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Nationally known author Will Schwalbe will be joining this year’s Fox Cities Book Festival. Schwalbe, a former publishing executive and founder of Cookstr.com, wrote the highly praised The End of Your Life Book Club, which became a New York Times best seller.

This memoir movingly recounts the time Schwalbe shared with his mother as she was dying of cancer. More than just a listing of books, The End of Your Life Book Club is about family, reading, sharing, living, and love.

As Schwalbe noted, "Reading isn't the opposite of doing; it's the opposite of dying."

During the book festival, Schwalbe will make several appearances to discuss his book and the art of writing. More information about his events will be released as we get closer to the festival dates, so check back here for details.

To read more about Will Schwalbe, visit his Author’s Page.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is pleased to announce that award-winning author Wendy McClure will be at this year's festival. McClure writes nonfiction and fiction and is equally adept at writing for adults and young readers.

Her most recent children's books, Wanderville and On Track for Treasure, are about 3 orphan train riders who become friends and take charge of their own destinies.

Publishers Weekly's review of Wanderville stated, "McClure celebrates bravery, ingenuity, and the bonds of family and friendship in this old-fashioned story of children fending for themselves."

The Book Festival is happy to host this author who makes the history of orphan trains come alive for young readers.

For more about Wendy McClure and her writing, visit her Author's Page.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is happy to announce that Dale Kushner, author of the novel The Conditions of Love, will appear at this year's festival.

Kushner, who lives in Madison, has used a small Wisconsin town as the backdrop for her story about a girl's journey to adulthood.

The book has been widely praised, with reviews such as one by the Associated Press that notes, "Kushner's scenes, like her characters, are expertly sketched, vivid and memorable."

For more information about Dale Kushner, visit her Author Page.

For more announcements of authors coming to the festival, check back here soon!

The Fox Cities Book Festival is pleased to announce that this year's lineup of authors will include many with Wisconsin connections.

Julie Buckles is one such award-winning author heading our way. Her book Paddling to Winter won a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award, was a finalist for Midwest Book Award, and was short-listed for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is excited to host such accomplished Wisconsin authors, and we look forward to announcing more authors soon.

For more about Julie Buckles, visit her Author Page.

Once again the Fox Cities Book Festival is partnering with the Fox Cities Reads to Read · Think · Talk · Listen · Grow as a community. We are pleased to announce this year’s Fox Cities Reads book is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Orphan Train, which has spent months on the New York Times Best Sellers List, tells the stories of Vivian, an elderly widow who was once an orphan train child, and Molly, a troubled 17 year old who has been in and out of foster care for years. As the women spend time together and Molly learns of Vivian's past, she discovers a unique connection with the older woman.

The book has been described as "a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship." So check out a copy of Orphan Train to begin your journey of read, think, talk, listen, and grow!

Christina Baker Kline will be visiting the Fox Cities during this year's Book Festival, which runs from April 20 - April 26, 2015. Her events will be scheduled for both the day and evening so she can meet a variety of readers. Christina Baker Kline is excited to have her book named a Fox Cities Reads selection and is looking forward to interesting exchanges with readers here.

We know you have all been waiting for us to begin announcing the 2015 slate of authors and we are happy to oblige. Today we are happy to announce that nationally bestselling author Nick Butler will be joining us for the 2015 festival.

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA, Honors English – 2002) and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA, Fiction – 2012).  He is the recipient of the 2010 Roark Prize in Poetry, the 2007 Davis Demitasse Poetry Award, and a runner-up in the 2009 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

His first novel Shotgun Lovesongs was published in March of 2014 to rave reviews. The New York Times says, “Shotgun Lovesongs is about a hometown in Wisconsin and the close band of friends who will always feel its magnetic pull. … The most lyrical parts of this big-hearted book are about how all the characters, including the star, are almost physically drawn to the town and one another. … Impressively original.” While Silver Linings Playbook author says, “Nickolas Butler ripped my heart out with rare honesty and good old-fashioned unapologetic love. A book that makes you want to call old friends. A writer who makes you feel more human than you thought possible.”  

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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.