This year's Book Club Café will host Michelle Wildgen, the author of You’re Not You and But Not For Long [Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press], both of which are set in Madison. The date is Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 7pm. at the lovely Olbrich Gardens.
The popular desert event, which is a fundraiser in support of the Madison Public Library, is sponsored by the various Friends groups of the Central and branch libraries. Wildgen will give a talk, as will Library Director Barb Dimick. Wildgen will also be available to sign copies of her books. A raffle provides an opportunity to win baskets of books and chocolates, and attendees receive a booklet of favorite book titles from the book club groups attending.
While many book clubs attend as a group, the event is open to any individual who wishes to attend. However, reservations often sell out. "Since seating is on a first come-first serve basis, I always encourage people to get their registration forms in early," said Carol "Orange" Schroeder, the Book Club Café Chair and owner of Orange Tree Imports. The registration forms are expected to be available in the branch libraries in early April.
Author Michelle Wildgen, a Madison resident and UW alumni, is a senior editor at Tin House Magazine and editor of the anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast [Tin House Books, 2006]. Her work includes fiction, essays, and reviews, many of which focus on food. She has been published in The New York Times and O, the Oprah Magazine, as well as numerous anthologies and journals.
The Book Club Café has been an annual event for over a decade. Past featured authors have included Wisconsin authors Jacquelyn Mitchard, Margaret George, and Jane Hamilton, as well as Sara Gruen, author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Water for Elephants, and many other notable writers.