Two Events Celebrate Local Authors; Preview Wisconsin Book Festival
To gear up for the Wisconsin Book Festival, two libraries are hosting upcoming events for local authors funded by a grant from Beyond the Page.
Read Local! Indie Author Showcase
Saturday, October 3, 9:00 am-4:30 pm - Middleton Public Library
Meet local authors all day long! Each author has an assigned 15-minute slot to read from his or her book, describe the writing process, share inspiration, answer questions from the audience, etc. After every 3 authors, we’ll have a 15-minute break for book selling and signing and to give authors a chance to meet and chat with audience members. [more info, including author appearances]
Pinney Mini Book Fest
October 9-11 - Pinney Library
Meet local authors all weekend in a three days of events full of local literary talent.
Friday, October 9, 6-8 pm - OPEN MIC NIGHT!
Authors of all abilities are welcome to participate in the Open Mic Night. Sign up to participate at the beginning of the evening.
Saturday, October 10, 1:00-8:00 pm and Sunday, October 11, 1:00-4:00 pm - AUTHOR READINGS
Each author has an assigned 15-minute slot to read from his or her book, describe the writing process, share inspiration, answer questions from the audience, etc. After every 3 authors, we’ll have a 15-minute break for book selling and signing and to give authors a chance to meet and chat with audience members. [more info, including author appearances]
The Wisconsin Book Festival released its 2015 festival schedule on August 17. The four-day festival will take place October 22-25, 2015, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
This year’s lineup includes:
- 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction Adam Johnson for Fortune Smiles
- New York Times Bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi for The Republic of Imagination
- Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss for Once In a Great City
- The New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris for Between You and Me
- Wisconsin’s own master storyteller Nickolas Butler for Beneath the Bonfire
- Caldecott medalist and beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes for Waiting
- Acclaimed journalist Evan Thomas for Being Nixon
- Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich for Saving Capitalism
- National Book Award winner Timothy Egan for The Big Burn
- 2015-16 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser
The festival will feature more than 60 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed. See the full festival lineup at http://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org
The Wisconsin Book Festival is hosted by Madison Public Library in partnership with the Madison Public Library Foundation. Festival sponsors make this event possible through their private support. 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival sponsors include: Alliant Energy Foundation, American Girl Fund for Children, Beyond the Page, Cheryl Rosen Weston, Cricket Design Works, Evjue Foundation, Friends of University of Wisconsin Libraries, Great Dane Pub & Brewing, Isthmus, Nimick Forbesway Foundation, Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, UW-Madison Libraries, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Zendesk, with additional support by Capitol Lakes, Edgewater Hotel, Madison Arts Commission, A Room of One's Own, Webcrafter Frautschi, UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, Carol & John Toussaint, and James & Katie Worledge.
About Wisconsin Book Festival
The Wisconsin Book Festival presents hundreds of national and local authors throughout the year in Madison, Wisconsin through its four day literary festival each fall and year-round event series. Founded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council in 2002, the library and Foundation took control of the festival in 2013. Follow the festival on the web at wisconsinbookfestival.org, on Facebook (Wisconsin Book Festival) or on Twitter @wibookfestival
About Madison Public Library Foundation
Madison Public Library Foundation promotes and supports Madison Public Library’s facilities, services and programs. Established in 1993, the foundation provides annual project grants, raises funds for capital projects, and promotes awareness of the library and its programs. Learn how to support Madison’s libraries at mplfoundation.org, on the foundation’s Facebook page, and on Twitter @mplfoundation.
- Tana Elias, Madison Public Library, 608-266-4953, email@example.com