Tomorrow marks the start of the 12th annual Fox Cities Book Festival!

And this blog post marks the one-week count down to Elizabeth Letts’ talk at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel on October 13, 1-2 PM. Letts is the author of Finding Dorothy (Feb 2019). This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.

It’s going to be an exciting week. We hope in the next seven days, by the time you sit down to Letts’ captivating talk about her newest novel, you’ll have a host of author talks, workshops, and activities under your belt.

And so, we present the ultimate FCBF bucket list!

  • Attend a talk by a local author, living in your own town, right now
  • Ask a writer a question about their work
  • Volunteer to make a difference at the festival
  • Thank a FCBF volunteer
  • If you’re a writer, learn one new strategy to make your work shine
  • Tell someone about your experience at the festival and encourage them to attend too
  • Get the Halloween chills at one of our many paranormal book sessions
  • Discover something new about local history
  • Buy a book that will go right to the top of your TBR pile
  • Resolve to visit your local library more often
  • Try a genre new to you, like poetry, horror, historical fiction, or memoir
  • Attend one of the many family-friendly sessions with one of your favorite littles
  • Go to a panel to see three or four authors discuss on a topic
  • Meet a new friend

We’ve got 55+ authors presenting this week at our area libraries in free, open-to-the-public events. We hope you have a great week and we look forward to seeing you at our last event, Elizabeth Letts’ talk at Lawrence University on October 13, where we can all celebrate the end to another wonderful festival.