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Book Club Café

23rd Annual Book Club Café to feature Maggie Ginsberg on May 16

The Book Club Café is an annual Friends tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries.

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Event Details

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison
Tickets: $25 per person

Attendees enjoy coffee, tea and desserts; a book gift basket raffle; and a complimentary Book Club Favorites booklet.  Books will be available for sale by A Room of One's Own Bookstore.

Purchase tickets by May 10 to have your book club's favorites included in our annual Book Club Favorites booklet!

About Maggie

Maggie Ginsberg is the author of Still True, a senior editor at Madison Magazine, and an award-winning writer in Dane County, Wisconsin. For nearly two decades, her magazine and newspaper articles have appeared in numerous city, regional and national publications. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors, the Wisconsin Writers Association, The Authors Guild, the Chicago Writers Association and the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her novel Still True recently received an Honorable Mention in the 2023 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Awards.

More Info

The Book Club Café is hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library. Event proceeds benefit all Madison Public Libraries.

Not in a book club? Single ticket buyers are welcome!

Email Elissa at for more information or to inquire about tickets.

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Past Events

Lucy Tan

2019 - Lucy Tan

What We Were PromisedLucy Tan is the author of What We Were Promised, which was long listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and named a Best Book of 2018 by The Washington Post, Refinery 29, and Amazon. Lucy received her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the 2016 August Derleth Prize and currently serves as the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow. Her work is published or forthcoming in journals such as McSweeney’s, Asia Literary Review and Ploughshares.

Chloe Benjamin

2018 - Chloe Benjamin

The ImmortalistsChloe Benjamin is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Immortalists, a #1 Indie Next Pick, #1 Library Reads pick, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, Amazon Best Book of the Month, and an iBooks Favorite.  Her first novel, The Anatomy of Dreams, received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was long listed for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Chloe is a graduate of Vassar College and the M.F.A. in fiction at the University of Wisconsin. She lives with her husband in Madison.

Follow online via her website(link is external), or @chloekbenjamin(link is external) on Twitter and Instagram.


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