Lunch for Libraries With Paula McLain


Tickets are now on sale for Madison Public Library Foundation's fifth annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser, presented by BMO Harris Bank, at Overture Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 17. This year's event will feature critically acclaimed historical fiction writer Paula McLain, author of The New York Times bestseller “The Paris Wife” and the recent novel “Circling the Sun.”

Ms. McLain has found her niche in female-focused historical fiction, through which she imaginatively relives the lives of notable women from the past. “Circling the Sun,” released in July, is a fictionalized account of glamorous aviator Beryl Markham’s life in Kenya in the 1920s. At age 18, Markham was the first woman to earn a professional racehorse trainer license. In 1936, in the face of fierce storms and wind, she was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to North America.

Tickets are $125 and are limited. Each includes a seated lunch and a signed hardcover copy of “Circling the Sun.” Purchase yours by visiting the link below.

For opportunities to sponsor the event or to purchase/host a table of eight, call 608.266.6318 or email All proceeds will benefit the Wisconsin Book Festival.

As part of the festival, Ms. McLain will give a free public book talk at Central Library the evening of Thursday, March 17. Visit for details.


No events found