OCTOBER 15-18, 2020

and year round




The Yellow House

Sarah Broom Lisa Lucas

07/14/2020 - 7:00pm


Sarah M. Broom will appear live in conversation with Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, via Crowdcast. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-yellow-house


The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom’s dazzling memoir of her family’s shotgun home in New Orleans East arrives in paperback this July. Winner of both the National Book Award for Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, this unforgettable memoir has won the hearts of critics and book lovers alike, named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, Slate and many others.


The Yellow House - Sarah Broom - <span class="date-display-single">07/14/2020 - 7:00pm</span>



In Praise of Walking & The Nature Fix

Shane O'Mara Florence Williams

07/23/2020 - 7:00pm


Presented in partnership with Gathering Waters, Shane O'Mara and Florence Williams will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss their books, In Praise of Walking & The Nature Fix. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/in-praise-of-walking-


In Praise of Walking & The Nature Fix - Shane O07/23/2020 - 7:00pm'>




Larry Tye

07/29/2020 - 6:00pm


Larry Tye will appear on Crowdcast. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/demagogue


Demagogue - Larry Tye - <span class="date-display-single">07/29/2020 - 6:00pm</span>



Coming Out, Moving Forward

Richard Wagner

09/23/2020 - 7:00pm


Richard Wagner will appear live on Crowdcast. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/coming-out-moving-forward


Coming Out, Moving Forward: Wisconsin's Recent Gay History, the second volume in R. Richard Wagner’s groundbreaking work on gay history in Wisconsin, outlines the challenges that LGBT Wisconsinites faced in their efforts to right past oppressions and secure equality in the post-Stonewall period between 1969 and 2000. During this era, Wisconsin made history as the first state to enact a gay rights law prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. It also became the first state to elect three openly gay/lesbian persons to Congress.


Coming Out, Moving Forward - Richard Wagner - <span class="date-display-single">09/23/2020 - 7:00pm</span>



When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through

Joy Harjo

10/20/2020 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, an evening of poetry with United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. The event will begin with readings by Wisconsin poets, followed by a reading by Harjo and a conversation between her and Kimberly M. Blaeser, the 2015-2016 Wisconsin Poet Laureate. The two will discuss the forthcoming release of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry and the state of Native poetry, as well as Harjo’s goals as the U.S. Poet Laureate in a time marked by deep partisan divides.


Advance online registration is required for this event on a pay-what-you-can basis to encourage broad participation. Online registration opens on May 1 through the Wisconsin Academy’s website at wisconsinacademy.org/JoyToWI.

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through - Joy Harjo - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2020 - 7:00pm</span>
Madison Public Library logo

201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703


join the conversation #wibookfest

we couldn't do it without you: