Fox Cities Book Festival 2017: October 9th - October 15th

Festival Authors


Abayomi Animashaun

Abayomi Animashaun is the author of two poetry collections and editor of two anthologies. A recipient of the Hudson Prize and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Animashaun teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Upcoming Events October 14 @ 10:30 am Sailing for Ithaca

B.J. Hollars

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently "Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds", "From the Mouths of Dogs", as well as a collection of essays, "This Is Only A Test". An associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 1:00 pm A Reading and Conversation with B.J. Hollars

Corina Rogers

Corina Rogers is a high school social studies teacher and lives in the only Waunakee in the world with her husband, three teenagers and their British Lab, named Charley. Backwards Dog is her first published children's book. Charley is thankfully not the only Backwards Dog in the world and looks forward to treats and bringing joy to all those he meets.

Upcoming Events October 14 @ 10:00 am Backwards Dog – In the Beginning

Darcy Miller

Darcy Miller lives in Prairie du Sac, WI, with her two small children and librarian husband. Darcy is the daughter of a world-class Birmingham Roller Pigeons flyer. Her first middle grade novel, ROLL, was released by HarperCollins last May.

Upcoming Events October 12 @ 6:30 pm Pigeons and Publishing
Children Graphic Novel

Duachaka Her

Duachaka Her is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.F.A. in Entertainment Design and concentration in Comics and Sequential Art. She resides in central Wisconsin with her husband and son and enjoys reading and watching movies in her spare time.

Upcoming Events October 10 @ 6:30 pm Then and Now

Emily Bleeker

Emily Bleeker is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching a writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, Wreckage, followed by the Wall Street Journal bestseller When I’m Gone. Emily currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Connect with her or request a Skype visit with your book club at


James M. Campbell

James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He has written stories for Outside, National Geographic, and many other magazines and newspapers. His first book, The Final Frontiersman was chosen by Amazon in 2004 as the #1 Outdoor title of the Year.

Upcoming Events October 15 @ 1:00 pm Stories from Alaska October 15 @ 3:30 pm Stories from Alaska

Jerald Podair

Jerald Podair is professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University. He is the recipient of the Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians for “literary distinction in the writing of history,” and Lawrence University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.


Jerry Apps

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of seven novels, and more than 35 nonfiction books, many of them on rural history and country life.

Upcoming Events October 14 @ 11:00 am Never Curse the Rain

Laura Kuehl

First-time children’s book author Laura Kuehl, 30, moved to Appleton, Wis., from the Madison area several years ago. The route was far from direct, as Laura fled from an abusive partner, after giving birth as a teenager to their daughter.

Upcoming Events October 13 @ 1:30 pm Smart. Tough. Loved. Enough.

Laura Vosika

Laura Vosika, author of the acclaimed time travel tale, Blue Bells Chronicles, spent her childhood in Europe, among medieval ruins. Holding a B.A. Music from Lawrence, she worked as a freelance musician, and now runs Gabriel’s Horn Publishing and hosts the radio program Books and Brews with Laura Vosika.

Upcoming Events October 14 @ 10:30 am Scotland through the Eyes of the Author
Young Adult

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. She is also the author of Forge, Wintergirls, Twisted, Prom, and many other titles.


Lesley Kagen

Lesley Kagen is an actress, sought-after speaker, audio book narrator, and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of nine novels. Her work has been translated into five languages. A mother of two, a grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in a small town in Wisconsin.

Upcoming Events October 10 @ 1:30 pm The Writing Life . . . Egad.

Louis V. Clark III

Born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin, Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) turned to poetry to continue the oral tradition of his people, the People of the Standing Stone. He and his wife live in Omro, Wisconsin, where their home is filled with love.

Upcoming Events October 12 @ 1:30 pm How a 21st Century Indian Became Published October 12 @ 6:30 pm How a 21st Century Indian Became Published

Margaret Murphy

Outdoor adventures are a daily activity for Margaret Murphy who loves hiking, biking, kayaking and kite flying. She also enjoys writing and often merges this love of the outdoors into her stories. With this backdrop, unique characters, surprising romances, and humorous encounters engage and endear her readers.

Upcoming Events October 11 @ 2:00 pm Awake Island – An Outdoor Adventure for Everyone

Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water. A native Chicagoan, she is a member of The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Society of Midland Authors.

Upcoming Events October 14 @ 2:00 pm Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries

Peter and Connie Roop

Connie and Peter Roop have written over 100 children’s books including biographies, novels, humor, picture books, and science books. Seven of their books are Reading Rainbow books, including the Feature Book Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. Their publishers include Scholastic, National Geographic, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster.

Upcoming Events October 14 @ 10:00 am The Story of Our Stories

Robert Birmingham

Robert A. Birmingham is the author of Spirits of Earth: The Effigy Mound Landscape of Madison and the Four Lakes and the coauthor of Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town. Now retired, he served as the state archaeologist of Wisconsin for many years and taught Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha. He received the Increase Lapham Research Medal from the Wisconsin Archeological Society

Upcoming Events October 11 @ 10:00 am Indian Mounds of Wisconsin

Roberta Capasso

Roberta Capasso is one of ten siblings born to an Oneida mother and European-American father. Growing up in Milwaukee and Lac du Flambeau, she received her BS in Elementary Education from UW-Milwaukee. She is a devoted wife and mother of two grown sons. Boston Marathon finisher and operatic singer, Roberta’s research into her Indigenous Oneida Tribe continues today.

Upcoming Events October 12 @ 1:00 pm Sky Woman Lives in Me, Chapter 1: The Picture

Ron Faiola

Ron Faiola is an author, photographer and filmmaker, with three documentaries on PBS including Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience and two books on supper clubs including his latest, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, released on Agate Publishing’s Midway imprint in May, 2016.

Upcoming Events October 9 @ 2:00 pm Wisconsin Supper Clubs October 9 @ 6:30 pm Wisconsin Supper Clubs

Sharon Lamers

Sharon Lamers was born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1944. Moving to Anchorage, Alaska in 1967, she earned two Montessori certifications in Primary Childhood Development/Education and taught preschool for thirty years. Sharon retired and moved back to Wisconsin in 1999 with her husband. They live in New London with three cats.


Steve Krueger

Steve Krueger is an accomplished historian who specializes in bringing to life the obscure and forgotten facts and events of local history. He was born and raised in Menasha, Wisconsin where he still resides with his wife and children. Steve immerses himself in the subjects he studies and spends countless hours exploring, researching, and preserving local historic relics in order to present tangible artifacts alongside the stories.

Upcoming Events October 14 @ 9:00 am Lighthouses of Lake Winnebago

Susan Amond Todd

Susan Amond Todd has lived in North Carolina for the past 30 plus years but was born and raised in Neenah, WI. She is married with two grown daughters and grandmother to one little boy. Her career has been spent raising her daughters and in banking. As a young person she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry thinking maybe someday she would pursue more. White Lake is her first novel, combining her love of Wisconsin with that of the south. Return Home, her second book, will continue the story of White Lake.

Upcoming Events October 9 @ 6:30 pm Follow Your Dream October 13 @ 11:30 am Follow Your Dream

Victoria Houston

Victoria Houston: A Biographical Sketch
She is the author of DEAD SPIDER, the seventeenth book in her Loon Lake Mystery Series, which has been featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and on NPR. You can see the features on her website: