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Wisconsin Book Festival

When I moved to Madison in August, one of the things I got most excited about the seventh annual Wisconsin Book Festival.  The theme this year is “Changing Places” — I don’t know what exactly that means, but I’m sure it can be interpreted pretty broadly.

Over four days — October 15 – October 19 — there are more than 100 panels and presentations at over 40 different venues.  I’ve been perusing the list trying to decide which ones I might want to go to and came up with a few.  I really don’t know if I’m going to have time to go to many, so I’m taking suggestions from my loyal readers about which events you think I should prioritize.

Wednesday, October 15

  • 5:00 – 6:30 at Avol’s Bookstore — How the Story Goes: A Symposium on the Importance and Future of the Short Story–in Celebration of Rosebud’s 15th Anniversary
  • 5:30 – 7:30 at Helen C. White Hall — Closed Captioning: Subtitling, Stenography, and the Digital Convergence of Text with Television
  • 7:00 – 8:00 at Borders on University — Stuff White People Like author Christian Ladner

Thursday, October 16

  • The Friends of the UW-Library Semi-Annual Book Sale is taking place from Thursday to Saturday.  I’m going to try and go on Thursday sometime.  I love library book sales with all of my heart.  Honestly, I can’t wait to get through the next two days because I am so excited about this.
  • 7:00 – 8:30 at A Room of One’s Own — The Debutante Ball: Gail Konop Baker, Jess Riley, & Danielle Younge-Ullman

Friday, October 17

  • 7:00 – 8:30 at the Wisconsin Historical Society — Ann Beattie: The Voice of Her Generation

Saturday, October 18

  • 10:00 – 11:30 at the Frederic March Play Circle Theater — Lewis Buzbee & Andrew Keen: Bookshop Nostalgia and the Shock of Web 2.0
  • 12:00 – 6:00 at the Majestic Theater — Madison Zine Fest 2008: Underground Publishing Fair
  • 3:00 – 5:00 at Harambee – South Madison Health & Family Center — Agents & Publishers & Editors Panel

Sunday, October 19

  • 4:00 – 5:30 at the Frederic March Play Circle Theater — The Writer’s Cave: True Stories of Why We Write What We Do

Check out the Book Festival Schedule for yourself — any suggestions?

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