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Go Big Read

Each year Madison Public Library partners with UW-Madison to extend the perennially popular Go Big Read program into the broader community.

The 2020-21 Go Big Read selection is Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen. Taking on the different voices and perspectives of the March for Our Lives Movement’s key participants, Parkland is an in-depth examination of a pivotal moment in American culture. Cullen guides us into the hearts of the Douglas students as they cope with the common concerns of students everywhere. 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. Read more about the selection in the UW-Madison press release.

Book Club Kits

Madison Public Library is pleased to announce that it will again have book club kits for the UW-Madison Go Big Read title available for checkout in the fall of 2020. To be notified when the kits are available, sign up for the New Book Club Kit Insider email newsletter.

The book is currently available for checkout in print, large print and book on CD formats, and as a downloadable eBook and audiobook via Overdrive.

About the Author

Dave Cullen is a two-time New York Times bestselling author and an accomplished journalist, who has written for New York Times, London Times, Vanity Fair, Politico, Washington Post, and many more. Dave was with the Douglas students from the beginning, with unparalleled access behind the scenes. He is also the author of the award winning book Columbine.

Book Discussions

Madison Public Library Book Discussion information for the 2020-21 Go Big Read program is yet to be announced.

Special Events

Keynote Event: An Evening with Dave Cullen

Memorial Union Theater – Shannon Hall
Monday, October 19th
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Live Webstream available

No tickets required



This program was made possible in part by generous support from: