2019 Fox Cities Book Festival: October 7th - October 13th

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“The idea is that the city that opens the
same book closes it in greater harmony.”

— Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002

The Fox Cities Book Festival in partnership with the public libraries of the Fox Cities has come together with the goal of building a larger sense of community to promote literacy. Each year, we select an author and title to promote for Fox Cities Reads and encourage the people in our communities to read, think, talk, listen, and grow together.

Please direct questions about Fox Cities Reads to Joe Bongers at bongers@menashalibrary.org or to your local Fox Cities public library.

Fox Cities Reads 2019 Partners

December 19th, 2018|

Fox Cities Reads 2019 examines local and state-wide homelessness through Matthew Desmond’s 2016 New York Time’s Best Seller, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. In tandem with events and readings throughout the Fox

Fox Cities Reads 2019 Announcement

November 13th, 2018|

The Fox Cities Reads featured selection for 2019 is Evicted Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Evicted has won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN


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Fox Cities Book Festival

#WisconsinWednesdays – Sagashus T. Levingston

“Sagashus T. Levingston was born in Chicago and raised in the area now known as Bronzeville, but known before gentrification as the Low End. She holds a bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There she earned a master’s in Afro-American Studies and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of English. Her dissertation is titled INFAMOUS MOTHERS: BAD MOMS DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS.

While her research focuses primarily on literature, it is informed by theory and criticism from rhetoric, motherhood studies and black feminism. Her coffee table book, simply titled INFAMOUS MOTHER, is inspired by this work and so is Infamous Mothers, LLC, a social enterprise where Sagashus offers personal and professional development training meant to empower women who mother from the margins of our society. She also delivers programming to the organizations and professionals that make an impact on these women's lives. Sagashus is a proud button-wearing member of the Doyenne Group, Inc. located in Madison, WI. She also sits on the WWBIC South Central Ambassadorial Advisory Committee. As the proud mother of six children—three boys and three girls, and partner of Tosumba, she and her family lives in Madison, WI.”

INFAMOUS MOTHERS was adapted for stage, produced and directed, and performed at the Bartell Theater in Madison, last fall. The stage production used powerful theatre to weave Levingston’s own remarkable story with the stories of six real-life women from her book, and four fictional women who represented the struggles and triumphs of all marginalized women. The stage production of INFAMOUS MOTHERS sold out performances from October 26 through November 10, 2018.


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