Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
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Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books to Feature Three Musical Programs

Bill Malone from Country Music, USA included

By - Oct 29th, 2019 01:24 pm

Waukesha, Wisconsin – Oct. 28, 2019 – The 10th annual Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books will host three musical programs in addition to more than 70 authors and presenters.

On Friday, Nov. 1, the Authors and Presenters Reception will include music by Brass and Ivory, the piano/trumpet duo of Craig Hurst and Nancy Van Brunt. “Brass and Ivory provides subtle, sophisticated live music drawing upon the repertoire of the Great American Songbook, jazz and contemporary artists such as Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel,” said Candace Decker, the festival’s event coordinator. The program, which includes the reception and a presentation by keynote speaker Andre Dubus III, begins at 5 p.m. Admission is $10.

The second musical program features cabaret music performed by Candace Decker and Phil Smith. “We will have an original cabaret inspired by the themes and characters of the Waukesha Reads book selection, ‘Lab Girl’ by Hope Jahren,” Decker said. The cabaret takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 12:45 p.m. It is free.

Tap your toes to Bill and Bobbie Malone on Saturday, Nov. 2, as they play some country tunes featured in Bill Malone’s seminal work on the music genre’s history, “Country Music, USA.” Their free performance runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Each program will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha campus, located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha. Parking is free.

The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is an annual community celebration of literacy and the arts. Local and national authors join readers of all ages to enjoy presentations, performances, creativity and conversation.

The theme for this year’s free event is “Opening Doors.” The festival is organized by the UWM at Waukesha Foundation in cooperation with community groups that include the Bridges Library System, Waukesha Public Library, Elm Grove Public Library, and independent bookstore Books & Company.

The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is sponsored by the Mihi Cura Futuri Fund of the Waukesha Community Foundation and supported by donations from these organizations: AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, Bernard J. and Marie E. Weiss Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, Books & Company of Oconomowoc, Century Fence Company, Delores J. Jeuck Campus Initiatives at UWM at Waukesha, Dyslexia Achievement Center LLC, Educators Credit Union, Friends of Elm Grove Public Library, Friends of Waukesha Public Library, Pat’s Tasty Eats, Maas Foundation, Mars Construction Inc., Resource One, The Ingleside Hotel, The Ottoman Society of Elm Grove, The Women’s Philanthropic Club, Upper Iowa University, Waukesha Reads, Waukesha State Bank, We Energies Foundation, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Z2 Marketing and private donations.

For more information, visit the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books website at, or email Candace Decker at

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