Wisconsin Book Festival
Jonah Lehrer, Author & Contributing Editor, "Wired"
Jonah Lehrer writes on the topics of psychology, neuroscience and the relationship between science and the humanities. The author of "How We Decide" and "Proust was a Neuroscientist," he appears at the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival with a presentation titled "From Marshmallows to Metacognition: What Can Science Teach Us About Decision-Making?"
Paul Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Forty years after the publication of his influential book "The Population Bomb," Paul Ehrlich appears at the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival. His most recent work, "The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment," traces the history of evolution and the impact of these changes on the planet.
Ron Wallace, Professor of English, Co-Director Program in Creative Writing, UW-Madison. Marilynne Robinson, Author Two of the Midwest's most beloved writers present their work. Ron Wallace reads from "For a Limited Time Only," his most recent collection of poems. Maryilynne Robinson presents excerpts from her latest novel "Home," a companion piece to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 work,...
Janice Rice, Outreach Coordinator, College Library, UW-Madison. Tom Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of Photography, UW-Madison
Janice Rice and Tom Jones offer a Ho-Chunk perspective on Steven Hoelscher's "Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies." The book examines H. H. Bennett's work and the Ho-Chunk people he photographed in the Wisconsin Dells area.
Lisa Kivirist, Author and Innkeeper. John Ivanko, Author and Innkeeper
Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are the proprietors of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, which is completely powered by renewable energy. The pair's most recent book is "ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet before Profits."
Amitava Kumar, Writer and Journalist, Department of English, Vassar College
Moustafa Vavoumi, Associate Professor, Department of English, CUNY
Moustafa Bavoumi and Amitava Kumar share the stage. Bavoumi wrote a book which tells the stories of seven young Arab and Muslim American. Kumar's book addresses the global war on terror.
David Orr, Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin Colleger
Andrew Revkin, The New York TInnovations in Medical Education (IME)s Environmental Reporter
Authors David Orr and Andrew Revkin both speak about their books.
Matthew Guenette, Poet and educator
Dave Zirin, Sports writer
Readers rarely connect political affairs to the athletic field. Dave Zirin, author of "A People's History of Sports in the United States," points out some consequential links between sports and politics in America. He appears with award-winning Madison poet Matthew Guenette who reads from his collection "Sudden Anthem."
Ronnie Hess, a journalist and poet; John Lehman, a poet and founder of ”Rosebud” Magazine; and Margot Peters, a biographer and professor Emeritus in the Department of English at UW-Whitewater, provide an introduction to the lives, legends, humor and surprises of Wisconsin's great writers.
Kathleen Stokker, a professor of Scandinavian Studies at Luther College, Solveig Shavland a researcher and translator at the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library, and Richard Quinney, an author and the founder of Borderland Books discuss “And Then Came the Liberators.” The book is about the occupation of Norway by Germany from 1940-1945.