The Fox Cities Book Festival is proud to announce that our wide range of authors and topics continues with the addition of Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay to the April event.  Paul, a native of Green Bay, is a prolific children’s and young adult author. Isatou Ceesay, from the Gambia in Africa, is an award-winning environmental activist and the subject of Paul’s new book One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia.

In this children’s book, Paul tells an inspiring and engaging story while deftly handling the complex topics of pollution control and economic empowerment.

Paul and Ceesay will be appearing together at the festival to discuss the book and their experiences. We hope that residents of the Fox Cities will enjoy hearing from women who live half a world apart but unite in the goal of improving our environments.

For more information about them, visit the Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay Author Pages.

What could be better than a Wisconsinite talking about ghosts in Wisconsin? Chad Lewis, co-author of Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations, is scheduled for an appearance at this year's book festival.

Lewis is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a place with its own haunting history. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology and is dedicated to researching strange phenomena. His search for answers has taken him on the quest for El Chupacabra, Bigfoot, and the Wendigo, just to name a few.

For his talk in April, Lewis will focus on connections to the paranormal in our area as well as other sites across the state. He explains, "Although I will feature a lot of Fox Cities locations, this presentation takes the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Wisconsin."

Visit the Author's Page to learn more about Chad Lewis.

Nationally known author Will Schwalbe will be joining this year’s Fox Cities Book Festival. Schwalbe, a former publishing executive and founder of, wrote the highly praised The End of Your Life Book Club, which became a New York Times best seller.

This memoir movingly recounts the time Schwalbe shared with his mother as she was dying of cancer. More than just a listing of books, The End of Your Life Book Club is about family, reading, sharing, living, and love.

As Schwalbe noted, "Reading isn't the opposite of doing; it's the opposite of dying."

During the book festival, Schwalbe will make several appearances to discuss his book and the art of writing. More information about his events will be released as we get closer to the festival dates, so check back here for details.

To read more about Will Schwalbe, visit his Author’s Page.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is pleased to announce that award-winning author Wendy McClure will be at this year's festival. McClure writes nonfiction and fiction and is equally adept at writing for adults and young readers.

Her most recent children's books, Wanderville and On Track for Treasure, are about 3 orphan train riders who become friends and take charge of their own destinies.

Publishers Weekly's review of Wanderville stated, "McClure celebrates bravery, ingenuity, and the bonds of family and friendship in this old-fashioned story of children fending for themselves."

The Book Festival is happy to host this author who makes the history of orphan trains come alive for young readers.

For more about Wendy McClure and her writing, visit her Author's Page.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is happy to announce that Dale Kushner, author of the novel The Conditions of Love, will appear at this year's festival.

Kushner, who lives in Madison, has used a small Wisconsin town as the backdrop for her story about a girl's journey to adulthood.

The book has been widely praised, with reviews such as one by the Associated Press that notes, "Kushner's scenes, like her characters, are expertly sketched, vivid and memorable."

For more information about Dale Kushner, visit her Author Page.

For more announcements of authors coming to the festival, check back here soon!

The Fox Cities Book Festival is pleased to announce that this year's lineup of authors will include many with Wisconsin connections.

Julie Buckles is one such award-winning author heading our way. Her book Paddling to Winter won a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award, was a finalist for Midwest Book Award, and was short-listed for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is excited to host such accomplished Wisconsin authors, and we look forward to announcing more authors soon.

For more about Julie Buckles, visit her Author Page.

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Big thanks go to Atlas Coffee Mill for hosting monthly meetings for the Fox Cities Book Festival Board! We appreciate your support of the Festival and just can't thank you enough for providing a welcoming meeting space for us to plan and dream.