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Summer Heats Up Wisconsin Book Festival Lineup

The Wisconsin Book Festival has three summer author events on the schedule that are sure to draw big crowds.
New York Times bestselling author Scott Turow, master of the legal thriller, will speak about his recent novel, Testimony, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in the third-floor Community Room at Central Library. The story follows an American prosecutor’s investigation of a refugee camp’s mystifying disappearance. Thanks to the generosity of many corporate sponsors, the first 75 people in line will receive a complimentary copy of Testimony.
Turow’s talk is presented by Stafford Rosenbaum and Stonehouse Development, with additional support from Andrew Clarkowski; Foley & Lardner LLP; Godfrey & Kahn S.C.; Habush, Habush & Rottier SC; Jackson Lewis; The Law Offices of William F. White; Stroud, Willink and Howard, LLC; and Turke & Strauss LLP.
On Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m. Jonathan Safran Foer will speak about his highly anticipated novel, Here I Am, at the Gates of Heaven Synagogue in the lakefront James Madison Park. The story unfolds over four weeks in Washington, D.C., when an earthquake in Israel unleashes a political upheaval. At the center is a fracturing family’s response in a moment of crisis. Seating at the Gates of Heaven is on a first-come, first-served basis and extremely limited.
Terry Tempest Williams will share her literary celebration of U.S. national parks when she speaks about The Hour of Land on Friday, July 7, at 7 p.m. in Central Library’s Community Room. Part memoir, part natural history and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America. This event is presented in partnership with Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts.
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