Wisconsin Book Festival

Historical Poetry

Frank X Walker, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Kentucky and author of six poetry collections, reads from his historical poetry and talks about the challenges of writing and teaching. Walker is joined by two of his students, Madison poet CX Dillhunt and Seattle poet Drew Dillhunt.

Insights into Campaign Music History

Eric Kasper, Associate Professor, Political Science, UW-Barron County and Benjamin Schoening, Assistant Professor of Music, UW-Barron County, discuss the effects of music used during presidential political campaigns on the results of those elections. Kasper and Schoening accompany their talk with short musical selections to illustrate changes in campaign music throughout the years.

The Immigrant Artist at Work

Edwidge Danticat, author of "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work," shares stories of artists who have emigrated from their homelands and the complicated relationships that have lead them to create art in exile. Danticat, a Haitian-American, is a MacArthur Genius Grant award winner.

Maraniss on Obama

David Maraniss, author, explores the life and family history of President Barack Obama. In his biography, Maraniss delves into the values and the forces which set Obama on course toward becoming President.

Finding Humanity on the Cambodian Killing Fields

Patricia McCormick, Author, discusses her novel, “Never Fall Down: Finding Humanity on the Cambodian Killing Fields.” The story tells the tale of a courageous, real-life 11 year old boy who survived the Khmer Rouge by playing music in the Killing Fields of Cambodia.

A History of Protest

Paul Buhle, Author; Mary Jo Buhle, Author; Ruth Coniff, Political Editor, The Progressive Magazine; Robert McChesney, Author; John Nichols, Associate Editor, Capital Times; and Matthew Rothschild, Editor, The Progressive, join in a panel discussion focusing on the history of protests and the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin.

Sports and Dreams in America

Dan Manoyan, author of“Alan Ameche: the Story of ‘The Horse,’” and Joe Schuster, author of “The Might Have Been.” Manoyan discusses Alan Ameche’s life and career: immigration from Italy to Kenosha, football triumphs, and his life after hanging up the cleats. Schuster explores the costs of chasing a dream of playing major league baseball and the loss that comes when the dream is unattainable.

A Nation of Moochers

Charles Sykes, Milwaukee talk show host and senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, asks the question--have we reached a tipping point where more Americans depend on the efforts of others than on their own?

Manifesto for a New Economy

James Gustave Speth, Dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, offers an analysis of America’s political economy that is unsparing in its critical examination of connections between the many ills the nation faces, from joblessness to environmental degradation to growing income inequality.

Lost Stories of Frank Lloyd Wright

Ron McCrea, Journalist and Author, Sarah Leavitt, Curator, National Building Musuem, Washington D.C., Mariamne Henken Whatley, Professor Emerita, Gender & Women's Studies UW-Madison, Elissa R. Henken, Professor, Folklore and Celtic Studies, University of Georgia, and Jonathan T. Henken, Bagpiper and Cabinet Maker, share stories of Frank Lloyd Wright and read from the diary of Priscilla Henken.

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