Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:50pm

Due to travel delays, the Book Festival event featuring Jacquelyn Mitchard at Kaukauna Public Library at 2:30pm on April 19 has been cancelled. Jacquelyn's other events will go on as planned. Be sure to catch her at one of the following discussions:

April 19 at 6:30pm at Neenah Public Library

April 20 at 10:00am at the James J. Siebers Memorial Library in Kimberly

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 5:00pm

We hope you enjoyed the fundraiser evening with Lawrence University offense football coach and author Mark Speckman on March 29.

His message resonated with all of us. He talked about expectations, obstacles, self-esteem, positive thoughts and the “figure it out” adventure we have all faced one time or another. His sense of humor was delightful. Barriers melted away as we listened to his life story. We don’t think of him as a man who was born without hands. We now know him as a person who has figured things out for himself and certainly encourages us to do the same when we encounter limitations of any kind. We laughed, appreciated his candor and now welcome him and his wife Sue to our community as friends. 

Thank you also to Druid’s Table, our music folk who played Irish tunes before Mark’s talk.

And thank you for YOUR donation.  All events during the Festival, April 18-24 are free and open to the public. All donations, $2 to $6,000 make the Book Festival happen!

                       Ruth Bloedow, Co-Chair 

It's time to put away your white shoes and look forward to fall leaves, winter storms, and—before you know it—the Fox Cities Book Festival!

Dates have been finalized and festival organizers are happy to announce the 2016 festival will be held April 18 – 24, 2016.

Want more details on authors, books, events? Stay tuned! Information will be posted when it becomes available.

Thank you for your interest in this multi-community event! And many thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, venues, and authors who have made past festivals so successful.

The 2015 Book Festival has come to a close. We hope you were able to attend an author event or two or three and that you enjoyed yourself.

The Committee extends its thanks to all the people who make this enormous undertaking possible—especially the volunteers, the sponsors, the venues, and the authors themselves.

We thank the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region and the Neuroscience Group for their continued and substantial financial support of the festival.

Our many other sponsors as well as individual donors can and do make a difference to the festival, ensuring its presence in our community.

Finally, we would like to recognize Ellen Kort, who had the vision, and the determination, to create a book festival in the Fox Cities area. Ellen passed away during this year’s festival, but her celebration of words and of community continues on.

Until next time, keep on reading and writing and sharing....

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Join us at Riverview Gardens in Appleton on March 29 to celebrate the incredible story of Lawrence University's new Offensive Coordinator, Mark Speckman. In addition to his 35 years of coaching experience, Mark is also an in-demand inspirational speaker, a career that stems from his having been born without hands. Mark will share stories from his life with a message that no challenge is insurmountable.

  WHAT: A fundraiser for the Fox Cities Book Festival

WHO: Lawrence football coach and inspirational speaker Mark Speckman. Mark is also the author of Figure It Out: How I Learned to Live in a Digital World Without Digits, published in 2012 and currently in its second edition. Visit www.speckmanspeaks.com to learn more.

WHERE: Riverview Gardens, 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Participants are invited to enjoy a cash bar and live music before Speckman’s talk at 7:00 p.m. Time for questions and answers will follow the talk, and Speckman’s book will be available for purchase.

TICKETS: Tickets costs $25 and are available for purchase via PayPal using the "Buy Now" button below. Tickets may also be purchased at the door or by mailing checks to Fox Cities Book Festival, P.O. Box 1014, Appleton, WI 54912-1014.

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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.