OCTOBER 15-17, 2020

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2/10

Homie -   - <span class="date-display-single">02/10/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Homie

Danez Smith

7:00 PM - A magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship.

Homie

Danez Smith

2/13

Black Leopard, Red Wolf -   - <span class="date-display-single">02/13/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James

7:00 PM - Myth, fantasy, and history explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James

2/20

The Genius of Women -   - <span class="date-display-single">02/20/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

The Genius of Women

Janice Kaplan

7:00 PM - Genius isn't just about talent. It's about having that talent recognized, nurtured, and celebrated.

The Genius of Women

Janice Kaplan

3/3

We Ride Upon Sticks -   - <span class="date-display-single">03/03/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

We Ride Upon Sticks

Quan Barry

7:00 PM - A comic novel about a 1980s field hockey team that will do anything to make it to the State Finals.

We Ride Upon Sticks

Quan Barry

3/4

Trace Elements -   - <span class="date-display-single">03/04/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Trace Elements

Donna Leon

7:00 PM - Donna Leon engages our sensibilities about the differences between guilt and responsibility

Trace Elements

Donna Leon

3/11

A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump -   - <span class="date-display-single">03/11/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump

David Plouffe

7:00 PM - A voter's playbook on making a difference in the 2020 election and beyond.

A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump

David Plouffe

3/12

Real Life -   - <span class="date-display-single">03/12/2020 - 6:00pm</span>

Real Life

Brandon Taylor

6:00 PM - A novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town.

Real Life

Brandon Taylor

4/1

Maintaining Your Practice: Writing Seminar -   - <span class="date-display-single">04/01/2020 - 10:30am</span>

Maintaining Your Practice: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

10:30 AM - Keep your writing fresh, try out new ideas, and use some some of our favorite prompts.

Maintaining Your Practice: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

4/1

How to Begin: Writing Seminar -   - <span class="date-display-single">04/01/2020 - 10:30am</span>

How to Begin: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

10:30 AM - What elements make a powerful start and how to convince yourself to take the leap.

How to Begin: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

4/4

Celebrate Poetry! -   - <span class="date-display-single">04/04/2020 - 2:00pm</span>

Celebrate Poetry!

Angie Trudell Vasquez, Sarah Busse, Fabu, Dasha Kelly, Peggy Rogza

2:00 PM - Come celebrate poetry with the City of Madison Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez and guests!

Celebrate Poetry!

Angie Trudell Vasquez, Sarah Busse, Fabu, Dasha Kelly, Peggy Rogza

4/8

Chosen Ones -   - <span class="date-display-single">04/08/2020 - 1:00pm</span>

Chosen Ones

Veronica Roth

1:00 PM - Veronica Roth will appear live online at twitch.tv/vrothbooks to talk about her new novel

Chosen Ones

Veronica Roth

4/14

The Coyotes of Carthage -   - <span class="date-display-single">04/14/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

The Coyotes of Carthage

Steven Wright

7:00 PM - A biting novel about a political operative running a dark money campaign for his corporate clients.

The Coyotes of Carthage

Steven Wright

4/20

My Dark Vanessa -   - <span class="date-display-single">04/20/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

My Dark Vanessa

Kate Elizabeth Russell

7:00 PM - An era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects our shifting cultural mores.

My Dark Vanessa

Kate Elizabeth Russell

4/23

Inside Stories -   - <span class="date-display-single">04/23/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Inside Stories

Takeyla Benton, Jen Rubin

7:00 PM - Inside Stories podcast explores Madison one story at a time.

Inside Stories

Takeyla Benton, Jen Rubin

4/29

Mystery Writers of America -   - <span class="date-display-single">04/29/2020 - 11:00am</span>

Mystery Writers of America

Allen Eskens, Matt Goldman

11:00 AM - Mystery writers Allen Eskens and Matt Goldman talk about their new novels

Mystery Writers of America

Allen Eskens, Matt Goldman

5/1

Vote at Home -   - <span class="date-display-single">05/01/2020 - 9:00pm</span>

Vote at Home

Amber McReynolds, Jesse Wegman, Ian Haney López

9:00 PM - What are the pathways to making vote-by-mail widely available? What are the challenges?

Vote at Home

Amber McReynolds, Jesse Wegman, Ian Haney López

5/7

The LIfe and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly -   - <span class="date-display-single">05/07/2020 - 6:00pm</span>

The LIfe and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

Jamie Pacton, Lizzie Mason

6:00 PM - A hilarious rom-com with the smash-the-patriarchy heart of Moxie.

The LIfe and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

Jamie Pacton, Lizzie Mason

5/7

Unrigging the Rules for the Rising American Electorate -   - <span class="date-display-single">05/07/2020 - 9:00pm</span>

Unrigging the Rules for the Rising American Electorate

David Daley, Steve Phillips, Rebecca Nagle

9:00 PM - Who has the potential to reshape our political landscape, just by exercising the right to vote?

Unrigging the Rules for the Rising American Electorate

David Daley, Steve Phillips, Rebecca Nagle

5/14

Courts, COVID-19 & Voter Suppression -   - <span class="date-display-single">05/14/2020 - 9:00pm</span>

Courts, COVID-19 & Voter Suppression

Richard Hasen, Alan Hirsch, Abdi Soltani, Lala Wu

9:00 PM - A conversation on the courts' role in protecting our right to vote amid the pandemic.

Courts, COVID-19 & Voter Suppression

Richard Hasen, Alan Hirsch, Abdi Soltani, Lala Wu

5/19

We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders -   - <span class="date-display-single">05/19/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

Linda Sarsour

7:00 PM - How she became a globally recognized activist for marginalized communities across the globe.

We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

Linda Sarsour

5/26

One Person, No Vote YA Edition -   - <span class="date-display-single">05/26/2020 - 11:00am</span>

One Person, No Vote YA Edition

Carol Anderson

11:00 AM - An essential explanation of the history of voting rights—and a call to action for a better future.

One Person, No Vote YA Edition

Carol Anderson

5/28

One Person, No Vote 2020 -   - <span class="date-display-single">05/28/2020 - 9:00pm</span>

One Person, No Vote 2020

Carol Anderson

9:00 PM - how voter suppression has worked in the past and, most importantly, what we can do now to deny it.

One Person, No Vote 2020

Carol Anderson

6/17

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

Quichotte

Salman Rushdie

7:00 PM - A wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse.

Quichotte

Salman Rushdie

6/18

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

Lunch for Libraries - Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman

12:00 PM - Clear, no-nonsense perspective on food and diet.

Lunch for Libraries - Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman

6/18

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

Our Time Is Now

Stacey Abrams

7:00 PM - A blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country.

Our Time Is Now

Stacey Abrams

6/22

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

The Lightness

Emily Temple, Chloe Benjamin

7:00 PM - a stylish and suspenseful meditation on adolescent desire, friendship, and the female body.

The Lightness

Emily Temple, Chloe Benjamin

6/29

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

The Second Home

Christi Clancy

7:00 PM - Second homes, second families, and second chances.

The Second Home

Christi Clancy

6/30

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

Setting: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

10:30 AM - Setting is more than landscape!

Setting: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

6/30

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

Point of View and Voice: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

10:30 AM - How to inhabit your character and look at how voice drives a story independently of plot.

Point of View and Voice: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

6/30

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

Building Character: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

11:00 AM - How to take the skills you already have and use them to create a person on the page

Building Character: Writing Seminar

Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen

7/14

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

The Yellow House

Sarah Broom, Lisa Lucas

7:00 PM - The story of her family’s yellow camelback shotgun house set against the canvas of national history.

The Yellow House

Sarah Broom, Lisa Lucas

7/23

In Praise of Walking & The Nature Fix -   - <span class="date-display-single">07/23/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

In Praise of Walking & The Nature Fix

Shane O'Mara, Florence Williams

7:00 PM - Two leading scientists investigate our interactions with the natural world.

In Praise of Walking & The Nature Fix

Shane O'Mara, Florence Williams

7/29

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

Demagogue

Larry Tye

6:00 PM - When the subcommittee doors slammed shut, Chairman McCarthy came unhinged.

Demagogue

Larry Tye

9/17

Transcendent Kingdom -   - <span class="date-display-single">09/17/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi

7:00 PM - A powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi

9/21

You're Fired -   - <span class="date-display-single">09/21/2020 - 6:00pm</span>

You're Fired

Paul Begala

6:00 PM - The handbook everyone must read in the ramp up to the 2020 election

You're Fired

Paul Begala

9/22

Starling Days & Deluge -   - <span class="date-display-single">09/22/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Starling Days & Deluge

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Leila Chatti

7:00 PM - Wisconsin Wednesdays featuring UW Alumnae, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Leila Chatti

Starling Days & Deluge

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Leila Chatti

9/23

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

Coming Out, Moving Forward

Richard Wagner

7:00 PM - The second volume in R. Richard Wagner’s groundbreaking work on gay history in Wisconsin

Coming Out, Moving Forward

Richard Wagner

9/29

On Corruption in America -   - <span class="date-display-single">09/29/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

On Corruption in America

Sarah Chayes

7:00 PM - A major, unflinching book that looks at America, exploring our dangerous networks of corruption

On Corruption in America

Sarah Chayes

10/1

She Will Rise -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/01/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

She Will Rise

Katie Hill

7:00 PM - A guide for women to topple entrenched power structures that prevent them from achieving equality.

She Will Rise

Katie Hill

10/2

Jack -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/02/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Jack

7:00 PM - Robinson returns to the world of Gilead and its beloved characters.

Jack

10/5

Sid Meier's Memoir! -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/05/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Sid Meier's Memoir!

Sid Meier

7:00 PM - Game by game, Meier discusses his inspirations and narrates the genesis of ideas through development

Sid Meier's Memoir!

Sid Meier

10/6

The Son of Good Fortune & We Ride Upon Sticks -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/06/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

The Son of Good Fortune & We Ride Upon Sticks

Quan Barry, Anthony Doerr

7:00 PM - Three former UW-Madison Writing Fellows, discuss their latest works in a wide-ranging conversation.

The Son of Good Fortune & We Ride Upon Sticks

Quan Barry, Anthony Doerr

10/12

Indigenous Poetics -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/12/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Indigenous Poetics

Kimberly Blaeser, Santee Frazier, Angie Trudell Vasquez, Joaquin Zihuatanejo

7:00 PM - A celebration of Indigenous People's Day with a gathering of poetic voices.

Indigenous Poetics

Kimberly Blaeser, Santee Frazier, Angie Trudell Vasquez, Joaquin Zihuatanejo

10/15

All Adults Here -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/15/2020 - 4:00pm</span>

All Adults Here

Emma Straub

4:00 PM - A deeply satisfying story of things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

All Adults Here

Emma Straub

10/15

The King of Confidence -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/15/2020 - 5:30pm</span>

The King of Confidence

Miles Harvey

5:30 PM - The riveting story of the most infamous American con man you’ve never heard of: James Strang

The King of Confidence

Miles Harvey

10/15

Make Me Rain -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/15/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Make Me Rain

Nikki Giovanni, Kiese Laymon

7:00 PM - Stirring, provocative, and resonant, the poems in Make Me Rain pierce the heart and nourish the soul

Make Me Rain

Nikki Giovanni, Kiese Laymon

10/15

Miracle Creek & Such a Fun Age -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/15/2020 - 8:30pm</span>

Miracle Creek & Such a Fun Age

Angie Kim, Kiley Reid

8:30 PM - Angie Kim and Kiley Reid will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss their debut novels

Miracle Creek & Such a Fun Age

Angie Kim, Kiley Reid

10/16

Eden Mine & Ruthie Fear -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2020 - 4:00pm</span>

Eden Mine & Ruthie Fear

S.M. Hulse, Maxim Loskutoff

4:00 PM - S.M. Hulse and Maxim Loskutoff discuss their novels Eden Mine and Ruthie Fear

Eden Mine & Ruthie Fear

S.M. Hulse, Maxim Loskutoff

10/16

Writing into Inhospitable Space -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2020 - 5:30pm</span>

Writing into Inhospitable Space

Cherene Sherrard

5:30 PM - A conversation that will examine inhospitable aspects of our current moment

Writing into Inhospitable Space

Cherene Sherrard

10/16

Life of a Klansman & White Too Long -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Life of a Klansman & White Too Long

Edward Ball, Robert P. Jones

7:00 PM - Edward Ball and Robert P. Jones discuss the history of familial and institutional white supremacy.

Life of a Klansman & White Too Long

Edward Ball, Robert P. Jones

10/16

Sissy -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2020 - 8:30pm</span>

Sissy

Jacob Tobia

8:30 PM - You'll never think about gender, both other people's and your own,the same way again

Sissy

Jacob Tobia

10/17

Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 10:00am</span>

Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write

Claire Messud, Meg Wolitzer

10:00 AM - A vivid portrait of a life in celebration of the power of literature.

Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write

Claire Messud, Meg Wolitzer

10/17

She Proclaims -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 11:30am</span>

She Proclaims

Jennifer Palmieri

11:30 AM - Take action and shatter the glass ceiling with this empowering, optimistic feminist guide

She Proclaims

Jennifer Palmieri

10/17

Conditional Citizens -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 1:00pm</span>

Conditional Citizens

Laila Lalami

1:00 PM - A blend of the author’s experiences with explorations of the place of nonwhites in American culture.

Conditional Citizens

Laila Lalami

10/17

Finding Latinx -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 2:30pm</span>

Finding Latinx

Paola Ramos

2:30 PM - A journey to find the communities of people defining the controversial term, “Latinx.”

Finding Latinx

Paola Ramos

10/17

Find Me -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 4:00pm</span>

Find Me

Andre Aciman, Brandon Taylor

4:00 PM - A spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love and sequel to Call Me By Your Name

Find Me

Andre Aciman, Brandon Taylor

10/17

Crooked Hallelujah -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 5:30pm</span>

Crooked Hallelujah

Kelli Jo Ford

5:30 PM - A big-hearted and ambitious novel of the powerful bonds between mothers and daughters

Crooked Hallelujah

Kelli Jo Ford

10/17

Until the End of Time & Black Hole Survival Guide -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Until the End of Time & Black Hole Survival Guide

Brian Greene, Janna Levin

7:00 PM - Physicists Brian Greene and Janna Levin discuss their new books.

Until the End of Time & Black Hole Survival Guide

Brian Greene, Janna Levin

10/17

Erosion -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 8:30pm</span>

Erosion

Terry Tempest Williams

8:30 PM - Terry Tempest Williams's fierce, spirited, and magnificent essays are a howl in the desert.

Erosion

Terry Tempest Williams

10/21

The Other's Gold & Slick Like Dark -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

The Other's Gold & Slick Like Dark

Elizabeth Ames Staudt, Meg Wade

7:00 PM - Wisconsin Wednesday featuring UW Alumnae Elizabeth Ames Staudt and Meg Wade

The Other's Gold & Slick Like Dark

Elizabeth Ames Staudt, Meg Wade

10/28

Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod & Descent -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/28/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod & Descent

Elizabeth Ames Staudt, Lauren Russell

7:00 PM - Wisconsin Wednesdays featuring Elizabeth Ames Staudt and Lauren Russell for their new collections.

Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod & Descent

Elizabeth Ames Staudt, Lauren Russell

10/29

Wisconsin People & Ideas 2020 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading -   - <span class="date-display-single">10/29/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Wisconsin People & Ideas 2020 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading

Jacquelyn Thomas, Jennifer Morales, Barbara Kriegsmann, Sarah Martell Huebner, Kathryn Gahl, Dominic Holt

7:00 PM - A reading featuring the winners of the statewide 2020 Fiction & Poetry Contests

Wisconsin People & Ideas 2020 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading

Jacquelyn Thomas, Jennifer Morales, Barbara Kriegsmann, Sarah Martell Huebner, Kathryn Gahl, Dominic Holt

11/4

How to Be an Antiracist -   - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2020 - 6:30pm</span>

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram Kendi

6:30 PM - An essential conversation about racial justice the day after the 2020 Presidential Election.

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram Kendi

11/5

World of Wonders -   - <span class="date-display-single">11/05/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

World of Wonders

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

7:00 PM - Essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

World of Wonders

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

11/10

Payback -   - <span class="date-display-single">11/10/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Payback

Mary Gordon

7:00 PM - A novel of lifelong reckoning between two women by the award-winning Mary Gordon.

Payback

Mary Gordon

11/12

Transaction Man -   - <span class="date-display-single">11/12/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Transaction Man

Nicholas Lemann

7:00 PM - The definitive account of the reengineering of America and the enormous impact it has had on us all.

Transaction Man

Nicholas Lemann

11/16

Just Us -   - <span class="date-display-single">11/16/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Just Us

Claudia Rankine, Jericho Brown

7:00 PM - An invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together

Just Us

Claudia Rankine, Jericho Brown

11/17

Interior Chinatown -   - <span class="date-display-single">11/17/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Interior Chinatown

Charles Yu

7:00 PM - A deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation.

Interior Chinatown

Charles Yu

11/18

Hard Damage & Atomizer -   - <span class="date-display-single">11/18/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Hard Damage & Atomizer

Aria Aber, Elizabeth Powell

7:00 PM - Wisconsin Wednesday featuring UW Alumnae Aria Aber and Elizabeth Powell

Hard Damage & Atomizer

Aria Aber, Elizabeth Powell

12/2

The Office of Historical Corrections -   - <span class="date-display-single">12/02/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

The Office of Historical Corrections

Danielle Evans

7:00 PM - Truths of American history—about who gets to tell them, and the cost of setting the record straight.

The Office of Historical Corrections

Danielle Evans

12/3

Perestroika in Paris -   - <span class="date-display-single">12/03/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

Perestroika in Paris

Jane Smiley

7:00 PM - The imaginative story of three extraordinary animals and a boy whose lives intersect in Paris.

Perestroika in Paris

Jane Smiley

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