Wisconsin Book Festival 2010

The Wisconsin Book Festival began yesterday (Sept. 29) and runs through Sunday, October 3.

This Year’s Theme: Beliefs
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The 2010 Wisconsin Book Festival explores the theme of Beliefs. In the Festival’s honor, we’ve asked several authors, poets and other thinkers from across Wisconsin to reflect on the role beliefs have played in their lives. The multiplicity of perspectives you’ll see here reflects one of the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s deeply held beliefs: that when our beliefs get aired, shared and woven together, community life grows more vibrant and our individual lives are enriched.

Events are happening statewide, but here’s what’s happening locally for youth & kids:

Thursday, September 30

Maryann MacDonald: The Little Piano Girl
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Venue: Madison Children’s Museum

Sponsored by the Mary Lou Williams Centennial Celebration
Presenter(s): Maryann MacDonald
Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing the piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician. She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. The Little Piano Girl is the story of Mary Lou’s childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.

Friday, October 1

Kao Kalia Yang Writing Workshop for Youth
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Venue: Kennedy Heights Community Center

Presenter(s): Kao Kalia Yang
The experiences as an immigrant guide the writings of Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. This workshop encourages midle-school-age youth to define and write their own stories. Participants must pre-register for this FREE workshop. Click HERE to register.

Kids’ Book Extravaganza: Josh Lewis, Boni Ashburn, and others
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Venue: Madison Children’s Museum

Presenter(s): Josh Lewis, Boni Ashburn
A mini-festival for young readers and families at Madison Children’s Museum’s gorgeous brand new location. Do you believe in dragons? Stop in to meet Boni Ashburn, whose lovely and musical picture book Over At The Castle begets a fanciful medieval world of sun-drenched illustrations and gentle humor. And don’t miss native Madisonian Josh Lewis, creator of Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry, a bona fide, deep-fried superhero who’s not afraid to take on villains great and small. For tweens, toddlers, and everyone in between, the fourth annual book bash is sure to be another smash.

Saturday, October 2

Children’s Book Sale
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Venue: Helen C. White Hall

A benefit for the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)
Great bargains on books for children and young adults. Hardcovers are $4; paperbacks are $2. Become a CCBC Friends’ member at the door and receive $1 discount per book. Helen C. White Hall Room 4207.

Sacred Spaces & Belief Places: A Day-Long Guided Tour
8:15 AM – 4:30 PM
Venue: Overture Center for the Arts

Presenter(s): Joni Shahrani
With support from the WHC, Jefferson Middle School teacher Joni Shahrani created an innovative program that literally takes her students on the road to explore people and their beliefs in and around Madison. Now is your chance to participate! Visit Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, The Islamic Center of Madison, Deer Park Buddhist Center, and Temple Beth El. Participants must pre-register for this workshop. Click HERE to download a registration form. No spaces remain for this tour. Registration is now closed.
To be added to a wait list, please call (608) 265-5594

Wisconsin History, One Story at a Time: Badger Biographies
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Venue: Madison Public Library-Main Branch

Presented by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Presenter(s): Sheila Cohen, Bob Kann, Caroline Hoffman
Join authors Bob Kann, Caroline Hoffman and Sheila Cohen as they talk about writing for children. All three authors have written books for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press’ Badger Biographies series for 7-12 year old children. They’ve explored famous and not so famous people from Wisconsin in a kid friendly format. All of the biographies tell stories of people that worked hard, believed in themselves and achieved their dreams – such as, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gaylord Nelson, Belle & Bob La Follette and Cindy Bentley.

Barbara Slate Workshop for Teens: You Can Do a Graphic Novel!
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Venue: College Library (Helen C. White Hall)

Presenter(s): Barbara Slate
Can you imagine yourself sitting down with pencil and paper to create a colorful, captivating graphic novel? 12-18-year-olds will receive the inspiration and know-how to get the stories they want to tell out of their heads and onto paper through one of today’s most compelling mediums for sharing stories: graphic novels. Participants must pre-register for this FREE workshop. Click HERE to register.

Ann Angel: Janis Joplin biography
2:30 – 3:30 PM
Venue: A Room of One’s Own Feminist Bookstore

Presenter(s): Ann Angel
Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. In Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing , Ann Angel depicts a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it’s the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history who died at twenty-seven.

Teachers’ Training for Graphic Novel Workshops: Barbara Slate Shares Her Methods
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Venue: College Library (Helen C. White Hall)

Presenter(s): Barbara Slate
Teens who do graphic novels develop skills in logic, teamwork, problem solving, and completing tasks. Veteran graphic novelist and instructor Barbara Slate guides teachers through her proven step-by-step plan to helping students reach fulfillment as graphic novelists. Priority space is for teachers, but other interested adults are welcome to attend as space allows. Free teacher’s guides will be provided to participants.

Sunday, October 3

Amy Lou Jenkins: Open-Air Parenting
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Venue: Sun Prairie Public Library

Presenter(s): Amy Lou Jenkins
Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting is Amy Lou Jenkins’s story of exploring the natural history, landscape, flora and fauna of the state of Wisconsin with her son, drawing parallels along the way between the world of people and nature.