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UWFox a Busy Site for 2010 Fox Cities Book Festival

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Fox Cities Book Festival events take place at UWFoxThe third annual Fox Cities Book Festival will take place April 12-16, 2010, at sites throughout the Fox Valley region of east central Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting several engaging authors’ talks, readings and workshops as outlined below. In addition, an art exhibition featuring Wisconsin book artists is also scheduled for the campus.  All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 12: Henry Golde – Noon - Student Union: “Ragdolls”

Henry Golde spent five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps. Today he lives to tell his remarkable story of survival. He was born in Poland and lived in a city just west of Warsaw. Of the 3,000 Jews that lived in that town, only 50 survived the Holocaust. Golde lost his entire family due to the war. His book, Ragdolls, tells the story of experiencing the horror of the murder factories and slave-labor camps throughout Nazi Europe

Tuesday, April 13: Broughton Coburn – Noon – Student Union: “Everest: To the Top of the World”

Broughton Coburn uses expedition slides to illustrate the organization and dynamics of the 1996 Everest IMAX team’s attempt on the mountain, while exploring the natural and human events that led to the loss of 12 climbers in one storm. Coburn graduated from Harvard College in 1973, and then fulfilled a destiny with the Himalayas -- where he has worked two of the past three decades. He developed documentary films and oversaw environmental conservation and development efforts for the World Bank, UNESCO, World Wildlife Fund, and other agencies. He is also the Special Projects Director for the American Himalayan Foundation. He's primarily known as an author. His book, “Everest: Mountain Without Mercy” (National Geographic Books) reached #17 on the New York Times Bestseller list and was selected as "Pick" for 1997 by Publisher's Weekly. Together, Coburn's three books about the people, environment and challenge of Mt. Everest form the basis for his 55-minute illustrated program, “Everest: To the Top of the World.”

Tuesday, April 13: Broughton Coburn – 2:30 p.m. – Student Union: Secrets of Shangri-la: Ancient Caves of the Mustangs

Best-selling author Broughton Coburn is a premier authority on the culture and environment of the Himalaya.  In the exciting and thought-provoking illustrated presentation, “Secrets of Shangri-la: The Ancient Caves of Mustang,” he shares images from the recent National Geographic-funded film and research expedition that yielded discoveries of international significance.  The formerly forbidden, medieval kingdom of Mustang shines as a pristine relict of Tibetan culture, history and art —sequestered in a remote watershed north of the Himalaya.

Wednesday, April 14:  Marty Essen – Noon – Student Union: Around the World in 90 Minutes

Award-winning author Marty Essen presents his high-energy digital slide show that features interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of thousands of photos he took while traveling the world for his book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.” Marty’s high-energy, seven-continent, digital slide show is full of laughs, surprises, and interesting facts.

Wednesday, April 14: Kao Kalia Yang – 7:00 p.m. – Room 1336: “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir”

Ms Yang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in 1980, and then at the age of seven came with her family to the U.S. She grew up in St. Paul, where she learned to live in two worlds yet remain distinctly Hmong. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her book “The Latehomecomer” received numerous positive critical reviews as one of the first memoirs by a Hmong writer released with national distribution by a literary press.

Thursday, April 15: Lesley Kagen – Noon – Bohrod Conference Room: “Whistling in the Dark”

New York Times best-selling author Lesley Kagen was born in Milwaukee and spent her early years in a great working class neighborhood, much like the one where “Whistling in the Dark” is set. “Whistling in the Dark” received the Honor Book Award from the Midwest Booksellers Association, was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award, a Midwest Connections Pick and has been on the Book Sense National Bestseller list and The Heartland Bestseller List. She is the author selected for this year’s “Fox Cities Reads.” 

Friday, April 16: Ted Kooser – Noon – Perry Hall

National Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet will be reading from his work and discussing the craft of poetry. Ted Kooser is one of the nation’s most highly regarded poets and served as the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 - 2006. During his second term he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems, “Delights & Shadows” (Copper Canyon Press, 2004). A Presidential Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is the author of twelve full-length collections of poetry.

Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 20 in the Aylward Gallery

Three Wisconsin Book Artists,” an exhibiton that features the works of Caren Heft, Jeff Morin, and Brian Borchardt. “These three Wisconsin artists create art books and related visual images that entertain the mind and eye,” according to Max Schultz, director of the Aylward Gallery. All three artists have shown their work throughout the U.S.A.  For more information about this exhibit, including gallery hours, contact Schultz at 920-832-2626 or email max.schultz@uwc.edu.

The authors’ events held at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley are sponsored jointly by the UWFox Campus Activities Board, the UWFox Student Activities Office, the UW-Fox Valley Foundation and the Fox Valley Book Festival. For more information about this year’s authors’ presentations at UWFox, call Jeff Kuepper, student activities director, 832-2671, email jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu, or visit www.uwfox.uwc.edu. For more information about the Fox Cities Book Festival, visit http://www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org/


Posted 4/6/2010