Madison Novelists Share Their Favorite Reading Spots

Madison novelists share their favorite reading spots.

“[Mine is] Yahara Park, but my 11-year-old would tell you it’s perched on a branch in one of the trees next to Atwood Scoop.” — Michelle Wildgen

“My living room. And the woods in any number of county parks.” — Susanna Daniel

“The screened porch in my backyard, overlooking Lake Monona.” – Susan Gloss

“Wherever my dog Peanut is sleeping.” – Ann Garvin

“Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, or another family-owned coffee shop along Monroe Street, Atwood Avenue or Williamson Street, like Lazy Jane’s Cafe and Bakery or Lakeside St. Coffee House.” – Lucy Sanna

“Lakeside, at any one of Madison’s many beaches.” – Erin Celello

And the winner is …

“The Wisconsin Historical Society Library Reading Room for the Hogwarts vibes.” — Chloe Benjamin

“In winter, the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Reading Room, especially if I’m researching a new historical novel.” — Jennifer Chiaverini

“The gorgeous Library Reading Room at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Its opulence makes me feel like I’m communing with the muse in the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue — just without the lions.” — Quan Barry

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