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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Time Items
All day
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Go Big Read Online Book Discussion

Go Big Read Online Book Discussion

Wednesday, Nov 18, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us for a discussion of the 2020-2021 UW-Madison Go Big Read selection, Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen. 

We'll use Zoom for the online discussion. You'll be emailed a link to the Zoom event after registration. At the event, attendees will be randomly divided into small groups so everyone will have a chance to participate. Small group discussions will be facilitated by UW-Madison iSchool graduate students and/or library staff.

Need a copy of the book? Click here to place a hold on a copy.

This program is a partnership between Madison Public Library and the following libraries:

Baraboo Public Library
Belleville Public Library
Columbus Public Library
E.D. Locke Public Library (McFarland, WI)
Jane Morgan Memorial Library (Cambria, WI)
Kilbourn Public Library (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
Middleton Public Library
Oregon Public Library
Stoughton Public Library
Verona Public Library

About the book: Published one year after the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and feckless Congressional leaders--inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement. As ​a celebration of the passion exhibited by these astonishing students​, who channeled their anger into a movement, this book explores hope after tragedy and is an inspiring call to action.


4:00pm to 7:00pm
ONLINE - Madison Writing Assistance

ONLINE - Madison Writing Assistance

Wednesday, Nov 18, 4:00pm to 7:00pm

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members, traditionally at libraries and neighborhood centers throughout the city, and now online. 

For the health and safety of our community, all MWA writing support will be offered remotely through the fall. Options for remote writing assistance include:

  • conversation over the phone
  • face-to-face conversation via Google Meet
  • written feedback via email

To make an appointment, please visit MWA's Appointment Center or call 608-315-5151.

MWA services are made possible through generous donations from the Evjue Foundation, the UW Anonymous Fund, and Altrusa International of Madison, along with administrative and program support from the UW-Madison English Department, the UW-Madison Writing Center, and our library and neighborhood center partners.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
ONLINE-Central Library Book Group- Settlin' ; stories of Madison's early African American families by Muriel Simms

ONLINE-Central Library Book Group- Settlin' ; stories of Madison's early African American families by Muriel Simms

Wednesday, Nov 18, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

A brief history of Madison's African American settlement is followed by oral histories- each seven to ten pages- with the descendants of Madison's earliest Black families finally adding their stories to the record. This collection is published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. 

This event will be hosted virtually through Zoom. The link to this program will be sent to you by email when you sign up. Zoom is a free video platform, and you can watch on a browser, or through the free mobile app for ios or android. You can also call in with a phone to attend with audio only.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
ONLINE - Hard Damage & Atomizer

ONLINE - Hard Damage & Atomizer

Wednesday, Nov 18, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Program in Creative Writing, this edition of Wisconsin Wednesdays features UW Alumnae Aria Aber and Elizabeth Powell for their new poetry collections, Hard Damage and Atomizer

About Hard DamageHard Damage works to relentlessly interrogate the self and its shortcomings. In lyric and documentary poems and essayistic fragments, Aria Aber explores the historical and personal implications of Afghan American relations. Drawing on material dating back to the 1950s, she considers the consequences of these relations—in particular the funding of the Afghan mujahedeen, which led to the Taliban and modern-day Islamic terrorism—for her family and the world at large. Invested in and suspicious of the pain of family and the shame of selfhood, the speakers of these richly evocative and musical poems mourn the magnitude of citizenship as a state of place and a state of mind. While Hard Damage is framed by free-verse poetry, the middle sections comprise a lyric essay in fragments and a long documentary poem. Aber explores Rilke in the original German, the urban melancholia of city life, inherited trauma, and displacement on both linguistic and environmental levels, while employing surrealist and eerily domestic imagery.

About Atomizer: In Atomizer, Elizabeth A. I. Powell examines pressing questions of today, from equality and political unrest to the diminishing of democratic ideals, asking if it is even appropriate to write about love in a time seemingly hurtling toward authoritarianism. With honesty and humor, her poems explore fragrance and perfumery as a means of biological and religious seduction. Evoking Whitman's sentiment that we are all made of the same atoms, Atomizer looks toward an underestimated sense--scent--as a way to decipher the liminal spaces around us. Molecules of perfume create an invisible reality where narratives can unfold and interact, pathways through which Powell addresses issues of materialism, body image, and the physical and psychological contours of emotional relationships. A work of fearless social satire and humorous yet painful truth, Atomizer offers a cultural, political, and sociological account of love in the present moment.



About Presenter Aria Aber

Aria Aber was raised in Germany. Her debut book Hard Damage won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published in September 2019. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, Muzzle Magazine, Wasafiri and elsewhere. A graduate from the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, where she was the Writers in Public Schools Fellow, she holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman, Dickinson House, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. For Spring 2020, Aber will be the Li Shen Visiting Writer at Mills College. She is at work on a second book of poems and a novel.


About Presenter Elizabeth Powell

Elizabeth A.I. Powell is the author of three books of poems, including her latest collection, Atomizer. Her second book of poems, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances was named a “Books We Love 2016” by The New Yorker, and was a Small Press Bestseller. Her first book of poems The Republic of Self was chosen by C.K. Williams as a New Issues First Book Prize winner. Her novel, Concerning the Holy Ghost's Interpretation of JCrew Catalogues was published in 2019 in the U.K. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Pushcart Prize AnthologyAmerican Poetry ReviewBennington ReviewColorado ReviewThe Cortland ReviewElectric LiteratureForkliftOhioHarvard ReviewIndiana ReviewMissouri ReviewMississippi ReviewSeneca ReviewTupelo QuarterlyPankPloughsharesPlumeWest Branch, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Northern Vermont University. In 2020, she will be Distinguished Visiting Writer at Oregon State University.