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While I Have Your Attention - John Roach - <span class="date-display-single">10/13/2018 - 7:30pm</span>

While I Have Your Attention

10/13/2018 - 7:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

For the last 25 years, writer and storyteller John Roach has held court on the back page of Madison Magazine. With musings on everything from politics and religion to family and cabin life to sports and his many obsessions—music, technology, books, weather, and hometown Madison—Roach has entertained and occasionally enraged readers with often witty and always astute observations on life as he sees it. John published another collection, Way Out Here in the Middle, in 2003. In this second edition of his greatest hits, Roach shares a collection of some of his favorite and most popular columns, which reveal as much about his edgy irreverence as they do of his soulful sentiment. 


Join us for Roman Candle pizza and Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company beer throughout the event.

John Roach

About Presenter John Roach


2018 marks John Roach’s 25th anniversary as the back-page columnist for Madison Magazine. In 2003, a selection of the first 10 years of his columns were compiled into a book, Way Out Here in the Middle. The latest book, While I Have Your Attention, highlights John’s favorites and most memorable from 2003-2018. He is founder and president of John Roach Projects, a video and film production company based in Madison, Wisconsin. Before returning home to put down roots and raise his family, John was a producer at CBS and ABC in Chicago for six years. His credits include six Chicago Emmys, a National Iris Award for Best Television Special and a national CableACE nomination. 


John and Mary Sweeney co-wrote the screenplay for, “The Straight Story,” a movie directed by David Lynch and starring Richard Farnsworth, who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The screenplay was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. “Like Hemingway’s dialogue,” wrote Roger Ebert, “the screenplay by John Roach and Mary Sweeney finds poetry and truth in the exact choice of the right everyday words.” John lives in Madison with his bride, Diane, with whom he launched three amazing children into the world: Kate, Maggie and JT.


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