NOVEMBER 2-5, 2017

and year round

in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

23

Sep

2017 Pinney Mini Book Festival

09/23/2017 - 1:00pm

In its fourth year, the Pinney Mini Book Festival continues to connect local authors and patrons. In addition to a local author presentation of 5-10 authors, Pinney will host a panel session comprised of 3 successful authors, editors, and/or publishers. We hope this will further foster community and collaboration among local budding authors who are honing their skills and marketing their work.

 

Get Published Panel - 1:00 – 2:00
Three successful Wisconsin authors, Fabu, Lori M. Lee, and Sarah White will reveal tips and tricks for getting published.

 

Followed by fast-paced, author fun:

 

  • 2:30 Nancy Dearborn (humor)  
  • 2:45 Eric Schlehlein (historical fiction)
  • 3:00 Jelissa (urban fiction)
  • 3:15 Carl Fuerst (strange tales)  
  • 3:30 F.J. Bergmann (poetry, speculative fiction)  
  • 3:45 Carole Madrzak (children's fiction, adult romance)  
  • 4:00 – 4:30 author meet & greet 

 

2017 Pinney Mini Book Festival -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/23/2017 - 1:00pm</span>

28

Sep

The Blood of Emmett Till

Tim Tyson

09/28/2017 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the 2017 Schewe Lecture features Tim Tyson speaking about his new book, The Blood of Emmett Till.

 

The Blood of Emmett Till -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/28/2017 - 5:00pm</span>

05

Oct

Forest Dark

Nicole Krauss

10/05/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms

The award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.

 

Forest Dark -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/05/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

09

Oct

Dinner at the Center of the Earth

Nathan Englander

10/09/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, Nathan Englander reads from his new novel, Dinner At The Center Of The Earth. From the Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges--a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.

 

Dinner at the Center of the Earth -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/09/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

10

Oct

My Book Of Beautiful Oops

Barney Saltzberg

10/10/2017 - 12:00pm

- School Visits

Barney Saltzberg has been captivating audiences since 1980 as he has traveled all over the world speaking about creativity. As a keynote speaker at numerous conferences as well as a visiting author/illustrator at schools and libraries from China, Russia, India, Spain, Vietnam and throughout the United States, Mr. Saltzberg presents a range of programs, both academically based and just plain fun, with a clear, uplifting message to children of all ages.

My Book Of Beautiful Oops -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/10/2017 - 12:00pm</span>

11

Oct

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

Annette Gordon-Reed

10/11/2017 - 4:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Histocial Society, Annette Gordon-Reed presents the 2017 James Madison Lecture: The Hemings Family of Monticello in Madison. Hailed by critics and embraced by readers, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs is one of the richest and most insightful accounts of Thomas Jefferson in a generation. Following her Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hemingses of Monticello, Annette Gordon-Reed has teamed with Peter S. Onuf to present a provocative and absorbing character study that reveals our third president. Gordon-Reed and Onuf fundamentally challenge much of what we thought we knew, and through their painstaking research and vivid prose create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself.

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/11/2017 - 4:00pm</span>

16

Oct

How the Right Lost Its Mind

Charles Sykes

10/16/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Charlie Sykes describes himself as a “contrarian conservative.” After the seismic events of 2016, Sykes is on the outside, politically, wondering what has happened to the Republican party. In How the Right Lost Its Mind he examines how conservatives have strayed so far from their core values and what it will take to recover. It’s also a deeply personal reckoning with Sykes’s own role in his party’s implosion. Sykes has written searing pieces for The New York Times and Politico, among others, on the state of conservatism, propelling him to the forefront of a national debate on political values.

 

How the Right Lost Its Mind -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

27

Oct

Bringing It Home

Gail Simmons

10/27/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms

The cookbook that Top Chef fans have been waiting for, from the celebrated judge who makes delicious food and inspired cooking accessible for home cooks. Gail Simmons is a beloved figure in the food world who has been a popular judge on Top Chef, the number-one rated food show on cable television since its inception. In Bringing It Home, Simmons shares her best recipes and food experiences.

 

Bringing It Home -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/27/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

28

Oct

Kids in the Rotunda

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

10/28/2017 - 9:30am

Overture Center for the Arts - Rotunda Stage

Join Sparky and Rhonda Rucker for an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with storytelling, humor and history. Their songs span over three centuries of traditional American music from slavery to freedom and they accompany themselves with fingerstyle picking and blues, guitar, harmonica, banjo, spoons and bones. 

 

Sparky and Rhonda will put on three performances: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (This show will be American sign language translated).

Kids in the Rotunda -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/28/2017 - 9:30am</span>

02

Nov

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale

Friends of Madison Public Library

11/02/2017 - 9:00am

Central Library

Find great bargains for your home library and support the library! This sale features books, DVDs and other materials of all types. Most items are $2 or less. Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival. Sale runs November 2-5. Sale hours: Thursday, November 2, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, November 3, 9 am - 9 pm, Saturday, November 4, 9 am - 9 pm; Sunday, November 5, 11 am - 2 pm.

 

This is a multi-day sale. Sale hours: Thursday, February 9, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, February 10, 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday, February 11, 9 am - 4:30 pm (bag sale 2-4:30pm - $5/bag).

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 9:00am</span>

02

Nov

The Dark Net

Benjamin Percy

11/02/2017 - 5:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Mirage—a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness—wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people. Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover. Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs. And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.

 

They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.

The Dark Net -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 5:30pm</span>

02

Nov

Heretics!

Steven Nadler Ben Nadler

11/02/2017 - 5:30pm

Room of One's Own

This entertaining and enlightening graphic narrative tells the exciting story of the seventeenth-century thinkers who challenged authority—sometimes risking excommunication, prison, and even death—to lay the foundations of modern philosophy and science and help usher in a new world. With masterful storytelling and color illustrations, Heretics! offers a unique introduction to the birth of modern thought in comics form—smart, charming, and often funny.

 

These contentious and controversial philosophers—from Galileo and Descartes to Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Newton—fundamentally changed the way we look at the world, society, and ourselves, overturning everything from the idea that the Earth is the center of the cosmos to the notion that kings have a divine right to rule. More devoted to reason than to faith, these thinkers defended scandalous new views of nature, religion, politics, knowledge, and the human mind.

 

Heretics!  -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 5:30pm</span>

02

Nov

The Impossible Presidency

Jeremi Suri

11/02/2017 - 5:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Why have recent presidents failed to bring promised change?

 

In The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. He argues that the presidency is a victim of its own success, such that the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision.

 

Suri traces America's disenchantment with our recent presidents to the inevitable mismatch between presidential promises and the structural limitations of the office. A masterful reassessment of presidential history, this book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand America's fraught political climate.

 

Presented in partnership with The Madison Institute.

The Impossible Presidency -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 5:30pm</span>

02

Nov

We Have No Idea?

Jorge Cham Daniel Whiteson

11/02/2017 - 6:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to spelunk through the enormous gaps in our cosmological knowledge, armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science.

 

In We Have No Idea, they explore the biggest unknowns in the universe, why these things are still mysteries, and what a lot of smart people are doing to figure out the answers (or at least ask the right questions). While they're at it, they helpfully demystify many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. With equal doses of humor and delight, they invite us to see the universe as a vast expanse of mostly uncharted territory that's still ours to explore. This entertaining illustrated science primer is the perfect book for anyone who's curious about all the big questions physicists are still trying to answer.

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

We Have No Idea? -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

02

Nov

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Dan Egan

11/02/2017 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

The Death and Life in the Great Lakes is an ode to the majesty and history of this national, natural treasure. Egan, a master reporter and storyteller, begins with European explorers arriving at these shores for the first time in the 1600s. Egan takes the reader deep beneath the lakes’ shimmering surface to illuminate the ongoing and unparalleled ecological unraveling of the continent’s most precious natural resource, all while retaining a sense of awe and respect for their immensity and danger: “A Great Lake can swallow freighters almost three times the length of a football field; the lakes’ bottoms are littered with an estimated 6,000 shipwrecks, many of which have never been found. This would never happen on a normal lake, because a normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.”

 

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

02

Nov

America: The Cookbook

Gabrielle Langholtz Christine Muhlke Ari Weinzweig

11/02/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

America: The Cookbook is the first book to document comprehensively – and celebrate – the remarkable diversity of American cuisine and food culture. A thoroughly researched compendium of 800 home-cooking recipes for delicious and authentic American dishes, America: The Cookbook explores the country's myriad traditions and influences, regional favorites and melting-pot fusion – the culinary heritage of a nation, from appetizers to desserts and beyond. A unique state-by-state section features essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs.

 

America: The Cookbook -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

02

Nov

The Politics of Value

Jane L. Collins

11/02/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - A Room of One's Own

The Great Recession not only shook Americans’ economic faith but also prompted powerful critiques of economic institutions. This timely book explores three movements that gathered force after 2008: the rise of the benefit corporation, which requires social responsibility and eschews share price as the best metric for success; the emergence of a new group, Slow Money, that fosters peer-to-peer investing; and the 2011 Wisconsin protests against a bill restricting the union rights of state workers.

 

The Politics of Value -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

02

Nov

Death in Cold Water

Patricia Skalka

11/02/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries pit a former troubled Chicago cop against a roster of clever killers on the Door County Peninsula in the heart of the Midwest. On a bracing autumn day in Door County, a prominent philanthropist disappears. Is the elderly Gerald Sneider—known as “Mr. Packer” for his legendary support of Green Bay football—suffering from dementia, or just avoiding his greedy son? Is there a connection to threats against the National Football League? As tourists flood the peninsula for the fall colors, Sheriff Dave Cubiak’s search for Sneider is stymied by the FBI. When human bones wash up on the Lake Michigan shore, the sheriff has more than a missing man to worry about. In order to respond to the media's demand for answers and solve the two puzzles on his plate, Cubiak must follow his instincts down a trail of half-remembered rumors and local history to discover the shocking truth.

Death in Cold Water -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

02

Nov

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 Charlott Zolotow Lecture from 6:00-7:30 PM. Email kt.horning@wisc.edu to RSVP to the reception.

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

02

Nov

It Devours!

Jeffrey Cranor Joseph Fink

11/02/2017 - 8:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

From the authors of Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the podcast of the same name, comes a noir-esque mystery exploring faith and science.

 

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret.

 

It Devours! -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/02/2017 - 8:30pm</span>

03

Nov

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale

Friends of Madison Public Library

11/03/2017 - 9:00am

Central Library

Find great bargains for your home library and support the library! This sale features books, DVDs and other materials of all types. Most items are $2 or less. Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival. Sale runs November 2-5. Sale hours: Thursday, November 2, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, November 3, 9 am - 9 pm, Saturday, November 4, 9 am - 9 pm; Sunday, November 5, 11 am - 2 pm.

 

This is a multi-day sale. Sale hours: Thursday, February 9, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, February 10, 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday, February 11, 9 am - 4:30 pm (bag sale 2-4:30pm - $5/bag).

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 9:00am</span>

03

Nov

Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm

Sarah Menkedick

11/03/2017 - 4:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Sarah Menkedick spent her twenties trekking alone across South America, teaching English to recalcitrant teenagers on Reunion Island, picking grapes in France and camping on the Mongolian grasslands; for her, meaning and purpose were to be found on the road, in flight from the ordinary. Yet the biggest and most transformative adventure of her life might be one she never anticipated: at 31, she moves into a tiny 19th-century cabin on her family’s Ohio farm, and begins the journey into motherhood.

Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 4:30pm</span>

03

Nov

Lawyers Who Write

Susan Gloss E.M. Kokie Jay Ranney Carl Rasmussen Dean Strang

11/03/2017 - 4:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Join the Wisconsin Book Festival for a panel discussion by Madison-area lawyers who have found a successful second career as writers. Whether writing fiction, history, or biography, these lawyers have brought their research and evaluative skills to bear creating new works. 

Lawyers Who Write -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 4:30pm</span>

03

Nov

Stars Over Clear Lake

Loretta Ellsworth

11/03/2017 - 4:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Lorraine Kindred’s most cherished memories are of the Surf Ballroom, where youth lost themselves to the brassy sounds of big band swing, where boys spent their last nights before shipping off to war—and where Lorraine was swept away by a star-crossed romance.

 

Returning to the ballroom for the first time since the 1940s, Lorraine enters a dazzling world she thought long vanished. But as the sparkling past comes to life, so does the fateful encounter that forced her to choose between her heart and her duty—and she must face the secret she buried. Along the way, she’ll rediscover herself, her passion, and her resilience. This moving story is inspired by a real-life ballroom and POW camp in Iowa.

Stars Over Clear Lake -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 4:30pm</span>

03

Nov

Wisconsin People & Ideas 2017 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters

11/03/2017 - 5:00pm

Room of One's Own

Join Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s magazine contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, at the 2017 Wisconsin Book Festival for a reading featuring the winners of our 2017 Fiction and Poetry Contest. Fiction readers include: Bob Wake (Cambridge), Jeff Esterholm (Superior), and Anne Zindler (Waukesha); poets include Nicholas Gulig (Ft. Atkinson), Hansa Kerman Pistotnik (Madison), and Georgia Ressmeyer (Sheboygan).

 

Free and open to the public, this reading is hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, with support from Wisconsin Public Radio, the Wisconsin Book Festival, and Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. Learn more about how to submit your work to our annual fiction and poetry contests here.

Wisconsin People & Ideas 2017 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 5:00pm</span>

03

Nov

Life In A Northern Town

Mary Dougherty

11/03/2017 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Join the Wisconsin Historical Museum and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press for a happy hour book talk with Mary Dougherty, author of Life in a Northern Town: Cooking, Eating, and Other Adventures along Lake Superior. Life in Northern Town is a one-of-a-kind collection of globally and regionally inspired recipes featuring local cheeses, meats, and produce from the farmers in and around Bayfield – pho made with beef bones from a farm in Mellen, Indian meatballs with curry powder made in Washburn, chowder with corn and potatoes from a farm stand in Ashland. Attendees will enjoy samples of Dougherty’s “Sugar Bush Margarita” while hearing about the inspirations behind many of the book’s recipes.

Life In A Northern Town -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 5:00pm</span>

03

Nov

The Far Away Brothers

Lauren Markham

11/03/2017 - 6:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Lauren Markham has been reporting on undocumented immigration for a nearly a decade, but it was not as a journalist that she first met seventeen-year-old Ernesto and Raul Flores, who had recently emigrated from El Salvador alone. She was working at Oakland International High School, a school for recent immigrants where she coordinates programs for families, when the Flores twins walked into her office, scared stiff, having just missed their date in immigration court. That meeting grew into the illuminating and harrowing story she tells in The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life.

 

The Far Away Brothers -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

03

Nov

Unbranded

Ben Masters

11/03/2017 - 6:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

On an epic 3,000-mile journey through the most pristine backcountry of the American West, four friends rode horseback across an almost contiguous stretch of unspoiled public lands, border to border, from Mexico to Canada. For their trail horses, they adopted wild mustangs from the US Bureau of Land Management that were perfectly adapted to the rocky terrain and harsh conditions of desert and mountain travel.

 

Unbranded -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

03

Nov

King of Spies

Blaine Harden

11/03/2017 - 6:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14, the shocking, gripping account of the most powerful American spy you’ve never heard of, whose role at the center of the Korean War—which gave rise to the North Korean regime—is essential to understanding the most intractable foreign policy conflict of our time. Blaine Harden will discuss this story and the situation in North Korea in conversation with David Maraniss.

 

King of Spies -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

03

Nov

The Bedlam Stacks

Natasha Pulley

11/03/2017 - 7:00pm

Room of One's Own

From Natasha Pulley comes a story of a great friendship and a treacherous quest in the magical landscape of nineteenth-century Peru. In 1859, ex-East India Company opium smuggler Merrick Tremayne is nursing an injury that almost cost him his leg, trapped at his crumbling family estate in Cornwall. In the sprawling grounds of the old house, something is wrong; a statue moves, his grandfather’s pines explode, and his brother accuses him of madness. So when the India Office asks Merrick to smuggle cuttings from cinchona trees—the source of quinine, essential for the treatment of malaria—from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea. The terrain is treacherous and a gang of criminals runs the quinine supply, and nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who’s made the attempt has died. Merrick can barely walk. But against his better judgment, he joins the expedition to the last outpost before the quinine woods: a tiny mission colony on the edge of the Amazon where a salt line on the ground separates town from forest. Anyone who crosses is killed by something that watches from the trees, but somewhere beyond the salt are cinchona, and the way around is blocked.

The Bedlam Stacks -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

03

Nov

Policing the Black Man

Angela J. Davis

11/03/2017 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.

 

Policing the Black Man -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 7:30pm</span>

03

Nov

Away With Words

Joe Berkowitz

11/03/2017 - 9:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

In a world where the corny is commended and the punniest reigns supreme, one writer must conquer his fears in order to compete with the greats in the ultimate battle of wit and wordplay. Away With Words: An Irreverent Tour Through the World of Pun Competitions finds entertainment writer Joe Berkowitz narrating his journey into the heart of the competitive punning world, introducing us to a quirky crew of contestants and the riotous tournaments that regularly celebrate the art of the pun. A delightful and witty narrative, Away With Words will elicit laugh after laugh—and, yes, the occasional bad-pun-induced groan—as Joe relates his firsthand experiences with competitive punning and all of the people, the places, and the defiant passion that fuel this thriving comedy scene.

 

Away With Words -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/03/2017 - 9:00pm</span>

04

Nov

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale

Friends of Madison Public Library

11/04/2017 - 9:00am

Central Library

Find great bargains for your home library and support the library! This sale features books, DVDs and other materials of all types. Most items are $2 or less. Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival. Sale runs November 2-5. Sale hours: Thursday, November 2, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, November 3, 9 am - 9 pm, Saturday, November 4, 9 am - 9 pm; Sunday, November 5, 11 am - 2 pm.

 

This is a multi-day sale. Sale hours: Thursday, February 9, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, February 10, 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday, February 11, 9 am - 4:30 pm (bag sale 2-4:30pm - $5/bag).

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 9:00am</span>

04

Nov

The Kelloggs

Howard Markel

11/04/2017 - 10:00am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.
 

The Kelloggs -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 10:00am</span>

04

Nov

You, Beast

Nick Lantz

11/04/2017 - 10:30am

Room of One's Own

With macabre humor, You, Beast explores the roots and limits of human empathy. Nick Lantz examines our strange, absurd, and often brutal relationship with other animals, from roaches scuttling across the kitchen floor to pigs whose heart valves can replace our own. In poems ranging from found text to villanelles, and from short plays to fables, this lyric collection tracks the troubled ways we define our humanity through mythology, language, politics, art, and food.

You, Beast -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 10:30am</span>

04

Nov

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Jessica Bruder

11/04/2017 - 10:30am

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers." On frequently traveled routes between seasonal jobs, Jessica Bruder meets people from all walks of life: a former professor, a McDonald's vice president, a minister, a college administrator, and a motorcycle cop, among many others--including her irrepressible protagonist, a onetime cocktail waitress, Home Depot clerk, and general contractor named Linda May.

 

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 10:30am</span>

04

Nov

Cataclysm

Zeynab Ali

11/04/2017 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Bubbler

Cataclysm has caused conflicts and desolation in the Horn of Africa, resulting in the establishment of terrorist groups, famine, and the collapse and division of governments. The war and hunger that contributed to the collapse of the Somalian government resulted in the persecution of minority groups in Somalia and led those groups of people to flee to Kenya, where the world’s oldest refugee camps would later be established.

 

This is the incredible story of a Kenyan-born teen who later learns about her true identity as a former Somali refugee. She explores her family’s history and learns about their survival in the horrific Somali civil war. As an activist, Zeynab addresses the struggles immigrant and refugee families encounter in the United States, hoping to spread awareness of immigration. In this book, she shares her experience of growing up in the United States and how her own life inspired her to become the decisive, optimistic young activist she is today.

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Look Up! and The Magic Rabbit

Annette LeBlanc Cate

11/04/2017 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Children's Section

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Museum's Story Saturday, Annette Leblanc Cate reads from her two celebrated children's books, Look Up! and The Magic Rabbit.

 

About Look Up!: This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader ("Here I am, the noble spruce grouse. In a spruce grove. Eatin’ some spruce. Yep."). Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers.

 

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Nov

The Storm Before The Storm

Mike Duncan

11/04/2017 - 10:30am

Wisconsin Historical Museum

The creator of the massively popular, award-winning podcast series The History of Rome brings to life the story of the tumultuous years that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic. The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world.

 

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Nov

Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds

B. J. Hollars

11/04/2017 - 11:00am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, author and UW-Eau Claire English professor B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us; specifically, extinct birds.  How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we’ve failed to preserve in life? Join Hollars for a reading from “Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds” as well as a conversation on what we can do to save threatened species, including ourselves.

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

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Nov

The Inheritace

Niki Kapsambelis

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death in the top 10 without a way to prevent, cure, or even slows its progression. Today an estimated 24 to 36 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s, 5.3 million in the United States alone.  These numbers continue to swell with the “silver tsunami,” a generation of baby boomers whose health demands could wreak devastation on an already burdened system. If science doesn’t find a way to stop or prevent this global health crisis unfolding before our eyes, the population affected by this disease will triple by 2050, with a cost to Americans of $20 trillion in today’s dollars.  

 

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Nov

The American Dream in Wisconsin

Terese Agnew Patty Loew Jesus Salas

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Wisconsin Theatre

The American Dream is a shared dream of our own creation. The phrase implies the inclusion of all who live here and embrace the promise of a democracy that represents its diverse citizens and communities. Yet rapid, even erratic, policy changes surrounding immigration and American influence abroad are having an effect on people who share this dream across the United States. At the same time, the Seventh Generation philosophy that guides sovereign Indian nations often collides with dreams that center on short-term economic success.

 

Artist Terese Agnew will host a panel discussion with journalist and Academy Fellow Patty Loew and community organizer Jesus Salas exploring what it means to be an American today and how different perspectives on Americanism contribute to—or detract from—our shared identity. The panel will open with a short performance by Blanche Brown about Caroline Quarlls, the first person known to have escaped slavery through Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad. Quarlls and panelist Jesus Salas are both featured in the Writing in Stone exhibition, on view in the James Watrous Gallery.

 

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Nov

We Are All Criminals

Emily Baxter Corey Saffold

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Room of One's Own

Join Emily Baxter, Founder and Executive Direcotr of We Are All Criminals, and Corey Saffold, Madison Police Officer, for a conversation about the state of the American criminal justice system. 

 

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Nov

Not A Scientist

Dave Levitan

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 02

You can be sure of one thing in politics: politicians always have scientific facts on hand—sometimes with their fingers crossed. No matter the complexities of climate change, infectious diseases, pollution, or vaccines—it’s easy to justify almost any position with the help of infallible scientific experts. The recent election season was no exception: every candidate claimed deep expertise on specialized subjects from fisheries to fracking. Trouble is, as journalist Dave Levitan demonstrates in his book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science, there are many ways to misread the data—and our friends in Washington turn out to be very creative readers indeed. It was Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator himself, who made famous the disingenuous humblebrag “I’m not a scientist, but…” And thus, a rhetorical monster was born.

 

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Nov

The Close Encounters Man

Mark O'Connell

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

One man can arguably be credited with bringing our fascination with alien life into modern times, and that man is Dr. J. Allen Hynek. The Close Encounters Man is the definitive biography of an often misunderstood and misrepresented figure in UFOlogy. Responsible for (among many other things) coining the phrase “close encounters of the third kind,” Dr. Hynek is a controversial figure on both sides of the UFO debate, to say the least. He enthusiastically debunked UFO reports on behalf of the Air Force for years. Then, he recanted. His agonizing transformation from skepticism to true believer is one of the great misunderstood and misreported stories of science.

 

The Close Encounters Man -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 12:00pm</span>

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Nov

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Kathleen Rooney

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.” Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now—her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl—but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily.

 

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Nov

Writing Home Ground

Robin Chapman Catherine Jagoe Alison Townsend

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Local History Room

Robin Chapman, Catherine Jagoe, and Alison Townsend discuss capturing a sense of place in their writing. Books that evoke a strong “sense of place”—a deep knowledge of, and affection for, a particular location—are popular in our increasingly transient twenty-first century culture. Many people today live and work far away from what they once considered home. What are some of the consequences that place—or dis-placement—can have on our lives? How are we affected by our ancestral homes, the landscapes where we make our homes, or the places we encounter that we identify deeply with? 

 

Writing Home Ground -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 12:00pm</span>

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Nov

Thousand-Miler

Melanie Radzicki McManus

11/04/2017 - 12:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Follow author Melanie Radzicki McManus along on her thrilling, trying, and triumphant 1,100-mile thru hike of the Ice Age Trail. With prose that is alternately harrowing and humorous, McManus takes her own "into-the-wild" Ice Age experience through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetlands, farms, and far-flung small towns and through her encounters with wildlife, injured feet, an elusive fellow hiker known as Papa Bear and the history of the still-developing national scenic trail itself.

Thousand-Miler -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 12:00pm</span>

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Nov

The Mirror Thief

Martin Seay

11/04/2017 - 1:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

In March of 2003, the days leading up to the invasion of Iraq, a recently-retired U.S. Marine travels to Las Vegas to track down an infamous professional gambler who’s gone missing under suspicious circumstances. In February of 1958, a Brooklyn-born juvenile delinquent arrives in coastal Los Angeles—a hotbed of the nascent Beat scene—to search for an obscure poet with whom he’s become obsessed. In May of 1592, a war-hero physician and alchemist navigates the intrigues of Venetian society as he conspires to steal the secrets of making flat glass mirrors on behalf of a shadowy foreign power. In his debut novel, Martin Seay weaves these strands into a unique literary thriller: an entertaining, puzzling, ultimately moving novel about the ways we are haunted by our own reflections.

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Nov

Infamous Mothers

Sagashus Levingston

11/04/2017 - 1:30pm

Room of One's Own

We are teen moms, baby mamas, mothers who once sex worked and were addicted to crack. We're not your average good girls. We are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual trauma. But don't call us damsels in distress. We are women with moxie and grit--game changers and powerhouses. We did more than go through the belly of hell and survived, we brought something good back. Coming out on the other side as doctors, artists, nurse practitioners, homeowners, counselors, and so much more, we are 20 women who make a difference in this world. Read our stories and witness how.

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Nov

Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels

Michael Edmonds

11/04/2017 - 1:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Presented in partnership with the Dane County Historical Society, come meet the mayors, ministers, mystics, murderers, and more whose lives influenced and defined the state of Wisconsin in 80 short, colorful narratives. Coauthors Michael Edmonds and Samantha Snyder plumbed the depths of the Wisconsin Historical Society's collections to research and compose lively portraits of such notables as a governor who saw ghosts, an incorrigible horse thief, a husband and wife who each stood over seven feet tall, an American Indian chief who defied forced removal, and the first woman to practice law before the Supreme Court.

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Nov

How To Be An Indian In The 21st Century

Louis V. Clark III

11/04/2017 - 3:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Oneida author and poet Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) takes readers along on his life-long journey, in prose and verse, chronicling a voyage from schoolyard bullies to workplace barriers -- and the loves and lives in between – on his way to discovering "How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century." Warm, plainspoken, and wryly funny, Clark shares his own American Indian story, talking frankly about a culture's struggle to maintain its heritage. His deceptively simple, poetic storytelling matches the rhythm of the life he recounts -- what he calls "the heartbeat of my nation." His unique voice takes readers on a deeply personal and profound quest through a wide range of subjects -- from workplace racism to falling in love and the Green Bay Packers -- to discover for himself what it means to be an American Indian.

How To Be An Indian In The 21st Century -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 3:00pm</span>

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Nov

The Mountain

Paul Yoon

11/04/2017 - 3:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Paul Yoon displays his subtle, ethereal, and strikingly observant style with six thematically linked stories in The Mountain. It’s a luminous collection set across several continents—from the Hudson Valley to the Russian Far East—and periods of time after World War II, populated with characters who are connected by traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace. Though singular, they are united by the struggle to reconcile their pasts in the wake of violence, big and small, spiritual and corporeal. A morphine-addicted nurse wanders through the decimated French countryside in search of purpose; a dissatisfied wife sporadically takes a train across Spain with a much younger man in the wake of a building explosion; a from Korea to Shanghai, where she aimlessly works in a camera sweat shop, trying to outrun the ghosts of her past.

 

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Nov

Hidden Voices

Fabu Sherry Lucille Catrina J. Sparksman

11/04/2017 - 3:00pm

Central Library - Local History Room

Join three Madison-area African American writers - poet Fabu, novelist Sherry Lucille, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman - as they discuss their poetry and prose in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in the Madison area during the 20th century: novelist Jean Toomer, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and poet Sarah Webster Fabio. Experience poetry, prose, and drama that will shed light on what it means to be African American in Wisconsin today, yesterday, and tomorrowthrough a multimedia presentation about the work and lives of these literary artists and their interpretations of race in Wisconsin.

Hidden Voices -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 3:00pm</span>

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Nov

The Pox Lover

Anne-christine d'Adesky

11/04/2017 - 3:00pm

Room of One's Own

The Pox Lover is a personal history of the turbulent 1990s in New York City and Paris by Anne-christine d’Adesky, a pioneering American AIDS journalist, lesbian activist, and daughter of French-Haitian elites. In an account that is by turns searing, hectic, and funny, d’Adesky remembers “the poxed generation” of AIDS — their lives, their battles, and their determination to find love and make art in the heartbreaking years before lifesaving protease drugs arrived.

 

The Pox Lover -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 3:00pm</span>

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Nov

Crossings

Jon Kerstetter

11/04/2017 - 3:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

As a child living on an Indian reservation, Jon Kerstetter knew the meaning of boundaries. Driven by a desire to break free of society’s expectations, he pushed to graduate from college and earn advance degrees in business and, at the age of thirty-seven, medicine. Those were just the first among the many improbable and dramatic transitions Kerstetter has made in his life. In Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story, he writes beautifully and thoughtfully about his exceptional life of transformations: from civilian to doctor to soldier, trained to heal yet trained to kill, and having to prioritize both roles in war, sometimes in the span of minutes; from doctor and soldier to stroke victim; and, eventually, from stroke patient to writer.

 

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Nov

Slow Medicine

Victoria Sweet

11/04/2017 - 3:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time—time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.

 

Sweet knows this because she has learned and lived it over the course of her remarkable career. Here she relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been both pioneer and inspiration. Medicine, she helps us to see, is a craft and an art as well as a science. It is relational, personal, even spiritual. To do it well requires a hard-won wisdom that no algorithm can replace—that brings together “fast” and “slow” in a truly effective, efficient, sustainable, and humane way of healing.

 

Slow Medicine -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 3:00pm</span>

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Nov

The Geography of Madness

Frank Bures

11/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

The Geography of Madness is an investigation of “culture-bound” syndromes, which are far stranger than they sound. Why is it, for example, that some men believe, against all reason, that vandals stole their penises, even though they’re in good physical shape? In The Geography of Madness, acclaimed magazine writer Frank Bures travels around the world to trace culture-bound syndromes to their sources–and in the process, tells a remarkable story about the strange things all of us believe.

 

 Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

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Nov

Dead Presidents

Brady Carlson

11/04/2017 - 4:30pm

Room of One's Own

In Dead Presidents, public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson takes readers on an epic trip to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials from sea to shining sea. With an engaging mix of history and contemporary reporting, Carlson explores the death stories of our greatest leaders, and shows that the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal as much about us as they do about the men themselves.

Dead Presidents -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 4:30pm</span>

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Nov

The Hearts of Men

Nickolas Butler

11/04/2017 - 4:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

The Hearts of Men is an evocative, decades-spanning look at intertwining friendships and families that explores the slippery definitions of fidelity, morality, and trust—all played out against a backdrop of a venerable Boy Scout camp in the Wisconsin woods. It begins at Camp Chippewa in 1962. Thirteen-year-old Nelson Doughty, the camp bugler, is at once an overachiever and social outcast. This summer, however, launches a tenuous friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan. Years later, Nelson—irrevocably scarred from the Vietnam War—has become Scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa. Jonathan, meanwhile, has married, divorced, and taken over his father’s highly successful trucking business. When something unthinkable involving Jonathan’s teenage grandson and daughter-in- law happens at the camp, its aftermath test the depths—and the limits—of Nelson's selflessness and bravery. The Hearts of Men is Butler’s astute exploration of what it means to be a good person and whether we have to be intrinsically good or if it’s possible to get there by trying, failing, and trying again.

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Nov

Spy Schools

Daniel Golden

11/04/2017 - 4:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Grounded in extensive research and reporting, Spy Schools reveals how academia has emerged as a frontline in the global spy game. In a knowledge-based economy, universities are repositories of valuable information and research, where brilliant minds of all nationalities mingle freely with few questions asked. Intelligence agencies have always recruited bright undergraduates, but now, in an era when espionage increasingly requires specialized scientific or technological expertise, they’re wooing higher-level academics—not just as analysts, but also for clandestine operations.

 

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Nov

The Water Will Come

Jeff Goodell

11/04/2017 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster. By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution-no barriers to erect or walls to build-that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it.

 

The Water Will Come -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 5:00pm</span>

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Nov

The War On Science

Shawn Otto

11/04/2017 - 6:00pm

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

“Wherever the people are well informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.” But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society—from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense—we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger. 

 

At the very time we need them most, scientists and the idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by a vast, well-funded, three-part war on science. The result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore the evidence from science, leaving major policy decisions to be based on the demands of the most strident voices. Shawn Otto’s provocative book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons for why and how evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise, and offers a vision, an argument, and compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it’s too late.

 

The War On Science -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

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Nov

There Your Heart Lies

Mary Gordon

11/04/2017 - 6:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

From the novelist Mary Gordon, here is a book whose twentieth-century wisdom can help us understand the difficulties we face in the twenty-first: There Your Heart Lies is a deeply moving novel about an American woman's experiences during the Spanish Civil War, the lessons she learned, and how her story will shape her granddaughter's path.

 

There Your Heart Lies -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

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Nov

Janesville: An American Story

Amy Goldstein

11/04/2017 - 6:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

Two days before Christmas of 2008, General Motors’ oldest operating assembly plant, in Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. After thousands of jobs vanished from this small, proud city, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville to illuminate the human consequences of one of the nation’s biggest political issues. Janesville: An American Story is an intimate account, taking readers deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a prosperous, healthy working class.

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Humanities Council as part of its Working Lives Project, which asks Wisconsinites “What does work mean in your life?”  Click here to talk shop and learn more!

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Nov

Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give

Ada Calhoun

11/04/2017 - 6:00pm

Room of One's Own

Ada Calhoun doesn’t give wedding toasts in real life. Instead, as she tells us in the introduction to her sharp, funny, and extremely insightful book Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, she likes to sit back with a glass of champagne and enjoy other people’s efforts. Luckily for us, her silence at her friends’ ceremonies doesn’t mean she has nothing on her mind. On the contrary, Calhoun is full of wisdom and experience, which she imparts to us with candor and grace in Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give, inspired by her enormously popular New York Times “Modern Love” essay, “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give.” Weaving intimate moments from her own married life with frank insight from experts, clergy, and friends, Calhoun presents a realistic portrait of what marriage is really like, while offering advice on how to get through the not-so-idyllic aspects of lifelong commitment.

 

Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 6:00pm</span>

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Nov

Close Enough For The Angels

Paul Madonna

11/04/2017 - 7:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Join the Wisconsin Book Festival as Paul Madonna discusses his two new illustrated novels in conversation with Paul Buhle.

 

About Close Enough For The Angels: Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder—twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he’s drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with an enigmatic past. But when she disappears while hiking with two other women, Emit finds himself chasing down a mystery that promises to leave him forever changed. From the artist and author of All Over Coffee and Everything is its own reward, Paul Madonna uses his signature blend of drawing and storytelling to deliver a beautiful and entertaining novel filled with suspense, surprise, and humor. With over one hundred lush and haunting drawings, this full-length, character-driven story is a fresh and innovative reinvention of the illustrated novel.

 

Close Enough For The Angels -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 7:30pm</span>

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Nov

The Odyssey of Echo Company

Doug Stanton

11/04/2017 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle of Echo Company to Survive the Vietnam War is the untold and remarkable story of one small platoon of American soldiers and their heroic sixty-day fight for survival during the height of the Vietnam War. Doug Stanton will discuss this story in conversation with David Maraniss.

 

The Odyssey of Echo Company -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 7:30pm</span>

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Nov

One Day We'll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter

Scaachi Koul

11/04/2017 - 9:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

 

With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

 

One Day We'll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 9:00pm</span>

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Nov

The Genome Factor

Jason Fletcher

11/05/2017 - 10:00am

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - DeLuca Forum

For a century, social scientists have avoided genetics like the plague. But the nature-nurture wars are over. In the past decade, a small but intrepid group of economists, political scientists, and sociologists have harnessed the genomics revolution to paint a more complete picture of human social life than ever before. The Genome Factor describes the latest astonishing discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect.

 

The Genome Factor -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/05/2017 - 10:00am</span>

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Nov

100 Things To Do In Madison Before You Die

Katie Vaughn

11/05/2017 - 10:30am

Central Library - Community Room 301

Wondering what to do this winter? Let 100 Things to Do in Madison Before You Die be your guide in making the most of the season. From sledding, hiking and eagle-viewing, to incredible museums, shops and shows, to hearty food and good brews, your local entertainment options seem to heat up when temperatures start to plummet. Load up on inspiration straight from the book, and then create your own winter bucket list that’ll keep the fun going straight till spring.

100 Things To Do In Madison Before You Die -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/05/2017 - 10:30am</span>

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Nov

Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation, and Dehydration

Christina Ward

11/05/2017 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Bubbler

More than a cookbook, Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration demystifies the scientific concepts that inform the methods of food preservation in an easy to understand way. Taking Julia Child as her inspiration, certified Master Food Preserver Christina Ward has collected and translated both the scientific and experiential information that has long been the sole domain of academic scientists and elite chefs.

 

Fueled by her mission to correct online misinformation and scientifically outdated materials, Ward guides readers through a comprehensive survey of the methods that will ensure your preservation projects are safe and delicious. Included are highly adaptable recipes that demonstrate every method and technique of preservation.

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Nov

A Year in the Wilderness

Amy and Dave Freeman

11/05/2017 - 10:30am

Central Library - Community Room 302

From adventurers and educators Amy and Dave Freeman, a passionate and beautifully illustrated account of a year in the Boundary Waters. The Boundary Waters—with over twelve hundred miles of canoe routes—is one of our national treasures, yet their existence has been consistently threatened. When the Freemans learned of copper nickel mining in the area’s watershed, they decided to take action. They would speak on behalf of the Boundary Waters. And they would do it by spending a year in the wilderness.

 

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05

Nov

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale

Friends of Madison Public Library

11/05/2017 - 11:00am

Central Library

Find great bargains for your home library and support the library! This sale features books, DVDs and other materials of all types. Most items are $2 or less. Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival. Sale runs November 2-5. Sale hours: Thursday, November 2, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, November 3, 9 am - 9 pm, Saturday, November 4, 9 am - 9 pm; Sunday, November 5, 11 am - 2 pm.

 

 

This is a multi-day sale. Sale hours: Thursday, February 9, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, February 10, 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday, February 11, 9 am - 4:30 pm (bag sale 2-4:30pm - $5/bag).
 

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05

Nov

Montaigne in Barn Boots

Michael Perry

11/05/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

Michael Perry discovered the great French essayist Michel de Montaigne courtesy of a kidney stone. After passing “the Devil’s own gobstopper,” Perry began researching renal calculi and discovered that Montaigne—the 16th century inventor of the essay form—had documented his own kidney stone experience. From this oddball introduction, Perry plunged headlong into the works of Montaigne. The raw, vulnerable, and hilarious result is Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles through Philosophy.

 

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05

Nov

Faces of a Fish Empire

Joe Kutchera

11/05/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

In April of 2016, photographer and curator Naomi Shersty attended the funeral of Tom Kutchera, former owner of Empire Fish Company and amateur photographer. She discovered two albums of portraits by Tom, taken between the 1960s and ‘80s, that captured Empire Fish’s workers who supplied fish to Milwaukee’s many fish fries and restaurants. That discovery led her to turn these portraits of a “work family” into a photo exhibit. And now, Tom’s sons, Joe and Andrew, have turned the exhibit, photos, and a manuscript that Tom left behind into a book – Faces of a Fish Empire – that tell the story behind their father’s portraits as well as the decline of commercial fishing on Lake Michigan.

 

This visual history of Empire Fish and commercial fishing exhibit tell a larger story beyond a single company. It captures the anthropological changes of Milwaukee: its culture, food, religion, and demographics. On a larger scale, it embodies the incredible changes in technology (freezers, transportation, and computers) and the transformation in our relationship to Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes.

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05

Nov

The Driftless Reader

Curt Meine

11/05/2017 - 12:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Editor, Curt Meine, and a panel of contributors read from and discuss of The Driftless Reader.  Ancient glaciers passed by the Driftless Area and waterways vein its interior, forming an enchanting, enigmatic landscape of sharp ridgetops and deep valleys. Across time, this rugged topography has been home to an astonishing variety of people: Sauk, Dakota, and Ho-Chunk villagers, Norwegian farmers and Mexican mercado owners, Dominican nuns and Buddhist monks, river raftsmen and Shakespearean actors, Cornish miners and African American barn builders, organic entrepreneurs and Hmong truck gardeners.

 

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Nov

A House Among the Trees

Julia Glass

11/05/2017 - 1:30pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

A House Among the Trees is a richly plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, the perils of celebrity, and the power of an unexpected legacy. When the revered children’s book author Mort Lear dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to his trusted assistant, Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated and defiant directives in his will. Tommy knew Morty for more than four decades, since meeting him in a Manhattan playground when she was twelve and he was working on sketches for the book that would make him a star. By the end of his increasingly reclusive life, she found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmeet, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood and his volatile relationship with a lover who died of AIDS.

 

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Nov

Don't Call Us Dead

Danez Smith

11/05/2017 - 1:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don’t Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved here on earth. Smith turns then to desire, mortality—the dangers experienced in skin, body, and blood—and a diagnosis of HIV positive. “some of us are killed / in pieces,” Smith writes, “some of us all at once.” Don’t Call Us Dead is an astonishing collection, one that confronts America where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle.  

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07

Nov

I & You

Lauren Gunderson

11/07/2017 - 7:30pm

Central Library - Community Room

Lauren Gunderson is currently America's most-produced living playwright.  Her play Silent Sky captivated local audiences when it was produced by Forward Theater Company in 2015.  Forward is bringing Lauren back to Madison in conjunction with their November 2017 production of her prize-winning play I & You.  In this free public talk, Lauren will discuss her playwriting process and career, and her experiences as a woman writer in America.  

 

Presented in partnership between Forward Theater, the UW-Madison Department of Continuing Studies, the UW Arts Institute, and the UW-Madison University Lectures Committee.

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Nov

The House of Unexpected Sisters

Alexander McCall Smith

11/17/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

 

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Jan

Eternal Life

Dara Horn

01/31/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms

Rachel has an unusual problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubles – widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son – are only the latest. She has already put up with scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years – ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There’s only one person in the world who understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her for centuries, convinced that they belong together forever. In 2018, as her children and grandchildren develop new technologies for immortality, Rachel knows she must enable her beloved offspring to live fully – without her, but with meaning – by finding a way for herself to die. Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive. 

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Madison, WI 53703

 

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