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The Fifth Annual Fox Cities Book Festival Events at the University of Wisconsin - April 11-19logo

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Foundation, Inc. and the UWFox Campus Activities Board have contributed to the sponsorship of these authors.


Wednesday April 11: Noon – Student Union
The Zookeeper’s Wifeand the Craft of Writing
Diane Ackerman

Introduction: Dr. Jeff Filipiak, UWFox Senior Lecturer in History

Ackerman has received a D. Lit. from Kenyon College, Guggenheim Fellowship, Orion Book Award, John Burroughs Nature Award, and the Lavan Poetry Prize, as well as being honored as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. She also has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her --dianeackerone. She has taught at a number of universities, including Columbia and Cornell. Her essays about nature and human nature have been appearing for decades in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Parade, The New Yorker, National Geographic and many other journals. She hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by A Natural History of the Senses.

Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including A Natural History of the Senses. Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being “in” nature, but Ms. Ackerman has taught generations that we are nature—for “no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams.” Ackerman’s observations urge us to live in the moment, to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles.

Her most recent book, One Hundred Names for Love, has been described by Booklist as: "A gorgeously engrossing, affecting, sweetly funny and mind-opening love story of crisis, determination, creativity, and repair." Abraham Verghese of The New York Times Book Review remarked, "Ackerman weds exquisite writing with profound insights, this time into speech and imagination....This book has done what no other has for me in recent years: it has renewed my faith in the redemptive power of love."

Her recent memoir, The Zookeeper's Wife, received the Orion Book Award, which honored it as "a groundbreaking work of nonfiction, in which the human relationship to nature is explored in an absolutely original way through looking at the Holocaust.

Other nonfiction titles include: Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day, a book about 'waking up' to each passing moment; An Alchemy of Mind, a poetics of the brain based on the latest neuroscience; Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden; Deep Play, which considers play, creativity, and our need for transcendence; A Slender Thread, about her work as a crisis line counselor; The Rarest of the Rare; and The Moon by Whale Light, in which she explores the plight and fascination of endangered animals; A Natural History of Love; and On Extended Wings, her memoir of flying.

Ackerman's poetry has been published in leading literary journals.  Her poems are full of fact and exuberance." Her poetry books are Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire; I Praise My Destroyer; Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems; Lady Faustus; Reverse Thunder: A Dramatic Poem; Wife of Light; The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral.  She also writes nature books for children. Those titles include: Animal Sense; Monk Seal Hideaway; and Bats: Shadows in the Night. Says The Chicago Sun, "If you're lucky you have someone in your life like Diane Ackerman—smart and capable, and successful in the world of grownups, but still brimming with the kind of infectious enthusiasm and wonder generally found only in children."

Wednesday April 11: 2:00 p.m. – Emeritus Room
Fox Cry Review Reading

Introduction: Dr. Will Curl, UWFox Senior Lecturer in English

The release of the 2012 edition of Fox Cry Review, the 38th in the journal’s history, will be celebrated with a public reading. The reading is free and open to the public, and writers whose work is included in this year’s Fox Cry are encouraged to join the presentation and read their selections from the journal.

The Fox Cry Review is the nation’s oldest literary journal published by a two-year university.



Wednesday April 11: Anat Baniel Workshop and Book Talk
Anat Baniel


Anat Baniel's passion is to help people move more fully into life on mental, physical, and emotional levels. She has developed her approach to helping people, the Anat Baniel Method, from her background in clinical psychology, the sciences, dance, the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, and years of practical experience. According to the Anat Baniel Method website, the method helps people improve their minds and bodies "through innovative movement exercises and the Nine Essentials [to] create new neural patterns that increase strength, flexibility, and vitality." Baniel's Move Into Life: the Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality (2009) provides an in-depth guide to her method. Her next book, Kids Beyond Limits: the Anat Baniel Method for Awakening the Brain and Transforming the Life of Your Child with Special Needs will be available in spring of 2012.

Baniel grew up in Israel and moved to the United States in 1982. She now lives in Marin County, California. The Anat Baniel Method Center is also located there.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Free Workshop: Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials for Life Long Vitality – Baehman Theatre
[Note: this event has been moved to the Neenah Public Library]
Through innovative movement exercises, the Nine Essentials create new neural patterns that increase strength, flexibility, and vitality. Whether you are in good health or have a limiting diagnosis, the method gives you tools to make the impossible possible and to live life more fully, with greater joy and success.

5:00 p.m. “Kids Beyond Limits” Book Talk – Student Union
This practical and informative book describes how to apply her Nine Essentials to deepen your understanding of what your child needs to overcome special challenges and dramatically improve his or her emotional, intellectual and physical abilities.

The book includes success stories of children with a vast range of difficult challenges—from autism to complex genetic issues. It reveals how more traditional approaches limit what’s possible for your child by trying to “train” them to perform developmental milestones they are not ready for. Baniel’s unique approach is truly holistic and in accord with how the brain grows. Discover why the author wins praises of parents, children and professionals, and how you can apply her approach to help your own child.

Thursday April 12: 11:00 a.m. – Emeritus Room
A Girl’s Guide to Homelessness
Brianna Karp

Author of A Girl’s Guide to Homelessness – deeply compassionate and darkly funny, this unforgettable memoir celebrates the courage and creativity of lives society would otherwise stigmatize.

Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty-two her dream became reality. Karp loved her job as an executive assistant and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach.

And then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months between the day she was laid off and the day she was forced out onto the street, Karp scrambled for temp work and filed hundreds of job applications, only to find all doors closed. When she inherited a thirty-foot travel trailer after her father’s suicide, Karp parked it in a Wal-Mart parking lot and began to blog about her search for work and a way back.

Karp began her journey as a homeless person terrified and ashamed. Fear turned to awe as she connected with other homeless people whose remarkable stories inspired her to become an activist for the homeless community.

Brianna Karp’s appearance supported by a community collaboration of the Fox Cities Book Festival, Willems Marketing and the J.J. Keller Foundation


Thursday April 12: Noon – Student Union
Heads v. Feds: A Debate on Federal Drug Policy

Debate Moderator: Dr. Teresa Gonya, UWFox Associate Professor of Biology

Steve Hager, longtime editor of High Times Magazine takes on hard-hitting DEA veteran Robert Stutman on the multitude of issues surrounding marijuana legalization. It provides a well-balanced forum for students and community on both sides of this embattled topic.

Robert M. Stutman – An “S.O.B. on the side of angels” (Boston Herald Magazine) and “one of our nation’s heroes” (according to Dan Rather) is Robert Stutman, formerly “the most famous narc in America” (so coined by New York Magazine).

Taking to the front lines of the drug wars, Bob Stutman made a 25-year career as one of America’s highest profile drug busters. Bob, as head of DEA’s largest office in the world, New York, became so visible, the Columbian Cartel had at one time targeted him for assassination.

Considered to be one of the nation’s top experts on drugs, Bob established The Stutman Group, a Management Consulting firm that designs and implements comprehensive and practical substance abuse prevention programs for communities, corporations and school systems across the nation.

Given Bob's unique foundation in law enforcement, coupled with his experience meeting thousands of kids annually in schools throughout the country, Bob can both articulate what kids say and feel, as well as why they feel that way.

Bob was often credited with bringing “crack” to national attention and emphasizing the role of prevention activities in drug law enforcement. As a result William F. Buckley credited him with “single handedly changing the policy of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration”

In addition to leading The Stutman Group, Bob has been the Special Consultant on substance abuse for CBS News. In addition, he has appeared frequently on hundreds of TV shows including the Today Show & Oprah. He was recently featured in the PBS Frontline documentary entitled Drug Wars and the VH 1 special entitled The Drug Years. His best-selling autobiography, “Dead on Delivery” was published by Warner Books and was the basis for a television movie entitled Mob Justice. Bob’s extensive speaking tours have brought him before thousands of audiences in over 70 countries.

Steve Hager – Editor of High Times Magazine – has a Master’s of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater. He is a former reporter for the New York Daily News and was editor of High Times Magazine for over 16 years. Hager has written four books: Hip Hop (St. Martins' Press), the first history of rap music, break dancing and graffiti; Art After Midnight (St. Martin's Press), a history of the East Village art scene of the 1980s; Adventures in the Counterculture (High Times Books), a collection of his High Times journalism. Appearing in the Spring of 2005, The Octopus Conspiracy (Trineday) contains everything in his previous three books, as well as Hager's history of secret societies. "This is the real Da Vinci Code," says Hager, "and it's not about goddess worship, but an examination of some of the darkest forces that rule our planet."

For the last five years, Hager has been a documentary filmmaker who writes, directs, shoots and edits his own features. Hager is also the creator of The Cannabis Cup, the academy awards of marijuana, which is held every year in Amsterdam during Thanksgiving week. Koch Vision released his feature documentary of this event in 2003. He continues to produce and direct the annual event, and is also Editor-at-Large of High Times Magazine and contributes a monthly column to the magazine titled "Counterculture Chronicles."


Thursday April 12: 6:30 p.m. – Room 1229 An Evening with Fantasy Author Patrick Rothfuss http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/index.asp

He will be reading from his best-selling work The Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear, the first two books in his expected trilogy.  He will also be answering questions from the audience, and telling stories.  He will be signing books directly following the event.

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in English then went to graduate school, receiving an MA from Washington State University.

In 2002 he won the Writers of the Future 2002 Second Quarter competition with The Road to Levinshir, an excerpt from his novel.  In April 2007, The Name of the Wind was published.  In the years since, it has been translated into 30 languages, and become a bestseller in several countries.   The Name of the Wind also received the 2007 Quill Award and Publishers Weekly named it one of their “Best Books of the Year” (2007) for science fiction/fantasy/horror.

Wise Man’s Fear, the second book of the trilogy came out in March 2011, immediately hitting #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

When not working on the third book of the series, Pat plays with his baby, makes mead, and runs Worldbuilders, a geek-centered charity that has raised more than a million dollars for Heifer International.

Friday April 13: 9:00-10:30 a.m.  Student Union
WPR’s On Your Health Zorba Paster and Tom Clark

(taping for national broadcast at a later date)

Join public radio’s favorite family doc and its most loveable curmudgeon for a special broadcast of Zorba Paster On Your Health!  It’ll be an upbeat hour on healthy living that’s as informative as it is irreverent.

A Chicago native, Dr. Paster has traveled and studied extensively in Asia and India, where he volunteered his medical expertise and services for the Tibetan refugee population in Northern India's Himalayas. He mentors medical students as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, Dr. Paster maintains a busy clinical practice in Oregon, WI.

His books include: The Longevity Code: Your Personal Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life (2001), Hear-Healthy Recipes Low-fat, Guilt-free & Tasty (1997) and Heart-Healthy Low-Fat, Guilt-Free, and Tasty Recipes from the Kitchen of Zorba Paster (1996).

Friday April 13:11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Student Union
WPR’s Garden Talk
Host Larry Meiller with guest Jerry Apps
Live Taping

http://wpr.org/larrymeiller/ ; http://www.jerryapps.com/

Larry would probably do well on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." He knows about geography, science, meteorology, the environment, travel and leisure activities, consumer issues, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, computers, home repair, gardening, cooking, medicine, and more. After hosting a public radio program for 34 years, he's obviously picked up a lot of facts and figures.

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 35 books, many of them on rural history and country life. His nonfiction books include: Living a Country Year, Every Farm Tells a Story, When Chores Were Done, Humor from the Country, Country Ways and Country Days, One-Room Schools, Cheese, Breweries of Wisconsin, Ringlingville USA (History of Ringling Brothers circus), Old Farm: A History, Barns of Wisconsin, Horse Drawn Days: A Century of Farming With Horses, Campfires and Loon Calls, and Garden Wisdom. His children's books include: Stormy, Eat Rutabagas, Tents, Tigers and the Ringling Brothers, and Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker. He has an audio book, The Back Porch and Other Stories. Jerry has published four novels, The Travels of Increase Joseph, In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story, Blue Shadows Farm and Cranberry Red. Jerry is a former publications editor for UW-Extension, an acquisitions editor for the McGraw-Hill Book Company, and editor of a national professional journal.

Jerry has won awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association (the 2007 Notable Authors Award), American Library Association, Foreword Magazine, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, The Wisconsin Council for Writers (the 2007 Major Achievement Award), Upper Midwest Booksellers, and Barnes and Noble Bookstores, among others. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.


Friday April 13:12:30 p.m. – Emeritus Room
The Fight Against “So-Called” Honor Murders
Rana Husseini
Introduction: Dr. Malcolm Allen, UWFox Professor of English

Queen Noor of Jordan has said of the writings on honor killings by Rana Husseini, she “… has almost single-handedly brought this crime to public attention through her newspaper articles and campaigns.”

As a Jordanian woman journalist writing for The Jordan Times, Husseini focused on social issues with a special emphasis on violence against women, as well as the brutal crimes that are committed against Jordanian women in the name of family honor.

Her coverage of and dedication to ending this unjustified practice against women helped raise national awareness on a topic that is traditionally considered taboo. The government responded by introducing legal and judicial changes that suggest tougher punishments for perpetrators of such crimes.

In 2009, Husseini finished writing her book on so-called honour crimes in the world, with special emphasis on Jordan. The book, entitled Murder in the Name of Honor: The True Story of One Woman's Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime, aims to provide people with a credible source based on real-life experience and tackling a sensitive issue which is often susceptible to misconception.

Rana Husseini has earned nine local and international awards, including a medal from HM King Abdullah II in 2007, for reporting on such crimes.

Husseini was interviewed by various local, Arab and international media such as CNN, ABC, BBC, NY Times, VOA, Al Jazeera, Al Arabia, MBC, and the Chicago Tribune. Based on these efforts she has been invited to lecture in several local and international conferences regarding the issue as well as women's rights in the region.

In addition to her extensive experience in the journalism field, Husseini has conducted several consultancies and advocacy for women’ s rights in the Middle East and Jordan with local NGOs, UN agencies and international organizations. She has served as special advisor to UN Women (previously UNIFEM), Equality Now and Freedom House on women’s issues and press freedoms in Jordan.

Husseini also worked as a consultant and trainer for the Jordan Media Institute and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) by conducting training workshops for local reporters, journalism students on reporting on gender, human rights and violence against women.


Monday April 16:vNoonPerry Hall
Make the Impossible Possible
Bill Strickland


As president-CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Bill Strickland builds partnerships to help the disadvantaged build a better future. He's also the author of Make the Impossible Possible, which includes his story of how a kid from Pittsburgh's ghetto would go on to lecture at Harvard and serve on the National Endowment of the Arts board.

Strickland is nationally recognized as a visionary leader who authentically delivers educational and cultural opportunities to students and adults within an organizational culture that fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility and integrity.

Throughout Strickland's distinguished career, he has been honored with numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to the arts and the community, including the coveted MacArthur “Genius” award. The past several decades have been dedicated to maintaining successful relationships with prominent national foundations and political leaders who share his passion and vision for a healthier future.

Make the Impossible Possible has been chosen as the 2012 Fox Cities Reads selection.


Monday, April 16: 3:00 p.m. – Perry Hall
Roger and Me, Too
Jean Feraca

“There is no word in English to describe the special closeness that sometimes binds a man and a woman who are never lovers, but more than friends. Roger was my husband’s best friend, but I loved him too. Had we met decades earlier, I would have jumped on the back of his Harley and ridden off with him. As it was, what grew between us was something much subtler. But because there is no word for it, it stayed mysterious in my mind, to be brought to light only in the course of my becoming Roger’s memoirist.” – Jean Feraca 

Jean Feraca is an award-winning poet and creative nonfiction writer. Her memoir  I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio, was selected as the winner of the 2007 Kingery/Derleth Booklength Nonfiction Award, sponsored by the Council for Wisconsin Writers. It was also named an Outstanding Book by the American Association of School Librarians and one of the year's Best Books for General Audiences by the Public Library Association. The essay, “Roger and Me, Too,” which appears in the new edition, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  

Jean won The Nation's l975 Discovery Award and was named "one of the most promising poets of her generation." She published her first book of poems, South From Rome: Il Mezzogiorno, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is anthologized in The Dream Book, which won The American Book Award in l986. She received a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship to complete Crossing the Great Divide, her second book, which was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In l996 she was named the lead poet in a major public series commissioned by Wisconsin's Dane County Cultural Affairs. She is a member of Poets and Writers, Inc. and is listed in the International Who's Who in Poetry, and Who's Who in American Writers, Editors and Poets. Madison Magazine named her one of its "10 Most Talented".

Feraca holds a B.A. cum laude in English from Manhattanville College in New York where her honors work in dramatic literature was completed with Harvard University. She received an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and completed the course work toward her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. She did graduate studies in drama at the University of California in Berkeley and studied studio art at Columbia University.

A native of New York, Feraca has lived in Italy and has traveled widely throughout the world.  She is the mother of two sons and the wife of UW-Madison geneticist Alan Attie.


Wednesday April 18: Noon – Student Union
The Chemistry of Murder
Deborah Blum


We take for granted our CSI-age, with scientists and police working together to solve crimes. But that's a surprisingly new idea; in the United States we didn't even teach forensics until the 1930s. So what was it like in the day when poisoners could operate with impunity (as one city report acknowledged)? Who were the crusading scientists who changed that? And what can the lessons of past - the awakening of the dangers of everything from arsenic to radium - teach us about the dangers of today?

Deborah Blum once dreamed of being a chemist, right up to the point that she set her hair on fire in a Florida State University Bunsen burner.  Now she pursues her fascination with chemistry (beautiful, fundamental, and occasionally sinister) from a relatively safe distance.  A long-time science writer, she is also interested in the intersection between science and society, the way, for instance, that chemistry can change culture and vice versa.  That intersection has been at the center of her five books, beginning with The Monkey Wars (1994), which looked at ethical issues in primate research, and continuing to the NYT best-seller The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (2010).  Her other books include Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Health (2006) and Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection (2002), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Sex on the Brain (1997).

She writes for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Tin House (about the weirdness of coloring food) and Time magazine and she blogs about chemistry, culture (and the occasional murder) for the Public Library of Science at her blog, Speakeasy Science.

Blum teaches creative non-fiction, literary journalism and science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism. Prior to joining the university, she was a science writer for The Sacramento Bee where she won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for a series on ethical issues in primate research. The series became her first book, The Monkey Wars (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Wednesday April 18: 5:30 p.m. – Student Union
James Balog Presents the Extreme Ice Survey
James Balog
Introduction: Dr. Beth Johnson, UWFox Assistant Professor of Geology

Art meets science in this stunning look at our changing planet.

James Balog has been a leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for three decades. Extensively published in National Geographic and other international media, James and the Extreme Ice Survey team are the subjects of the award-winning feature documentary, “Chasing Ice,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Braving treacherous conditions—crevasses, rockslides, avalanches, temperatures down to -40 F., and frigid river crossings—James takes us on an inspiring quest to document spectacular arctic and alpine glaciers. He and his Extreme Ice Survey team bring back to civilization extraordinary documentation of how quickly the ice is vanishing.

These fast-changing glacial landscapes are the canary in the coalmine, the most tangible, visible evidence of climate change anywhere in the world today. Building on his early career training as an earth scientist and mountaineer, James is uniquely qualified to make an informative presentation mixing astounding scientific facts with otherworldly beauty.

This is a passionate story of devotion, commitment and creativity. But it goes even further: it alters our perception of what it means to be human at this historic moment of geologic time.

Balog's work has received international acclaim, including the Leica Medal of Excellence and the premier awards for nature and science photography at World Press Photo in Amsterdam. His exhibitions have been shown at more than a hundred museums and galleries around the world. He was the first photographer ever commissioned to create a full plate of stamps for the U.S. Postal Service; the 1996 release featured America's endangered wildlife.

Many major magazines, including National Geographic, the New Yorker, Life, Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and Outside, have published his work. He is a contributing editor to National Geographic Adventure and is the subject of the short film A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn.

Balog is the author of six books, including Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife, which was widely hailed as a major conceptual breakthrough in nature photography. Recent work includes the Extreme Ice Survey, a project that brings image-makers and scientists together to create a photographic record of global climate change.


Thursday April 19 (Holocaust Awareness Day): Noon – Student Union
Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor
Henry Golde

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 who 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.