Festival of Books features several with UWM connections

Several people associated with UWM will be part of the 12th annual Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books Nov. 5 and 6 at UWM at Waukesha.

Simon Bronner, dean of the UWM College of General Studies, and UWM grad Willa Richards will be part of a panel talking about how history inspires their work. “Literature of the Past – History Tells our Future,” is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6, and will be moderated by Jonathon Kasparek, a history professor at UWM at Waukesha.

Bronner, dean of the UWM College of General Studies, has written numerous works on culture and history and is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of American Studies online for Johns Hopkins University Press.

Richards is the author of the novel “The Comfort of Monsters,” published earlier this year. She completed her doctorate in creative writing at UWM in 2019. She’s also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.

Marlin Johnson, emeritus professor of biology at UWM at Waukesha, will moderate the panel “Literature of Our Planet – Wrap Our World with Words” from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

The event, a project of the UWM at Waukesha Foundation, traditionally brings the community together to encourage literacy, author-to-reader collaboration and creativity through arts and entertainment.

For the second year in a row, the festival will be streaming through its partners, Books & Company of Oconomowoc and MC Services of Pewaukee. This year’s theme, “Pages, Passports & Portals,” will cover programs on travel, nature/environment, history and Wisconsin.

For a full schedule and more information on the festival, visit the festival website.

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