We are proud to announce that New York Times Bestseller Debbie Macomber willing be visiting with us for the 2014 Fox Cities Book Festival. Details are still being worked out but we are so excited we wanted to share with our followers right away.
If you are not familiar with Debbie's work here is a brief overview from her website.
Macomber is the author of more than 100 novels, most recently Rose Harbor in Bloom and Starting Now; two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; two acclaimed children’s books and the Mrs. Miracle Christmas novels. She is also the author of beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series set in Cedar Cove, Washington, on which Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, is based. She is the recipient of a RITA® award; an RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award. In 2010, the Romance Writers of America presented Macomber with their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her next novel to be published will be STARRY NIGHT debuted yesterday!
We also want to take just a moment to thank our Author's Committee who are responsible for the depth and variety of authors we are able to bring in each year. Of course, we wouldn't have a book festival at all if it wasn't for the support we are shown by those of you in the community who attend our events and donate to this our event. Thank you!
Planning has already begun for the 2014 Fox Cities Book Festival! Next year's book festival will run from April 7th to the 13th. This will be our seventh year of connecting regional and national authors like Lisa Scottoline to readers and writers here in the Fox Cities to share their stories, ideas and experiences with you through a week of readings, workshops and conversations. It is with your continued support that we can bring this event to you so if you have ideas for authors or would like to volunteer your time to help make the book festival happen don't be shy, let us know. To share your ideas for authors of events go to our Facebook page or add a comment below. To volunteer contact our Volunteer Coordinator Kris Clouthier at email@example.com.
The Mill Literary Contest judges Laurie MacDiarmid (poetry) and Mike Magnuson (fiction) announced winners and honorees at the Appleton Public Library on April 17. Each judge received a large number of submissions, devoted significant time to reviewing pieces, and spoke of the difficulty of choosing winners from work of such high quality. Thanks go to all who entered the contest.
Poetry Prize Winner:
- Laurel Mills for her poem "The Rhubarb Patch."
Poetry Honorable Mentions:
- Barb Germiat for the poem "Golden Giants"
- Sarah Gilbert for the poem "This Pleasant White Female"
- Meredith Mason for "Left Side"
Fiction Prize Winner:
- Anne Paterson for her story "Perfectly Fine"
Fiction Honorable Mentions:
- Lisa Strandberg for "Bad Apples"
- Jennifer Lee Edmondson for "Walter"
- Colleen Holz for "At the Grocery Store"
Michael Perry and The Long Beds returned to the OuterEdge for an encore Tunes and Tales Book Fest Benefit show.
The 2013 Fox Cities Book Festival has been set for April 17 through April 24 at venues from Kaukauna to Neenah and all points in between. This year’s Festival will feature nearly 65 writers and more than 75 events, including book talks, readings, poetry panels and writers workshops. The Festival will again run from a Wednesday through the following Wednesday, encompassing eight nights and a full weekend for author visits.