With the release of the 2017 Fox Cities Book Festival schedule, we can’t help but be excited about what’s to come this October 9-15. There will be some fresh faces and new voices at the tenth annual festival. We want to welcome these writers to the Fox Cities and introduce you to them.

Abayomi Animashaun is a Nigerian émigré living in Green Bay and teaching at UW-Oshkosh. A recipient of the Hudson Prize, and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Animashaun holds an MFA from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. His poems have been widely published, he is the author of two poetry collections and an editor of two anthologies. On October 14 at 10:30 am, he’ll be coming to The Draw to speak about his most recent poetry collection Sailing for Ithaca.

Traveling the furthest to participate, Ann Marie Ackermann is a historical true crime author who is originally from Seattle, but now lives in Germany. She will be on a book tour for her new release, Death of an Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer who Died Defending Robert E. Lee. You can attend her event, titled after her book, on October 10 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Appleton Public Library.

Duachaka Her is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator who resides in central Wisconsin. She’ll be at the Fox Cities Book Festival this fall to share the inspiration behind making her graphic novel, Then and Now, which is about a girl’s desire to escape her ordinary farm life and the years that follow. She’ll be at the Appleton Public Library on October 10 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Elizabeth Rynecki is the author of a memoir about her quest to find her great-grandfather’s art legacy lost in Poland during World War II. She will discuss the complexities of searching for lost Holocaust era art, share images of her great-grandfather’s paintings, and screen a trailer of the new documentary “Chasing Portraits,” titled after her memoir, on October 9 at the Appleton Public Library from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm!

Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) is a Native American poet and author who grew up on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin. He’ll be speaking about his book How to be an Indian in the 21st Century which is a finalist for the 2017 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award on October 12 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Kaukauna Public Library, and the second is on the same day from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Menasha Public Library.

Sagashus T. Levingston is the author of Infamous Mothers, a powerful book about women who have beaten the worst odds and made a difference in the world. She has been interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio and has been a source of empowerment for women and mothers everywhere. Don’t miss her event, “The Power of Infamous Mothers,” on October 14 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Neenah Public Library!

You can find even more great presenters coming to the Fox Cities Book Festival this fall on our website’s authors page. You can also find the full schedule of events on our website’s events page. Don’t miss out on the fun. This year’s festival is sure to be a fantastic one! Make sure to share the news with your friends so that they can join in on the fun too. Find us on social media and sign up for our email newsletter on our website.

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