Apr 18, 2017

Lunch for Libraries with Richard Russo

Apr 18, 2017 • 11:30 am • Overture Center for the Arts • 201 State St • $125

Lunch for Libraries is sold out for individual tickets. To put your name on the waitlist, please email Francesca Rodriquez If you are interested in the event, but weren't able to get tickets on time, please visit this site for information on Russo's public event on April 18th at 7 p.m.

Madison Public Library Foundation's annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser is an opportunity for community members who are committed to our libraries to come together to celebrate, support and invest in the future of our libraries.

This year's lunch will feature the Pulitzer Prize winning bestselling author of Empire FallsRichard Russo. Russo will join us on Tuesday, April 18 at the Overture Center for the Arts to discuss his newest novel, Everybody's Fool.

Russo is a masterful novelist who has an uncanny sense of the way life works in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast. His previous works include eight novels, two collections of short stories, and a memoir.

In Everybody's Fool, set 10 years after Nobody's Fool, Russo returns to North Bath—“a town where dishonesty abounds, everyone misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens are half-crazy” (The New York Times)—and the characters who made Nobody’s Fool a beloved choice of book clubs everywhere. Everybody’s Fool is classic Russo, filled with humor, heart, hard times, and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so human.


Event Schedule:

11:30 a.m.: Check-in, each guest will receive a pre-signed copy of Everybody's Fool 

12:00 p.m.: Lunch by Catering a Fresco. The entree will be a Southwest Steak Salad, and there will be a vegetarian option with portobello mushrooms. Please contact ahead of time if you would like the vegetarian option. 

1:15 p.m.: Russo will be availabe for signing and personalization 


Thank you to our 2017 Lunch for Libraries Table Captains:

Gail Ambrosius                                          Deb Neff

Rich Arnesen                                             Carol Prochaska

Nancy Carpenter                                       Natalie Rew

Jessica Carrier                                          Jon Reneau

Rick Chandler                                           Tanya Salman

Heather Clefisch                                       Leah Sandholm  

Connie Clune                                            Orange Schroeder                                               

Jenni Collins                                              Miriam Simmons

Tom DeChant                                             Al Friedman & Susan "Cookie" Tikalsky

Vikki Enright                                               John & Carol Toussaint

Carol Froistad                                            Bill White

Susan Goodwin                                         Mary Wall Yeager

Jeanne Grist                                                

Shannon Henry Kleiber

Anne Lucke

Barbara McCarthy


Interested in being a table captain at Lunch for Libraries or sponsoring the event ? Email Francesca Rodriquez,


All proceeds of Lunch for Libraries will benefit the Wisconsin Book Festival and the Madison Public Library system. $95 of each ticket is tax deductable. 

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