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October 2022

WI Book Festival Book Talk: This Is What It Sounds Like (Susan Rogers)

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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This Is What It Sounds Like is a journey into the science and soul of music that reveals the secrets of why your favorite songs move you. But it’s also a story of a musical trailblazer who began as a humble audio tech in Los Angeles to became Prince’s chief engineer for Purple Rain, and then create other No. 1 hits as one of the most successful female record producers of all time. Now an award-winning professor of cognitive neuroscience,…

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WI Book Festival Book Talk: If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal (Justin Gregg)

October 14 @ 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm
Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, 53703 United States
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Yet, human exceptionalism can be a double-edged sword. With our unique cognitive prowess comes severe consequences, including existential angst, violence, discrimination and the creation of a world teetering towards climate catastrophe. Understood side-by-side, human exceptionalism begins to look more like a curse. As scientist Justin Gregg persuasively argues, there’s an evolutionary reason why human intelligence isn’t more prevalent in the animal kingdom. Simply put, non-human animals don’t need it to be successful. And, miraculously, their success arrives without the added…

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WI Book Festival Book Talk: The Viral Underclass (Steven Thrasher)

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm
Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, 53703 United States
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From preeminent LGBTQ scholar, social critic and journalist Steven W. Thrasher comes a powerful and crucial exploration of one of the most pressing issues of our times: how viruses expose the fault lines of society. Having spent a ground-breaking career studying the racialization, policing and criminalization of HIV, Thrasher has come to understand a deeper truth at the heart of our society: that there are vast inequalities in who is able to survive viruses and that the ways in which…

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WI Book Festival Book Talk: Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir)

October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, 53703 United States
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From the author of The Martian, a lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this cinematic thriller full of suspense, humor and fascinating science. Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s…

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WI Book Festival Book Talk: Nerd (Maya Phillips)

October 14 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, 53703 United States
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In the vein of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and Black Nerd Problems, this witty, incisive essay collection from New York Times critic at large Maya Phillips explores race, religion, sexuality and more through the lens of her favorite pop culture fandoms. From the moment Maya Phillips saw the opening scroll of Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, her childhood changed forever. Her formative years were spent loving not just the Star Wars saga, but superhero…

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WI Book Festival Book Talk: Ripple Effects (Ted Rulesh)

October 15 @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State. St.
Madison, WI 53706
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Lakes are among the Upper Midwest’s greatest treasures and most valuable natural resources. The Great Lakes define the region, and thousands of smaller lakes offer peace, joy and recreation to millions. And yet, in large part because of the numbers of people who enjoy the local waterways, the lakes of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota face numerous challenges. Invasive species, pollution, defective septic systems, inadequate shoreland zoning laws and climate change are present and increasingly existential threats. We are, quite possibly,…

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WI Book Festival Book Talk: Wisconsin Waters (Scott Spoolman)

October 15 @ 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State. St.
Madison, WI 53706
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Every Wisconsin waterway has a story, from the Great Lakes and the Mighty Mississippi to thousands of interior lakes, rivers and trout streams. Wisconsin Waters takes readers on an epic tour of the geologic, natural and human stories that have shaped these aquatic landscapes over millions of years. In this companion to his popular Wisconsin State Parks, Scott Spoolman journeys to the distant past to examine the origins of Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers, waterfalls and wetlands. In his accessible storytelling style,…

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