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Recent Wisconsin Book Festival Events

11/29

Breakdowns

Art Spiegelman

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

Breakdowns

Art Spiegelman

11/15

Veteran Voices

Rachel Werner

7:00 PM - Work created by artists currently living in WI who self-identify as veterans with disabilities

Veteran Voices

Rachel Werner

11/14

American Crusade

Andrew Seidel

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

American Crusade

Andrew Seidel

11/3

Inciting Joy

Ross Gay

7:00 PM - What might be possible if we turn our attention to what brings us together, to what we love?

Inciting Joy

Ross Gay

11/1

How the Word is Passed

Clint Smith

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

10/25

American Sex Tape

Jameka Williams

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

American Sex Tape

Jameka Williams

10/24

Wisconsin People & Ideas 2022 Fiction and Poetry Contest Winners

Alecia Beymer, Nicholas Gulig, Tom Pamperin, Jess L Parker, Janice Wilberg, Richie Zaborowske

7:00 PM -

Wisconsin People & Ideas 2022 Fiction and Poetry Contest Winners

Alecia Beymer, Nicholas Gulig, Tom Pamperin, Jess L Parker, Janice Wilberg, Richie Zaborowske

10/22

Midwest Video Poetry Festival

3:00 PM - Invites new audiences to discover (or rediscover) poetry

10/20

2022 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Alvina Ling, Grace Lin

7:30 PM -

2022 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Alvina Ling, Grace Lin

10/20

Matrix

Lauren Groff

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

Matrix

Lauren Groff

10/16

Grace & The West Wing and Beyond

Cody Keenan, Pete Souza

1:30 PM - Bringing the American Presidency to life

Grace & The West Wing and Beyond

Cody Keenan, Pete Souza

10/16

Home Made

Liz Hauck, Emily Maloney

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

Home Made

Liz Hauck, Emily Maloney

10/16

Still True & The Art of the Break

Maggie Ginsberg, Mary Wimmer

12:00 PM - The value of truth and keeping dreams alive

Still True & The Art of the Break

Maggie Ginsberg, Mary Wimmer

10/16

Beyond Belief

John Koethe

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

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.

Refuse to Be Done

Matt Bell

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.

10/15

Catastrophizer, American Parables, & Useful Junk

Adam Fell, Daniel Khalatschi, Erika Meitner

7:30 PM - Joint poetry reading

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.

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.

Voice of the Fish

Lars Horn

10/15

Fruiting Bodies

Kathryn Harlan

6:00 PM - From the fantastical to the gothic to the uncanny - follows queer, women characters

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

10/15

We Were Never Here

Andrea Bartz

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

We Were Never Here

Andrea Bartz

10/15

One Person, One Vote

Nick Seabrook

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

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.

Slenderman

Kathleen Hale

10/15

Zorrie

Laird Hunt

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

Zorrie

Laird Hunt

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.

10/15

Honor

Thrity Umrigar

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

Honor

Thrity Umrigar

10/15

Milked

Ruth Conniff

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

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

The Billboard

Natalie Y. Moore

10/15

*** CANCELED*** On the Line

Daisy Pitkin

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

10/15

Off With Her Head

Eleanor Herman

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

Off With Her Head

Eleanor Herman

10/15

Wisconsin Waters

Scott Spoolman

1:30 PM - Every Wisconsin waterway has a story

Wisconsin Waters

Scott Spoolman

10/15

Calling for a Blanket Dance

Oscar Hokeah

12:00 PM - The legacy of centuries of injustice

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?

Meet Me By the Fountain

Alexandra Lange

10/15

Meme Wars

Emily Dreyfuss

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

Meme Wars

Emily Dreyfuss

10/15

Ripple Effects

Ted Rulseh

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

Ripple Effects

Ted Rulseh

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

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

10/15

Illuminations

Alan Moore

10:30 AM - ***Virtual Event*** A series of bright, startling tales from a contemporary legend

Illuminations

Alan Moore

10/14

Nerd

Maya Phillips

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

Nerd

Maya Phillips

10/14

Project Hail Mary

Andy Weir

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

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

The Family Chao

Lan Samantha Chang

10/14

Rainbow Rainbow

Lydia Conklin

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

Rainbow Rainbow

Lydia Conklin

10/14

Switchboard Soldiers

Jennifer Chiaverini

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

Switchboard Soldiers

Jennifer Chiaverini

10/14

The Viral Underclass

Dr. Steven Thrasher

6:00 PM - ***Masks will be required*** A Discussion of the fraught relationship between privilege and survival

The Viral Underclass

Dr. Steven Thrasher

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.

Bronze Drum

Phong Vu Nguyen

10/13

*** CANCELED*** Painting Beyond Walls

David Rhodes

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

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

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

father forgive me

Deshawn McKinney

10/13

The Violence Project

James Densley

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

The Violence Project

James Densley

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.

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

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

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.

Sinister Graves

Marcie Rendon

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

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

Kiss My Glass

Maynard Okereke

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