The Wisconsin Book Festival's four-day celebration is this week, October 17-20, in and around the Central Library at 201 W. Mifflin Street.
The festival has an incredibly diverse lineup this year, featuring everyone from political strategist Donna Brazile to National Book Award finalist Téa Obreht, and focusing on an array of issues facing our community including Food Politics, fentanyl's role in the opioid epidemic, reclaiming community in youth work, the legacy of colonialism in Latin America, whistleblowing in government, and over a dozen titles in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival featuring books on the environment and health care. We'll highlight LGBTQ+ memoirs from the famous (Adam Rippon, Cyrus Dunham (10/29)) to the everyday American, and we have biographies of jazz musician Dexter Gordon (10/31) and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
For fiction lovers, this year's festival features dozens of fiction and poetry titles, as well as some children's books and some events for adults featuring acclaimed children's authors (Kate DiCamillo and Kevin Henkes). The festival features a mix of Wisconsin talent and nationally touring authors.