The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books in Waukesha returns for its seventh year Nov. 4-5 at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, 1500 N. University Drive.

The two-day festival's theme is "Roots and Branches," and spotlights writers who live in Wisconsin or are connected to the state.

The Friday, Nov. 4 reception and keynote event is ticketed, while events on Saturday, Nov. 5 are free. Parking is free for both days.

The keynote speaker is bestselling novelist Jane Hamilton. Hamilton’s novels have won literary prizes, been made into films and become international bestsellers – two of them, "The Book of Ruth" and "A Map of the World," were selections of Oprah’s Book Club.  Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, O: The Oprah Magazine, Elle and various anthologies.  She’s married to an apple farmer and lives in Wisconsin.

For a complete list of authors and schedule, visit

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