The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books in Waukesha returns for its eighth year at The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, 2017. “Reflections, Looking Back, Moving Forward” is the theme for this year’s festival that features over 80 authors and presenters who either live in Wisconsin or have connections to our state. Friday’s reception and keynote event with Nickolas Butler, author of The Hearts of Men, are ticketed, while most events on Saturday, Nov. 4 are free. From talks, readings, interviews and panel discussions to music, live art, exhibits, book sales and signings – this special community event celebrates literature and the arts, promotes literacy, supports authors and helps attract youth to the potential of the written word. Parking is free for both days of the Festival. The campus is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha.
Friday, November 3: Authors will be traveling to area schools, meeting with students in both large and small groups, to discuss the writing life, their inspirations, the writing process, as well as their own journey to become a published author. Co-event Chair Duane Stein remarked, “…we are bringing traditionally published authors back to the high schools from which they graduated, including Kathie Giorgio, Colleen Glatzel, Lynne Carol Austin and Diane Valentine, to talk to students about the possibility of becoming a published author.” There are also authors, such as Jim Landwehr, who will be presenting at the school where his children attended. Students are encouraged to continue their discovery of writers and writing by attending the Festival of Books on Saturday.
Festival authors visiting schools include:
Waukesha North: Kathie Giorgio, Connie Chappell
Waukesha West: Michael Giorgio, Shaindel Beers, Carrie Newberry
Waukesha South: Colleen Glatzel, Jim Landwehr
Les Paul: Diane Valentine, Lila Schwenk, Kerry Crowley
E-Achieve: Kathie Giorgio (via live online session)
Arrowhead: Chris Werkman
New Berlin West: Lynne Carol Austin
Muskego High School: Susan Martells Huebner
Other highlights of this year’s event include:
Friday, Nov. 3, 6:30pm: Novelist, Nickolas Butler will read from his newest book, The Hearts of Men and discuss his writing in general with Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s book editor. Reception at 5:00 p.m. (Commons,) followed by the keynote at 6:30 p.m. (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre-Fine Arts Building) and a book signing afterwards. Admission tickets are $10 or $35 with a copy of Butler’s book, The Hearts of Men.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 1:00pm: Kyle Cherek, Wisconsin Foodie Host presents a cooking demonstration, followed by “From the Ground Up” at 2:30pm and an interview at 4pm with Jeannette Hurt (“Drink Like a Woman”) - on the Cookbook stage.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 4:00pm: Professor Julie Tharp will discuss NEA Big Read for spring 2018, “The Round House,” a novel by Louise Erdrich. Tharp will feature background on the novel, which explores some of the challenges Native American women face when it comes to sexual violence.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 6:00pm: Former Wisconsin Governor, Martin Schreiber will present his recent memoir, My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver at 6:00 p.m. Schreiber is Wisconsin’s leading crusader for Alzheimer’s caregivers, working to help improve support services in health care settings and in the workplace. Using humor and compassion, Schreiber shares lessons from his ongoing, 10-plus year journey as a caregiver. A book signing (6:45-7:15pm) will follow his presentation. Festival attendees may enjoy an optional dinner buffet at 5 p.m. provided by Pat’s Tasty Eats before Governor Martin Schreiber’s presentation, for $10 per person in the campus HUB. For reservations – phone 262-440-3328 or pay at the door.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30pm: The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within is Valerie David’s hilarious and moving journey as a two-time cancer survivor. According to David, “My show is not just about fighting cancer; it has a universal message of fighting back from any adversity in life with its inspirational message of hope and empowerment. I want to help and inspire others through my performances.” The 60-minute show has mature content. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3058750
Ms. David will also present “How Theatre Literally Saved My Life” on Thursday at noon in room C101 at the UW-Waukesha campus.
Support for the Festival
Now in its eighth year, the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is an annual community celebration of literacy and the arts, where local and national authors and readers of all ages come together to enjoy presentations, performances, creativity and conversation.
Partners committed to date include: All Writers’ Workplace & Workshop, Books & Company, Century Fence Company, Comer Science & Education Foundation, Country Springs Hotel, Friends of Waukesha Public Library, Greater Waukesha Literacy, Holiday Inn-Delafield, Literacy For All, Olive Garden-Brookfield, Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe, Taco Amigo, TGI Fridays-Brookfield, UW-Waukesha Lecture & Fine Arts Committee, UW-Waukesha Theatre Department, Waukesha Community Foundation/Mihi Cura Futuri Fund, Waukesha Reads!, We Energies, Westphal Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast-Hartford, Wisconsin Campus Compact, Wisconsin Public Radio, Waukesha State Bank, and z2.
About the UW-Waukesha Foundation
The UW-Waukesha Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha to promote its programs, support its students and advance the development of the campus.