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Wisconsin Book Festival: A Celebration of Books

The stone barn at Quivey's Grove in Madison will provide the venue for one of the three events featuring Wisconsin Historical Society Press authors

The ninth annual fall festival celebrates Wisconsin's rich literary heritage, brings some of America's finest writers to our state, and encourages Wisconsinites of all ages to read widely and participate in our dynamic, interactive literary events. This year we are proud to again participate in the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison. Since the festival's inception in 2002, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press has been a contributing sponsor, hosting programs that highlight our own remarkable authors and publications. From September 29 through October 3 you can find several of our authors in Madison talking about the subjects of their books: barns of Wisconsin, biographies for children and all things Wisconsin.

Society Press Authors Join Other Writers at Three Separate Madison Events

  • Wednesday, September 29, at 5:30 pm, Quivey's Grove, 6261 Nesbitt Rd —
    Authors Jerry Apps and Donald Lystra will discuss their recently published books. Apps will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of his recently published books including "Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses" and the recently updated edition of his classic, "Barns of Wisconsin." Apps will join Lystra, author of the critically acclaimed "Season of Water and Ice," in a special venue, Quivey's Grove, chosen because its stone barn, pictured above, appears in "Barns of Wisconsin."
  • Saturday, October 2, 10 am, Madison Public Library, 201 W Mifflin St —
    Children's authors Sheila Cohen, Bob Kann and Caroline Hoffman will discuss writing books for young readers. All three authors have written books for the Society Press's Badger Biographies series for 7-12 year-old children. They've explored famous and not so famous people from Wisconsin in a kid-friendly format. All of the biographies tell stories of people that worked hard, believed in themselves and achieved their dreams — among them, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gaylord Nelson, Belle and Bob La Follette, and Cindy Bentley.
  • Sunday, October 3, noon, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St —
    Society Press author Erika Janik and Bill Lueders, news editor of Madison's weekly Isthmus newspaper, will discuss their recently published books. With "A Short History of Wisconsin," Janik packs several centuries of Wisconsin's remarkable past into 200 lively pages, recounting the landscapes, people and traditions that have made this state the multi-faceted place it is today. Bill Lueders' newest release, "Watchdog: 25 Years of Muckraking and Rabblerousing," showcases a quarter century of in-depth stories, from a retrospective on The Progressive magazine's H-bomb case to a profile on Tommy Thompson, plus columns about events in Madison and the state.

Buy Featured Books at the Book Festival or Online

All featured Wisconsin Historical Society Press books will be available for purchase at Wisconsin Book Festival events or from the Wisconsin Historical Museum and its online store. For a complete list of Wisconsin Book Festival events, including those featuring Society Press books and authors, visit the Wisconsin Book Festival schedule page. All Wisconsin Book Festival events are free and open to the public.

The Wisconsin Book Festival is a presentation of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Presenting sponsors include the Overture Center for the Arts, IMSmadison, Isthmus and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

:: Posted September 22, 2010

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