The twelfth Wisconsin Book Festival is coming up this month. For the first time, the festival is the purview of the Madison Public Library, who inherited it from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Over four days from October 17th through the 20th, the festival will host more than 50 events incorporating literature, film, art, and performance. The festival is an opportunity for people together from across Wisconsin in celebration of books, reading, and ideas.
The First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip-hop culture. First Wave will be presenting poetry workshops at the book festival. First Wave scholars Taylor Scottand Hiwot Adilow spoke with Monday Buzz host Brian Standing about hip-hop, spoken word, their participation in the book fest, and how they landed in Madison .