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A grown up book fair and your local bookstore guide for Madison, WI


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Picture this: It’s the Scholastic book fair week. You have $20 to pick out the hottest books off the press. Life is good.

We’re here to help you relive your childhood joy with the Wisconsin Grown Up Book Fair this weekend with a breakdown of what to expect — plus a bit about the participating bookstores for future visits.

🗓 Sat., Jan. 29 | 12-5 p.m.

📍The Sylvee, 25 S. Livingston St.

💰 $25, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Madison Public Library Foundation

📚 Browse a curated collection of books from local independent bookstores

🧁 Try treats from Miggy’s Bakes, devour an “adult lunchable cup” from Tricky Foods + skim a literary cocktail menu

📸 A photo booth, vintage market, poster station + ‘90s trivia

Participating bookstores

📚 A Room of One’s Own | 2717 Atwood Ave. | Sun.-Sat., 12-6 p.m. | While currently only open for online orders, shop staff picks + order booklover’s merch from the queer and trans-owned feminist bookstore.

📚 Itty Bitty Bookstore | 123 E. Main St., Stoughton | Sat. + Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Shop from a curated collection of books that will diversify your personal library with authors + characters from different marginalized groups.

📚 Mystery to Me | 1863 Monroe St. | Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. + Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Shop mystery (of course), general and literary fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, graphic novels, young adult titles + a delightful children’s section.

📚 Leopold’s Book Bar and Caffe | 1301 Regent St. | Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-12 a.m. + Sun. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. | Browse curated titles of all genres, sip on eclectic cocktails, or try Italian-inspired coffee drinks while reading.

📚 Kismet Books | 101 N. Main St., Verona | Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | A selection of books for both kids and adults from queer, POC, and Ingenious authors, as well as puzzles + local art.

Happy shopping and reading, Madison. 📚