Tuesday Morning Booktalks: A benefit for Odyssey

Coming this fall, you can join book discussions and meet Odyssey students and staff! Scroll down for more information and a schedule of which books will be covered during each session.

We hope that Tuesday Morning Booktalks this fall will be offered as a hybrid model of in-person classes with a screen allowing for Zoom participants. Tentatively, we plan to host the in-person class at the South Madison Partnership Space (2238 S Park St.) and to provide a Zoom link closer to the start date. Check with emily.auerbach@wisc.edu for updates.

Tuesday Morning Booktalks (TMB) is a UW-Madison outreach class led by Odyssey Co-Director/Founder Emily Auerbach for over three decades at the Madison Public Library. Online TMB discussions began in the summer of 2020 during the pandemic and following the death of George Floyd. As a way not only to increase multicultural understanding but also to take action, we made the decision to focus this year on works by Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color and to offer the program free as a benefit for the UW Odyssey Project. Money raised from discussions in 2020 has already helped more families of color break a cycle of generational poverty, find their voices, and pursue their educational dreams. Together in the summer and fall of 2020, Emily, Odyssey students, and community members discussed Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage, Tommy Orange’s There There, Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys, John Lewis’s Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Books change lives. Keep reading for 2021 book choices.

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What: In-depth book discussions for Odyssey students, alumni, and supporters

When: Last Tuesday of every month from 10-11 AM, log on as early as 9:45 AM (September 28, 2021; October 26, 2021; November 30, 2021)

Where: We hope to offer a hybrid model of in-person classes (South Madison Partnership Space, 2238 S Park St.) with a screen allowing for Zoom participants

Zoom information: TBD

Cost: All classes are free but with the hope that participants will donate to the UW Odyssey Project.

Registration: Please register here if you’d like to attend or if you’d like future emails about this event.

Schedule for Spring 2021


September 28: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
From the campus Go Big Read selection, Yaa Gyasi is a novelist born in Ghana but raised in Alabama.



October 26: Poet for a Pandemic by Emily Dickinson
Dickinson’s approach to isolation takes on new meaning after a year of quarantining and searching within for inner resources.



November 30: The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright
A previously unpublished novel released in 2021.