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Saturday, October 23, 2021

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All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 11:00am
Kunuga Storytime - Native American Storyteller-in-Residence

Kunuga Storytime - Native American Storyteller-in-Residence

Patio
Saturday, Oct 23, 10:00am to 11:00am

Learn about a day in the life of Kunuga, a 5-year-old Ho-Chunk boy and firstborn son. When does Kunu wake up? What does Kunu eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? What does Kunu do for fun? Find out in this fun read-aloud for little ones ages 0-5 with Ho-Chunk Nation storyteller Andi Cloud!

Part of the Ho-Chunk Through Story: The Origin, The Wayz, and The Life residency with Andi Cloud. Visit madpl.org/storyteller for more info.

This event will take place outdoors on the Pinney Patio - please dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Masks are strongly encouraged at all outdoor library events for those age 2 and up.

Patio
 
10:00am to 12:00pm
Thurber Park Artist-in-Residence Open Studio

Thurber Park Artist-in-Residence Open Studio

*Offsite
Saturday, Oct 23, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Thurber Park located in Madison, Wisconsin at 3325 Thurber Ave. 

Drop by Thurber Park to experience, play, and make together in community with artist Eric Adjetey Anang! 
As the inaugural resident artist at the Thurber Park Studio Eric has continued to be flexible and creative over the past year and a half. Before the Fall chill fully fills the air we invite the neighborhood to stop by and celebrate this extraordinary space, person, and generational craft with us! 
Families and all ages are welcome! The event will be outdoors for the most part with an opportunity to peek into the studio. Masks will be encouraged. 

For more information about the residency visit: http://madisonbubbler.org/thurberparkartistresidency

*Offsite
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:30am
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Chad Alan Goldberg for Education for Democracy

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Chad Alan Goldberg for Education for Democracy

Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Oct 23, 10:30am to 11:30am

American public universities were founded in a civic tradition that differentiated them from their European predecessors—steering away from the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. Like many such higher education institutions across the United States, the University of Wisconsin’s mission, known as the Wisconsin Idea, emphasizes a responsibility to serve the needs of the state and its people. This commitment, which necessarily requires a pledge to academic freedom, has recently been openly threatened by state and federal actors seeking to dismantle a democratic and expansive conception of public service.

Using the Wisconsin Idea as a lens, Education for Democracy argues that public higher education institutions remain a bastion of collaborative problem solving. Examinations of partnerships between the state university and people of the state highlight many crucial and lasting contributions to issues of broad public concern such as conservation, LGBTQ+ rights, and poverty alleviation. The contributors restore the value of state universities and humanities education as a public good, contending that they deserve renewed and robust support. Chad Alan Goldberg will appear live in conversation with Jason Smith, Associate Director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters.

Meeting Room 302
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Gregg Mitman for Empire of Rubber

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Gregg Mitman for Empire of Rubber

Meeting Room 301
Saturday, Oct 23, 10:30am to 11:30am

An ambitious and shocking exposé of America’s hidden empire in Liberia, run by the storied Firestone corporation, and its long shadow. In the early 1920s, Americans owned 80 percent of the world’s automobiles and consumed 75 percent of the world’s rubber. But only one percent of the world’s rubber grew under the U.S. flag, creating a bottleneck that hampered the nation’s explosive economic expansion. To solve its conundrum, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company turned to a tiny West African nation, Liberia, founded in 1847 as a free Black republic.

Empire of Rubber tells a sweeping story of capitalism, racial exploitation, and environmental devastation, as Firestone transformed Liberia into America’s rubber empire. Historian and filmmaker Gregg Mitman scoured remote archives to unearth a history of promises unfulfilled for the vast numbers of Liberians who toiled on rubber plantations built on taken land. Mitman reveals a history of racial segregation and medical experimentation that reflected Jim Crow America—on African soil. As Firestone reaped fortunes, wealth and power concentrated in the hands of a few elites, fostering widespread inequalities that fed unrest, rebellions and, eventually, civil war. A riveting narrative of ecology and disease, of commerce and science, and of racial politics and political maneuvering, Empire of Rubber uncovers the hidden story of a corporate empire whose tentacles reach into the present.

Meeting Room 301
 
11:00am
11:00am to 12:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Steven Nadler & Lawrence Shapiro for When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Steven Nadler & Lawrence Shapiro for When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People

*Offsite
Saturday, Oct 23, 11:00am to 12:00pm

There is an epidemic of bad thinking in the world today. An alarming number of people are embracing crazy, even dangerous ideas. They believe that vaccinations cause autism. They reject the scientific consensus on climate change as a "hoax." And they blame the spread of COVID-19 on the 5G network or a Chinese cabal. Worse, bad thinking drives bad acting--it even inspired a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol. In this book, Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro argue that the best antidote for bad thinking is the wisdom, insights, and practical skills of philosophy. When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People provides an engaging tour through the basic principles of logic, argument, evidence, and probability that can make all of us more reasonable and responsible citizens.

Location: Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum

When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People shows how we can more readily spot and avoid flawed arguments and unreliable information; determine whether evidence supports or contradicts an idea; distinguish between merely believing something and knowing it; and much more. In doing so, the book reveals how epistemology, which addresses the nature of belief and knowledge, and ethics, the study of moral principles that should govern our behavior, can reduce bad thinking. Moreover, the book shows why philosophy's millennia-old advice about how to lead a good, rational, and examined life is essential for escaping our current predicament. In a world in which irrationality has exploded to deadly effect, When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People is a timely and essential guide for a return to reason.

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

*Offsite
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Christina Clancy for Shoulder Season

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Christina Clancy for Shoulder Season

Meeting Room 301
Saturday, Oct 23, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Before the reality shows, and celebrity-filled parties at “the Mansion,” before Hugh Hefner became “Hef” and paraded around with multiple girlfriends on each arm, Playboy and its rabbit-head logo were world-renowned, thanks to the ubiquity of its clubs, casinos, and resorts. In Shoulder Season, Christina Clancy mines the fascinating history of the Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, interviewing former Bunnies, resort personnel and patrons, to capture a fleeting moment in American history, and produce an evocative and nostalgic tale, about a small-town girl turned Playboy Bunny, and the way a place, and the brief, but intoxicating moments of our youth, stay with us and shape our identities. 

The small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is an unlikely location for a Playboy Resort, and nineteen-year-old Sherri Taylor is an unlikely bunny. Growing up in neighboring East Troy, Sherri plays the organ at the local church and has never felt comfortable in her own skin. But when her parents die in quick succession, she leaves the only home she’s ever known for the chance to be part of a glamorous slice of history. In the winter of 1981, in a costume two sizes too small, her toes pinched by stilettos, Sherri joins the daughters of dairy farmers and factory workers for the defining experience of her life. Living in the “bunny hutch”—Playboy’s version of a college dorm—Sherri gets her education in the joys of sisterhood, the thrill of financial independence, the magic of first love, and the heady effects of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But as spring gives way to summer, Sherri finds herself caught in a romantic triangle—and the tragedy that ensues will haunt her for the next forty years.

Meeting Room 301
 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Erica Halverson for How the Arts Can Save Education

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Erica Halverson for How the Arts Can Save Education

Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Oct 23, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This book provides a blueprint for using the arts—performing, visual, and multimedia—to rethink what good learning, teaching, and curriculum can be. The author presents a bold plan for saving education with an arts-based approach to teaching that focuses on risk-taking as the most important aspect of a successful classroom. Halverson offers new models for learning that embrace the social, cultural, and historical assets that kids bring to the classroom, with guidance for designing engaging learning experiences for all grades and subject areas. Featuring many evocative examples from Whoopensocker, the author’s in-school artist-in-residence program, this resource illustrates how classroom practices and school structures can be reorganized for more inclusive success. Readers will learn how to reframe learning as acts of metacognitive representation, identity, and collaboration. And lots and lots of joy.

Book Features:

  • A guide for using theater, music, visual arts, dance, and digital media to transform the process of teaching and learning.
  • Guidance for building learning environments with art at the core, as opposed to adding art to curricula built around standardized tests.
  • Specific examples designed to inspire students’ creativity through writing, improvisation, and performance.
  • Exemplars culled from the author’s 25-year history of making art with young people.
  • Accessible language appropriate for nonacademics and nonexperts.
Meeting Room 302
 
1:30pm
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Saturday, Oct 23, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members at library branches throughout the city. Our friendly, experienced writing coaches are happy to help with writing projects across a wide range of genres, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, fiction writing, memoirs, and more.

Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone, or in person.

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

Blue Room 128
 
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents James Han Mattson for Reprieve

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents James Han Mattson for Reprieve

Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Oct 23, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

A chilling and blisteringly relevant literary novel of social horror centered around a brutal killing that takes place in a full-contact haunted escape room—a provocative exploration of capitalism, hate politics, racial fetishism, and our obsession with fear as entertainment. On April 27, 1997, four contestants make it to the final cell of the Quigley House, a full-contact haunted escape room in Lincoln, Nebraska, made famous for its monstrosities, booby-traps, and ghoulishly costumed actors. If the group can endure these horrors without shouting the safe word, “reprieve,” they’ll win a substantial cash prize—a startling feat accomplished only by one other group in the house’s long history. But before they can complete the challenge, a man breaks into the cell and kills one of the contestants.

Those who were present on that fateful night lend their points of view: Kendra Brown, a teenager who’s been uprooted from her childhood home after the sudden loss of her father; Leonard Grandton, a desperate and impressionable hotel manager caught in a series of toxic entanglements; and Jaidee Charoensuk, a gay international student who came to the United States in a besotted search for his former English teacher. As each character’s journey unfurls and overlaps, deceit and misunderstandings fueled by obsession and prejudice are revealed, forcing all to reckon with the ways in which their beliefs and actions contributed to a horrifying catastrophe. An astonishingly soulful exploration of complicity and masquerade, Reprieve combines the psychological tension of classic horror with searing social criticism to present an unsettling portrait of this tangled American life.

Meeting Room 302
 
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Meghan O'Gieblyn for God, Human, Animal, Machine

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Meghan O'Gieblyn for God, Human, Animal, Machine

Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Oct 23, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

For most of human history the world was a magical and enchanted place ruled by forces beyond our understanding. The rise of science and Descartes's division of mind from world made materialism our ruling paradigm, in the process asking whether our own consciousness--i.e., souls--might be illusions. Now the inexorable rise of technology, with artificial intelligences that surpass our comprehension and control, and the spread of digital metaphors for self-understanding, the core questions of existence--identity, knowledge, the very nature and purpose of life itself--urgently require rethinking.

Meghan O'Gieblyn tackles this challenge with philosophical rigor, intellectual reach, essayistic verve, refreshing originality, and an ironic sense of contradiction. She draws deeply and sometimes humorously from her own personal experience as a formerly religious believer still haunted by questions of faith, and she serves as the best possible guide to navigating the territory we are all entering.

Meeting Room 302
 
2:30pm
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South - Jianping Li - post doc

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South - Jianping Li - post doc

Blue Room 128
Saturday, Oct 23, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members at library branches throughout the city. Our friendly, experienced writing coaches are happy to help with writing projects across a wide range of genres, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, fiction writing, memoirs, and more.

Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone, or in person.

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

Blue Room 128
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jordan Ellenberg for Shape

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jordan Ellenberg for Shape

*Offsite
Saturday, Oct 23, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

From the New York Times-bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong—himself a world-class geometer—a far-ranging exploration of the power of geometry, which turns out to help us think better about practically everything. How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play Go, and why is learning Go so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.) What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? All these are questions about geometry. For real.

Location: Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum

If you’re like most people, geometry is a sterile and dimly remembered exercise you gladly left behind in the dust of ninth grade, along with your braces and active romantic interest in pop singers. If you recall any of it, it’s plodding through a series of miniscule steps only to prove some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. That’s not geometry. Okay, it is geometry, but only a tiny part, which has as much to do with geometry in all its flush modern richness as conjugating a verb has to do with a great novel. Shape reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face. Geometry asks: Where are things? Which things are near each other? How can you get from one thing to another thing? Those are important questions. The word “geometry”comes from the Greek for “measuring the world.” If anything, that’s an undersell. Geometry doesn’t just measure the world—it explains it. Shape shows us how.

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

*Offsite
 
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jaquira Díaz for Ordinary Girls

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jaquira Díaz for Ordinary Girls

Meeting Room 301
Saturday, Oct 23, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Díaz found herself caught between extremes. As her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was supported by the love of her friends. As she longed for a family and home, her life was upended by violence. As she celebrated her Puerto Rican culture, she couldn’t find support for her burgeoning sexual identity. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz writes with raw and refreshing honesty, triumphantly mapping a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be. Reminiscent of Tara Westover’s Educated, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, and Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries, Jaquira Díaz’s memoir provides a vivid portrait of a life lived in (and beyond) the borders of Puerto Rico and its complicated history—and reads as electrically as a novel.

Meeting Room 301
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Saturday, Oct 23, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members at library branches throughout the city. Our friendly, experienced writing coaches are happy to help with writing projects across a wide range of genres, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, fiction writing, memoirs, and more.

Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone, or in person.

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

Blue Room 128
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Alder Myadze Office Hours

Alder Myadze Office Hours

Study Room 1
Saturday, Oct 23, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Open office hours for Alder Charles Myadze (District 18). This is an opportunity to introduce yourself to Alder Myadze and discuss questions, ideas, and concerns. No registration necessary.

Study Room 1
 
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Larry Olmsted for Fans

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Larry Olmsted for Fans

*Offsite
Saturday, Oct 23, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Larry Olmsted’s writing and research have been called “eye-opening” (People), “impressive” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), and “enlightening” (Kirkus Reviews). Now, the New York Times and Washington Post bestselling author turns his expertise to a subject that has never been fully explored, delivering a highly entertaining game changer that uses brand-new research to show us why being a sports fan is good for us individually and is a force for positive change in society. 

Location: Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum

Fans is a passionate reminder of how games, teams, and the communities dedicated to them are vital to our lives. Citing fascinating new studies on sports fandom, Larry Olmsted makes the case that the more you identify with a sports team, the better your social, psychological, and physical health is; the more meaningful your relationships are; and the more connected and happier you are. Fans maintain better cognitive processing as their gray matter ages; they have better language skills; and college students who follow sports have higher GPAs, better graduation rates, and higher incomes after graduating. And there’s more: On a societal level, sports help us heal after tragedies, providing community and hope when we need it most. Fans is the perfect gift for anyone who loves sports or anyone who loves someone who loves sports. 

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

*Offsite
 
4:30pm
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jude Stewart for Revelations in Air

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jude Stewart for Revelations in Air

Meeting Room 301
Saturday, Oct 23, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

An extraordinary, strange, and startlingly beautiful exploration of smell, the least understood of our five senses. Overlapping with taste yet larger in scope, smell is the sense that comes closest to pure perception. Smell can collapse space and time, unlocking memories and transporting us to worlds both new and familiar. Yet as clearly as each of us can recognize different smells–the bright tang of citrus, freshly sharpened pencils, parched earth after rain–few of us understand how and why we smell.

In Revelations in Air, Jude Stewart takes us on a fascinating journey into the weird and wonderful world of smell. Beginning with lessons on the incredible biology and history of how our noses work, Stewart teaches us how to use our noses like experts. Once we’re properly equipped and ready to sniff, Stewart explores a range of smells—from lavender, cut grass and hot chocolate to cannabis and old books—using smell as a lens into art, history, science, and more. With an engaging colorful design and exercises for readers to refine their own skills, Revelations in Air goes beyond science or history or chemistry–it’s a doorway into the surprising, pleasurable, and unfamiliar landscape of smell.

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Meeting Room 301
 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Nicholas Petrie for The Breaker

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Nicholas Petrie for The Breaker

Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Oct 23, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Peter Ash tangles with dangerous enemies and terrifying technology in the “grand-scale actioner” (Booklist), The Breaker. This is the sixth and newest thriller from bestselling author Nick Petrie in his award-winning series featuring Peter Ash, a war veteran struggling with PTSD who travels the United States, stumbling into mysteries that only a man with his unique skill set can solve. 

A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace . . . but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can't stand by and do nothing. Peter does interrupt a crime, but it wasn't at all what he'd expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission—but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye. Peter's hunch is proven correct when a powerful associate from his past appears with an interest in the crime, and an irresistible offer: if he and June solve this mystery, Peter's record will be scrubbed clean.

While Peter and Lewis trace the gunman, reporter June digs into the victim of the incident, a man whose face rings a bell in her memory. As their parallel investigations draw together, they're thrust into the path of a ruthless tech thief, an eerily cheerful assassin, a brilliant and troubled inventor, and a revolutionary technology that could wreak devastation in the wrong hands. But for Peter, even more is at stake: this investigation is his only path to a life free from the threat of prosecution or prison. Before the end, he'll have to fight harder than ever before to ensure that freedom doesn't come at too high a cost. . . .

Meeting Room 302
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Nickolas Butler for Godspeed

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Nickolas Butler for Godspeed

Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Oct 23, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Addressing timeless themes of The American Dream, friendship, loyalty, duty, Godspeed by Nickolas Butler, acclaimed author of Shotgun Lovesongs, balances sophisticated, beautiful prose with a page-turning, suspenseful plot.  Set in the stunning mountains of Wyoming, this is also new brand of Western. A 21st-century morality tale where the rugged landscape is as much a character as the uber-wealthy newcomers to Jackson Hole and the hardscrabble locals, hanging on, any which way they can.

Why is it being built here, and why so quickly? These are the questions Cole, Bart, and Teddy, the three principals of True Triangle Construction, ask themselves when they are hired to finish a project for a mysteriously wealthy homeowner. Nestled in the mountains outside of Jackson, Wyoming, the house is a masterpiece, unlike anything they’ve done before. Once finished, it promises to be the architectural prize of Jackson and could put True Triangle on the map. But despite the project’s lure, the owner is intent on having it built in a matter of months, an impossible task made irresistible by the exorbitant bonus that awaits them if they succeed. A bonus that could change the course of their business, and their lives. Up against the fateful deadline, and the looming threat of a harsh Wyoming winter, Cole, Bart, and Teddy are willing to do anything to get the money, even if it means risking life, limb, and family. And what becomes an obsession for all three quickly builds to tragic consequences for some. Struck through with heart-pounding danger and an arresting lyricism, Godspeed is a stark exploration of the haves and the have-nots, a cautionary tale of greed and violence that asks: How much is never enough?

Godspeed is an incisive portrait of working-class life, the meth epidemic, and the many stratified realities of this one America we all live in, separately. To capture the breakneck pace, exhaustion, and tension of the story, Butler put himself on the same deadline as his characters – forcing himself however he could to pull a crushing string of all-nighters in an attempt to see if he could actually finish this book in three or four months. The result is a novel filled with heart-pounding danger and arresting lyricism that moves like a shot. Godspeed is a cautionary tale of greed and violence that asks: How much is never enough?

Meeting Room 302
 
7:30pm
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jarrett Adams for Redeeming Justice

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jarrett Adams for Redeeming Justice

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
Saturday, Oct 23, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

He was seventeen when an all-white jury sentenced him to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now a pioneering lawyer, he recalls the journey that led to his exoneration—and inspired him to devote his life to fighting the many injustices in our legal system. Seventeen years old and facing nearly thirty years behind bars, Jarrett Adams sought to figure out the why behind his fate. Sustained by his mother and aunts who brought him back from the edge of despair through letters of prayer and encouragement, Adams became obsessed with our legal system in all its damaged glory. After studying how his constitutional rights to effective counsel had been violated, he solicited the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, an organization that exonerates the wrongfully convicted, and won his release after nearly ten years in prison.

But the journey was far from over. Adams took the lessons he learned through his incarceration and worked his way through law school with the goal of helping those who, like himself, had faced our legal system at its worst. After earning his law degree, he worked with the New York Innocence Project, becoming the first exoneree ever hired by the nonprofit as a lawyer. In his first case with the Innocence Project, he argued before the same court that had convicted him a decade earlier—and won.

In this cinematic story of hope and full-circle redemption, Adams draws on his life and the cases of his clients to show the racist tactics used to convict young men of color, the unique challenges facing exonerees once released, and how the lack of equal representation in our courts is a failure not only of empathy but of our collective ability to uncover the truth. Redeeming Justice is an unforgettable firsthand account of the limits—and possibilities—of our country’s system of law.

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
 
9:00pm
9:00pm to 10:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Maddy Court for The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend is My Girlfriend

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Maddy Court for The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend is My Girlfriend

Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Oct 23, 9:00pm to 10:00pm

This illustrated book of advice on love, dating, and friendship--written by and for queer women and people of marginalized genders-is the new go-to queer relationship handbook. Fix yourself a cup of non-caffeinated herbal tea and prepare to laugh, cry, reminisce, and feel your feelings as you read through these quintessentially queer dating dilemmas.

In The Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend, advice columnist Maddy Court (a.k.a. Xena Worrier Princess) answers anonymous queries from lesbian, bisexual, and queer women and people of marginalized genders. Illustrated by comics artist Kelsey Wroten and based on Court's viral zine of the same name, this book features never-before-published letters and responses about first loves, heartbreak, coming out, and queer friendship--all answered with the warmth and honesty of the gay big sister you wish you had.

Meeting Room 302