Wisconsin Book Festival
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.
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.
Jerry Apps, Author
"Old Farm: A History" is Jerry Apps' recent book describing Roshara, the farmstead where he and his family have spent more than 40 years forging a close relationship to the land. In this 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival presentation, Apps unearths the history of his acreage--from the last glacier to Menominee Indian residents to early European settlers to the present.
Kimberly Blaeser, professor, Dept.of English at UW-Milwaukee, Debra Kang Dean, MFA in Writing faculty at Spalding University, Maria Melendez, editor/publisher of Pilgrimage Magazine, Lauret Savoy, professor of Environmental Studies & Geology at Mount Holyoke College, and Patrick Thomas, publisher of "Colors of Nature: Culture Identity and the Natural World" investigate culture, place and identity.
Richard Quinney, author and founder of Borderland Books, and Susan C. Fox, a professor at Corcoran College of Art & Design discuss Manhattan in the late 1960s and from 2002-2006. Quinney's book, "Once Upon an Island," includes photographs of the construction of the World Trade Center and New York City in the late 1960s. Fox chronicles the lasting affect 9/11 had on the surrounding communities.
Bruce Mouser, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UW-LaCrosse, and Paul Boyer Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UW-Madison, introduce two powerful voices from the 19th century in this look at the deep roots of labor activism and social justice in Wisconsin. Mouser focuses on George Edwin Taylor while Boyer explores Robert Koehler's painting, "The Strike."
James Lorence, Professor & Author
David Taylor, Author
Herbert Lewis, Professor
Join the panel discussion of James Lorence's " The Unemployed People's Movement: Leftists, Liberals and Labor in Georgia, 1929-41" and David Taylor's "Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America". Two Oneida writers, Oscar Archiquette and Ida Blackhawk, also participate in the panel.
Wendell Berry, Author
Wendell Berry reads from his short story, "Making it Home." The story chronicles the journey of Art Roundberry, a World War II soldier returning home from the war. As Art walks through the familiar countryside, his thoughts return to the battlefield.
Linda Barry Author
Paul Buhle PhD, Author
James Danky Author and Editor
Paul Buhle presents his new book entitled "Comics in Wisconsin" and James Danky's book "Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix". Along with Linda Barry, these three take a look at comics as part of understanding our culture.
Andrew Bacevich Professor
Paul Buhle PhD, Author
Alfred McCoy Professor & Author
Dr. Andrew Bacevich, professor at Boston University, discusses his publications on political and social issues. Dr. Paul Buhle is the co-author of William Appleman Williams biography. They discuss the life of Williams as well as their own publications.