The Sustainable Communities Network in the Fox Cities invites you to a public presentation by award-winning internationally known author and sustainable community planner and leader, Torbjorn Lahti.  Mr. Lahti is co-director of the Institute for Ecomunicipality Education & Assistance and is Founder and President of the Sustainable Sweden Association, which has conducted Sustainable Sweden Tours for over a decade for visitors from around the world.  Lahti has recently released his second book, My Journey with the Ecomunicipalities: How to Change the World through Local Action and is in the United States sharing his 30 years of experience and reflection on creating sustainable societies.

Join us on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 7 pm at UW-Fox Valley’s Communication Arts Center.  The event will be preceded by a sustainability networking fair at 6 pm in the lobby.

Thank you to all of the local writers who entered the Mill Literary Award contest for fiction and poetry! Author and professor Chuck Rybak served as poetry judge; author and professor Rebecca Meacham served as fiction judge. From the many quality submissions, each judge chose two Honorable Mentions, one Finalist, and one Winner.

Congratulations to the following writers!

Winner:Mary Helen Bend"The Sweet Reward"
Finalist:Kathryn Gahl"The Mechanic's Wife"
Honorable Mention:Amy Palkovich"Hangover"
Honorable Mention:Bobbie Lovell"Every Day is a Close Call"


Winner:Nikki Kallio"Geography Lesson"
Finalist:Anne Paterson"Lots of Time"
Honorable Mention:Julie Genisot"The Old Man"
Honorable Mention:Amelia Wolff"Pocket Full of Rocks"

Thank you all for making this Fox Cities Book Festival another success! A special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors who helped to make this possible. Shortly we will begin planning for 2015! Please share your thoughts and suggestions with us.

Today is the last day of the 2014 Fox Cities Book Festival and we have another great day of events. Atlas Coffee Mill will be hosting some great poetry programs. For the nature lovers we have multiple programs including developing a bird friendly backyard. You can learn about the power of community with Tom Mosgaller. Of course we have more craft talks for the aspiring writers out there, including a panel discussion by Tall Poppy Writers: Erin Celello, Ann Garvin, Kelly Harms, and Susan Gloss. This evening we bring 2014 to a close with international best seller Debbie Macomber.  

  • Ernesto Livorni and Moises Villavicencio Barras
  • Fabu and Harvey Taylor
  • Cristina M. R. Norcross, Jeffrey Johannes, and Mary Wehner
  • Mariette Nowak
  • Tom Mosgaller 
  • Mary Bergin      
  • Tall Poppy Writers (TPW): Women Writing Women's Lifes
  • Peter Geye        
  • Debbie Macomber

Find detailed informaton on Sunday's schedule here.

This weekend is jam-packed with fun festival events. Saturday readings and talks kick off at 10:00 a.m. Event topics range from bicycling in Wisconsin to Irish music and mystery to taverns around the state to different types of publishing--and these are just a few. The day's authors are:

  • Nicholas Hoffman
  • Carrie Gruman-Trinkner
  • Carl Corey
  • Abby Frucht
  • Heather Whittaker
  • Bruce Machart
  • Gae Polisner
  • Wendy Webb
  • Matthew Batt
  • Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien
  • Halimah Marcus
  • Erin Celello
  • Larry Watson

Saturday finishes with 2 special events: the Poetry Slam with Karla Huston and the Hillary Reynolds Band performance. The Hillary Reynolds Band show is a fundraiser for the Fox Cities Book Festival.

Find detailed informaton on Saturday's schedule here.

Join the Hillary Reynolds Band and the Fox Cities Book Festival April 12th for “Singing Her Story - An evening of celebrating story through song.”
Doors open at 6:45 with Hillary and the band going on at 7:30. A cash bar is available. This is one our major fundraisers for the year and your support is welcome and appreciated - plus you get to enjoy some great music! This performance will be held at Riverview Gardens, 1101 S. Oneida St.
Tickets are $30 per person with proceeds to benefit the Fox Cities Book Festival
To sign up simply click here

Unfortunately we have to announce that Joelle Charbonneau will be unable to make it for her book festival visit. She was scheduled to be at the Appleton Public Library this Saturday at 1 PM. We apologize to anyone this inconveniences. While we are never pleased to announce a cancellation the silver lining is that we still have almost 20 events going on that day for you to attend! 

Kambri Crews—author, performer, and all-around talent—will be appearing at the Atlas Coffee Mill on Friday, April 11, as part of the book festival's Mix & Mingle Reception. Known for her entertaining storytelling, Crews will begin her performance at 8:00 p.m., following the Mill Literary Awards presentation for local authors.

The evening will be a celebration of words—from the local writers to the Kambri Crews performance to the Mix & Mingle Reception for festival authors, donors, and readers. All are welcome. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and great conversation. Cash bar available.

It is with regret that we inform our Fox Cities Reads community that due to a family emergency R.J. Palacio will not be able to join us next week as planned. We understand that one of the things that has made this such a special event is having the Reads author appear in person during the Fox Cites Book Festival, and we are working with Ms. Palacio and her representatives to set up new dates for her visit. As soon as we have new dates we will get them out to you. Thank you for your support.  

The Fox Cities Book Festival will devote a full day to Poetry & on Sunday, April 13.

Many artists are creatively gifted in more than one discipline. Featured writers this year are exceptional poets, but they also bring the depth of experience and success in another field to their poetry. The Poetry & day is an exciting opportunity to explore the craft of Poetry &, that is, poetry with a twist – of art, of music, of translation. Join us to explore how this duality informs and deepens the writers' work while making the work more meaningful and enjoyable for us.

Poetry & Translation (10-11 a.m.)

Translation is as much as act of creation as the original work of poetry. Moises Villavicencio Barras and Ernesto Livorni are Wisconsin artists who are equally gifted at both forms. They will speak on the nature of translation of poetry and how it directs their writing. Moises will share work in English and Spanish, and Ernesto in Italian and English, with time for conversation with the audience.

Poetry & Music (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Poetry seems most akin to music, with both art forms dependent on rhythm, sound, and word choice. In this session, two poets will share their work on the page and stage and speak of the interdependent web of each to each. Fabu will read from her latest book, which tells life story of jazz artist Mary Lou Williams. Fabu will be joined by musician-turned poet-turned musician Harvey Taylor who has put poems to music and music to his poetry in wickedly splendid ways. Expect music, poetry, and lively conversation.

Poetry & Art (1:30-3 p.m.)

During this session, featured poets – Mary Wehner, Jeffrey Johannes, and Cristina Norcross – will share poetry that is informed by their art and will talk about how their artwork is informed by poetry. Artwork will be on display and books available for sale, with time for the audience to view the art and have an open dialog with the presenters about the blending of these two forms.

To learn more about these poets, visit their Author pages: Moises Villavicencio Barras, Ernesto Livorni, Fabu, Harvey Taylor, Mary Wehner, Jeffrey Johannes, and Cristina Norcross.


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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.