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Plotting Your Romance

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

The importance of plotting, pulling your story together and how it helps with completing a well-crafted story.

Storytime with Linda Vander Heyden

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Join author Linda Vander Heyden and Kaukauna storytime staff for a special Fox Cities Book Festival storytime!

Booked for Murder!

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

It's a grim world out there. Perhaps you need a nice, wholesome cozy murder mystery to lift your spirits. Modern life can be poisonous. Spend an hour with Kathy and her amateur sleuth, Rhiannon Nolan.

There’s a New Cheesehead on the Block! And Some Novels Too!!

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

Walk with Judy and Packer greats down the road of adventure, honor, and faith. Win or lose, enjoy the glory of a life of excellence. And learn to shout within.

YA Author Workshop

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

Strasburg will moderate a discussion/workshop on being a YA Author. Topics like rewriting your book, balancing home, work and writing, finding a publisher, finding an editor, finding your voice, and a successful book launch will be discussed at this roundtable.

There’s a New Cheesehead on the Block! And Some Novels Too!!

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Walk with Judy and Packer greats down the road of adventure, honor, and faith. Win or lose, enjoy the glory of a life of excellence. And learn to shout within.

Delight, Gardens, C’mon!

Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI

This talk will imagine ways that delight, joy, and love are integral to the ways we care for the land, but also to the ways we care for ourselves and each other as the land.

“Dreamerboy” Picture Book Presentation

The Book Store 293 W Northland Ave, Appleton, WI

When six year old Murphy’s imagination takes him on an adventure to save his friends from the grasp of his evil nemesis Ripple, he gets himself into all sorts of trouble when his Dreamerboy antics spill over into his real world, the classroom.

Why is Mickey a Mouse?

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

Why is Mickey a mouse and not a human child? Picture book author, Keiko Kasza, will look into the reasons why animals are often used in books for very young children and in all her books.

Madison, America’s Deadliest City?

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Corruption in the courts, the Ku Klux Klan roaming the streets, and the highest homicide rate in America. This was Madison in the 1920s.

Enjoy Your Ride

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

Attitude affects everything! I have learned that life is what we make it. We all have frustrations, and difficulties but with a positive attitude we can succeed in life!

Diverse Voices in Youth Literature

Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI

Join youth authors Crystal Chan, Lori M. Lee and Kurtis Scaletta as they discuss the importance of diverse voices in youth literature today.

A Matter of Facts; The Tom Monfils Case Revisited

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

Joan Treppa, a social justice advocate for those wrongfully convicted, shares her research and insight into a tragedy that shocked a community and is considered by a growing number of supporters to be a grave injustice that is still unresolved.

Historic Kaukauna Bus Tour

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Join local historian, Carol Mainville Van Boxtel, as she takes you on a bus tour of historic Kaukauna. Registration is required for this event and begins on October 1st; please register by calling the Kaukauna Public Library at (920) 766-6340.

Nicholas Northwoods: How to Create Your Own Books!

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

Action and color are important, but it’s the little details that will make people really fall in love with your drawings!

YA Author Workshop

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Strasburg will moderate a discussion/workshop on being a YA Author. Topics like rewriting your book, balancing home, work and writing, finding a publisher, finding an editor, finding your voice, and a successful book launch will be discussed at this roundtable.

Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

Adopting the geologic habit of seeing everything, including ourselves, as entities sculpted by time is a perceptual shift that can be transformative on the personal and societal levels.

Finding the Missing Puzzle Pieces

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

When asked to write the history of Kaukauna Utilities, routine research left puzzle pieces missing for local historian Carol Mainville Van Boxtel. Discovering “how” and “why” helped her to uncover the missing puzzle pieces.

Roads Without Houses: Writing Wisconsin-Based Fiction

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

Local writer Joseph Rein discusses the various challenges and rewards when writing about Wisconsin, a location that, when done effectively, functions as a character in itself.

Marketing Strategies

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

The best marketing strategies for 2018. This marketing gig changes weekly it seems, but learn how to stay on top of it continually and adjust to the market.

Growing Up Writing for Kids

Fox Valley Technical College room HS301 (Entrance 16) 1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton, WI

Welcome to the wonderful world of a regular guy who just happened to write 80-something books for kids and teens.

Scotland Through the Eyes of the Author

James J. Siebers Memorial Library 515 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI

From 2009 to 20016, Laura Vosika, author of the acclaimed time travel series, The Blue Bells Chronicles, a story ranging across modern and medieval Scotland, has made multiple trips to Scotland and northern England to research the locations of her story—the battlefield of Bannockburn, Inverness’s

Storycatchers Live

The Draw 800 S Lawe St, Appleton, WI

Storycatchers Live: Unreliable Narrator

How Illustrations Are Made

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Interested in learning about how a picture book is illustrated? Join me for this interactive session that is enlightening and will also get you actively involved in creating.

Wisconsin State Parks: Stories of Geology and Natural History

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

Wisconsin has a fascinating variety of landscapes. It occurred to me that to explore any one of these diverse areas and to understand how they came to be, one could use the wonderful State Parks and State Forests of Wisconsin as entry points.

The Motherhood Affidavits-How to Tell Your Own Story

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

Please join Laura Jean Baker, author of The Motherhood Affidavits, to learn how her braided memoir might serve as a template for your own life story. 

Horror Writers Panel

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

A panel discussion with horror writers Kat Köhler, James Lowder, Sarah Read, Richard Thomas, and Chris Welch

Crossing the Driftless: Some Upstream Paddling Required

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

Crossing the Driftless is a river traveler’s tale and an exploration of the streams of geologic and human history, as Lynne and Bob Diebel canoe 360 miles across the Driftless Area.

The Sound of the Word: Milwaukee Voices

The Draw 800 S Lawe St, Appleton, WI

Join poets Amanda Reavey, Dasha Kelly, Matt Cook and De'Shawn Ewing for their special kind of poetry, poems that need to be seen AND heard. Spoken word poets recite/perform their poems in a way that facilitates and enhances understanding.

Latino Style Watercolor Selfies

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Learn to draw and paint your own portrait in the style of famous Latino artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso and more!

Stories and the Lives They Save

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

The very stories we share and receive are as essential to our survival as food, water, and shelter. They help us make sense of our world. They save our lives.

This event has been cancelled

Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University 113 S Lawe St, Appleton, WI

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

The Fundamentals and Essentials of Writing the Suspense Novel

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

In her workshop The Fundamentals and Essentials of Writing the Suspense Novel, Linda shares her knowledge and experience, taking writers through the elements of developing and writing a novel from start to finish. 

An Evening with Linda Castillo

James J. Siebers Memorial Library 515 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI

Linda Castillo will be reading from her latest release, A Gathering of Secrets. She will also speak about her background and how she researches her books, with time for questions after. 

A Conversation with Linda Castillo

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

Come learn about Linda Castillo's background, how she broke into publishing, and some information on writing and researching her current release, A Gathering of Secrets.

Novels to Keep You Up at Night

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

In Judy’s novels, she walks the line of politics, prophecy, and history in edgy, suspenseful, and gripping page-turners. Judy will talk about the writing process, research, and learning to market.

The Dream Gathers Steam!

James J. Siebers Memorial Library 515 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI

What does it take to write a novel series? Steam … Stamina … and a heart for Adventure!

Living Inside a Hate Crime

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

A man spends more than twenty years in prison for murder without a grand jury indictment for his arrest. Now at the age of eighty-three, he represents the longest-running fight for exoneration on record in America.

Job Man: My Life in Professional Wrestling

James J. Siebers Memorial Library 515 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI

From taking on Hulk Hogan to grappling with a 600 lb. bear, Wisconsin’s own Chris Multerer, author of Job Man, shares his remarkable, decade-long career in the wild world of professional wrestling.

Can Francis Change the Church?

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

Thomas Sweetser, SJ will share information related to his most recent book, Can Francis Change the Church? How American Catholics Are Responding To His Leadership.

Imaginary Stories – Real World Inspiration

James J. Siebers Memorial Library 515 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI

Shannon will talk about her debut novel,The Virtue of Sin, and the real-life cult that inspired her, as well as the difficulties involved in inventing an imaginary religion.

Rebel Poet: More Stories from a 21st Century Indian

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

This eagerly anticipated follow-up to the breakout memoir How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century delves more deeply into the themes of family, community, grief, and the struggle to make a place in the world when your very identity is considered suspect.

Bizarre History of Wisconsin

James J. Siebers Memorial Library 515 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI

This presentation showcases over 100 bizarre newspaper stories from Wisconsin that have not been seen in over 100 years.

Kaukauna Paranormal Research Team

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

During this presentation you will learn about the Kaukauna Paranormal Research Team, paranormal terminology, famous case files and the specific case files from KPRT experiences in the field. Some of these case files are featured in their book, A Paranormal Journey: The True Cases of the Kaukauna Paranormal Research Team. 

Storytime with Miranda Paul

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Join picture book author Miranda Paul for a fun storytime!

Poetry Reading by Gaochi Vang

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Poetry reading from Gaochi Vang's collection,Building Walls to Break Down composed of poems that embody topics surrounding mental health, identity collision, self-love, and self-acceptance.

The Story of Football Innovator Gus Dorais

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Charles "Gus" Dorais was Wisconsin's first star high school quarterback. After leading Chippewa Falls High School to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Championship in 1909, he went onto a storied collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame, where he revolutionized the game with his good friend, roommate and receiver, Knute Rockne.

Coming of Age Stories

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

"Are they really the happiest days of our lives?" What you need to know about coming-of-age stories.

Things that Go Bump When You Write

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Part memoir and part journalism, Midwestern Strange offers a fascinating, funny, and quirky account of flyover folklore. By confronting monsters, Martians, and a cabinet of curiosities worth of strange phenomena, Hollars challenges readers to look beyond their presumptions and acknowledge that just because something is weird doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites Mysteries

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

This lively, richly illustrated program takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the real-life experiences and historic places that inspired the ten books in Kathleen’s award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson series.

Don’t Make Me Pull Over! The History of Family Road Trips

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Fake wood-paneled station wagons. 8-Track tape decks. Noogies delivered by older siblings. Those great family road trips we took way back when were the BEST. But how did the Great American Road Trip experience come to be?

Putting Action Into Words: The Poetry of Fair Housing

Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University, Nathan Marsh Pusey Room 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI

Experience poetry’s power to bring forward history, social justice issues, and calls to action. Enjoy poems that invite audience participation and some enhanced with visual images.

Literary Trivia

313 Dodge 313 Dodge St, Kaukauna, WI

Join local author Gavin Schmitt for a fun night of adult literary trivia!

Don’t Make Me Pull Over! The History of Family Road Trips

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Fake wood-paneled station wagons. 8-Track tape decks. Noogies delivered by older siblings. Those great family road trips we took way back when were the BEST. But how did the Great American Road Trip experience come to be?

Tea & Legacies

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Join Wisconsin author Carrie Sue Barnes for a cup of tea and an interactive discussion of the significance of every individual's personal story. Carrie Sue's debut novel The Hidden Legacy is driven by one woman's urgent need to tell her untold story, and the need of another to hear it.

Things that Go Bump When You Write

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Part memoir and part journalism, Midwestern Strange offers a fascinating, funny, and quirky account of flyover folklore. By confronting monsters, Martians, and a cabinet of curiosities worth of strange phenomena, Hollars challenges readers to look beyond their presumptions and acknowledge that just because something is weird doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

I am my Sister’s Keeper

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

I am my Sister's Keeper: Inspired Encouragement for Women of God. I have some tools and wisdom, in this book, to help you succeed in your daily Christian walk.

Poetry Reading by Gaochi Vang

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Poetry reading from Gaochi Vang's collection,Building Walls to Break Down composed of poems that embody topics surrounding mental health, identity collision, self-love, and self-acceptance.

Lost Fox Cities

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

Rediscover the vanishing history of the Fox Cities through vintage and contemporary photography, journalistic accounts, letters and memoirs accompanied by art created by KC Wilson.

Short Story Night

McFleshman's Brewing Co. 115 South State Street, Appleton, WI

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

Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists

Appleton Public Library 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI

"Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world," states Civil Rights Activists, Dolores Huerta, in the book’s foreword. These stories share how 25 Latinas from Wisconsin helped build community against many odds.

All the Hometown Boys Wisconsin’s 150th Machine Gun Battalion

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

"Today, the 150th is all but forgotten, in part because their unit history was never written. Through letters, diaries, and other recollections, Larson tells us the story of these Guardsmen’s experiences. He traces the path of their wartime service and considers the impact of war’s trauma and tedium on their lives."

From Writer to Author: A Journey

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

From first draft to published novel, one writer’s experience of breaking into the publishing industry.

Regreen: Writing Place and Nature Poetry

Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University, Nathan Marsh Pusey Room 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI

Crystal S. Gibbins will discuss what it means to write about place, read new and selected poems from Now/Here (Holy Cow! Press), and explore how that writing complicates traditional nature poetry.

Wisconsin Lighthouses

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

Interested in Wisconsin lighthouses and their fascinating history? Explore the state’s waterways and be enthralled with stories of dedication and bravery from a bye gone era. Spectacular images highlight the program.

Poetry Reading by Stewart Cole

Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University, Nathan Marsh Pusey Room 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI

Enjoy a reading from Stewart Cole's lyrical poetry, engaged with both the here-and-now of a world on the brink and the hope of something better. These poems exist in a searching exchange with the world, both entering and being entered by it.

Learning to See the World as a Writer

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

It takes a lot more than a good idea to make a good story. Author Christina Hagmann will talk about learning to see the world as a writer.

Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

"Although New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago are often considered the epicenters of American jazz, this extensive, upbeat compilation of jazz musician biographies details Wisconsin's rich association the genre since its the inception of the genre in the early 1900s."

History not Forgotten- Sport- Ship Dog of the Great Lakes

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

The author will share the true story of Sport: a puppy rescued in Milwaukee by the crew of the lighthouse tender the Hyacinth in 1914. Sport spent the next twelve years as a ship dog traveling on Lake Michigan. His work as a ship dog, and adventures will be described using the picture book which has been illustrated by Renée Graef.

Wisconsin in Watercolor: the Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

In his talk, author Joe Kapler explores in greater detail the background of folk artist Paul Seifert and how his life experiences in his native Germany and new home in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area influenced his art.

Ladies’ Night Out with Kelly Harms

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

The #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler shares good books, good laughs, and truly effective self-care tips for busy women and those who love them.

Dark History Lives!

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

In his book "Murder and Mayhem: Fox Cities", Gavin reveals the Valley's history of murderous fiends, small town brothels, and other unsavory morsels.

The Mystery of Carolyn Keene

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

If you didn’t already know, Carolyn Keene, of the famous Nancy Drew mystery series, is not a real person, but the brain child of one of the country’s most prolific writers for children.

The Mill Literary Prizes

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

The Mill: A Place for Writers announces the annual Mill Prizes, awarding both short fiction and poetry. The contest is open to all writers within the Fox Cities.

Crafting Characters

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

Characters are the beating heart of a story. Learn how to add character development through dialogue, action, and description so that your characters jump right off the page and pull your readers into the story.

Wisconsin’s Cheesy History

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

Who doesn't love our state's cheese? Learn new ways to cook with cheese and fascinating stories about the life of a cheesemaker.

Poetry Reading with Tom Montag

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

Exploring the heart of the country; or, as Nancy Besonen has said, "Tom Montag is defining the character of the Midwest - one character at a time."

The Art of Anxiety

Kaukauna Public Library 207 Thilmany Rd. Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI

The Art of Anxiety: How writers manipulate our emotions to keep the pages turning. Whether it's a thriller, mystery, romance, or literary fiction, a good book keeps you turning the pages.

Discussion with Mystery Authors Jennifer Hillier and Hank Phillippi Ryan

Gerard H. Van Hoof Memorial Library 625 Grand Ave, Little Chute

Join us for a discussion with award-winning thriller authors, Jennifer Hillier and Hank Phillippi Ryan as they share their experience writing mysteries and answers questions about anything and everything for aspiring authors.

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin

Elisha D. Smith Public Library 440 1st St., Menasha, WI

A generation of the nation’s young men could not find a job, because there were no jobs. They were hungry, as were their families. They wandered the land looking for a future.

The Power of the Romance Genre

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

The Wisconsin Chapter of the Romance Writers of America presents a panel discussion on the today’s romance genre, its impact on the publishing market, and its role in the women’s movement.

I Believe in Yesterday: History and Place Illuminate Fiction

Neenah Public Library 240 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI

Three Wisconsin novelists discuss their novels’ origins and inspiration, exploring how a firm foundation in time and place enables fiction to explore timeless, universal human themes.

Poetry Reading by Allison Joseph and Jon Tribble- Canceled

Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University, Nathan Marsh Pusey Room 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI

CANCELED Poets Allison Joseph, Professor and Director of the creative writing program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Jon Tribble, Professor and Managing Editor of Crab Orchard Review, presents readings of their acclaimed work.

Finding Dorothy

Lawrence Memorial Chapel 510 East College Avenue, Appleton

Author Elizabeth Letts will discuss writing her newest novel, Finding Dorothy.

The Mill’s 2020 Awards Ceremony

Online: Zoom Event with Registration

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

NEA Big Read: Fox Cities Reads Virtual Presentation by Kao Kalia Yang

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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

The Unforgettable Life and Writing of Christopher Kunz

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

The Mountain Life of a Fox Cities Woman

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

NEA Big Read: Fox Cities Reads Virtual Presentation by Kao Kalia Yang

Online: Zoom Event with Registration

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

Transforming Caregiving with Creativity

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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

Crafting a Feminist Thriller

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Book Illustration and Working with Authors

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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!

Write What You Know

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Dairylandia with Steve Hannah

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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

From NaNoWriMo to Award Banquets: How I Wrote My Novel

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Panel: Where Ideas Come From — and how we turn them into books!

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Wisconsin: A Great State for Birdwatching

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Writing the Dual-Time Story

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

A Reading By Justina Ireland

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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

A Reading with Author, Allen Eskens

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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

An Event with Sonali Dev

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Short Story Night

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Booked for Murder

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Every Now and Then

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

My Journey From Fire Captain To Award Winning Author

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Teens Speak Up Against Injustice: The Story Behind “The Assignment”

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Writing the New Southern Gothic

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Reading from the novel We Were Restless Things

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

“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."

Ella, Eddie, and Egg: Exploring Eagles Around 1000 Islands

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

The Cadottes: A Fur Trade Family on Lake Superior with author Robert Silbernagel

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Dark History Lives! Murder and Mayhem

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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

You Don’t Have to Live in New York to Be a Published Author

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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).

A Discussion with Christina Clancy

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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

A Discussion with E.G. Scott

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

Women in Writing Panel

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

Author Event with Claire Swinarski

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

A Discussion with Claire Swinarski

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

Join children's writer Claire Swinarski in discussion. 

Crime in the Heartland: How Fiction Can Be Truer Than the Truth

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Latin American Literature at the End of the World

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Debut Author Panel

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

Picture Book Panel

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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!

So, You Want to Make a Literary Magazine?!

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

YA Novelists Panel

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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!

A Chat With Matt Forbeck

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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.

Leota Ester Poetry Reading

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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. 

A Year of Truth & Dare: Writing, Hybrid Publishing, & Marketing

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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.

Matthew Graham Poetry Reading

Online: Zoom Event with Registration and Facebook Live Streaming Online

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

Seahorses

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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