Wisconsin Book Festival
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.
David Maraniss, author of "They Marched into Sunlight," discusses his book and presents a dance based on the parallel story of the First Infantry Division of the Black Lions Battalion fighting in the jungles of Vietnam and the anti-war movement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during two days in October, 1967.
Lev Raphael, Author
The son of Holocaust survivors, Lev Raphael was haunted by his parents' suffering and traumatic losses under Nazi rule. He appears at the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss his book "My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped," a personal account of his pilgrimage to his parents' meeting place.