The UWM at Waukesha Foundation announced that the 2020 Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books scheduled for a virtual event on November 6 and 7 will not be presented as planned due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Festival, a project of the nonprofit UWM at Waukesha Foundation for 11 years, bringing the community together at the campus to encourage literacy, author-to-reader collaboration, and creativity through arts and entertainment, will offer a limited number of virtual programs supported by sponsors and partnerships.
The virtual lineup this year will still include the Century Fence sponsored student essay and poetry contests for middle and high school students, the Duane Stein short story contest for high school student throughout the state of Wisconsin, co-sponsorship of a Waukesha Reads panel and a partnership with Oconomowoc-based Books & Company who will host virtual presentations with five authors introducing new books.
One of those virtual events include our own Dr. Ellyn Lem, College of General Studies English Professor and Honors Program Coordinator, will present her book Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life, a book that she wrote following research with Waukesha area seniors. Lem will be joined by UWM Theater Professor and MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, Anne Basting, author of Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care. Ellyn and Anne will discuss their books, talk about the joys, pitfalls, and the new ways of aging in our culture. This virtual event is free and will take place on November 7th at 7pm.
About Ellyn Lem
Ellyn A. Lem is a professor of English and Gender Studies at UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha. She teaches a variety of composition and literature courses, including courses like Women in Popular Culture and Aging America, and directs the Honors Program. Her publications include articles on “The Hunger Games”, “Like Water for Chocolate”, “Arthur Miller and Anzia Yezierska” and the books “The Work-Family Debate in Popular Culture” and “Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life.” Lem received her PhD from New York University.
About Anne Basting
Basting is an artist, scholar, and educator committed to the power of the arts and culture to transform our lives as individuals and communities. She is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and founder and President of the award-winning non-profit TimeSlips.
Basting’s innovative work as both a community-engaged artist and a scholar has been recognized by a MacArthur Fellowship, an Ashoka Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and multiple major grants. She is author/editor of multiple books, including her latest, Creative Care (HarperOne); as well as The Penelope Project (U of Iowa), and Forget Memory (Johns Hopkins). TimeSlips fosters an alliance of artists and caregivers bringing meaning and joy to late life through creativity, and has over 900 certified facilitators in 48 states and 20 countries.