Today the Fox Cities Book Festival community learned of the death of Ellen Kort. Ellen was Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate, a gifted writer, and wonderful teacher—to name but a few of her accomplishments. As you can see from the welcome she wrote for the About Us page on this website, Ellen was at the heart of the creation of the Fox Cities Book Festival. She believed in and celebrated a "joyous passion for books and the written word." We will miss her. We send our deepest sympathy to her family.
Wednesday is a busy day at the book festival. Special events are going on in celebration of Earth Day, with activities for everyone from children to adults. Earth Day programs will take place at the Fox River Environmental Education Alliance, The WILD Center, and UW-Fox Valley. Author events are also taking place at area libraries and Lawrence University.
Today’s presenters include:
- Lorna Landvik
- Sara Laux Akin
- Karla Huston
- Kay Scholtz
- June Melby
- Harvey Kaye
- Gavin Schmitt
- Shana Conradt
- Bill Berry
- Dale Laurin, Sr., and
- Sandy Johnson
Christina Baker Kline is making several stops on her second day at the festival, including appearances at UW-Fox Valley, Appleton Public Library, and the History Museum at the Castle.
All the events are open to the public, including the Author Reception at Appleton Public Library at 4:00 pm. Bring in your book for an autograph; tell Ms Kline who your favorite character was; discuss the fine art of writing. Who knows? There may even be punch.
Variety is the word of the day, with author talks on subjects ranging from tolerance to ghosts to zombie chickens. In addition to Ms Kline, the authors appearing on Tuesday are:
- Zohra Sarwari
- Jeff Yeager
- John Ferak
- Chad Lewis
- Lisa Klarner
- Mike McCabe and
- Julie Mata
Come out and celebrate writing!
Monday is "Go!" for the bookfestival. Who will be here to start off our week?
- Jerry Apps
- Christina Baker Kline
- Kathleen Ernst
- Brett Christopherson
- Raen Smith
- Lawrence University student poets
- Monica Rico and
- Jessie Garcia
There's something for just about everyone in this starting lineup. So get out there and hear the writers speak!
Be sure to check out the website schedule for times, locations, and any last minute changes. See you at the festival!
Playwright Philip Dawkins will be at UW-Fox Valley Theatre tonight for the performance of his whimsical play Failure: a Love Story.
A preshow reception, with cash bar, will start at 6 pm. The play begins at 7:00. A discussion with Dawkins follows immediately afterward.
Discounted tickets are available for book festival goers.
Get your reduced price tickets by calling the Theatre Box Office, 920-832-2646, and using the special code "Book Festival Friend."
The Theatre is located at UW-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, Wisconsin.
Are you attending book festival programs at the Atlas Coffee Mill? Be aware of construction detour details...
Albeit historic, that funny little road leading down to the riverfront just off of State and south of Fourth known as JACKMAN STREET, along with PROSPECT AVE from Memorial to Walnut, is CLOSED through October 2015 for much-needed bridge and street reconstruction. Try one of the following alternate routes...