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

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Mon 9th
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 

This presentation showcases over 100 bizarre newspaper stories from Wisconsin that have not been seen in over 100 years.

Non-Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 

This presentation explores the origins and history of supper clubs and how they got their start in Wisconsin, along with images of the food and decor of clubs around the state.

Non-Fiction
4:00 pm -
5:00 pm
 

Post Crescent columnist, Jean Long Manteufel shares positive and thought-provoking stories for both seniors and their boomer children, as they navigate the life-changes that come with aging.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Elizabeth’s story is about the history of her great-grandfather’s art, her family’s Holocaust story, her search for the lost and missing paintings, and where her family’s story fits within the larger issue of Holocaust era looted art and issues of restitution.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

This program takes the audience on a grisly journey to some of the most gruesomes haunting in the Midwest. Filled with tragic murders, bizarre suicides, serial killers, untimely deaths, and fatal accidents, this presentation is certainly not for the faint of heart.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Susan loves to share her journey and process from the little girl to the publishing of her first book, White Lake, with the desire to inspire others to reach for whatever their dream is at anytime in their life.

6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

This presentation explores the origins and history of supper clubs and how they got their start in Wisconsin, along with images of the food and decor of clubs around the state.

Non-Fiction
Tue 10th
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 

In a world where hateful rhetoric and deceit have become the norm, finding your voice, summoning your courage, and speaking your truth is more critical than ever.

1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 

Join author Lesley Kagen as she entertains with a presentation interspersed with funny and touching stories, and questions from the audience that can lead who knows where!

Fiction
3:00 pm -
4:00 pm
 

A riddle in Robert E. Lee's correspondence against the backdrop of a record-breaking German cold case.

Non-Fiction
6:00 pm -
7:00 pm
 

In this timely discussion, Laurie Halse Anderson explores the current state of censorship in America, how everyone came to be so afraid of the real world, and the steps we can take to productively reconcile sensitivity with reality.

6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

How do we understand the meaning of human history in places we value as wilderness? Jim Feldman explores this question as he discusses the environmental history of the Apostle Islands.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Duachaka Her will share the inspiration and making behind Then and Now, a comic book about a girl’s desire to escape her ordinary farm life and the years that follow.

Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Parenthood, writing and the art of staying sane while doing both.

Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Jerald Podair will read from his new book and discuss how Dodger Stadium both divided Los Angeles and set it on course to become a 21st century global supercity.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Join The Mill: A Place for Writers for the presentation of its annual short fiction and poetry awards.

Craft Presentations
Wed 11th
10:00 am -
11:00 am
 

More mounds were built by ancient Native Americans in Wisconsin than in any other region of North America—between 15,000 and 20,000, at least 4,000 of which remain today.

Non-Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 

Tricia Clasen will discuss her debut novel, "The Haunted House Project."

Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 

This presentation offers both a crash course in comics writing, while also addressing how the medium has made Benjamin Percy a better novelist, screenwriter, essayist and short story writer.

Craft Presentations
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 

Nickolas Butler will read from his newest novel, “The Hearts of Men”, and answer questions from the audience. The event will end with a book-signing.

Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 

The presentation will include several readings from the book that highlight characters and their development within the story.

Craft Presentations
4:00 pm -
5:00 pm
 

This event has been cancelled. Young Adult author Liz Czukas talks about her twisty-turny path to becoming published and the things she's learned along the way.

6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Jerald Podair will read from his new book and discuss how Dodger Stadium both divided Los Angeles and set it on course to become a 21st century global supercity.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Benjamin Percy reads from his latest novel and discusses the business and craft of writing. Q&A to follow.

Craft Presentations
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Nickolas Butler will read from his newest novel, “The Hearts of Men”, and answer questions from the audience. The event will end with a book-signing.

Fiction
Thu 12th
9:50 am -
10:50 am
 

Amit’s men suddenly appeared at the tunnel entrance. “Freeze!” screamed Amit. Jake knew he had to act fast. He fired his MTAR and the man nearest the bomb collapsed.

1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 

In this personal and heartfelt lecture, Will Schwalbe talks about how books help people, to talk about things too painful to address directly.

Non-Fiction
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 

A photo of an elderly Native American woman on exhibit in a museum captures the attention of a child. Forty years later, this child, now an adult, finds the photo again and learns the old woman is a relative.

Non-Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 

Louis V. Clark III started to write poetry in the sixth grade. Sixth grade boys who write poetry---get beat up a lot, but he was born with a never quit attitude.

Non-Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 

Author Victoria Houston will give an honest (often humorous) look at the process of developing a mystery series.

Craft Presentations
4:30 pm -
5:30 pm
 

A reading by Callie Bates, author of THE WAKING LAND. Her debut fantasy novel, it has been named both an IndieNext and LibraryReads pick.

Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Learn about the unsolved crime that brought the police, FBI, governor and attorney general Robert Kennedy to realize that the Mafia was a significant problem in Wisconsin.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Books have always been a constant in Will Schwalbe’s life. These experiences as a reader have shaped Schwalbe’s firm belief that the joy of reading is multiplied when we share it with others and that books can offer us guidance on how to live our lives.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

"The strangest part about birds falling from the sky? The fact that they're doing it on purpose . . ."

Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Louis V. Clark III started to write poetry in the sixth grade. Sixth grade boys who write poetry---get beat up a lot, but he was born with a never quit attitude.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Craft Presentations
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Amit’s men suddenly appeared at the tunnel entrance. “Freeze!” screamed Amit. Jake knew he had to act fast. He fired his MTAR and the man nearest the bomb collapsed.

Fri 13th
10:00 am -
11:00 pm
 

Mark Twain said “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” How much is fact (real), and how much is fiction?

Fiction
11:30 am -
12:30 pm
 

Susan loves to share her journey and process from the little girl to the publishing of her first book, White Lake with the desire to inspire others to reach for whatever their dream is at anytime in their life.

1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 

After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, author and UW-Eau Claire English professor B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us; specifically, extinct birds. How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we’ve failed to preserve in life?

Non-Fiction
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 

The forty year journey to write Junny's Marie began with its inception in 1975. My mother wanted me to tell her story.

Non-Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 

Laura Kuehl will present on the theme her book, You’ll Always Be Enough, addresses. Kuehl, who’s overcome numerous struggles, will inspire through her own story of personal growth and self-acceptance.

Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 

How I waded through the muddy waters of grief with Dad, a dog and a few dead ducks.

Non-Fiction
3:30 pm -
4:30 pm
 

This craft talk will delve into the process of writing a fantasy novel—ideally one that readers can’t put down!

Craft Presentations
7:00 pm -
9:00 pm
 

Join us for a live storytelling event where members of the community become storytellers sharing (mostly) true stories, surrounding the theme: Literary Upheaval. You DO NOT need to tell a story to join in the fun! After all, a story isn’t a story without someone

Sat 14th
9:00 am -
10:00 am
 

Few people realize the existence, or history, of the lesser lighthouses around the country including Lake Winnebago.

Non-Fiction
9:15 am -
10:15 am
 

I’m not here to argue against the stereotypes. I’ll let someone else do that. I’m here to tell you stories no one ever tells.

10:00 am -
11:00 am
 

Do you wonder where authors get ideas? Connie and Peter have caught piranhas, paraded with penguins, and even kissed whales doing research. Dive into the world of Roop books!

10:00 am -
11:00 am
 

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale

Fiction
10:30 am -
11:15 am
 

Abayomi Animashaun’s poems are travelogues of an inner country that is shaped and informed by Animashaun’s Nigerian roots, his journeys through America, and his identity as an immigrant.

10:30 am -
11:30 am
 

Laura is an alumnus of Lawrence University, playing (like Niall and Shawn in The Chronicles) both trombone and harp. In addition to writing, she teaches music lessons and hosts the radio program Books and Brews. She lives in Minneapolis with five of her nine children, three cats, and an Irish Wolfhound much like the Laird’s great hunting hounds.

Fiction
10:30 am -
11:30 am
 

What happens when a man tries to fish himself to death but death has other plans?

Fiction
11:00 am -
12:00 pm
 

Jerry Apps shares his memories of water, from its importance to crops and cattle to its many recreational uses -- fishing trips, canoe journeys , and the simple pleasures of an afternoon spent dreaming in the haymow as the rain patters on a barn roof.

Non-Fiction
11:30 am -
12:15 pm
 

Melissa will read from her most recent collection of poems, Scriptorium (Beacon Press 2016), a 2015 National Poetry Series Selection chosen by Tracy K. Smith, as well as newer poems.

Poetry
12:00 pm -
1:00 pm
 

Chelsea Bobulski will be presenting on her journey as a writer, focusing on her process for The Wood. Find your inspiration like Chelsea, who says, "As a child, I fell in love with the unique magic of books, the magic of escape. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since.”

12:30 pm -
1:15 pm
 

Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston will speak about poetry and memory. She’ll read from her newest chapbook of poems, Grief Bone (Five Oaks Press: 2017), and share poems written from her memories and talk about the way memory works in poems.

Poetry
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 

2017 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Wisconsin Public Radio. This presentation focuses on why Wisconsin used radio for public service, while other broadcasters exploited it for private profit.

Non-Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 

The first three books in the series each had different starting points The first was inspired by Door County. The second by the characters, and the third by the plot.

Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 

The author’s reading of key passages of Ginny Moon, followed by a brief discussion of how the book was written, and a Q&A.

Fiction
2:30 pm -
3:30 pm
 

In 36 action-packed days, Melanie Radzicki McManus ran along Wisconsin's 1,100-mile Ice Age Trail, setting the women's speed record (at age 52!) and becoming one of the trail's elite Thousand-Milers.

Non-Fiction
Sun 15th
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 

Campbell’s newest book, Braving It: A Father, A Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild (Penguin-Random House) was chosen by Amazon as one of May 2016’s top nonfiction books and was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book Competition.

Non-Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 

When she was only nine, Dayani Baldelomar left her Nicaraguan village with nothing more than a change of clothes. Her neighbor, Yadira Castellón, also migrated from the mountains. Driven by hope for a better future for their children, Dayani and Yadira invent jobs in Managua’s spreading markets and dumps. But a swelling tide of family crises and environmental calamities threaten to break their toehold in the city.

Craft Presentations
3:00 pm -
4:00 pm
 

Ginny’s voice came to me in a mysterious way, one that I’m still trying to comprehend.  In this talk we’ll explore the nature of voice, narration, and the quiet but calculating moves of the subconscious.

Craft Presentations
3:30 pm -
4:30 pm
 

Campbell’s newest book, Braving It: A Father, A Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild (Penguin-Random House) was chosen by Amazon as one of May 2016’s top nonfiction books and was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book Competition.

Non-Fiction
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