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Wisconsin Book Festival (free; through Nov. 5, multiple venues)


  • Central Library 201 West Mifflin Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Scaachi Khoul.

Scaachi Khoul.

The Madison Public Library hosts author events year-round under the umbrella of the Wisconsin Book Festival, but the majority of the festival's events are wedged into four days in the fall. From November 2 through 5, writers from around the country come to Madison to enhance the literary community in the city.  The festival sprawls across Madison to include readings and talks in libraries, bookstores, terraces, community spaces, and more for the weekend. This year's highlights include: Paul Yoon's expansive collection of stories joined across continents, Welcome To Night Vale creators' extraordinary science-based noir, Angela J. Davis' comprehensive guide to the Black Lives Matter movement, Melanie Radzicki McManus' triumphant story of hiking the Ice Age Trail, Scaachi Khoul's witty and enduring collection of essays about modern life, and Danez Smith's newly released collection of poetry that examines life in America as a black queer person and imagines a world where healing is prioritized over violence against black bodies. Apart from book readings, there will be performances and more interactive presentations all over the city. The festival is packed with numerous talks and readings, far too many to detail, and allows the city to take some time and do something for the better—pick up a book. —John McCracken

Earlier Event: November 1
Spotlight Cinema: Thirst Street