10/18/2014 - 1:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Son of Fortune is the gripping sequel to The Devil's Paintbox, by acclaimed historical fiction writer Victoria McKernan. Aiden Lynch is a survivor--only 16 years old, he's seen himself through near-starvation on the Kansas prairie, a brutal journey on the Oregon trail, and backbreaking work in a lumber camp. Now he's reached the glittering city of San Francisco, and though his future is uncertain, promise lies ahead. Luck seems to favor him as he manages to stay one step ahead of trouble, even in the city's notoriously dangerous Barbary Coast.

Son of Fortune - Victoria McKernan - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 1:30pm</span>

18

Oct

The Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

Aneesh Chopra

10/18/2014 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

In Innovative State, America's first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, tells the story of a new revolution in America. Over the course of our history, America has had a pioneering government matched to the challenges of the day. But over the past twenty years, as our economy and our society have been completely changed by technology, and the private sector has innovated, government has stalled, trapped in models that were designed for the America of the past.

The Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government - Aneesh Chopra - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 1:30pm</span>

18

Oct

Further Joy

John Brandon

10/18/2014 - 2:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

In eleven expertly crafted stories, John Brandon gives us a stunning assortment of men and women at the edge of possibility—gamblers and psychics, wanderers and priests, all of them on the verge of finding out what they can get away with, and what they can’t. Ranging from haunted deserts to alligator-filled swamps, these are stories of foul luck and strange visitations, delivered with deadpan humor by an unforgettable voice.

 

Further Joy - John Brandon - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 2:30pm</span>

18

Oct

Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements

Linda Gordon Astrid Henry

10/18/2014 - 3:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

In partnership with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry. The American women’s movement has been shrouded in myths, argue three leading scholars in this bold and revisionist history.

 

Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements - Linda Gordon - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 3:00pm</span>

18

Oct

Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin

Patty Loew

10/18/2014 - 3:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Wisconsin's rich tradition of sustainability rightfully includes its First Americans, who along with Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Gaylord Nelson shaped its landscape and informed its "earth ethics." This collection of Native biographies, one from each of the twelve Indian nations of Wisconsin, introduces the reader to some of the most important figures in Native sustainability: from anti-mining activists like Walt Bresette (Red Cliff Ojibwe) and Hillary Waukau (Menominee) to treaty rights advocates like James Schlender (Lac Courte Oreille Ojibwe), artists like Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk), and ed

 Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin - Patty Loew - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 3:00pm</span>

18

Oct

2014 South Asia Book Award for Children Ceremony

Elizabeth Suneby Jennifer Bradbury Farhana Zia

10/18/2014 - 3:00pm

Central Library - Children's Program Room

Please join us for the 2014 South Asia Book Award Ceremony honoring Elizabeth Suneby, author of Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education, with the 2014 SABA Award Book for Children, Jennifer Bradbury, author of A Moment Comes, with the 2014 SABA Award Book for Young Adults, and Farhana Zia, author of The Garden of My Imaan, with  the 2014 SABA Honor.

 

2014 South Asia Book Award for Children Ceremony - Elizabeth Suneby - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 3:00pm</span>

18

Oct

How to Sell Your Novel

Chloe Benjamin Ashley Ream Judith Claire Mitchell

10/18/2014 - 3:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Madison authors Chloe Benjamin (The Anatomy of Dreams), Judith Claire Mitchell (author of The Last Day of the War and the forthcoming A Reunion of Ghosts), and Ashley Ream (Losing Clementine), discuss the path to publication, from drafting to securing an agent, submitting to publishers, and revising with an editor. The panel will also include brief readings by each author and a Q&A."

 

 

Chloe Benjamin's The Anatomy of Dreams:

How to Sell Your Novel - Chloe Benjamin - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 3:30pm</span>

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Oct

Marketplace of the Marvelous

Erika Janik

10/18/2014 - 4:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - H.F. DeLuca Commons

Chiropractic care, herbal remedies, and the mantra “eight glasses of water a day” are commonplace today, but these and many other modern-day staples of healthy living were originally devised by the outcasts of nineteenth-century medicine, as Erika Janik reveals in Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine. During a time when formal medicine was both elitist and often physically torturous, a newly independent America was hungry for medical innovation, and as Janik shows, advancements began emerging from the unlikeliest corners of society.  

 

Marketplace of the Marvelous - Erika Janik - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 4:00pm</span>

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Oct

Man Alive!

Mary Kay Zuravleff

10/18/2014 - 4:30pm

All it takes is a quarter to change Owen Lerner’s life. When lightning strikes the coin he’s feeding into the parking meter, the pediatric psychiatrist survives, except that now he only wants to barbecue. The bolt of lightning that lifts Dr. Lerner into the air sends the entire Lerner clan into free fall, and Man Alive! follows along at that speed, capturing family-on-family pain with devastating humor and a rare generosity. This novel explores how much we are each allowed to change within a family—and without. 

Man Alive! - Mary Kay Zuravleff - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 4:30pm</span>

18

Oct

Alena

Rachel Pastan

10/18/2014 - 5:30pm

Room of One's Own

With her evocative prose, Pastan matches the hothouse tension of Du Maurier’s story Rebecca while infusing her new novel, Alena, with its own hairpin twists and turns and devastating denouement. She draws upon her own experience to wonderful effect, giving readers entree into the alluring and sometimes disconcerting world of avant-garde art and artists. The result is a lyrical murder mystery that is just as tantalizing to those who have never read Rebecca as the many for whom it is a cherished classic.

Alena - Rachel Pastan - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 5:30pm</span>

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Oct

House of Coates Revisited: Lester B. Morrison, Little Brown Mushroom, and Other Lost Broken Men

Brad Zellar

10/18/2014 - 5:30pm

In partnership with the UW Arts Institute and FlakPhoto, the Wisconsin Book Festival brings you an event with Brad Zellar.

 

Longtime Alec Soth collaborator Brad Zellar will talk about the unusual genesis of House of Coates (recently reissued by Coffee House Press), his relationship with the book's reclusive protagonist (Lester B. Morrison), and how a full-immersion study of lonely men and isolation eventually inspired the LBM Dispatch team to go out into America in search of social life and community.

House of Coates Revisited: Lester B. Morrison, Little Brown Mushroom, and Other Lost Broken Men - Brad Zellar - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 5:30pm</span>

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Oct

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

10/18/2014 - 6:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Set during World War II, All the Light We Cannot See interweaves the lives of a young, blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and an orphaned German boy, Werner, whose paths collide as they try to survive the physical and emotional destruction of the war. When the book opens, Marie-Laure lives with her father, the lockmaster at the Museum of Natural History, in an apartment in Paris. When she becomes blind he creates a miniature model of the neighborhood, so that she can learn every house, every street corner, first with her fingers and then with her feet.

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 6:00pm</span>

18

Oct

Wisconsin Book Festival Arts Reception

Andy Adams Laura Damon-Moore Filter Photo Festival

10/18/2014 - 6:30pm

Central Library - Third Floor

Spend the early evening on the third floor of Central Library celebrating photography, art, and library programs, including:

Wisconsin Book Festival Arts Reception - Andy Adams - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 6:30pm</span>

18

Oct

The Liar's Wife

Mary Gordon

10/18/2014 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

The beloved author at her storytelling best: four wonderful novellas of Americans abroad and Europeans in America.

 

The Liar's Wife - Mary Gordon - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 7:30pm</span>

18

Oct

OMAI’s Passing the Mic Tribute Showcase

Chinaka Hodge Dasha Kelly

10/18/2014 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This special evening will celebrate the life of a great spirit who has passed and many more spirits that are alive and deserve our love and solidarity. Nakila Robinson was the self-proclaimed “gatekeeper of all things fierce.” A young womyn representing those who are proud and loud about who they are, she was an inspiration to all of those around her to be better humans.

OMAI’s Passing the Mic Tribute Showcase - Chinaka Hodge - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 8:00pm</span>

18

Oct

NerdNite

Jordan Ellenberg

10/18/2014 - 8:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - Town Center

Nerd Nite is a monthly-ish informal gathering at which nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts (well, mostly presentations and drinking). Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink and learn something new. The science festival edition Nerd Nite will feature Jordan Ellenberg, Kristyn Masters, Emily Ruff and Eric Caldera.

 

This event is being held in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

NerdNite - Jordan Ellenberg - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 8:00pm</span>

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Oct

101 2-Letter Words

Stephin Merritt

10/18/2014 - 9:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

From Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields comes this unique, witty book - a celebration of two-letter words, focusing on the 101 such words that count in Scrabble. Featuring original four-line poems by Merritt and color illustrations by Roz Chast, 101 Two-letter Words covers familiar words (go, hi, no, ox) as well as obscure ones (ka, oe, qi, xu).

101 2-Letter Words - Stephin Merritt - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 9:00pm</span>

19

Oct

Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan

Kevin Miyazaki

10/19/2014 - 9:30am

Central Library - Community Room

Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University to create an artwork reflecting on the importance of freshwater, Milwaukee-based photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki embarked on a two-week, 1,800-mile drive around Lake Michigan. He traveled its perimeter, through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, to produce what he calls "a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan." Miyazaki set up his portable studio on beaches, in parks, on boat docks, and in backyards, photographing those he met along the way.

 Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan - Kevin Miyazaki - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2014 - 9:30am</span>

19

Oct

Run for Literacy

Literacy Network

10/19/2014 - 10:30am

Room of One's Own

Our scenic route down State Street and through the UW-Madison campus is sure to please both avid runners and strolling supporters alike! Choose your distance with the 10K run, 5K run, or 5k walk, or bring the kids to our 10am Fun Run down State Street! Money raised will support Literacy Network’s programs and help keep classes and tutors free for low-literate adults in Dane County. Better literacy can lead to better jobs, better graduation rates for their children, and better health for their families!

Run for Literacy - Literacy Network - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2014 - 10:30am</span>

19

Oct

How Many Words is a Picture Really Worth? Writing From Photographs

Brad Zellar

10/19/2014 - 11:00am

Central Library - The Bubbler

In partnership with the UW Arts Institute and FlakPhoto, the Wiusconsin Book Festival presents a workshop with author Brad Zellar.

 

How Many Words is a Picture Really Worth? Writing From Photographs - Brad Zellar - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2014 - 11:00am</span>

19

Oct

The Scavengers

Michael Perry

10/19/2014 - 11:00am

Central Library - Community Room

Life outside the Bubble Cities is rough. Electricity is history. The weather can change at a moment's notice. And the world is short on food but full of trouble.

 

After her family chose to take their chances OutBubble, Maggie decided it was time to grow up and grow tough. Rechristening herself Ford Falcon, she spends her days scavenging in a junkyard near her family's makeshift house, fending off the occasional solar bear attack and keeping her eyes peeled for any GreyDevils that might be lurking around the corner.

 

The Scavengers - Michael Perry - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2014 - 11:00am</span>

19

Oct

The Dog Year

Ann Garvin

10/19/2014 - 12:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

Dr. Lucy Peterman was not built for a messy life. A well-respected surgeon whose patients rely on her warmth, compassion and fierce support, Lucy has alwaysworked hard and trusted in the system. She’s not the sort of person who ends up in a Twelve-Step program after being caught stealing supplies from her hospital.

 

The Dog Year - Ann Garvin - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2014 - 12:30pm</span>

19

Oct

The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County

Jerry Apps

10/19/2014 - 12:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

When the Alstage Mining Company proposes a frac sand mine in the small Ames County village of Link Lake, events quickly escalate to a crisis. Business leader Marilyn Jones of the Link Lake Economic Development Council heads the promine forces, citing needed jobs and income for the county. Octogenarian Emily Higgins and other Link Lake Historical Society members are aghast at the proposed mine location in the community park, where a huge and ancient bur oak—the historic Trail Marker Oak—has stood since it pointed the way along an old Menominee trail.

The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County - Jerry Apps - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2014 - 12:30pm</span>

19

Oct

It's an Orange Aardvark

Michael Hall

10/19/2014 - 1:00pm

Central Library - Children's

Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it’s not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It’s orange! So what is lurking outside the stump? This very funny picture book features die-cut holes on almost every page, suspenseful page turns, a wonderful surprise ending, and an introduction to a rainbow of colors.

It's an Orange Aardvark - Michael Hall - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2014 - 1:00pm</span>

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Oct

Studying Wisconsin

Paul G. Hayes Martha Bergland

10/23/2014 - 6:30pm

Birge Hall - UW-Madison Herbarium

In partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, UW-Madison Herbarium, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents the life of Increase Lapham, early chronicler of plants, rocks, rivers, mounds and all things Wisconsin.

 

Studying Wisconsin - Paul G. Hayes - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2014 - 6:30pm</span>

24

Oct

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande

10/24/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

 

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End - Atul Gawande - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

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Oct

Go Big Read Keynote Lecture

Shiza Shahid

10/27/2014 - 7:00pm

- 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 - Shiza Shahid - <span class="date-display-single">10/27/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

31

Jan

Curtain’s Up with CTM presents: An Evening with Lois Lowry

01/31/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - 3rd floor Community Room

Join Children's Theater of Madison for an evening with acclaimed author Lois Lowry in a special event at the Central Library previewing CTM's production of “The Giver. Ms. Lowry will be joined by APT actor Paul Bentzen, who plays the title role in the stage adaptation of Ms. Lowry's award-winning book. The evening will feature readings from the novel and the play, comments by Ms. Lowry regarding the process of adapting her novel to stage and screen, and a Q&A session with the audience. Ms. Lowry will sign books after the event.

Curtain’s Up with CTM presents: An Evening with Lois Lowry -  - <span class="date-display-single">01/31/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

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Feb

Bread & Butter

Michelle Wildgen

02/26/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Join Michelle Wildgen and the Wisconsin Book Festival to celebrate the release of Michelle's new novel, Bread & Butter.  Filled with hilarious insider detail--the one-upmanship of staff meals before the shift begins, the rivalry between bartender and hostess, the seedy bar where waitstaff and chefs go to drink off their workday--Bread and Butter is both an incisive novel of family and a gleeful romp through the inner workings of restaurant kitchens. 

 

Bread & Butter - Michelle Wildgen - <span class="date-display-single">02/26/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

31

Mar

Pearls Falls Fast

Stephan Pastis

03/31/2014 - 6:00pm

Room of One's Own

The Wisconsin Book Festival is excited to be partnering with A Room of One's Own Bookstore to welcome Stephan Pastis, creator of the popular Pearls Before Swine comic strip and Timmy Failure, a hilarious book for kids! Stephan will be giving a sidesplitting slideshow for his latest Pearls Before Swine collection, Pearls Falls Fast, for a reading and book signing.

 

Pearls Falls Fast - Stephan Pastis - <span class="date-display-single">03/31/2014 - 6:00pm</span>

04

Apr

Praying Drunk

Kyle Minor

04/04/2014 - 8:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Join the Wisconsin Book Festival and The Bubbler for a Night Light event as author, Kyle Minor, reads from his new collection of short stories Praying Drunk

 

Praying Drunk - Kyle Minor - <span class="date-display-single">04/04/2014 - 8:00pm</span>

24

Apr

Lunch for Libraries: Nosh with Nevada

Nevada Barr

04/24/2014 - 11:30am

Central Library - Community Room

Join the Madison Public Library Foundation for its third annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser! New York Times best-selling mystery author, Nevada Barr will speak about her upcoming novel, Destroyer Angel, the eighteenth book in her Anna Pigeon series.  

 

Lunch for Libraries: Nosh with Nevada - Nevada Barr - <span class="date-display-single">04/24/2014 - 11:30am</span>

24

Apr

Biggest Book Club Ever with Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr

04/24/2014 - 6:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Join other mystery and book club enthusiasts and bestselling author Nevada Barr for the biggest book club ever! This free event begins at 6 pm with a library facilitated book discussion of THE ROPE by Nevada Barr. At 7:30, Nevada Barr will give a brief reading followed by a question and answer session using questions identified in book group discussions. Mystery to Me bookstore will sell books at the event and a book signing to follow.
 

Biggest Book Club Ever with Nevada Barr - Nevada Barr - <span class="date-display-single">04/24/2014 - 6:00pm</span>

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Apr

Struck By Genius

Jason Padgett

04/28/2014 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

No one else sees the world the way Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the leaves and branches of trees, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us.

 

Struck By Genius - Jason Padgett - <span class="date-display-single">04/28/2014 - 7:30pm</span>

06

May

Shotgun Lovesongs

Nick Butler

05/06/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

A blue collar guy from the Midwest, Butler spent October and November driving to bookstores in the Heartland: Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio and Kentucky—at least 80 stores—giving out copies of the galley and spending time with booksellers. They all connected to the same thing: the idea (or idealization) of small town America, which is so beautifully realized in the book.

 

Shotgun Lovesongs - Nick Butler - <span class="date-display-single">05/06/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

16

May

The Artist's Library

Erinn Batykefer Laura Damon-Moore

05/16/2014 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Madison Room

Creativity, like information, is free to everyone who steps into a library. An offshoot of the Library as Incubator Project, The Artist’s Library offers that an artist is any person who uses creative tools to make new things, and provides the guidance and resources to make libraries come alive as spaces for art-making and cultural engagement.

The Artist's Library - Erinn Batykefer - <span class="date-display-single">05/16/2014 - 7:30pm</span>

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May

Madison Authors Reading

Kara Candito Chloe Benjamin

05/19/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Join Madisonites Chloe Krug Benjamin and Kara Candito for readings from their new books. Benjamin will read from her first novel, The Anatomy of Dreams, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster (September 2014). Candito will read from her second collection of poetry, Spectator (May 2014), winner of the 2013 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Copies of Spectator will be available for purchase at the event.

Madison Authors Reading - Kara Candito - <span class="date-display-single">05/19/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

20

May

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris

05/20/2014 - 6:00pm

Room of One's Own

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

 

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour - Joshua Ferris - <span class="date-display-single">05/20/2014 - 6:00pm</span>

19

Jul

Going Somewhere Ride & Read

Brian Benson

07/19/2014 - 1:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

The Wisconsin Book Festival, in partnership with the Wisconsin Bike Federation, presents a guided bike ride and reading with Brian Benson for his new bicycle memoir, GOING SOMEWHERE.  Join us at Pinney library at 1:00 pm for a ride with the author to Central Library where Brian Benson will read from his book and talk about his remarkable journey by bicycle from Wisconsin across the American West at 2:00 pm.

 

Going Somewhere Ride & Read - Brian Benson - <span class="date-display-single">07/19/2014 - 1:00pm</span>

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Aug

Read-a-Romance Month Book Discussions

08/21/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

August is Read-A-Romance Month and the Central Library is getting in on the fun. On Thursday evenings in the month of August we'll be talking about romance novels. Each week we're covering a different sub-genre. 

Read-a-Romance Month Book Discussions -  - <span class="date-display-single">08/21/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

18

Sep

The Body in Bodega Bay

Betsy Draine

09/18/2014 - 7:00pm

Sequoya Library

In partnership with the UW-Madison Retirement Association and UW Press, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents an event with authors Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden.

 

The Body in Bodega Bay - Betsy Draine - <span class="date-display-single">09/18/2014 - 7:00pm</span>


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