Welcome to the first post of our two week blog series! Over the next two weeks, we will share about the authors presenting at the 2020 Fox Cities Book Festival. Remember, this year’s Festival is virtual and you can learn how to sign up here.

The FCBF board is proud to dedicate this year’s festival in honor of late board member Christopher “Tuffer” Kunz. When Christopher passed from stage IV colon cancer, we committed to recognizing the impact he has had on FCBF over a number of years. Originally from Minneapolis, Christopher became an important part of the Fox Cities community as a long-time alderperson, school board member, volunteer, and author.

Christopher Kunz’s Writing

Christopher was a gifted writer and his personal essays analyze our short existence and the search for the meaning of life. He believed every story should have a happy ending and wrote stories of hope and wonder, if a bit twisted.

When both of his parents died too young, Christopher decided to spend his time doing the things he loves. Embracing his fear of being a lonely writer, he finally put his psychology degree to use making up stories. It’s clear he likes to tag along with his characters, much as he did growing up the youngest of four. He seeks to find wonder and present it in a way that makes the joy of discovery accessible to everyone.

Christopher is the author of four books.

2020 Events

After the Fox Cities Reads presentation, the Festival opens with “The Unforgettable Life and Writing of Chrisopher Kunz” on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM. This event will share about Christopher’s life story, we will hear from those closest to him, and learn how he transformed the short essays he wrote as a community columnist for the Appleton Post Crescent into a collection of essays called Missing Pieces.

Then, after a week of festivities, we close with another presentation by Christopher, recorded before his death. The talk is called “Letting Go: An Author’s Story” and will be held Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 6 PM. You will learn how Christopher dedicated himself to writing and hear his extraordinary path to publication.

You can purchase his books via our affiliate partner Bookshop.com which supports FCBF and independent bookstores.