“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

Thank you to Alex Gino for inspiring our community with live virtual events and discussions about George, a powerful MG book about identity, authenticity, and acceptance.

Watch a recording of Alex Gino’s virtual event on the Fox Cities Book Festival’s Facebook page!

  • 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

On Reading George – Community Perspectives

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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.

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It's spotlight time! Say hello to our fellow board member, Doug!Doug Middleton joined the Fox Cities Book Festival Board in September 2017. He is a retired Elementary School Principal. Originally from Michigan, he has lived in the Fox Cities for the past seven years. Doug blends a passion for reading with the desire to actively promote and bring outstanding authors to the Fox Cities. He is actively involved in many other community organizations including: Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, PopEarth, and Fox Valley Literacy. It has been gratifying to be a part of the 2021 FCBF as it strives to grow in diversity. Doug is especially excited about the debut novel Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, who is a citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation. Winter Counts is a compelling and complex thriller informed by current and historical events. It is set on the Rosebud Reservation. Weiden is a powerful new Native American voice in fiction. Grab a copy of Winter Counts and then join Doug in conversation with David Heska Wanbli Weiden at the 2021 Fox Cities Book Festival in October. ... See MoreSee Less
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Don't forget to join us at Market on Main from 2-8 PM in downtown Little Chute. We will be selling books for $1 each, thanks to donations from the customers and owner of The Book Store of Appleton. Stop by for other festival merch, too!Cash will be most convenient for payment, but we have a few other options, too! ... See MoreSee Less
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