OCTOBER 13-16, 2022

and year round




Lunch for Libraries - Guy Raz

Guy Raz

05/16/2022 - 12:00pm

Monona Terrace

Presented by BMO Harris Bank, this year's Lunch for Libraries event will feature Guy Raz. Guy will appear live at Monona Terrace to discuss his newest book, How I Built ThisJoin us for this annual fundraiser on May 16th at 12:00 PM. 


Lunch for Libraries - Guy Raz - Guy Raz - <span class="date-display-single">05/16/2022 - 12:00pm</span>



Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

05/15/2019 - 12:00pm

Monona Terrace

The Madison Public Library Foundation presents the 2019 Lunch For Libraries. Lunch for Libraries is a ticketed event put on by Madison Public Library Foundation in support of the Wisconsin Book Festival.


To purchase tickets, visit Madison Public Library Foundation's website. If you have questions, please contact Tracy Phillippi at tphillippi@mplfoundation.org or 608.266.6318.


Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng - <span class="date-display-single">05/15/2019 - 12:00pm</span>



Happy Money

Michael Norton

05/12/2016 - 4:00pm

Monona Terrace - Lecture Hall

In partnership with the Madison Community Foundation, the Wisconsin Book Fesitval presents Michael Norton in conversation with WPR's Anne Strainchamps. With Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending, Norton and co-author, Elizabeth Dunn, provide fascinating and cutting-edge research in behavioral science to explain how money can buy happiness—if you follow five core principles of smart spending.  Most people recognize that they need professional advice on how to earn, save, and invest their money. When it comes to spendingthat money, most people just follow their intuitions. But scientific research shows that those intuitions are often wrong.

Happy Money - Michael Norton - <span class="date-display-single">05/12/2016 - 4:00pm</span>



Water Tension and the Great Lakes Compact

Peter Annin

10/22/2015 - 9:00am

Monona Terrace - Ballroom C & D

This presentation delves into the long history of political maneuvers and water diversion schemes that have proposed sending Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona. Through the prism of the past, this talk analyzes the future of Great Lakes water diversion management, which is now controlled by the Great Lakes Compact, a legal document released by the Council of Great Lakes Governors in December 2005. The Compact, which prohibits most Great Lakes water diversions, with limited exceptions, was adopted by the eight state legislatures in the Great Lakes region as well as the U.S. Congress before eventually being signed by the president in 2008. A similar agreement relating to Canadian water diversions was adopted by the province of Ontario in 2007 and Quebec in 2009. This presentation analyzes several noteworthy Great Lakes diversions that already exist, and sheds light on potential water diversions of the future, including the water diversion application submitted by Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2010. A decision on the Waukesha water diversion application is expected in late 2015 or early 2016.

Water Tension and the Great Lakes Compact - Peter Annin - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 9:00am</span>



Folks, This Ain't Normal

Joel Salatin

10/24/2015 - 9:00am

Monona Terrace - Ballroom C & D

Folk, This Ain't Normal is written in Salatin’s entertaining and informative style that reflects his dirt-under- the- fingernails experience punctuated with mischievious humor , and yet it’s a serious look at our food: where it comes from, it’s current state of abnormality – and why we shouldn’t eat most of it. Folks,it ain’t normal to eat unpronounceable food that you can’t make in your kitchen, and has travelled 1,500 miles to get to your table.

Folks, This Ain't Normal - Joel Salatin - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 9:00am</span>



The Big Burn

Timothy Egan

10/22/2015 - 7:00pm

Monona Terrace - Ballrooms A & B

On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men - college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps - to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.

The Big Burn - Timothy Egan - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 7:00pm</span>



An Intimate Conversation with Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn

06/16/2015 - 3:00pm

Monona Terrace

The Wisconsin Book Festival and Madison Community Foundation present author Sheryl WuDunn in a candid conversation with author David Maraniss. Ms. WuDunn will share her experiences as a professional woman, journalist, author, women's rights advocate and financial executive. Ms. WuDunn's books, A Path Appears, and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009) will both be available for sale and signing following the event.

This is a ticketed partnership event. For ticket information, visit: http://www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org/event-pages/2015wudunn

An Intimate Conversation with Sheryl WuDunn - Sheryl WuDunn - <span class="date-display-single">06/16/2015 - 3:00pm</span>



As You Wish

Cary Elwes

02/13/2015 - 6:30pm

Monona Terrace - Lecture Hall

Celebrate Valentine's Day with one of the greatest love stories of our time.  Cary Elwes, Westley in The Princess Bride, has written AS YOU WISH, the ultimate account of the film that has captured the hearts of viewers for generations with never-before-told stories from Cary and his extraordinary co-stars.  Join the Wisconsin Book Festival for a screening of the Princess Bride at 6:30, followed by a conversation with Cary Elwes about the inconceivable secrets behind the making of the film.


The Princess Bride, based on William Goldman’s remarkable novel, has stood the test of time as both a family favorite and cult classic for nearly three decades. Only a modest hit in theaters in 1987, the movie gained popularity on VHS, and is now ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories, and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time. The film’s timeless love story and brilliantly funny screenplay have endured, proving to be just as relevant and charming for fans today as they were at its premiere. 


As You Wish - Cary Elwes - <span class="date-display-single">02/13/2015 - 6:30pm</span>



2013 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Leonard Marcus

10/17/2013 - 7:30pm

Monona Terrace - Lecture Hall

Why Picture Books Matter -- renowned children's literature historian Leonard S. Marcus will give a free public lecture on the role of picture books in the modern age, and will discuss why they continue to be important to children today. Mr. Marcus is the author of many books on the subject of children's literature, including Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepeneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature, and Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing.  The Charlotte Zolotow Lecture is presented by the Cooperative Children's Book Center.

2013 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture - Leonard Marcus - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2013 - 7:30pm</span>
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