The 10th annual Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books runs Friday and Saturday on the UWM at Waukesha campus and showcases more than 70 authors, including several from UWM. General admission is free, while admission to a Friday-night keynote presentation by “House of Sand and Fog” author and National Book Finalist Andre Dubus III is $10.
Saturday afternoon’s keynote presentation features current Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga, professor emeritus of English at UWM at Waukesha, and Kim Blaeser, UWM professor of English and a past Wisconsin poet laureate.
Festival authors with UWM connections include Nan Kim, associate professor of history, whose book “Memory, Reconciliation and Reunions in South Korea: Crossing the Divide” recently won the 2019 Scott Bills Memorial Prize from the Peace History Society. The award recognizes an outstanding English-language first book or dissertation in the field of peace history.
Other UWM authors appearing at the festival include Liam Callanan, Kirk Tyvela, Jonathan Kasparek, Drew Blanchard, Andrea Lochen, Teresa Schueller and Jackie Joseph-Silverstein.
The festival is an annual celebration of literacy and arts – including author readings, a writer’s marketplace and contests – and this year’s theme is Opening Doors. Friday night’s program runs 5-9 p.m., and Saturday’s program runs from 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For a full schedule and more information on the festival, visit sewibookfest.com.