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Go Big Read Book Discussions at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Have you missed the recent book discussions about In Defense of Food? Here are a few more chances to participate! Go Big Read and the are sponsoring two upcoming discussions. The discussion on Thursday, October 8th is conveniently located at College Library, and the Sunday, October 11th discussion at Madison Public Library ends just before Wendell Berry speaks at the Overture Center right next door. An afternoon of food!

More details:

Thursday, October 8th
In Defense of Food Discussion
College Library, Room 1193
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, October 11th
In Defense of Food Discussion
Madison Public Library (Downtown, 201 W. Mifflin)
2:00 p.m – 3:15 p.m.

For more information about the many Wisconsin Book Festival events beginning next week, see:

And for more information about the many Go Big Read events, see:


Eliot Finkelstein
Go Big Read Book Discussions Committee

“I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act.”*

The Wisconsin Book Festival, in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, has announced that Wendell Berry will join the festival as one of its featured speakers. While the specific date and venue for his presentation have yet to be posted, do mark your calendars for the festival, October 7-11, 2009.

Michael Pollan draws inspiration from Berry, citing him in several passages from In Defense of Food. Texts cited include “The Pleasures of Eating” in What Are People For?: Essays* and The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture.

Many of Wendell Berry’s essays, novels and poetry can be found in campus library collections. Speak with your librarians for assistance.