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Holly Near Ticket Giveaway!

Beloved women's musician Holly Near is coming to Madison to play the Barrymore on April 20th!

From April 13-19, True Endeavors is providing one free pair of Holly Near tickets if you spend $100 at A Room of One's Own! That's a $40 value for free!

World Book Night!

Room will, once again, be a host bookstore for World Book Night! Apply today!

World Book Night is a FREE program designed to help community members get free books into the hands of adult readers.

Wisconsin Book Festival

Every year, A Room of One's Own proudly partners with the Wisconsin Book Festival to host readings in our store and provide books for events all around the city. To find a full schedule of events, locations, and times, please check the WI Book Festival website!

Literacy Network Run/Walk for Literacy

A Room of One's Own is proud to host the Literacy Network for the Annual
Run/Walk for Literacy! For a full schedule of events, as well as to
register, go to the Literacy Network's Run/Walk registration page!

Michael Perry, Author of Visiting Tom

A Room of One's Own is heartily pleased to welcome acclaimed local author, EMT, musician, and funny man Michael Perry back for a reading in our new store! Perry will bring his wit, warmth, and wisdom to his not-to-be-missed show, reading from his latest book Visiting Tom, hot off the presses and on sale in our store now.

Michael Perry, grinning and standing in front of an askew wood shed

Michael Perry: Photo by Andi Stempniak


In Population: 485, Michael Perry introduced us to New Auburn, Wisconsin, and the raging fires, smelt feeds, and car wrecks that brought him back to his hometown as a firefighter and EMT. Truck: A Love Story took us on a yearlong ride as Perry struggled to fix his 1951 International pickup and sort out his love life; in Coop, he shared the joys and challenges of putting down roots in a ramshackle farmhouse, and taking on the responsibilities of thirty-seven acres and a new baby. Now this acclaimed author returns with the tale of Tom Hartwig, an old- timer best known locally for building and firing homemade cannons in Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace.

This event is FREE and open to the public! Seating will be first come, first served, so please plan to arrive early.

Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780061894442
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harper - August 21st, 2012

About Us

A Room of One's Own Bookstore has been a fixture in downtown Madison, Wisconsin since 1975.

Our New Location: In late July 2012, Room moved to 315 W. Gorham St., joining forces with our friends at Avol's Bookstore, just down the street from Community Pharmacy. We are now pleased to offer new and used books, in twice the space we had at our Johnson St. location! We encourage you to bring your gently-used books in to sell.

Avol's Used Books: Avol's continues to maintain a used book buyback counter in our space. We are always interested in buying good, clean used books. We generally do not buy books with underlining, highlighting, water damage or severe wear. We do not buy Romance novels, Westerns, Reader's Digest books, magazines or journals. If you have any questions or would like to talk to the used book buyer, please call 608-255-4730 and ask for Ron. You can also find Avol's on the web at www.avolsbooks.com.

A Room of One's Own is an independent, local bookstore: Room offers a wide selection of current and classic fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, graphic novels, local interest titles, gifts, greeting cards, and t-shirts. We also have strong children's and young adult, women's studies and LGBT fiction and nonfiction sections.

Room's feminist community: We are proud to be a central part of Madison's women's community, and our roots in Madison's feminist community go deep. Our store has given us the opportunity to provide a meeting place, event forum, and safe space. We are happy to host community events. If your small book or discussion group would like to use our community room to meet, please call ahead to check availability at 608-257-7888. 

Web Orders and e-books: We are happy to be able to offer e-books and web orders for in-store pickup or mail delivery through our website! Please note that our website does not reflect our in-store stock: please call us at (608) 257-7888 to find out if we have the title (new or used) that you would like.

Circle M Farm CSA Partnership!

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to once again be a part of Circle M Farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program! This summer we will continue to serve as a drop-off point for bimonthly boxes of beautiful, organic fresh produce and sustainably-raised meat and eggs.

flats of sprouting greens in a beautiful greenhouse

To find out more about Circle M's CSA program, check them out at www.circlemfarm.com!

The Marions standing in front of barn with pitchforks

Register for World Book Night!

Join Us for World Book Night!

A Room of One's Own Bookstore is pleased to announce that we will serve as a distribution point for World Book Night!

One million free books, representing 30 titles, will given away by 50,000 volunteer book lovers across the U.S. on World Book Night - April 23, 2012.

World Book Night graphic with moon in eclipse, April 23 2012

Read more about the process at the WBN website, www.worldbooknight.org

This event is free for anyone who wants to participate! All you have to do is sign up (here is the registration link), choose from the list of 30 great books, and describe what institution, charity, or underprivileged group you plan to donate 20 free copies of that book, and why! Then, in mid-April, stop by Room to pick up the 20 copies you plan to donate, and take them to be given out to their new owners.

The registration process for those wishing to become volunteer book givers is open through February 1, 2012.


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