The Fox Cities Book Festival invites you to...

Remembering and Celebrating Ellen Kort

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:30pm
UW-Fox Valley, Perry Hall
1478 Midway Rd, Menasha, WI 54952

Join us as we remember Ellen’s gentle influence in our communities as a founder of the Fox Cities Book Festival and as Wisconsin’s first Poet Laureate from 2000-2004. She was a poet, a teacher, a friend to all.

The Fox Cities Book Festival Board and the Kort Family are pleased to welcome special guests Karla Huston and former Poets Laureate Denise Sweet and Bruce Dethlefsen. The evening will be full of music, storytelling, and the introduction of a scholarship to honor Ellen. Books will be available after the program.

This event is free and open to the public.

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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....

It's Book Fest Sunday, so get ready to finish out strong. Author events this afternoon will take place at UW-Fox Valley, Menasha Public Library, and Neenah Public Library. There will be talk of end-of-life care and love, thrillers and mysteries, Wanderville adventures and more. Today's authors are:

Susan Dolan, April Henry, Mary Kubica, Wendy McClure, Claudia Turner, and Dale Kushner.

A Writers' Panel with Kushner, McClure, and Kubica will close out the day and this year's festival.

Visit the Schedule Page for details and enjoy this final day. We'll see you there!

Celebrate your Saturday with Book Festival author events! So much is happening today that we can't fit it all in one posting. In addition to Poetry Saturday and the Mini Comic-Con, there will be talk of dogs and plastic bags, mysteries and bingo, ghosts and children's adventures, and more, more, more! Did we mention the sing-along?

So check out the Saturday Schedule Page for complete details.

Who's in town? Here's the list: Will Schwalbe, Douglas Beye Lorie, Ann Garvin, Patricia Skalka, Jericho Brown, A.T. Haessly, Miranda Paul & Isatou Ceesay, Kimberly Blaeser, Vivian Probst, Mike Hoeft, Susan Gloss, John Jackson Miller, the Poets Among Us, Wendy McClure & Wendy Wimmer, Michael Leannah, Zach Wilson, Brian Defferding, and Steve Hazell.

See you there!

Get your poetry fix on Saturday, April 25, at the Atlas Coffee Mill. Acclaimed poets will be giving readings, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Who's talking when?

  • 10:30 — Jericho Brown
  • Noon — Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate
  • 1:30 — Poets Among Us, featuring Cathryn Cofell, Bill Gillard, and Megan Gannon

Don't miss your chance to hear some poetry that'll rock your world.

Just a reminder: Plan your route with the road construction in mind. See an earlier posting in this listing for route options.

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Atlas Coffee Mill

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.