Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison October 22-25

We couldn't be more excited about the incredible slate of authors and events we have planned. From October 22nd through the 25th, Madison will play host to more than 70 events. There is certainly something for every reader. We are delighted to be hosting a wide array of authors; we will see prize-winners, debuts, laureates, luminaries. 

This year’s lineup includes:

• 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction Adam Johnson for Fortune Smiles
• New York Times best-selling author 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 Kim Blaeser

And if you can't make the four-day celebration in October, looks for more stand alone events throughout the fall. October 30th, we will be hosting many more events throughout the fall, including evenings with Sarah Vowell, Tim Flannery, and Bonnie Jo Campbell.  We look forward to seeing you at an event this fall.


Conor Moran

Monday, October 12, 2015

Wisconsin Authors needed

Authors needed to attend Local Author Book Fair

Where: Germantown Library Meeting Room- Germantown, Wisconsin
When:   Saturday, November 21, 2015
                Open to public from 10am-2pm (Authors should arrive at 9am to set up.
Who:     Need both fiction and non-fiction writers. Would like a variety of genres 
                represented, including children’s books and poetry. (Sorry, no erotica per library

I hope to include a children’s “story hour,” as well as a young author table, where kids can write a story of their own (helped by “Books Bunny” the writing rabbit!) Kids can show their story to the authors for a “treat.” (This will get a parent to your table to see your work!)
Will work in time for author readings if there is enough author interest.
Coffee, hot cocoa, and cookies will be served

What you need to bring: Books to sell, bag of treats for kiddies, and your smile! We hope to bring in a good number of community readers and plan to do extensive local advertising of the event. The event’s proximity to the holidays should encourage holiday gift-buying and the children’s activities should get some moms (and deer hunter widows) in the door. Participation cost is only $15 to put toward the refreshment table, advertising flyer printing, and the cost of “Books Bunny,” who doesn’t work for free, unfortunately.

If interested, please email Mary Zinda at or call 282-224-4786