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Thursday, May 6, 2021

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4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Alison Bechdel for The Secret to Superhuman Strength

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Alison Bechdel for The Secret to Superhuman Strength

Thursday, May 6, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Comics and cultural superstar Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack LaLanne in the 60s ("Outlandish jumpsuit! Cantaloupe-sized guns!") to the existential oddness of present-day spin class. Readers will see their athletic or semi-active pasts flash before their eyes through an ever-evolving panoply of running shoes, bicycles, skis, and sundry other gear. But the more Bechdel tries to improve herself, the more her self appears to be the thing in her way. She turns for enlightenment to Eastern philosophers and literary figures, including Beat writer Jack Kerouac, whose search for self-transcendence in the great outdoors appears in moving conversation with the author’s own. This gifted artist and not-getting-any-younger exerciser comes to a soulful conclusion. The secret to superhuman strength lies not in six-pack abs, but in something much less clearly defined: facing her own non-transcendent but all-important interdependence with others.

From the author of Fun Home, a profoundly affecting graphic memoir of Bechdel's lifelong love affair with exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times. Presented as part of The Loft's WordPlay in partnership with Black Mountain Institute, and Literary Arts, Alison Bechdel will appear live on Crowdcast in conversation with Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, to discuss her new book, The Secret of Superhuman StrengthJoin us at:


7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Senator Elizabeth Warren for Persist

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Senator Elizabeth Warren for Persist

Thursday, May 6, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The inspiring, influential senator and bestselling author mixes vivid personal stories with a passionate plea for political transformation. Elizabeth Warren is a beacon for everyone who believes that real change can improve the lives of all Americans. Committed, fearless, and famously persistent, she brings her best game to every battle she wages.

In Persist, Warren writes about six perspectives that have influenced her life and advocacy. She’s a mother who learned from wrenching personal experience why child care is so essential. She’s a teacher who has known since grade school the value of a good and affordable education. She’s a planner who understands that every complex problem requires a comprehensive response. She’s a fighter who discovered the hard way that nobody gives up power willingly. She’s a learner who thinks, listens, and works to fight racism in America. And she’s a woman who has proven over and over that women are just as capable as men. Candid and compelling, Persist is both a deeply personal book and a powerful call to action. Elizabeth Warren—one of our nation’s most visionary leaders—will inspire everyone to believe that if we’re willing to fight for it, profound change is well within our reach.

Senator Warren is the 2021 Cheryl Rosen Weston Memorial Lecturer. Copies of Persist will be distributed for free to the first 600 attendees. During the event, there will be a link at the bottom of the screen, fill out the form, and a book will be sent to you by our bookselling partners at A Room of One's Own Bookstore. The event is free and open to the public. Senator Warren will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her new book, PersistJoin us at: