By Laura Anne Bird | Photography by Hillary Schave | Shot on location at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Reading Room
Madison is known for many things — hiking trails, farmers’ markets and sporting events, to name a few — but it’s also a book-lover’s paradise. Numerous celebrated writers call Madison home, and avid readers have their pick of incredible public libraries and other literary organizations.
“Setting aside our stellar independent bookstores and the folks who run them, our little city is full of lakes and trees and sunlight and woods and winding paths. Step into those woods or follow that path, and you’ll find someone reading in a hammock,” says Susanna Daniel, author of “Stiltsville” and “Sea Creatures.” “It’s a great city for book lovers for the same reason it’s a great city: there’s a balance between space and stimulation here, geographically and creatively.”
Erin Celello, who wrote “Miracle Beach” and “Learning to Stay,” agrees. “Madison is a perfect place to live if you’re in search of a good story.”
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