The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books will continue its longstanding tradition, but virtually and in a more limited way this year.
The event, a project of the UWM at Waukesha Foundation for the past 11 years, traditionally brings the community together to encourage literacy, author-to-reader collaboration, and creativity through arts and entertainment.
On Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. authors Ellyn Lem and Anne Basting will talk about their new books about aging in an event via Zoom. Lem is professor of English and gender studies and director of the Honors Program in the College of General Studies. Basting, a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient, is professor of English in the College of Letters & Science.
Lem is the author of “Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life,” a book that she wrote following research with Waukesha area seniors. Basting is the author of “Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care.” They will discuss their books, and talk about the joys, pitfalls and new ways of aging in our culture.
The virtual lineup this year included a number of contests and events during October and November, including the Century Fence-sponsored student essay and poetry contests for middle and high school students, the Duane Stein short story contest for high school students throughout Wisconsin, co-sponsorship of a Waukesha Reads panel (Oct. 27) and a partnership with Oconomowoc-based Books & Company, which will host virtual presentations with five authors introducing new books.