10/11

Kiss My Glass

Maynard Okereke

6:30 PM - One great night of nerdiness featuring flash talks about glass from some of Madison's biggest brains

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Kiss My Glass

Maynard Okereke

10/12

Friends of UW-Madison Libraries Book Sale

Friends of UW Libraries

4:00 PM - Books for sale are donated by University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, students, and residents

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10/13

Bending Granite

Maury Cotter, Tom Mosgaller, Ben Reynolds, Michael Williamson

5:30 PM - Behind the curtain to reveal not only the Why but the How, Who, When, and Where of leading change

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Bending Granite

Maury Cotter, Tom Mosgaller, Ben Reynolds, Michael Williamson

10/13

Reading for Our Lives

Maya Payne Smart

5:30 PM - A literacy action plan from birth to six

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Reading for Our Lives

Maya Payne Smart

10/13

Sinister Graves

Marcie Rendon

5:30 PM - Follow Cash Blackbear, a young Ojibwe woman, as she attempts to discover the truth.

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Sinister Graves

Marcie Rendon

10/13

This is What it Sounds Like

Susan Rogers

6:00 PM - Deepen your connection to your favorite artists, and change the way you listen to music.

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10/13

Crossroads of Ideas

Latif Nasser, Soren Wheeler

7:00 PM - Latif will share his best tricks to ferret out original and surprising stories that others look past

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Crossroads of Ideas

Latif Nasser, Soren Wheeler

10/13

father forgive me

Deshawn McKinney

7:00 PM - An acerbic hip hop hymnal” filled with “fearless, wounding and tender” poems

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father forgive me

Deshawn McKinney

10/13

Painting Beyond Walls

David Rhodes

7:00 PM - *** CANCELED *** An exploration of the human condition and our shared need for community

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Painting Beyond Walls

David Rhodes

10/13

The Violence Project

James Densley

7:00 PM - How to stop a mass shooting epidemic

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The Violence Project

James Densley

10/14

Bronze Drum

Phong Vu Nguyen

4:30 PM - Inspirational story of women's strength and power even in the face of the greatest obstacles.

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Bronze Drum

Phong Vu Nguyen

10/14

Rainbow Rainbow

Lydia Conklin

6:00 PM - Liminal or uncertain identities, queer conception, and queer joy

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Rainbow Rainbow

Lydia Conklin

10/14

Switchboard Soldiers

Jennifer Chiaverini

6:00 PM - Heroic women who served in the US Signal Corps during WWI.

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Switchboard Soldiers

Jennifer Chiaverini

10/14

The Viral Underclass

Dr. Steven Thrasher

6:00 PM - Showing the fraught relationship between privilege and survival

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The Viral Underclass

Dr. Steven Thrasher

10/14

Project Hail Mary

Andy Weir

7:30 PM - A tale of discovery, speculation, and survival

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Project Hail Mary

Andy Weir

10/14

The Family Chao

Lan Samantha Chang

7:30 PM - Electrifying portrait of a Chinese American family grappling with trauma, grief, race and love

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The Family Chao

Lan Samantha Chang

10/14

Nerd

Maya Phillips

9:00 PM - Adventures in fandom from the universe to the multiverse

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Nerd

Maya Phillips

10/15

Demystifying the Publishing Industry

Ty Chapman, Ari Tison, Rachel Werner

10:30 AM - The authors will discuss various aspects of their journey to publication

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Demystifying the Publishing Industry

Demystifying the Publishing Industry

Ty Chapman, Ari Tison, Rachel Werner

10/15

Here on Lake Hallie

Patti See

10:30 AM - Humorous and heartfelt essays about a small Wisconsin town

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10/15

Illuminations

Alan Moore

10:30 AM - Full power of imagination and magic

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Illuminations

Alan Moore

10/15

Calling for a Blanket Dance

Oscar Hokeah

12:00 PM - The legacy of centuries of injustice

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10/15

Meet Me By the Fountain

Alexandra Lange

12:00 PM - Conventional wisdom holds that the mall is dead. But what was the mall, really?

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Meet Me By the Fountain

Alexandra Lange

10/15

Meme Wars

Emily Dreyfuss

12:00 PM - The untold story of the online battles upending democracy in America

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Meme Wars

Emily Dreyfuss

10/15

Ripple Effects

Ted Rulseh

12:00 PM - We are, quite possibly, loving our lakes to death

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Ripple Effects

Ted Rulseh

10/15

Off With Her Head

Eleanor Herman

1:30 PM - Each chapter analyzes a tried-and-true misogynistic method to keep women down

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Off With Her Head

Eleanor Herman

10/15

On the Line

Daisy Pitkin

1:30 PM - A story of class, solidarity, and two women's epic fight to build a union.

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On the Line

Daisy Pitkin

10/15

Wisconsin Waters

Scott Spoolman

1:30 PM - Every Wisconsin waterway has a story

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Wisconsin Waters

Scott Spoolman

10/15

Civil War by Other Means

Jeremi Suri

3:00 PM - The Civil War may have ended on the battlefield, but the fight over democracy never did.

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10/15

Honor

Thrity Umrigar

3:00 PM - The dual love stories of Honor are as different as the cultures

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Honor

Thrity Umrigar

10/15

Milked

Ruth Conniff

3:00 PM - How an American crisis brought together Midwestern dairy farmers and Mexican workers

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Milked

Ruth Conniff

10/15

The Billboard

Natalie Y. Moore

3:00 PM - The Billboard is a cultural force that treats abortion as more than pro-life or pro-choice

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The Billboard

Natalie Y. Moore

10/15

One Person, One Vote

Nick Seabrook

4:30 PM - A redistricting crisis is now upon us.

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One Person, One Vote

Nick Seabrook

10/15

Slenderman

Kathleen Hale

4:30 PM - An online obsession, mental illness and the violet crime of two midwestern girls.

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Slenderman

Kathleen Hale

10/15

Zorrie

Laird Hunt

4:30 PM - An intimate portrait of the dreams that propel one tenacious woman.

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Zorrie

Laird Hunt

10/15

Fruiting Bodies

Kathryn Harlan

6:00 PM -

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Fruiting Bodies

Kathryn Harlan

10/15

Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth

Elizabeth Williamson

6:00 PM - An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth

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10/15

We Were Never Here

Andrea Bartz

6:00 PM - How long can you outrun a secret?

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We Were Never Here

Andrea Bartz

10/15

Catastrophizer, American Parables, & Useful Junk

Adam Fell, Daniel Khalatschi, Erika Meitner

7:30 PM - Joint poetry reading

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Catastrophizer, American Parables, & Useful Junk

Adam Fell, Daniel Khalatschi, Erika Meitner

10/15

Leaving Breezy Street

Brenda Myers-Powell

7:30 PM - We have no say into which worlds we are born. But sometimes we can find a way out.

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Leaving Breezy Street

Brenda Myers-Powell

10/15

Voice of the Fish

Lars Horn

7:30 PM - Breaking down the implied singularity of “the body” as cultural and scientific object.

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Voice of the Fish

Lars Horn

10/15

How to Win the War on Truth

Samuel Spitale

9:00 PM - You will see the world with clear eyes for the first time.

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10/16

Beyond Belief

John Koethe

10:30 AM - The space between attention and belief.

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Beyond Belief

John Koethe

10/16

Refuse to Be Done

Matt Bell

10:30 AM - Refuse to Be Done will guide you through every step of the novel-writing process.

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Refuse to Be Done

Matt Bell

10/16

Home Made

Liz Hauck

12:00 PM - Capturing the clumsy choreography of cooking with other people

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Home Made

Liz Hauck

10/16

Still True & The Art of the Break

Maggie Ginsberg, Mary Wimmer

12:00 PM -

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Still True & The Art of the Break

Maggie Ginsberg, Mary Wimmer

10/16

Grace & The West Wing and Beyond

Cody Keenan, Pete Souza

1:30 PM -

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Grace & Beyond the West Wing

Grace & The West Wing and Beyond

Cody Keenan, Pete Souza

10/20

Matrix

Lauren Groff

7:00 PM - A defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.

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Matrix

Lauren Groff

10/20

2022 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Alvina Ling, Grace Lin

7:30 PM -

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2022 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Alvina Ling, Grace Lin

10/25

American Sex Tape

Jameka Williams

7:00 PM - A vibrant path to freedom from mirrors, stages, and screens

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American Sex Tape

Jameka Williams

11/1

How the Word is Passed

Clint Smith

7:00 PM - A reckoning with the history of slavery across American

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11/14

American Crusade

Andrew Seidel

7:00 PM - a meticulously researched and deeply insightful account of our political landscape

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American Crusade

Andrew Seidel

11/29

Breakdowns

Art Spiegelman

7:00 PM - A completely original autobiography—the story of his life as a comix artist

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Breakdowns

Art Spiegelman


Ongoing Wisconsin Book Festival Events

There are no ongoing events that match the selected criteria listed on the calendar at this time.

Recent Wisconsin Book Festival Events

9/27

Hell of a Book

Jason Mott

7:00 PM - An astounding work of fiction about what it can mean to be Black in America

Hell of a Book

Jason Mott

9/20

Inventing the Alphabet

Johanna Drucker

4:30 PM - The alphabet is our common writing system, but few pause to consider its origin or history.

Inventing the Alphabet

Johanna Drucker

8/23

Hush Money

Jacquie Abram

6:00 PM - What happens when the American Dream feels like a fantasy with no hope of becoming a reality

Hush Money

Jacquie Abram

8/16

Path Lit By Lightning

David Maraniss

7:00 PM - A great American story from a master biographer. Free books provided by a gift from Marv Levy.

Path Lit By Lightning

David Maraniss

6/15

James Patterson by James Patterson

James Patterson

7:00 PM - The Stories of James Patterson's Life

5/25

Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster

Andrea Mosqueda

10:30 AM - Growing up in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, Maggie Gonzalez has always been a little messy, but she’s o

5/23

My America

Kwame Onwuachi, Jodie Pope

7:00 PM - A deeply personal tribute to the food of “a land that belongs to you and yours and to me and mine.”

My America

Kwame Onwuachi, Jodie Pope

5/19

Lupe Lopez: Rock Star Rules! (Lupe Lopez: ¡Reglas de una estrella de rock!)

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Pat Zietlow Miller

10:30 AM - When a sassy drummer starts kindergarten, the rules of school cramp her style.

5/16

Lunch for Libraries - Guy Raz

Guy Raz

12:00 PM - Priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs

5/15

An Evening with Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

8:00 PM - He will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and “amaze, befuddle and generally delight"

5/11

Floods

Rachel Werner, Savannah Brooks

10:30 AM - Learn about floods, what we can do, and how to stay safe.

Floods

Rachel Werner, Savannah Brooks

5/10

READ DANGEROUSLY

Azar Nafisi

7:00 PM - A guide to the power of literature in turbulent times, arming readers with a resistance reading list

READ DANGEROUSLY

Azar Nafisi

5/3

Crossing the Pressure Line

Laura Anne Bird

10:30 AM - Twelve-year-old Clare Burch has just lost the person she loves most in the world.

Crossing the Pressure Line

Laura Anne Bird

4/28

Slack Tongue City

Mackenzie Berry

7:00 PM - A love letter, paying homage while also tracing the joys and dangers of nostalgia for place.

Slack Tongue City

Mackenzie Berry

4/27

Young Mungo

Douglas Stuart

7:00 PM - A deeply moving and highly suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and

Young Mungo

Douglas Stuart

4/26

Some of My Best Friends

Tajja Isen

7:00 PM - A fearless and darkly comic essay collection about race, justice, and the limits of good intentions.

4/21

We Will Always Be Here

Jenny Kalvaitis, Kristen Whitson

4:30 PM - Examples of LGBTQ+ activism throughout Wisconsin’s history for young people to explore and discuss.

We Will Always Be Here

Jenny Kalvaitis, Kristen Whitson

4/14

2022 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading

Adrienne Chung, Itiola Jones, K. Iver, Claire Luchette, Shaina Phenix, Alberto Reyes Morgan

7:00 PM - Poetry and fiction from the 2021-22 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows

2022 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading

Adrienne Chung, Itiola Jones, K. Iver, Claire Luchette, Shaina Phenix, Alberto Reyes Morgan

4/7

My People Redux

Angie Trudell Vasquez

7:00 PM - A poetry collection of race, ethnicity, gender, nature, and mysticism.

My People Redux

Angie Trudell Vasquez

4/4

2021-22 Great World Texts in Wisconsin

Jacqueline Goldsby

5:00 PM - ***CANCELED*** Tonight's public lecture with Jacqueline Goldsby has been cancelled due to illness