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OFFSITE: Robert Olen Butler, author of Perfume River at Madison Public Library

From one of America’s most important writers, Perfume River is an exquisite novel that examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family.

Perfume River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125750
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 6th, 2016

Wisconsin Book Festival

WI Book Festival Logo

A Room of One's Own will once again be everywhere during the Book Festival! You can find dozens of excellent Book Fest events in our store, at Madison Central Library, and at other locations around the city! Check out the WI Book Festival Schedule to plan your highlights!

OFFSITE: Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister at Madison Public Library

Join Room and Madison Metro Transit at Madison Public Library Central Branch for the reading and book signing by Rachel Simon!

Rachel Simon's sister Beth is a spirited, independent woman who has an intellectual disability and who has forged a unique alliance with her community through her travels on the local buses.

Her bestselling memoir, Riding The Bus With My Sister, chronicles the year she spent riding the buses with Beth, as well as their lives together from birth to middle age.

Riding the Bus with My Sister Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455526161
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 5th, 2013

Mel Miskimen, author of Sit, Stay, Heal

Mel Miskimen author photo with Seamus the black lab

A Room of One's Own welcomes local dog lover and author Mel Miskimen and her beloved black lab Seamus for a reading at our store!

Rowdy, reckless Seamus is the last dog you’d find in a training field. Instead of obediently retrieving, he stubbornly follows his heart, wherever it may lead.

Sit Stay Heal: How an Underachieving Labrador Won Our Hearts and Brought Us Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492632276
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks - September 6th, 2016

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets' Annual Calendar Reading

2017 WI Poets Calendar

Over thirty-four Madison area poets will read poems from the 2017 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar on Sunday, October 16th, starting at 2:00 pm. This annual event, held at Room of One’s Own, celebrates the 31st year of publication of the calendar. French Barnard and Estella Lauber edited the 2017 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. The Calendar makes great gifts.

Book Party: Rachel Davidson Leigh, author of Hold

Rachel Davidson Leigh, author of Hold

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Rachel Davidson Leigh for a book release party in celebration of the release of her new LGBT young adult novel Hold!

Hold Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945053092
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Duet - September 29th, 2016

Eric Piotrowski Book Launch Party for MindWipe!

A laid-back celebration of mindfulness and destressification. Join educator Eric S. Piotrowski (author of This Ain't What You Rung For) as he shares strategies for dealing with stress, anger, and ego. Refreshments will be provided, and three attendees will win free copies of his new book MindWipe.

For more information about the book, visit

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Bascom Hill photo by Richard Hurd

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