October 11-18, 2020 Fox Cities Book Festival: Connecting Writers and Readers

October 11, 2020
9:30 pm -
10:30 pm
 

Please join members of The Mill: A Place for Writers for our annual celebration of the best in local fiction and poetry. Since 2013, The Mill has recognized the work of Appleton-based authors. Novelist Steven Polansky will judge fiction entries, and current Wisconsin Poet Laureate […]

11:00 pm -
12:00 am
 

Please join us for a discussion with author Kao Kalia Yang. To register for this event; click HERE. The NEA Big Read: Fox Cities Reads 2020 selection is The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir  is […]

1:30 am -
2:30 am
 

Meet the unforgettable Christopher “Tuffer” Kunz, life-long writer and passionate community member. The 2020 Fox Cities Book Festival is dedicated to his memory and the impact he had on the local writing community.

October 12, 2020
2:00 pm -
3:00 pm
 

Edge of the Map author Johanna Garton talks about the life of the Fox Valley’s trailblazing alpinist Christine Boskoff, her adventures in the mountains and the legacies she left behind from her years climbing the highest peaks in the world.

4:30 pm -
5:30 am
 

Hear Engel talk about her writing and answer questions from the audience.

6:00 pm -
7:00 pm
 

Raised on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area in the mid-twentieth century, Gary Jones gets real about his rural roots, writing with plainspoken warmth and irreverence about farm, family, and folks on the ridge.

7:30 pm -
8:30 pm
 

Basting shares poignant and funny stories from her new book Creative Care: A revolutionary approach to dementia and elder care.

6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

Please join us for a discussion with author Kao Kalia Yang. To register for this event; click HERE. The NEA Big Read: Fox Cities Reads 2020 selection is The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir  is […]

9:00 pm -
10:00 pm
 

Bestselling author Andrea Bartz (THE LOST NIGHT, THE HERD) discusses her writing process, crafting "unlikable" yet fascinating female characters, and why thrillers are such fertile ground for complex female friendships.

10:30 pm -
12:30 am
 

Authors often have an ethereal, tricky to explain vision for their dream book project and book designers are tasked with managing those expectations. Learn to communicate realistic goals by balancing marketing demands with editor requests, and editor revisions. Actually illustrating a captivating, fun book cover might be the easy part!

12:00 am -
1:00 am
 

Writing for children is fun, engaging, and very challenging at times. Join Baptise as he walks you through his creative process of writing fiction and non-fiction stories.

1:30 am -
2:30 am
 

Steve Hannah reads and discusses Dairylandia, which profiles the lives of the seemingly ordinary yet quite extraordinary folks of Wisconsin.

October 13, 2020
3:30 pm -
4:30 pm
 

Four authors, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Weina Dai Randel, Amy Reichert, and Heather Webb are delighted to talk about the inspirations and challenges they encountered during their writing process.

3:30 pm -
4:30 pm
 

Part author's journey, part craft talk, Sarah Read will discuss how she wrote her successful debut novel and what she learned along the way.

5:00 pm -
6:00 pm
 

Birdwatchers who take to the field in Wisconsin walk in the footsteps of Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and other inspiring conservationists and environmental leaders from the state. Just as warblers, orioles, and other colorful migrants make birdwatching in Wisconsin exciting in spring, grosbeaks, redpolls, owls, and other hardy birds make it worthwhile in winter.

7:30 pm -
8:30 pm
 

Jaime Jo Wright, Award-Winning and Best-selling author of dual-time mysteries, dives into the often murky waters of writing in more than one era.

8:00 pm -
9:00 pm
 

Join Justina Ireland, author of the YA novels Dread Nation and Deathless Divide, for a reading and Q&A.

9:30 pm -
10:30 pm
 

Award winning author, Allen Eskens, will join us for a fantastic virtual event to discuss his writing and most recent book, Nothing More Dangerous.

11:30 pm -
12:30 am
 

Join us for a fantastic virtual event with award winning author, Sonali Dev. The USA Today Bestselling author writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after.

1:00 am -
2:00 am
 

Take one part late-night talk show, a heavy dose of Intro to Lit 101, and you have Short Story Night. Join host Richie Zaborowske for an evening of virtual trivia, author interviews, literary discussion and more.

October 14, 2020
3:30 pm -
4:30 pm
 

Is the stress of modern life poisoning your outlook? I have just the antidote you require. Take one juicy murder, a plethora of suspects, several twists and turns, and a mounting pile of red herrings. Mix with a generous measure of laughter.

5:00 pm -
6:00 pm
 

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, Lesley Kagen's buzzed-about new novel EVERY NOW AND THEN is both a nostalgic coming-of-age story and a mystery that tackles issues like mental illness, racism, friendship, guilt, and the power of hope.

6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

BENEATH THE FLAMES is based on my twenty-eight-year career as a Milwaukee firefighter. I’ll share some of the most dramatic stories that inspired me to spend ten years writing it. After deciding I had to write this story, I realized I needed to learn the craft of creative writing if I was to do justice to this important story of race in the inner-city of Milwaukee.

8:00 pm -
9:00 pm
 

In his second groundbreaking volume on gay history, R. Richard Wagner outlines the challenges that LGBT Wisconsinites faced in their efforts to right past oppressions and secure equality in the post-Stonewall period between 1969 and 2000.

10:00 pm -
11:00 pm
 

Inspired by true events, Wiemer shares the unforgettable journey of two students who speak up against an assignment asking them to pretend they’re Nazis and argue for the Holocaust.

11:30 pm -
12:30 am
 

Emily Carpenter discusses how growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, center of the Civil Rights Movement, shaped the kind of writer she would become. From being steeped in the Southern Gothic classics as a child, to her experiences working for two CBS soap operas in New York, then returning to the South, Carpenter will discuss her path to publication and how she discovered that Southern Gothic was in her blood.

1:00 am -
2:00 am
 

“On his way to the place that would be his new home, a nervous, mothy feeling beat its wings against the inside of Jonas Lake's throat."

2:00 am -
3:00 am
 

A fun, laid back hour discussing all things thriller, with authors Jennifer Hillier, Andrea Bartz, and E.A. Aymar.

October 15, 2020
3:30 pm -
4:00 pm
 

Join Stephanie and she reads the book ELLA, EDDIE, and EGG and discusses the importance of the eagle population along the Fox River and 1000 Islands Environmental Center.

4:00 pm -
4:30 pm
 

Join Stephanie as she reads the book THE MONARCH'S GIFT and discusses the process of writing, illustrating, and self-publishing a children’s book

5:00 pm -
6:00 pm
 

Beloved Wisconsin storyteller and historian Jerry Apps chronicles the heyday of Northwoods logging, revealing stories of lumberjacks and camp cooks, sawmills and boom towns, river drives and deadly log jams.

6:30 pm -
7:30 pm
 

The Great Lakes fur trade spanned two centuries and thousands of miles. And the story of one remarkable French-Ojibwe family, the Cadottes, brilliantly illuminates this history of trade and trapping while also shedding light on the complex political, social, and economic relations of the region.

8:00 pm -
9:00 pm
 

In this unique conversation, Gavin will talk about his journey into the world of Wisconsin crime.

10:00 pm -
11:00 pm
 

Behind-the-scenes at how an Eau Claire native went from journaling her disappointment about the Corn Palace at eight to selling her first novel to a major publisher (much later).

11:00 pm -
12:00 am
 

Join debut author Christina Clancy (THE SECOND HOME) in discussion.

12:30 am -
1:30 am
 

Meet the two writers who create the work of E.G. Scott!

2:00 am -
3:00 am
 

Join these female authors as they discuss the writing industry from a woman's perspective.

October 16, 2020
4:00 pm -
5:00 pm
 

Join children's writer Claire Swinarski in discussion. 

3:00 pm -
4:00 pm
 

Join children's writer Claire Swinarski in discussion. To register for this event, click here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h5D_O3dGR2m4oZwJarIK5g

7:00 pm -
8:00 pm
 

John Galligan, author of Dead Man Dancing and Bad Axe County, will discuss how real life research has shaped his fictional world of Bad Axe County, Wisconsin.

12:30 am -
1:30 am
 

Michael Zapata will discuss Latin American literature and craft, in which the relationship between the past and future, the real and the unreal is often blurred beyond recognition.

2:00 am -
3:00 am
 

Join four authors as they share their experiences as debut novelists in this panel.

October 17, 2020
3:00 pm -
4:00 pm
 

Join picture book authors Lori Degman (TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MONSTERS), Jill Esbaum (WE LOVE BABIES), and Baptiste Paul (THE FIELD) as they share what it's like to be a picture book author, their next works, and more!

4:15 pm -
5:15 pm
 

Michael Zapata, co-founder and former fiction editor of the award-winning MAKE Literary Magazine, will discuss the pitfalls, challenges, and absolute joys of creating and writing for a literary magazine.

5:30 pm -
6:30 pm
 

Join young adult authors Kalynn Bayron (CINDERELLA IS DEAD), Justina Ireland (DEATHLESS DIVIDE), Nicole Kronzer (UNSCRIPTED), and Lori M. Lee (FOREST OF SOULS) as they share what it's like to be a young adult author, their next works, and more!

7:00 pm -
8:00 pm
 

Come listen to how Matt Forbeck got started in his career after growing up in southern Wisconsin, and how he’s managed to sustain himself as a creator for over thirty years.

8:00 pm -
8:30 pm
 

Leota reads from her poetry collection, Crossing, a Caregiver's Journey. The poems are arranged by the seasons, as that is what his journey felt like: first you will hear him beginning to change, a budding.  As the Alzheimer's Disease developed, the poems reflect our new relationship.  […]

8:30 pm -
9:30 pm
 

You wrote a book - now what? Should you query, find an agent, self-publish? Publishing has and continues to change. I’ll share the essentials I’ve learned as a new author.

8:45 pm -
9:15 pm
 

Matthew Graham is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Geography of Home (Galileo Press, 2018). His work has earned numerous national, regional and local honors and awards, including a Pushcart Prize, an Academy of American Poets Award, two grants from the […]

9:30 pm -
10:00 pm
 

Abayomi Animashaun’s poems are travelogues of an inner country that is shaped and informed by Animashaun’s Nigerian roots, his journeys through America, and his identity as a black immigrant. As an immigrant poet from Nigeria, Abayomi Animashaun has lived in the United States for over […]

10:00 pm -
11:00 pm
 

Walk with Lainey into the world of Door County and its islands in the late 1800s, a time of shipwrecks, lighthouses, and strong individuals who never gave up.

10:15 pm -
10:45 pm
 

Poet Cathryn Cofell will read from and talk about the poems in Stick Figure with Skirt. Winner of the 2019 Main Street Rag Poetry Book award, Stick Figure with Skirt explores the theme of work from the complicated perspective of a woman/mother/wife/ caretaker wrestling with […]

10:00 pm -
10:30 pm
 

Ruth Awad reads from her award-winning collection Set to Music a Wildfire. Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award […]

11:15 pm -
12:00 am
 

Join Cadwell Turnbull as he reads from his science fiction novel, THE LESSON. This will be followed with a Q&A session.

12:15 am -
1:15 am
 

Join us for an Evening with Stephen Graham Jones, author of the new horror novel THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS.

1:30 am -
2:30 am
 

How do you flesh out a character to the point where they can drive the story? In this talk, we will discuss tips and tricks for writing characters that feel real. Time permitting, we will have a brief writing exercise, so come with pen and paper ready!