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February 2018

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6:30 pm
Peace & Justice Book Circle Group

Peace & Justice Book Circle Group

Meeting Room 115, Goodman South Madison Library
02/01/2018
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Peace and Justice Book Circle meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 7:45p.m. at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St., Madison. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation if you are interested in the topic regardless of whether or not you have read the book.

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Adult - Books
 
6:30 pm
Lakeview Book Discussion of "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Lakeview Book Discussion of "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Lakeview Library
02/01/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Lakeview Book Group around the fireplace to discuss "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. New members always welcome.

Synopsis: Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. -- Amazon.com.

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Adult - Books
 
 
7:00 pm
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Ada Limón

Wisconsin Book Festival presents Ada Limón

Central Library, Madison Room
02/01/2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Program in Creative Writing, Ada Limón reads from National Book Award nominated poetry collection, Bright Dead Things.

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Adult - Books
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6:30 pm
Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Alicia Ashman Library
02/02/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join three Madison-area African American writers - poet Fabu, novelist Sherry Lucille, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman - as they discuss their poetry and prose in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in the Madison area during the 20th century: novelist Jean Toomer, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and poet Sarah Webster Fabio. Experience poetry, prose, and drama that will shed light on what it means to be African American in Wisconsin today, yesterday, and tomorrow through a multimedia presentation about the work and lives of these literary artists and their interpretations of race in Wisconsin.

This event is funded by Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.

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Adult - Books, Adult - Educational
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2:00 pm
Every Day We Live is the Future: -- author visit with Douglas Haynes

Every Day We Live is the Future: -- author visit with Douglas Haynes

Hawthorne Library
02/03/2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Author Douglas Haynes will discuss his book "Every Day We Live is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters"

This vivid, cautionary tale of urban inequality and the human suffering caused by climate change recounts the true stories of two Nicaraguan families' quests to survive in one of the world's most disaster-prone cities.

Douglas Haynes is an essayist, journalist, and poet whose work has appeared in Orion, Longreads, Virginia Quarterly Review, Huffington Post, Boston Review, and many other publications. He teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Click here to register

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Adult - Books, Adult - Educational
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7:00 pm
Mystery Book Group discusses Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Mystery Book Group discusses Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Meeting Room A, Sequoya Library
02/07/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sequoya's Mystery Book Group hosts a book discussion of Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. While investigating a grisly discovery for the Montreal coroner's office, Tempe Brennan finds herself remembering a similar investigation she conducted on the remains of a woman who was savagely dismembered and stuffed in garbage bags. When Tempe's concerns about a serial killer are dismissed by the police, she decides to pursue the matter herself--a course of action that both puts her career on the line and so effectively upsets the murderer's plan that he sets his sights on her. Montreal, with its French culture, is an enticing setting for Reichs' first mystery, and as a forensic anthropologist who spends part of her time working for the Province of Quebec, Reich knows the city well. She also contributes a wealth of authentic medical detail as she follows Tempe on her gripping, convoluted quest to catch a psychotic killer.

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Adult - Books
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12:00 pm
Daytime Book Discussion of "El Paso" by Winston Groom

Daytime Book Discussion of "El Paso" by Winston Groom

Lakeview Library
02/08/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lakeview Noon Book Group hosts a discussion of "El Paso" by Winston Groom. New members always welcome!

Synopsis: Three decades after the first publication of Forrest Gump, Winston Groom returns to fiction with this sweeping American epic.
Long fascinated with the Mexican Revolution and the vicious border wars of the early twentieth century, Winston Groom brings to life a much-forgotten period of history in this sprawling saga of heroism, injustice, and love. El Paso pits the legendary Pancho Villa against a thrill-seeking railroad tycoon known only as the Colonel―whose fading fortune is tied up in a colossal ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico. But when Villa kidnaps the Colonel’s grandchildren and absconds into the Sierra Madre, the aging New England patriarch and his son head to El Paso, hoping to find a group of cowboys brave enough to hunt down the Generalissimo. Replete with gunfights, daring escapes, and an unforgettable bullfight, El Paso becomes an indelible portrait of the American Southwest in the waning days of the frontier, one that is “sure to entertain”. -- Jackson Clarion-Ledger

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Adult - Books
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10:00 am
Mystery in the Morning--Hound of the Baskervilles : a Sherlock Holms Mystery

Mystery in the Morning--Hound of the Baskervilles : a Sherlock Holms Mystery

Alicia Ashman Library
02/12/2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is at his inscrutable and logical best. The mystery is a solid one, with a Gothic feel.

Join the Alicia Ashman Mystery Book Group for a civilized discussion of murder and mayhem on the second Monday of the Month!

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Adult - Books
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6:30 pm
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Zig Zag Girl" by Elly Griffiths

Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Zig Zag Girl" by Elly Griffiths

Lakeview Library
02/15/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us around the fireplace to discuss "The Zig Zag Girl" by Elly Griffiths. New members always welcome.

Synopsis: Brighton, 1950. A girl is found cut in three, and Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is convinced the killer is mimicking a famous magic trick—the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, served with Edgar in a special ops troop called the Magic Men that used stage illusions to confound the enemy. Max still performs, touring with ventriloquists, sword-swallowers, and dancing girls. When Edgar asks for his help with the case, Max tells him to identify the victim quickly; it takes a special sidekick to do the Zig Zag Girl—words that haunt Max when he learns the dead girl is Ethel, one of his best assistants to date.
Another death, another magic trick, and still no killer. But when Edgar receives a letter warning of another “trick” on the way—the Wolf Trap—he knows the Magic Men are in the killer’s sights. -- Amazon.com

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Adult - Books
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1:30 pm
Goodman South Book Club

Goodman South Book Club

Meeting Room 115, Goodman South Madison Library
02/17/2018
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Come join the book club for lively, thoughtful discussions of our monthly book selection. Everyone welcome to our public group. Please find our books for the club on the display between the hold shelf and the green study room near the circulation desk.

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Adult - Books
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6:00 pm
Book Discussion of The Other Typist

Book Discussion of The Other Typist

Hawthorne Library
02/21/2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Confessions are Rose Baker's job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while she may hear about shootings, knifings, and crimes of passion, as soon as she leaves the room, she reverts to a dignified and proper lady. Until Odalie joins the typing pool.

As Rose quickly falls under the stylish, coquettish Odalie's spell, she is lured into a sparkling underworld of speakeasies and jazz. And what starts as simple fascination turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.

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Adult - Books
 
 
7:00 pm
Book Discussion of Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Book Discussion of Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Central Library, Meeting Room 302
02/21/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A woman of intelligence, cunning and ambition intent on consolidating and maximizing her power emerges in Schiff’s biography against the romanticized, melodramatic vixen portrayed in Western popular culture. This book won rave reviews from historical biographers Joseph Ellis, Ron Chernow and others.

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Adult - Books
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1:00 pm
Thursday Book Group discusses Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Thursday Book Group discusses Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Meeting Room B, Sequoya Library
02/22/2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sequoya's Thursday Book Group hosts a book discussion of Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. The Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Here, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Whitehead’s narrative weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.

Tags:
Adult - Books
 
6:30 pm
The Salad Days Book Club - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Salad Days Book Club - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Hawthorne Library
02/22/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for Hawthorne Library's monthly book club, The Salad Days! This group is tailored to (but by no means limited to!) readers of the millennial generation looking to explore books and popular culture. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month at The Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery (2827 Atwood Ave). You can pick up books at Hawthorne Library.

~The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas~

A National Book Award Longlist title and #1 New York Times Bestseller

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

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Adult - Books
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2:00 pm
Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Pinney Library
02/24/2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join three Madison-area African American writers - poet Fabu, novelist Sherry Lucille, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman - as they discuss their poetry and prose in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in the Madison area during the 20th century: novelist Jean Toomer, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and poet Sarah Webster Fabio. Experience poetry, prose, and drama that will shed light on what it means to be African American in Wisconsin today, yesterday, and tomorrow through a multimedia presentation about the work and lives of these literary artists and their interpretations of race in Wisconsin.

This event is funded by Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.

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Adult - Books, Adult - Educational
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6:30 pm
Cabin Fever Craft Lecture with Bonnie Nadzam

Cabin Fever Craft Lecture with Bonnie Nadzam

Bubbler, Central Library
02/27/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bonnie Nadzam will read and discuss her new short story "Contract Work" in the magazine A Public Space. No RSVP required.

Open to the intrepid writers of the Cabin Fever Workshop and also members of the public!

Bonnie Nadzam’s first novel, Lamb, was recipient of the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Award in 2011, and was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Lions, was released by Grove Press in 2016 and was a USA PEN Finalist for Literary Fiction. Nadzam has published fiction and essays in Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Orion Magazine, A Public Space, The Iowa Review, Epoch, The Kenyon Review, and others.

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Adult - Books, Bubbler - Adult
 
7:00 pm
Pinney Book Group discusses Learning to Stay by Erin Celello

Pinney Book Group discusses Learning to Stay by Erin Celello

Pinney Library
02/27/2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Pinney Book Group hosts a discussion of Learning to Stay by Erin Celello. New attendees always welcome. Synopsis: Elise Sabato is proud of her husband, Brad, for serving his country and grateful when he returns home to her. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Iraq has turned him from a thoughtful, brilliant, and patient man into someone quite different (excerpted from publisher).

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7:00 pm
Monroe Street Library Book Discussion

Monroe Street Library Book Discussion

Monroe Street Library
02/28/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We'll discuss You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Sherman Alexie's heralded memoir about his complicated relationship with his mother set, mostly, on the Spokane Indian reservation where Alexie grew up. Copies of the book are available at the library.

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Adult - Books
 
 
 
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