Fox Cities Book Festival 2018: October 8th - October 14th

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October 8, 2018
10:30 am -
11:30 am
 
Film, Inspirational, Marketing

Appleton author Amanda Lauer presents her Heaven Intended series and how her first novel garnered a movie contract and what it takes to bring a book to the big screen.

Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
Font, History, WWII

A graphic designer’s search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man’s fate during World War II.

Non-Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 
History, Military, WWII

“No Army has ever done so much with so little. . .” -General Douglas MacArthur

Non-Fiction
4:00 pm -
5:00 pm
 
Dogs, Healing, Memoir

Join Patricia McConnell as she talks about her newest book, The Education of Will. The book is very different from her previous ones—it’s a memoir about trauma in both people and dogs, and how a messed up, crazy puppy named Willie taught her that will power is not enough to heal you when you are broken.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Font, History, WWII

A graphic designer’s search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man’s fate during World War II.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Formatting, Publishing, Short Stories

Polish your work and avoid editor pet peeves. Tips and tricks for submitting your work so that it gets noticed (in a good way).

Craft Presentations
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Life, Memoir, Retirement

Writing is a calling, a form of marriage, not a job. The calling lasts until death do us part.

Fiction Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Environment, Gardening

Heather Holm is an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker spending much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Chic Lit, Series, Travel

Susan will share the sights and places that inspired her first book, White Lake and the anticipated sequel, Return Home. She will also reveal some interesting history of the areas frequented by her characters. When she's done, you too, will want to plan a trip to these Islands!

7:00 pm -
8:30 pm
 
Open Mic, Performance

The Fox Cities Book Festival partners with Poetry Unlocked to present poets Kavon Cortez-Jones and Beth Spencer. Each featured poet will read for 20 minutes, followed by an open mic at which members of the audience can read 1-2 poems.

October 9, 2018
10:00 am -
11:00 am
 
Gardening

Heather Holm is an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker spending much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them.

Non-Fiction
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 
Nature, Picture Book

Turn your passion into a picture book! Join my protagonist, Mr. McGinty, and me as we embark on a mission to save the monarch butterflies!

Craft Presentations Family-Friendly
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
Process

Are you concerned about what your sister or, heaven forbid, your mother, would think about your memoir? Fictionalize it and sleep easy. Here’s how.

Craft Presentations
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
Marketing

Author Jill Van Den Eng explains why and how to set up a social media presence.

4:00 pm -
5:00 pm
 
History, Narrative, Nature

History is not there to find; it is there to create.

Craft Presentations
4:30 pm -
5:30 pm
 
Fatherhood, Memoir

One Day You’ll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into “life lessons” about fatherhood.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Inspirational, Transformative

Today, I’m going to share the three things that have helped me to enjoy my ride and can, in turn, help you enjoy your ride even more.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Mystery

The allure of the city is powerful, but remember: when a killer comes to small town America, the body is just as cold and the blood runs just as red.

Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Film, Inspirational, Marketing

Appleton author Amanda Lauer presents her Heaven Intended series and how her first novel garnered a movie contract and what it takes to bring a book to the big screen.

Fiction
October 10, 2018
10:00 am -
11:00 am
 
Music, Piano

Politics, art, literature, not to mention racism, orientalism, and nationalism – a potent mix in fin-de siècle Paris. Come hear how Claude Debussy, who died precisely 100 years ago, combined them all in music.

Performance
10:00 am -
11:00 am
 
Book Signing, History, Local Author

Join local author Gavin Schmitt for a book signing! He loves talking local history, mafia and crime, so bring along your questions!

Non-Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
Inspirational, Romance, Suspense

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Craft Presentations
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
Coming of Age, Mystery

Author Jim Guhl’s new novel, Eleven Miles to Oshkosh, takes readers back to a 1970s Wisconsin where he tells the story of a teenage boy coming to age as he deals with the unsolved murder of his father.

Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Mystery, Series

It's a grim world out there.  Perhaps you need a nice, wholesome cozy murder mystery to lift your spirits.  Modern life can be poisonous.  Spend an hour with Kathy and her amateur sleuth, Rhiannon Nolan.

Craft Presentations
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Micro Fiction, Novelettes, Short Fiction

Short Fiction packs a concentrated punch of story in a small package. Learn about the mechanics and structure of short fiction at this presentation.

Craft Presentations
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Plot, Romance

The importance of plotting, pulling your story together and how it helps with completing a well-crafted story.

Craft Presentations
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Fatherhood, Memoir

One Day You’ll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into “life lessons” about fatherhood.

Non-Fiction
October 11, 2018
9:30 am -
10:30 am
 
Picture Book

Join author Linda Vander Heyden and Kaukauna storytime staff for a special Fox Cities Book Festival storytime!

Family-Friendly Kids
10:00 am -
11:00 am
 
Mystery, Series

It's a grim world out there. Perhaps you need a nice, wholesome cozy murder mystery to lift your spirits. Modern life can be poisonous. Spend an hour with Kathy and her amateur sleuth, Rhiannon Nolan.

Craft Presentations
10:30 am -
11:30 am
 
Inspirational, Process, Reading

Walk with Judy and Packer greats down the road of adventure, honor, and faith. Win or lose, enjoy the glory of a life of excellence. And learn to shout within.

Craft Presentations
10:30 am -
11:30 am
 
Forum, Roundtable, Young Adult

Strasburg will moderate a discussion/workshop on being a YA Author. Topics like rewriting your book, balancing home, work and writing, finding a publisher, finding an editor, finding your voice, and a successful book launch will be discussed at this roundtable.

Workshop
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 
Marketing, Picture Book, Self-Publishing

Writer and filmmaker John Mitchell gives his humorous take on the crazy chaos of self-distribution in the film and the self-publishing world.

Craft Presentations
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
Inspirational, Process, Reading

Walk with Judy and Packer greats down the road of adventure, honor, and faith. Win or lose, enjoy the glory of a life of excellence. And learn to shout within.

Craft Presentations
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 
Birds, History, Nature

Explore how and why people in the Midwest worshiped, feared, studied, hunted, ate, and protected the birds that surrounded them over the last 12,000 years.

Non-Fiction
6:00 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Picture Book, Self-Publish, Storytime

When six year old Murphy’s imagination takes him on an adventure to save his friends from the grasp of his evil nemesis Ripple, he gets himself into all sorts of trouble when his Dreamerboy antics spill over into his real world, the classroom.

Family-Friendly Kids
6:00 pm -
7:00 pm
 
Nature

This talk will imagine ways that delight, joy, and love are integral to the ways we care for the land, but also to the ways we care for ourselves and each other as the land.

Poetry
6:00 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Illustrator, Picture Book

Why is Mickey a mouse and not a human child? Picture book author, Keiko Kasza, will look into the reasons why animals are often used in books for very young children and in all her books.

Family-Friendly Kids
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Crime, History

Corruption in the courts, the Ku Klux Klan roaming the streets, and the highest homicide rate in America. This was Madison in the 1920s.

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Inspirational, Transformative

Attitude affects everything! I have learned that life is what we make it. We all have frustrations, and difficulties but with a positive attitude we can succeed in life!

Non-Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Diversity, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Join youth authors Crystal Chan, Lori M. Lee and Kurtis Scaletta as they discuss the importance of diverse voices in youth literature today.

6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Social Justice

Joan Treppa, a social justice advocate for those wrongfully convicted, shares her research and insight into a tragedy that shocked a community and is considered by a growing number of supporters to be a grave injustice that is still unresolved.

Non-Fiction
October 12, 2018
10:00 am -
11:00 am
 
Local History, Performance

Join local historian, Carol Mainville Van Boxtel, as she takes you on a bus tour of historic Kaukauna. Registration is required for this event and begins on October 1st; please register by calling the Kaukauna Public Library at (920) 766-6340.

10:00 am -
11:00 am
 
Illustrations, Picture Book, Storytelling

Action and color are important, but it’s the little details that will make people really fall in love with your drawings!

Family-Friendly Kids
10:00 am -
11:00 am
 
Nature, Picture Book

Turn your passion into a picture book! Join my protagonist, Mr. McGinty, and me as we embark on a mission to save the monarch butterflies!

Craft Presentations Family-Friendly
10:30 am -
11:30 am
 
Forum, Roundtable, Young Adult

Strasburg will moderate a discussion/workshop on being a YA Author. Topics like rewriting your book, balancing home, work and writing, finding a publisher, finding an editor, finding your voice, and a successful book launch will be discussed at this roundtable.

Workshop
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 
History, Science

Adopting the geologic habit of seeing everything, including ourselves, as entities sculpted by time is a perceptual shift that can be transformative on the personal and societal levels.

Non-Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
Local History, Research

When asked to write the history of Kaukauna Utilities, routine research left puzzle pieces missing for local historian Carol Mainville Van Boxtel. Discovering “how” and “why” helped her to uncover the missing puzzle pieces.

Craft Presentations
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
History, Reading

What would you get on the bus for? Join B.J. Hollars for a reading from "The Road South" and a conversation on the harrowing story of the 1961 Freedom Riders.

Non-Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 
Short Stories, Wisconsin

Local writer Joseph Rein discusses the various challenges and rewards when writing about Wisconsin, a location that, when done effectively, functions as a character in itself.

Fiction
4:00 pm -
5:00 pm
 
Marketing, Romance

The best marketing strategies for 2018. This marketing gig changes weekly it seems, but learn how to stay on top of it continually and adjust to the market.

Fiction
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Writing

Welcome to the wonderful world of a regular guy who just happened to write 80-something books for kids and teens.

Family-Friendly Kids
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Fantasy

From 2009 to 20016, Laura Vosika, author of the acclaimed time travel series, The Blue Bells Chronicles, a story ranging across modern and medieval Scotland, has made multiple trips to Scotland and northern England to research the locations of her story—the battlefield of Bannockburn, Inverness’s

Fiction
7:00 pm -
9:00 pm
 
Storytelling

Storycatchers Live: Unreliable Narrator

Performance
October 13, 2018
9:00 am -
10:00 am
 
History, Reading

What would you get on the bus for? Join B.J. Hollars for a reading from The Road South and a conversation on the harrowing story of the 1961 Freedom Riders.

Non-Fiction
9:15 am -
10:15 am
 
Collage, Illustrator, Picture Books

Interested in learning about how a picture book is illustrated? Join me for this interactive session that is enlightening and will also get you actively involved in creating.

Family-Friendly Kids
11:00 am -
12:00 pm
 
History, Nature

Wisconsin has a fascinating variety of landscapes. It occurred to me that to explore any one of these diverse areas and to understand how they came to be, one could use the wonderful State Parks and State Forests of Wisconsin as entry points.

Non-Fiction
11:00 am -
12:00 pm
 
Memoir, Motherhood

Please join Laura Jean Baker, author of The Motherhood Affidavits, to learn how her braided memoir might serve as a template for your own life story. 

Craft Presentations Non-Fiction
11:30 am -
12:30 pm
 
Editing, Publishing, Writing

A panel discussion with horror writers Kat Köhler, James Lowder, Sarah Read, Richard Thomas, and Chris Welch

1:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 
Performance, Spoken Word

Join poets Amanda Reavey, Dasha Kelly, Matt Cook and De'Shawn Ewing for their special kind of poetry, poems that need to be seen AND heard. Spoken word poets recite/perform their poems in a way that facilitates and enhances understanding.

1:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 
Drawing, Painting, Portraits

Learn to draw and paint your own portrait in the style of famous Latino artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso and more!

Craft Presentations
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 
History, Nature, Travel

Crossing the Driftless is a river traveler’s tale and an exploration of the streams of geologic and human history, as Lynne and Bob Diebel canoe 360 miles across the Driftless Area.

Non-Fiction
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
 
Reading, Storytelling

The very stories we share and receive are as essential to our survival as food, water, and shelter. They help us make sense of our world. They save our lives.

Fiction
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 
Neo-Noir, Slipstream Fiction, Transgressive

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Craft Presentations
3:00 pm -
4:00 pm
 
Headliner, Mystery

In her workshop The Fundamentals and Essentials of Writing the Suspense Novel, Linda shares her knowledge and experience, taking writers through the elements of developing and writing a novel from start to finish. 

Craft Presentations
6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 
Headliner, Mystery

Linda Castillo will be reading from her latest release, A Gathering of Secrets. She will also speak about her background and how she researches her books, with time for questions after. 

Fiction
October 14, 2018
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
 
Headliner, Mystery

Come learn about Linda Castillo's background, how she broke into publishing, and some information on writing and researching her current release, A Gathering of Secrets.

Fiction
2:30 pm -
3:30 pm
 
Writing Contest

The Mill: A Place for Writers announces the sixth annual Mill Prizes, awarding both short fiction and poetry.

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