OCTOBER 15-18, 2020

and year round

in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

08

Jun

Good Boy

Jennifer Finney Boylan

06/08/2020 - 6:00pm

Crowdcast

** POSTPONED ** Given the events across the country over the past week, the Festival and the author have decided to postpone our event for Good Boy until July. We take this step in solidarity with the protestors and in the interest of giving proper weight to the reasons behind the protests. We are in the process of rescheduling and will announce a new date in the coming weeks. We look forward to the event and appreciate your understanding.

 

Jennifer Finney Boylan will appear live on Crowdcast. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/good-boy

 

Good Boy - Jennifer Finney Boylan - <span class="date-display-single">06/08/2020 - 6:00pm</span>

17

Jun

Quichotte

Salman Rushdie

06/17/2020 - 7:00pm

Crowdcast

Given the events across the country over the past week, and particularly those in Minneapolis, the four partner organizations, in concert with the author, have decided to postpone our event for Quichotte until June 17th. We take this step in the interest of giving proper weight to the reasons behind the protests. We look forward to the event and appreciate your understanding. 

 

Presented in partnership with The Believer Festival, Literary Arts, and The Loft's WordPlay, Salman Rushdie will appear live on Crowdcast. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/quichotte

 

Quichotte - Salman Rushdie - <span class="date-display-single">06/17/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

18

Jun

Lunch for Libraries - Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman

06/18/2020 - 12:00pm

Crowdcast

What is the “best” diet to follow? Do we need to count calories? Are carbs really that bad for you? Learn the answers to these questions and many more on Thursday, June 18, at Madison Public Library Foundation’s 2020 Lunch for Libraries live-streamed fundraiser with Mark Bittman. His appearance will be in conversation with NPR’s To the Best of Our Knowledge producer Shannon Henry Kleiber. One of the most respected cooking authorities and acclaimed food writers in America, Bittman teamed up with Yale physician David Katz, M.D., founder of True Health Initiative, to pen How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered. Bittman has written 20 books, including the How to Cook Everything series; Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating; and VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. He’s a former longtime New York Times food writer whose column “The Minimalist,” which ran from 1997 to 2010, focused on the practice and pleasure of cooking.  He later became the Sunday Magazine’s lead food writer and the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist.

Lunch for Libraries - Mark Bittman - Mark Bittman - <span class="date-display-single">06/18/2020 - 12:00pm</span>

18

Jun

Our Time Is Now

Stacey Abrams

06/18/2020 - 7:00pm

Crowdcast

Celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams will appear live on Crowdcast in conversation with Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, to discuss her new book, Our Time Is Now. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/our-time-is-now

 

Our Time Is Now offers a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country. A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia. Abrams didn’t win, but she has not conceded. The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.

 

Our Time Is Now - Stacey Abrams - <span class="date-display-single">06/18/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

22

Jun

The Lightness

Emily Temple Chloe Benjamin

06/22/2020 - 7:00pm

Crowdcast

Emily Temple will appear on Crowdcast in conversation with Chloe Benjamin for The Lightness. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-lightness

 

Set over the course of one fateful summer that unfolds like a fever dream, The Lightness is a stylish and suspenseful meditation on adolescent desire, friendship, and the female body that shimmers with rage, wit, and fierce longing. Yearning to make sense of her father’s sudden departure, Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center. Once there, she enrolls in their summer program for troubled teens, which Olivia refers to as “Buddhist Boot Camp for Bad Girls”. Soon, she finds herself drawn into the company of a close-knit trio of girls determined to transcend their circumstances, by any means necessary. But as desire and danger intertwine, and Olivia comes ever closer to discovering what a body—and a girl—is capable of, it becomes increasingly clear that this is an advanced and perilous practice, and there’s a chance not all of them will survive.

The Lightness - Emily Temple - <span class="date-display-single">06/22/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

29

Jun

The Second Home

Christi Clancy

06/29/2020 - 7:00pm

Crowdcast

Christina Clancy will appear on Crowdcast. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-second-home

 

Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, Christina Clancy's The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget. After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael. Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is tainted with bad memories. Poppy loves the old saltbox, but after years spent chasing waves around the world, she isn't sure she knows how to stay in one place.

 

The Second Home - Christi Clancy - <span class="date-display-single">06/29/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

30

Jun

Setting: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel Michelle Wildgen

06/30/2020 - 10:30am

Central Library

Michelle says, "I confess I used to think setting was tedious. That was because I didn't realize what it really was." Setting is more than landscape! We'll discuss ways to expand your understanding of what place is and what it can do in fiction and nonfiction. Watch Michelle describe the importance of Setting.

 

Michelle encourages us to think about the various elements of setting and offers exercises for both fiction and nonfiction writers.

 

Presented in partnership with the Madison Writer's Studio, this series of writing seminars is meant to give writers of all interest and ability levels exercises and prompts to spark creativity and generate ideas. 

Setting: Writing Seminar - Susanna Daniel - <span class="date-display-single">06/30/2020 - 10:30am</span>

30

Jun

Maintaining Your Practice: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel Michelle Wildgen

06/30/2020 - 10:30am

Central Library

We are all for treating writing as a real practice. But honestly, sometimes you need to find the fun. Playing around doesn't undermine your work. If anything, it will improve it. We'll discuss keeping your writing fresh, trying out new ideas, and using some some of our favorite prompts. Watch Michelle and Susanna discuss how to maintain your writing (and maybe even have fun) despite everything going on in the world around us. 

 

Michelle and Susanna offer 8 different scenarios to keep us writing. 

 

Presented in partnership with the Madison Writer's Studio, this series of writing seminars is meant to give writers of all interest and ability levels exercises and prompts to spark creativity and generate ideas. 

Maintaining Your Practice: Writing Seminar - Susanna Daniel - <span class="date-display-single">06/30/2020 - 10:30am</span>

30

Jun

Point of View and Voice: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel Michelle Wildgen

06/30/2020 - 10:30am

Central Library

Point of View is a writer's surest way of engaging the reader deeply, of conveying a story's action with as much punch as possible. We'll discuss how to inhabit your character and write scene and setting in a way that keeps POV in control. We'll also review a first-person narrative and look at how voice drives a story independently of plot. Watch Susanna Daniel discuss Point of View and Voice.

 

Get writing with Susanna's list of recommended exercises.

 

Check out Susanna's example of how to establish a singular voice and work you way through her writing and editing prompt

 

Presented in partnership with the Madison Writer's Studio, this series of writing seminars is meant to give writers of all interest and ability levels exercises and prompts to spark creativity and generate ideas.

Point of View and Voice: Writing Seminar - Susanna Daniel - <span class="date-display-single">06/30/2020 - 10:30am</span>

30

Jun

How to Begin: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel Michelle Wildgen

06/30/2020 - 10:30am

Central Library

Richard Russo said that he revises the first half of his novels "about seventeen times" and the ends of his novels just three of four times. Beginning a new story can feel like you're starting out on a great journey or it can feel like you're peering over the edge of a cliff. We'll talk about what elements make a powerful start, and how to convince yourself to take the leap. Watch Susanna Daniel discuss How To Begin.

 

Susanna recommends these writing prompts to help you get started.

 

For inspiration, check out Susanna's list of great beginnings.

 

Presented in partnership with the Madison Writer's Studio, this series of writing seminars is meant to give writers of all interest and ability levels exercises and prompts to spark creativity and generate ideas. 

 

How to Begin: Writing Seminar - Susanna Daniel - <span class="date-display-single">06/30/2020 - 10:30am</span>

30

Jun

Building Character: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel Michelle Wildgen

06/30/2020 - 11:00am

Central Library

If you've been getting stuck trying to sum up a character in broad generalities, this one's for you. Building characters through small, concerte observations is not just more fun, but if you're a human being, you're already good at it. We'll talk about how to take the skills you already have and use them to create a person (real or imagined) on the page. Watch Michelle Wildgen teach us about Building Character.

 

Michelle recommends writing exercises and prompts for fiction and nonfiction writers.

 

Presented in partnership with the Madison Writer's Studio, this series of writing seminars is meant to give writers of all interest and ability levels exercises and prompts to spark creativity and generate ideas. 

Building Character: Writing Seminar - Susanna Daniel - <span class="date-display-single">06/30/2020 - 11:00am</span>

14

Jul

The Yellow House

Sarah Broom Lisa Lucas

07/14/2020 - 7:00pm

Crowdcast

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>

23

Jul

In Praise of Walking & The Nature Fix

Shane O'Mara Florence Williams

07/23/2020 - 7:00pm

Crowdcast

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:

 

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

29

Jul

Demagogue

Larry Tye

07/29/2020 - 6:00pm

Crowdcast

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>

23

Sep

Coming Out, Moving Forward

Richard Wagner

09/23/2020 - 7:00pm

Crowdcast

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>

17

Oct

An Evening with Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

10/17/2020 - 8:00pm

Orpheum Theater

"I make things up and write them down" is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated, best-selling writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. In his live event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman” he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman.”

 

** This is a ticketed event presented in partnership with FPC Live. ** Advance tickets to this event can be purchased online beginning on Friday, February 21st. A limited number of general admission tickets will be made available on a first come, first serve basis at the Wisconsin Book Festival's four-day celebration beginning at 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 15th. There will not be a book signing associated with this event.

An Evening with Neil Gaiman - Neil Gaiman - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 8:00pm</span>

20

Oct

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>
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