“The idea is that the city that opens the
same book closes it in greater harmony.”

— Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002

The Fox Cities Book Festival in partnership with the public libraries of the Fox Cities has come together with the goal of building a larger sense of community to promote literacy. Each year, we select an author and title to promote for Fox Cities Reads and encourage the people in our communities to read, think, talk, listen, and grow together.

2021 Fox Cities Reads title is George by Alex Gino

Save the date!

Author Alex Gino will be joining us for virtual presentations on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Event details and registration links to the virtual events will be posted soon!

Please direct questions about Fox Cities Reads to: info@foxcitiesbookfestival.org or to your local Fox Cities public library.

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On Reading George – Community Perspectives

February 19th, 2021|

Community Reads are powerful because of the way they bring people together to participate in a shared experience. The FCBF seeks to choose books that are timely, build community identity, and increase empathy--books like George.

Featured Author: Kao Kalia Yang

September 21st, 2020|

The Fox Cities Book Festival was delighted to promote The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir as our 2020 Fox Cities Reads with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. When COVID-19 spread, it was a

Who is Kao Kalia Yang?

August 12th, 2020|

WHO IS KAO KALIA YANG? Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American and the author of our 2020 Fox Cities Reads, The Latehomecomer. Yang's virtual presentation will be held on October 11 at 6:00pm. Her story

Highlights of Matthew Desmond’s Visit

April 19th, 2019|

"Think about the brain power, the human creativity that we just squander," Matthew Desmond said, looking out at a crowd in the Lawrence University Memorial Chapel on April 12. Evictions have lasting negative effects on

Our Exciting News

March 19th, 2019|

Mark Your Calendars: Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer-prize winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is here for the Fox Cities Reads April 11 & 12. Please join us for his presentations on April 11 at


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We have an event with Wisconsin’s own writer, teacher, and advocate, Helen Boyd, on Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 PM CST. Click here to register: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KgblruRFSECoAra-FTKoRAHelen Boyd, author and lecturer in gender studies, will provide some of the history of transgender identities, an overview of the varieties of transgender experience, and some context of Fox Cities Reads book selection "George" in the light of transgender literature. She’ll be available for questions immediately after her presentation.Boyd is the author of "My Husband Betty" and "She’s Not the Man I Married", books chronicling contemporary crossdressing culture, relational gender, and her own marriage to a trans woman. While she isn’t teaching, she consults on films, delivers lectures, and does training in gender diversity for corporate and community groups.JOIN US! ❤️ ...
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