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Wisconsin Book Festival Fall Celebration

Oct 17, 2023
Wisconsin Book Festival Fall Celebration October 19-22, 2023

More than 50 authors will descend on Madison for the Wisconsin Book Festival's Fall Celebration October 19-22. Attendees can expect to hear from award-winning authors both local and nationally acclaimed who write on topics that are timely, essential and impactful. The fun begins this Thursday! Here are just a few highlights for the four-day festival: 

Thursday, October 19 

  • 5:30 p.m. - Michael Waldman, former director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton, for THE SUPER MAJORITY
  • 7 p.m. - Craig Thompson, internationally renowned graphic novelist, for GINSENG ROOTS

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

    • 12 p.m. - Beth Nguyen, award-winning local Madison author, for OWNER OF A LONELY HEART
    • 1:30 p.m. - José Olivarez, acclaimed Chicago poet and performer, for PROMISES OF GOLD
    • 3 p.m. - David Von Drehle, deputy opinion editor of the Washington Post, for THE BOOK OF CHARLIE
    • 4:30 p.m. - Cara Fitzpatrick, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, for THE DEATH OF PUBLIC SCHOOL
    • 7:30 p.m. - Jamel Brinkley, National Book Award finalist, for WITNESS
    • 7:30 p.m. - Schuyler Bailar, a top LGBTQIA+ educator and advocate, for HE/SHE/THEY

    Sunday, October 22

    • 12 p.m. - Cat Bohannon, myth-busting, groundbreaking historian, for EVE
    • 1:30 p.m. - John Scalzi, three-time Hugo Award winner, for STARTER VILLAIN

    Author photos top to bottom: Craig Thompson, Leila Aboulela, José Olivarez, Jamel Brinkley, Cat Bohannon.

    Plan your personal schedule for the event by looking at the full schedule for the four-day festival, and don't miss any of your favorite authors!