articles tagged "Wisconsin Book Festival"

Losing Gender

Friday, 9 November 2012 | buzz

On Friday Nov 9, as part of the special Wisconsin Book Festival edition, our host Jonathan Zarov speaks with Helen Boyd, author of She’s Not the Man I Married, Cameron Whitley, co-editor of Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family &Friends of Transgender People, and Miriam Hall, who has contributed an essay in Trans-Kin.   They speak about trans issues in society- Cameron explains, “I do see that there’s going to be progression…we see a lot of other significant others, family members, friends and allies trying to come to terms with what it means to be in a relationship with a transgender person, and how they negotiate their identities. When we transition, we also have to remember that the people around us are also transitioning in a lot of different ways.”   Helen Boyd speaks of the partner relationship, explaining that earlier there was no support network or guide available for partners of transgender people, but that recently, as more transgender people come out, there is greater awareness and support for the partner in the relationship as well. Helen says that she sees herself, and writes, as an emissary for Trans issues, “People felt more free to ask me questions that they wouldn’t necessarily want to ask my partner.”   They discuss the role literature plays in helping the public relate and understand these issues better. Miriam explains what she tells her students, “find what’s really your experience, write from a deeply emotionally true place, and people will really relate. They won’t necessarily relate to the details in your life, but they’ll relate to the emotional resonance.”   Today Helen and Miriam will be conducting a workshop, “Trans Kin: High School Friday Session” for high school students. The public is also free to attend. Fri, Nov 9 – 10:10 AM and 12:35 PM. Wisconsin Studio/ Overture Center   Learn more at   Read more about this and other events on Jonathan Zarov’s Friday BuzzBin blog.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »


Friday, 9 November 2012 | buzz
My Heart is An Idiot

In this special Wisconsin Book Festival edition of the Friday Nov 9, 8 O’Clock Buzz, Jonathan Zarov speaks with Davy and Peter Rothbart, of Found Magazine. Davy Rothbart is the author of My Heart is an Idiot, and, together with brother Peter Rothbart, he will be sharing stories from the essays and Lost Magazine at the festival. Davy and Peter are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Found Magazine, “Found magazine…is a collection of notes, letters, anything that people have found. Whether they’re love notes, a list, a journal entry, post it notes…we put it together into Found magazine…each note is a fragment of a story, and it’s up to you to fill in the blanks…” The condition of the notes also play a huge role in the story of the note, they explain. They also share some of their favorite pieces from the magazine on-air.   My Heart is an Idiot is a collection of essays that chronicle 16 different true-life stories from Davy’s own life, including the mishaps of various relationships, people met on the road, and more. Davy will share some of his favorite finds from the magazine and read a few stories from his book at the Overture Center tonight at 9 PM. Peter will perform songs based on the stories they have found, and Jonathan Zarov will be introducing them at the event. Davy mentions one of the stories, “How I got these boots” that he will share at the event, which involves him picking up a seventy year old hitchhiker while on his way to the Grand Canyon. The life-long dream of the stranger, who had hitchhiked his way all the way from Boston, was to see the Grand Canyon. Comments Davy, “When I engage with strangers, I’m always rewarded.”   My Heart is an Idiot: Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour Friday Nov9 @ 9PM Capitol Theater, Overture Center   Visit Wisconsin Book Festival for full details on all events.   Learn more about Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour.   Read more about this and other events on Jonathan Zarov’s Friday BuzzBin blog.   Listen to the interview here: more »

Don’t Stop Thinking about the Music

Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On this special Election Day episode of A Public Affair, host Cynthia Lin looked at how campaign music is employed to sway voters. Cynthia interviewed musicologist Benjamin Schoening and political scientist Eric Kasper about their book, Don’t Stop Thinking about the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns. This enthralling exploration into the power of campaign music will be featured at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Sunday, November 11th.   “In this insightful, erudite history of presidential campaign music, musicologist Benjamin Schoening and political scientist Eric Kasper explain how politicians use music in American presidential campaigns to convey a range of political messages. From Follow Washington to I Like Ike to I Got a Crush on Obama, they describe the ways that song use by and for presidential candidates has evolved, including the addition of lyrics to familiar songs, the current trend of using existing popular music to connect with voters, and the rapid change of music s relationship to presidential campaigns due to Internet sites like YouTube, JibJab, and Facebook. Readers are ultimately treated to an entertaining account of American political development through popular music and the complex, two-way relationship between music and presidential campaigns.” -Lexington Books   Read more about the Wisconsin Book Festival.   Read more about Don’t Stop Thinking about the Music.   Sample some of the music discussed: 2012 – Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own“ 2012 – Kid Rock’s “Born Free“ 2008 – Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered“ 2008 – Elvis’s “A Little Less Conversation“ 1992 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop“ 1992 – Patsy Cline’s “Crazy“ 1984 – Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” 1972 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water“ 1952 – “I Like Ike” (TV version commercial version) 1932 – Wardall’s “Happy Days Are Here Again” 1840 – “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too“   Listen to the show: more »

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson – Wisconsin Book Festival

Friday, 2 November 2012 | buzz

On Friday November 2, in this special Wisconsin Book Festival edition, our host Jonathan Zarov speaks with directors of the festival Megan Katz and Allison Jones Chaim, as well as Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   The festival, themed “Lost and Found,” runs from Nov 7 – 11, with many of the events taking place at the Overture Center and several other locations in Madison, Wisconsin. Jonathan asks Allison and Megan how much of the work at the festival is ‘local’; Allison explains “upwards of a third, maybe even as many as a half have some kind of Wisconsin connection. It’s not necessarily that the work is about the local, but there are these Wisconsin connections that make people want to come back.” One such author is Cherene Sherrard-Johnson.   Cherene, author of Dorothy West’s Paradise: A Biography of Class and Color, will be presenting at the festival on a panel – Recovering Black Women from the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond along with Tracy Curtis and Ethelene Whitmire. The book deals with Harlem Renaissance author Dorothy West, whose work was ‘lost’, “[Dorothy] was one of the younger writers to come to Harlem during the Renaissance, but she was the longest lived writer [of the Renaissance]…she didn’t die until 1998, so she really outlived almost all of them. She wrote for much of her life, but because her first novel didn’t come until 1948, and then she didn’t write for almost fifty years another novel, many people forgot about her.” When asked if the Harlem Renaissance writers, in general, made a living from their works, Cherene explains, “No, even the ones you know of, like Zora Neale Hurston famously died on an unmarked grave until Alice Walker discovered her, so this theme of recovery or discovery is one that often is happening again and again. Most of the [Harlem Renaissance] writers, with the exception of Langston Hughes…stopped writing, disappeared, died…”   Jonathan asks Cherene to compare the Harlem Renaissance with the literary scene today in the United States, “The Harlem Renaissance really was an integrated movement, an interracial movement, because you did have this coalition of black artists and white publishers and patrons who were, in many ways, funding the art. That’s part of why there was such an artistic explosion. You also had black …. more »

Stephen Kantrowitz – Freedom Stories: African Americans and the Civil War

Friday, 2 November 2012 | buzz
Stephen Kantrowitz, Professor of History at UW-Madison

On Friday November 2, our host Jonathan Zarov spoke with Stephen Kantrowitz, who will be presenting on the panel, Freedom Stories: African Americans and the Civil War in the upcoming Wisconsin Book Festival. Stephen is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889. The book is about African Americans in the North, he explains, “there were about a quarter of a million free black northerners, about the same amount of free black northerners as there were free black southerners, and although their population is small compared to almost four million southern slaves, their importance is outsized much larger than their numbers would suggest…partly because some of them were fugitives and represented threats to the slave system, and partly because the place where free black people sit is in this intrinsically uneasy relationship to the American Republic. They’re free, but not white, and the Republic is white, and more and more from the 1830s on towards the Civil War. The amazing thing about these people is how they leverage that position of uncertainty into political power.” Stephen explains that the free black northerners had a huge impact on the North’s position of abolishing slavery in the South. He also explains how black northerners built huge networks, via newspapers, travelers, and free masons to “link together the forces of freedom.”   Stephen will be presenting on a panel along with David Cecelski, whose book speaks about the life of a young slave rebel. David’s book, The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War, “represents the other social movement of the era, the social movement of the slaves themselves.” Stephen explains that it was the combined movement led by both the black southerners and the black northerners, together, that turned the Civil War into a war of emancipation.   Thursday Nov 8 at 7:30 PM Wisconsin Studio at the Overture Center Visit for more information.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

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