Pride and Prejudice Bicentennial
Join Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library for two programs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice, published in 1813.
Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years and Counting
Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m.
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Marsha Huff, past president of the Jane Austen Society of North America, will discuss the novel’s lasting influence on literature and culture. Tea will be served. Reservations accepted through March 11.
Regency Life in Jane Austen’s England
Saturday, May 18, 1:30 p.m.
733 N. 8th Street
An illustrated lecture by Liz Philosophos Cooper and Molly Philosophos will bring to life the world of Pride and Prejudice and the diversions, customs, artifacts, and fashions of Jane Austen’s Regency England. Reservations accepted March 18-May 13.
Reservations for both programs are required. Programs are free and open to the public. To reserve a place, call (414) 286-8720 or email Friends@mpl.org.
Spring Literary Luncheon featuring Elinor Lipman
Award-winning author Elinor Lipman will premiere her new novel, The View from Penthouse B, at the Spring Literary Luncheon, hosted by Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. The gala event will take place on Tuesday, April 23, at the Pfister Hotel, 424 East Wisconsin Avenue. Book sales, book signing and a raffl e begin at 11 a.m., the luncheon begins at noon. Lipman will talk about her work and sign copies of the novel, which luncheon guests will receive only a few days after its April release.
Literary Luncheon guests will receive hardcover copies of The View from Penthouse B with their reservations, provided by Boswell Book Company. Boswell will also bring copies of Lipman’s first collection of nonfiction, I Can’t Complain, as well as her earlier novels and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus, election-year rhyming couplets originally posted by Lipman on Twitter.
For reservations to the Spring Literary Luncheon, please click here for a printable invitation.
Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame
The Milwaukee Public Library’s Wisconsin
Writers Wall of Fame pays tribute to a spectrum of literary
talents – novelists, poets,
journalists, playwrights, historians – whose work has been influenced
by their life and experiences in Wisconsin. The Friends of the Milwaukee
Public Library sponsor the Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame reception when
a new name is added. Search the library's calendar
of events for Special
Author Events & Calendar
The Friends of the
Milwaukee Public Library present renowned authors throughout the year.
Milwaukee Public Library maintains a searchable calendar
of events listing
all of its activities. Search for Author/Storyteller events.
Used Book Sales
Book sales at Central Library and the neighborhood branches raise critical funds which are granted back to the library to purchase needed materials and support library programs. The Bookseller,
located in the Central Library, is open for browsing. Special weekend
Used Book Sales are held throughout the library system.
Tour Historic Central Library
The Milwaukee Public Library was founded in 1878. After several moves,
the Central Library was built in response to the need for more spacious
quarters. It opened its doors to the public on October 3, 1898. The original
structure is a combination of French and Italian Renaissance styles built
of Bedford limestone. Several additions help make up the block-long building
that stands today. Central Library has been designated a landmark by the
Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Both Milwaukee visitors and area residents interested in a taste of Milwaukee's
culture are invited to tour the past and present glory of the Central
Library with the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library. Free tours begin
at 1:30 p.m. each Saturday afternoon in the rotunda. Tours other times
are available by appointment. Sign language interpretation is also available
by appointment. Call 286-TOUR.
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