OCTOBER 11-14, 2018

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in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

30

Aug

Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter

08/30/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

 

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence. Celebrating her birthday over lunch with her mother, they find themselves in the middle of a deadly shooting and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. While Andrea freezes in fear, Laura is calm, cool, and collected—jumping into action to stop the killer in his tracks. How can a quiet, middle-aged speech pathologist possibly stop a shooter on a rampage? Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same.

 

Pieces of Her -  - <span class="date-display-single">08/30/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

07

Sep

Between Gravity and What Cheer

Barry Phipps

09/07/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Presented in partnership with FlakPhoto, Barry Phipps joins us to talk about his new book of Midwestern photographs. When Barry Phipps relocated to Iowa City from Chicago in 2012, he knew nothing of Iowa. He began taking day trips across Iowa in the spirit of wonder and discovery. His marked-up road map soon became a work of art in and of itself, covered with spokes, lines, and places both seen and needing to be seen. Along the way he plied his trade, taking photographs.

 

Inspired by such seminal work as Robert Frank’s The Americans, this is a unique vision of the Midwest and Iowa. Without condescending or overemphasizing the decline of small town America, Phipps documents rural communities as they are now, noting abstract shapes and colors as he photographs business districts with quirky and/or artful signs, streetscapes and landscapes, buildings with ghosts of paint from previous lives, and the occasional resident.

 

Between Gravity and What Cheer -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/07/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

21

Sep

Love, InshAllah

Nura Maznavi

09/21/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301-302

Romance, dating, sex and - Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, 25 American Muslim writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love openly for the first time, showing just how varied the search for love can be--from singles' events and online dating, to college flirtations and arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist. 

Love, InshAllah -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/21/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

24

Sep

Collected Works of Meg Medina

Meg Medina

09/24/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301-302

Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, Meg Medina will be at the Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss her books for kids of all ages.

 

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s most recent young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.

 

The Friends of the Cooperative Children's Book Center will host a welcome reception at 6:30 PM. Gather and learn about the incredible work the CCBC does to support teaching, learning, and research related to children’s and young adult literature.

Collected Works of Meg Medina -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/24/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

25

Sep

Burn Baby Burn

Meg Medina

09/25/2018 - 12:00pm

- School Visits

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author of picture books, middle grade novels, and teen fiction. She was the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré Honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpre Medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Medal for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s most recent young adult novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize.

Burn Baby Burn -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/25/2018 - 12:00pm</span>

26

Sep

There There

Tommy Orange

09/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

 

There There -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/26/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

27

Sep

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

09/27/2018 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the 2017 Schewe Lecture features Pulitzer Prize winner, Caroline Fraser, speaking about her new book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.

 

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder -  - <span class="date-display-single">09/27/2018 - 5:00pm</span>

09

Oct

How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality

Erin Clune

10/09/2018 - 7:00pm

Mystery To Me

An uproarious memoir/tongue-in-cheek guide to leaving the cool city in which you "found" yourself and moving somewhere far more ordinary.

 

So you escaped whatever humdrum little town you grew up in and moved to The Big City. Maybe it was New York. Maybe it was Seattle or Kansas City. Wherever it was, there was amazing stuff everywhere you turned: Ethiopian food! A movie theater that played documentaries! A hairstylist who knew what to do with frizz! You overlooked the proximity of your kitchen to your bed, and the fact that you had to take public transportation to see nature.

 

But then you got a job offer you couldn't refuse. Or you developed asthma. Or you got pregnant. Or you got pregnant for the second time and you couldn't use your closet as a bedroom for two babies. And you decided you had to leave.

 

How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/09/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

10

Oct

The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University

10/10/2018 - 4:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, the 2018 James Madison Lecture welcomes Andrew O'Shaughnessy to speak about Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary ideas about higher education, which continue to have relevance to public education in our country today. Dr. O’Shaughnessy is the Vice President of Monticello, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and a prize-winning author.

The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/10/2018 - 4:30pm</span>

16

Oct

Virgil Wander

Leif Enger

10/16/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 302

Leif Enger, the author of the extraordinary and magical New York Times bestseller, Peace Like a River, returns with an enchanting and timeless story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive it’s flagging heart.

 

Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is “cruising along at medium altitude” when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals—from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil’s oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.

 

Virgil Wander -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

16

Oct

Go Big Read: The Death and Life in the Great Lakes

Dan Egan

10/16/2018 - 7:00pm

Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

Presented in partnership with Go Big Read, Dan Egan visits the Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss his book The Death and Life in the Great Lakes.

 

The Death and Life in the Great Lakes is an ode to the majesty and history of this national, natural treasure. Egan, a master reporter and storyteller, begins with European explorers arriving at these shores for the first time in the 1600s. Egan takes the reader deep beneath the lakes’ shimmering surface to illuminate the ongoing and unparalleled ecological unraveling of the continent’s most precious natural resource, all while retaining a sense of awe and respect for their immensity and danger: “A Great Lake can swallow freighters almost three times the length of a football field; the lakes’ bottoms are littered with an estimated 6,000 shipwrecks, many of which have never been found. This would never happen on a normal lake, because a normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.”

 

Go Big Read: The Death and Life in the Great Lakes -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

26

Oct

We Can't Breathe

Jabari Asim

10/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301-302

In We Can't Breathe, Jabari Asim disrupts what Toni Morrison has exposed as the "Master Narrative" and replaces it with a story of black survival and persistence through art and community. In eight wide-ranging and penetrating essays, he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body. What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that resisted, survived and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma. These thought-provoking essays present a different side of American history, one that doesn't depend on a narrative steeped in oppression bur rather reveals black voices telling their own stories.

We Can't Breathe -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/26/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

12

Nov

The Library Book

Susan Orlean

11/12/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

Susan Orlean, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries.

 

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was Goodbye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but over thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

 

The Library Book -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/12/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

01

Dec

The Snowy Nap

Jan Brett

12/01/2018 - 10:00am

Central Library - Children's Section

With over 42 million books in print, Jan Brett’s exquisite art is universally recognized as being among the finest in children’s books today. For over 30 years she has brought the glories of winter to millions of youngsters, their teachers, and parents.

 

The Snowy Nap, a prequel to the all-time classic bestselling picture book, The Hat, stars Hedgie, Brett’s trademark character. Inspired by his friends’ tales of their marvelous past winter adventures, he is determined not to sleep through all the fun again. Hedgie is dazzled by seeing the icy chicken coop sparkling like a palace, the frozen pond shining like a mirror, and the tinkling of sleigh bells. Readers will delight in Brett’s return to the Danish farm on the island of Funen. And Readers will be charmed by her meticulous and detailed illustrations, from the local houses with thatched roofs to the beautiful birch bark flourishes on every page.

The Snowy Nap -  - <span class="date-display-single">12/01/2018 - 10:00am</span>

06

Dec

Ghosts in the Schoolyard

Eve Ewing

12/06/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Madison Room

In the spring of 2013, approximately 12,000 children in Chicago received notice that their last day of school would be not only the final day of the year, but also the final day of their school’s very existence. The nation’s third-largest school district would eventually shutter 53 schools, citing budget limitations, building underutilization, and concerns about academic performance. Of the thousands of displaced students, 94% were low-income and 88% were African-American, leading critics to accuse district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of racism. “[The mayor] says that he wants to turn around the city of Chicago, make a new Chicago,” one activist told a reporter. “Does that new Chicago mean no black folks? Where are people going to go?”

 

Ghosts in the Schoolyard -  - <span class="date-display-single">12/06/2018 - 7:00pm</span>
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