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Saturday September 20, 2014
Start: 09/20/2014 6:30 pm

A Room of One's Own is looking forward to welcoming film industry professional Jen Rudin to our store for a reading, book-signing, and--most exciting for those aspiring actors out there--Q&A! She will be discussing her new book Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room.


Jen Rudin began acting professionally at age 8 following her childhood obsession with The Brady Bunch. Now, as an award-winning Casting Director with over 30 years in show business, she is often asked the same questions from aspiring actors:


Do I need an agent?

How do I nail an audition?

Are classes or degrees important?

How do I build my performing arts resume?


For the first time, Rudin answers these questions and many more in Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room (It Books; trade paperback original; $19.99; on-sale: December 17, 2013). Rudin’s first book is an informative, comprehensive guide on how to succeed in the film, television, and theatre businesses, as well as commercials and voiceovers, reality television, and the growing trend of web series and instant YouTube fame.


Confessions of a Casting Director is packed with information that aspiring actors clamor for. This up-to-the-minute advice from an expert who has worked in every facet of the entertainment industry is essential for anyone pursuing an acting career, or for stage parents with children who are interested in acting. The book covers such topics as:


·         finding an agent or manager and the difference between the two

·         detailed audition preparation with tips for musical theater, television (including commercials and reality TV) and film, voiceovers, animated movies, and web series

·         using technology and social media to your advantage

·         the demanding world of child acting and how parents can help their children thrive

·         the pros and cons of living in New York versus LA

·         and how to turn a call-back into an offer for the role.


Every actor should walk into an audition room feeling confident and prepared, and Rudin’s book is full of the dos and don’ts and insider secrets to help turn rejection into that first big break. Complete with checklists, easy-to-follow game plans, and advice from real actors, agents, and industry professionals, Confessions of a Casting Director is like having a private audition coach in your back pocket.

Tuesday September 23, 2014
Start: 09/23/2014 6:00 pm

A Room of One's Own is excited to welcome UW-Madison professor and author Jordan Ellenberg for a reading and signing from his acclaimed book How Not to Be Wrong!

The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how wrong this view is: Math touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. It’s a science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument.

Jordan Ellenberg grew up in Potomac, MD, the child of two statisticians. He went to college at Harvard, got a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins, and then returned to Harvard for his Ph.D. in math. After graduate school, he was a postdoc at Princeton. In 2004, he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he is now the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics.

Ellenberg’s research centers on the fields of number theory and algebraic geometry, the parts of mathematics which address fundamental questions about algebraic equations and their solutions in whole numbers. Ellenberg’s research has uncovered new and unexpected connections between these subjects and algebraic topology, the study of abstract high-dimensional shapes and the relations between them.

Ellenberg has been writing for a general audience about math for more than fifteen years; his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Wired, The Believer, and the Boston Globe, and he is the author of the “Do the Math” column in Slate.

He lives in Madison, WI, with his wife, Tanya Schlam, and their two children. Learn more about him at his website.

Sunday September 28, 2014
Start: 09/28/2014 2:00 pm

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome author Rebecca Coffey to read from her latest novel, Hysterical!

Anna Freud (1895-1982) was her father Sigmund ‘s sounding board and chief collaborator. Yet she harbored secrets that could have shaken the foundations of his growing legacy. Suspecting as much, Sigmund psychoanalyzed his daughter.

Was that analysis the erotic echo chamber that he warned analysis always is? Who was Dorothy Burlingham, a figure that most of Sigmund’s biographers have tirelessly ignored? How did Anna manage to live a full life and become a guiding force for analysts, educators, and humanitarians, all while devoting herself to her wary father as he aged and died? Hysterical is Anna Freud’s fictional autobiography; in it she tells her full story for the first time.

After her father’s death, Anna became the de facto leader of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic movement. In her work as a psychologically informed teacher she fundamentally humanized the western world’s approach to early education. Equally impressively, she ran a home in the outskirts of London for war orphans during World War II and for child survivors of the Holocaust after war’s end. All of this, and in a time in which loathing for and pity of lesbians was de rigueur, she enjoyed a six decade domestic partnership with another woman.

In addition to being a novelist and science journalist, author Rebecca Coffey is a humorist. She contributes regularly to Scientific American and Discover magazines. She blogs on assorted subjects including sexuality, relationships, social media, and psychology for Psychology Today, and is frequent contributor to Vermont Public Radio’s drive-time commentary series. Her humor has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus and other literary magazines. Rebecca lives in Vermont.

Monday September 29, 2014
Start: 09/29/2014 6:00 pm

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Joel Christian Gill to read at our store!

Strange Fruit, Volume I is a collection of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity. This unique graphic anthology offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books. Among the stories included are: Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped from slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia; Alexander Crummel and the Noyes Academy, the first integrated school in America, established in the 1830s; Marshall "Major" Taylor, a.k.a. the Black Cyclone, the first black champion in any sport; and Bass Reeves, the most successful lawman in the Old West. Written and illustrated by Joel Christian Gill, the diverse art beautifully captures the spirit of each remarkable individual and opens a window into an important part of American history.

Joel Christian Gill is the chairman, CEO, president, director of development, majority and minority stock holder, manager, co-manager, regional manager, assistant to the regional manager, receptionist, senior black correspondent, and janitor of Strange Fruit Comics. In his spare time he is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and member of The Boston Comics Roundtable. He received his MFA from Boston University and a BA from Roanoke College. He also believes that #28daysarenotenough when it come to black history.

His secret lair is behind a secret panel in the kitchen of his house (sold separately) in New Boston, New Hampshire where he lives with his wife, four children, talking dog, and two psychic cats.

Tuesday September 30, 2014
Thursday October 02, 2014
Start: 10/02/2014 6:30 pm

A Room of One's Own is excited to welcome debut author J.F. Riordan for a reading and booksigning of her Wisconsin-centric novel North of the Tension Line!

Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy Fiona’s city tastes, but she is fascinated and repelled by what lies at the furthest tip of the Door County peninsula: Washington Island, a place utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life.

Fiona’s visits to the island leave her refreshed in spirit, but fully convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation. Still, in a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare: that she cannot survive the winter on Washington Island in a decrepit, old house. Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of Meditations, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and she discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen.

North of the Tension Line is J. F. Riordan’s first novel—it follows Fiona, a fierce female protagonist, and an accompanying cast of eccentric characters. At turns comic, romantic, and thought-provoking, this book is part-compelling-romance and part-comedy-of-manners—evocative of the work of Alexander McCall Smith, Jan Karon, Miss Read, and Jane Austen. Adults and young adults alike will enjoy Fiona’s foray into the vicious politics of small town life, her encounters with a ruthless neighbor and the captain of a haunted ferry, and her eventual discovery of the peculiar spiritual renewal of life as it is north of the tension line.

J. F. Riordan was born in New Jersey and moved first to Michigan, then Wisconsin as a child. At sixteen, after two years of high school, she went to the University of New Mexico to study voice and ultimately became a professional singer. After years of travel, she returned to the Midwest, finished her college degree, and became certified to teach high school English. She taught for three years in the inner city before taking a position as a program officer for a foundation. She lives in exile from Washington Island with her husband and two dogs. North of the Tension Line is her first novel.

Sunday October 05, 2014
Start: 10/05/2014 2:00 pm

Over thirty-five Madison area poets will read poems from the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar on Sunday, October 5th, starting at 2:00 pm. This annual event, held at Room of One’s Own, celebrates the 29th year of publication of the calendar. Steve and Jeanie Tomasko edited the 2015 calendar, which is a publication of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. The reading is a wonderful opportunity to hear a variety of poetic takes on the seasons. It is also a good time to get a head start on holiday shopping--signed copies of the calendar make great gifts!

Sunday October 12, 2014
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