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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. You can place a hold on a book club kit by calling the library's general reference line at 608-315-5151 (toll free 888-266-7805) between 10am-7pm Mon-Fri, 12-5pm Sat. Books can be picked up at any library, but please keep in mind that books may take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive at your pickup location of choice, while requests for pickup at the Central Library will likely be available within 3-5 days.

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.

Download the book discussion questions or a full book discussion guide.

Library Book Discussions

Madison Public Library will host four virtual book discussions of Parkland via Zoom in October and November 2020. Please click the links below to register and receive a link to join the discussion.

Wednesday, October 21, 7 pm - Sign up

Thursday, October 29, 1 pm - Sign up

Tuesday, November 10, 7 pm - Sign up

Wednesday, November 18, 1 pm - Sign up

These discussions are a partnership between Madison Public Library, the UW-Madison iSchool, 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

Prerecorded Presentation with Dave Cullen and Jaclyn Corin

Two-time New York Times bestselling author and accomplished journalist Dave Cullen talks about his experience writing Parkland: Birth of a Movement. Jaclyn Corin, a student from Parkland and a key organizer in the March for Our Lives movement, joins Dave to discuss her experiences.

About the Author

Dave Cullen is the author of Parkland, the 2020 UW Madison Go Big Read book

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.


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