July 20, 2017


The Fox Cities Book Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary of connecting writers and readers with a week-long schedule of events planned for October 9-15, 2017. Ten Years. Ten thousand people. One hundred and ten literary events. And that’s before Fox Cities Book Festival 2017 begins this fall.

We announce the release of this year’s festival schedule on a new website. Foxcitiesbookfestival.org lets you find the listing of more than sixty events, a dozen local venues, and all of the authors, their bios, and event descriptions.  Search for the 2017 Schedule or search by Authors in the navigation bar of the new website.

The board of the Fox Cities Book Festival asked the Authors Committee this year to bring back some of the most popular authors from previous years, celebrate the bounty of gifted literary artists from Wisconsin and the Fox Cities, and to include new voices.

There will be some familiar faces at this year’s book festival. Nickolas Butler gave a reading in 2015 from his novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, and returns this fall to read from his new release, Hearts of Men. He’ll be speaking on October 11 at 1:30 pm at Menasha Public Library and 6:30 pm at Kaukauna Public Library.

Will Schwalbe also returns to the Fox Cities. In 2015 he spoke about his memoir, End-of-Your-Life Book Club and this year on October 12 you can hear Schwalbe speak about “How Books Help Us Have Life’s Difficult Conversations” from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Appleton Public Library. Then, on the same day, attend his event “Books for Living,” titled after his latest book, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Lawrence University Campus.

Benjamin Percy, who presented at the 2014 Fox Cities Book Festival, offers a crash course in comics writing on October 11 at 1:30 pm in the Kaukauna Public Library. Later on the 11th, he reads from his latest novel “The Dark Net” at 6:30 pm at the Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library in Little Chute.

Benjamin Ludwig, author of Ginny Moon

Benjamin Ludwig will read from his debut novel, Ginny Moon, at the Wriston Art Center on the Lawrence University campus on October 14 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The title character is an autistic teenage heroine in this heartwarming coming-of-age story.

Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of children’s picture books, YA novels, and historical fiction is best known for the novels Wintergirls, Twisted, Chains, and Speak. Her most recent work, Ashes, is a historical fiction novel about the American Revolution that comes in as the final book in the Seeds of America trilogy. Anderson will be at two events, both on October 10. One, titled “The Power of Speaking Up: The Writing of and Reaction to Speak,” will be from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Neenah Public Library, and the other, titled “Censorship in America: Why Are Adults so Afraid of the Real World?” will be held the same day from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at UW-Fox Valley Perry Hall.

The full schedule of events, authors, books, and bios are now available on the new website. The Fox Cities Book Festival is a 501(c) 3 organization. To learn more about volunteering at the festival, click here. To make a donation, please click here. For additional information, please email info@foxcitiesbookfestival.org