Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 1:14pm

The Wisconsin Book Festival will bring James Patterson, the world’s best-selling author, to Overture Center for the Arts’ Capitol Theater this Sunday, October, 7, at 10 a.m. for a free, public event.

Patterson will speak about the first novel in his new youth science adventure series, Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment. It is the only kids' book series officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives. The heroine is a 12-year-old orphan science genius who is recruited by a mysterious organization to use science to solve the world’s toughest problems.

The event format will include Patterson speaking in conversation with Steve Paulson of Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge. Patterson will discuss the motivation behind writing Max Einstein, his life in books, his love of reading, his method of writing, and what makes a good story.  

The first 500 young readers will receive a free copy of Max Einstein. Attendees will also get exclusive pre-release access to buy Patterson's latest Detective Michael Bennett Thriller, Ambush.

“Bringing the world’s best-selling author to Madison is an event that’s years in the making,” said festival Director Conor Moran. “We’re especially excited to cater this event toward elementary- and middle school-aged kids to make them aware of this new educational series that also piques their interest in science.”
Doors will open at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission. Wisconsin Book Festival members have the opportunity to reserve up to four seats at this event.

Media planning to attend the Patterson event are asked to RSVP via email to amy@brickroad-pr.com for reserved seating.

The Wisconsin Book Festival — presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation — thanks its Signature Sponsor, Marvin J. Levy, and Event Sponsors Alliant Energy Foundation, American Girl’s Fund for Children and the Friends of Sequoya Library for their support of the Patterson event.

The four-day fall festival weekend is October 11–14 at Central Library and other sites around Madison. It is made possible due to generous support from Signature Sponsor Marvin J. Levy and the following Lead Sponsors: American Girl’s Fund for Children, the Bass Family, the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, Nimick Forbesway Foundation, UW-Madison Memorial Library, Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries and Wisconsin Humanities Council.

About the Wisconsin Book Festival
The Wisconsin Book Festival presents hundreds of national and local authors to diverse audiences each year in Madison, Wis., through its four-day fall literary festival and year-round event series. Founded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council in 2002, responsibility for the festival was assumed by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation in 2013.  Follow the festival on the web at wisconsinbookfestival.org, Wisconsin Book Festival on Facebook, @wibookfestival on Twitter, or @wibookfest on Instagram.

About James Patterson
James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community from the National Book Foundation. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Middle School, I Funny, and Jacky Ha-Ha, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson created a children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: "We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, “Please give me another book.'" He has donated more than 1 million books to students and soldiers, and funds over 400 Teacher Education Scholarships at 24 colleges and universities. He has also donated millions of dollars to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books into pro-reading initiatives.