To the Best of Our Knowledge's BookMarks presents true stories of people marked by books. BookMarks are stories mined from our secret lives as readers. Stories of intimate relationships and life-changing encounters with books. Stories about the books we can’t forget. Join TTBOOK host, Anne Strainchamps, for a live literary event featuring Wisconsin Book Festival authors, Chloe Benjamin, Mark Kurlansky, Natalia Sylvester, and Rebecca Traister. Our panel of authors will read a passage from their favorite book, discuss how that book affected their lives, and talk to Anne about their relationship with books as readers and writers.
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, LibraryReads favorite, and #1 Indie Next pick, The Immortalists was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and others. The Anatomy of Dreams received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was long listed for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Chloe is a graduate of Vassar College and the M.F.A. in fiction at the University of Wisconsin. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. She lives with her husband and two Maine Coon cats in Madison, WI, where she is at work on a third novel.
Mark Kurlansky is the prolific author of over 20 books, including the New York Times bestsellers Salt: A World History and Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and Parade. He has won many awards for his writing, including the James Beard Award for Writing on Food, the Glenfiddich Award, the ALA Notable Book Award, and others. He lives in New York City. Read more at www.markkurlansky.com or on Twitter at @codlansky. Photo credit: Sylvia Plachy.
Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester is an award-winning writer of novels, essays, and poetry. Chasing the Sun was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad Magazine and Everyone Knows You Go Home won an International Latino Book Award and the 2019 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her debut YA novel, Running, was a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection and her sophomore YA, Breathe and Count Back From Ten, is a 2023 Pura Belpré Award honor book and a Schneider Family Award honor book. Her first picture book, A Maleta Full of Treasures, illustrated by Juana Medina, will be out in 2024 from Penguin Random House. Sylvester's essays have appeared in the New York Times, Bustle, Catapult, Latina magazine, and McSweeney’s Publishing, and have been widely anthologized. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Miami and now lives in South Florida.
Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. She is the author of All the Single Ladies and the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry. She lives in New York with her family.