“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.

The 2021 Fox Cities Community Read title is George by Alex Gino

Alex Gino is the author of, George, our 2021 selection for the Fox Cities Reads. We hope the entire community joins us in reading this powerful MG book about identity, authenticity, and acceptance.

  • The Fox Cities Book Festival is honored to host author Alex Gino for a virtual presentation on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 PM 
  • The virtual event will be held through Zoom. Please register ahead of the event by clicking on the Zoom link here. Fill out the registration form and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access the virtual event.
  • Alex Gino’s visit and talk is a free, open-to-the-public virtual event. They will also make two presentations to school groups earlier that day.

You can borrow physical or digital copies of, George , from your local Fox Cities library or purchase from your favorite local book seller. If you prefer to purchase online, you can do so from our affiliate partner, Bookshop.

Special thanks to community partners for their support, including members of the Reads Committee, The Book Shop, Diverse and Resilient, Celebrate Diversity, Heartbrain, and Helen Boyd.

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

  • Groups of people with George cover

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