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?