Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books 
Friday, November 1st- Saturday, November 2nd
 UWM at Waukesha campus

1500 N. University Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188


The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is an annual community celebration of literacy and the arts, where local and national authors and readers of all ages come together to enjoy presentations, performances, creativity, and conversation. This is the 10th year for this free community-wide event which is organized by the UWM at Waukesha Foundation in cooperation with community groups that include the Bridges Library System, the Waukesha Public Library, and the Greater Waukesha Literacy. 


The keynote speaker will be on Friday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. and is Andre Dubus IIICLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! Andre Dubus III is the author of The Cage Keeper and Other StoriesBluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and FogThe Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times “Editors Choice.” His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His novella collection, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013 and was listed as a “Notable Book” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was named a New York Times “Editors’ Choice,” and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013.” His new novel, Gone So Long, published in October 2018, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and has been named on many “Best Books” lists, including selection for The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018″ and “The Best Books of 2018,” “Top 100,” Amazon. Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, Two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

The keynote poet will be on Saturday, November 2nd at 1:00 p.m. and is Margaret Rozga.  Margaret Rozga, current Wisconsin Poet Laureate, brings to that role an active and activist’s voice. Her poems draw on her interest in history, the environment, women’s roles and social justice issues. She writes about this poetic bent in her Pushcart Prize nominated essay, “Community Inclusive: A Poetics to Move Us Forward.” A participant in Milwaukee’s 1967-68 fair housing marches, she turned that action into words in her book 200 Nights and One Day. This book earned a bronze medal in poetry in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Awards and was named an outstanding achievement in poetry for 2009 by the Wisconsin Library Association. The Wisconsin Library Association also named another of her books, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, to this honor in 2012.  Her most recent book, Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems, was written with support from the American Antiquarian Society.  She has been a resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the Ragdale Foundation, and Sundress Academy for the Arts.



Other special features include: book signings and readings, a cookbook stage, panel discussions, and live music!! 


Click here for more information on the SEWI website! 

Event date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
1500 North University Dr
Waukesha, WI 53188
Gone So Long: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2019

House of Sand and Fog: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

Townie: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 6th, 2012

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 1st, 2009

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Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2001

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 10th, 2014

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Published: Lit Fest Press / Festival of Language - May 1st, 2017

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Published: Benu Press - February 2nd, 2009

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Published: Benu Press - February 7th, 2012