Events

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Event Highlights: Community Conversation & PanelReginald Dwayne Betts, Deborah Appleman, Matthew Hefti


Books and Brunch: A Lesson Before Dying

The first annual La Crosse Reads kick-off event! Patrons will enjoy brunch and get the conversation started about Ernest Gaines’s “A Lesson Before Dying.” Copies provided.

Event Location: La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601

Date: Sat, Jan 28, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying


Dead Man Walking Film Screening

Screening of “Dead Man Walking” (1995) starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, followed by panel discussion of issues raised in film as related to the book.

Event Location: La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601

Date: Thu, Feb 2, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying


Community Conversations: La Crosse Reads

Co-hosted by La Crosse Reads and the City of La Crosse Human Rights Commission, this Community Conversation will involve local activists, experts, historians, and citizens in a conversation about the relevance of Gaines’ novel to 21st-Century La Crosse. (Sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council)

Event Location: Three Rivers House (Ho-Chunk Nation), 724 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601

Date: Wed, Feb 8, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying


R. Dwayne Betts Keynote (UW-L)

Spend an evening with R. Dwayne Betts, a poet and memoirist; author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (memoir), Shahid Reads His Own Palm and Bastards of the Reagan Era (poetry). Book signing and reception at 6:00 p.m.; keynote at 7:00 p.m.

Event Location: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI 54601

Date: Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying


R. Dwayne Betts Poetry Reading (Western)

A reading by poet and memoirist R. Dwayne Betts.

Event Location: Western Technical College, 400 7th St North, La Crosse, WI 54601

Date: Thu, Feb 16, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying


Deborah Appleman Keynote (UW-L)

A keynote from the Hollis L. Caswell professor of educational studies at Carleton College, Minnesota. Appleman’s research focuses on teaching college-level language and literature courses at the Minnesota Correctional Facility, Stillwater (MN).Book-signing 45 minutes prior.

Event Location: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2130 Granddad, New Student Union, La Crosse, WI 54601

Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying


Matthew Hefti (Wisconsin Innocence Project)

Self-proclaimed “zealous advocate” at the Wisconsin Innocence Project and author of “A Hard and Heavy Thing.”

Event Location: La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601

Date: Fri, Mar 3, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: A Lesson Before Dying