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Virtual events will also be livestreamed to the Fox Cities Book Festival’s Facebook page.

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October 12, 2020
9:00 AM -
10:00 AM
 

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.

Non-Fiction
11:30 AM -
12:30 AM
 

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

Discussion
1:00 PM -
2:00 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.

Non-Fiction
2:30 PM -
3:30 PM
 

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

Discussion Non-Fiction
4:00 PM -
5:00 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.

Discussion
5:30 PM -
7:30 PM
 

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!

Craft Presentations
7:00 PM -
8:00 PM
 

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.

Discussion Family-Friendly Kids
8:30 PM -
9:30 PM
 

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

Non-Fiction
October 13, 2020
10:30 AM -
11:30 AM
 
2020 Fox Cities Book Festival

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.

Craft Presentations
10:30 AM -
11:30 AM
 

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.

12:00 PM -
1:00 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.

Non-Fiction
2:30 PM -
3:30 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.

Fiction Workshop
3:00 PM -
4:00 PM
 

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

Reading Teen
4:30 PM -
5:30 PM
 
2020 Fox Cities Book Festival, Mystery

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

Fiction
6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
 
2020 Fox Cities Book Festival, Romance

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.

Fiction
8:00 PM -
9:00 PM
 
2020 Fox Cities Book Festival, Short Story Night

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.

Discussion Performance Reading
October 14, 2020
10:30 AM -
11:30 AM
 

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.

Discussion
12:00 PM -
1:00 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.

Discussion
1:30 PM -
2:30 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.

Discussion
3:00 PM -
4:00 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.

5:00 PM -
6:00 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.

Discussion Teen
6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
 

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.

Discussion
8:00 PM -
9:00 PM
 

“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."

Reading
October 15, 2020
10:30 AM -
11:00 AM
 

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.

Family-Friendly Kids Reading
11:00 AM -
11:30 AM
 

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

12:00 PM -
1:00 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.

Non-Fiction
1:30 PM -
2:30 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.

Non-Fiction
3:00 PM -
4:00 PM
 

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

Discussion Non-Fiction
5:00 PM -
6:00 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).

Discussion Teen
6:00 PM -
7:00 PM
 

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

Discussion
7:30 PM -
8:30 PM
 

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

9:00 PM -
10:00 PM
 

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

October 16, 2020
11:00 AM -
12:00 PM
 

Join children's writer Claire Swinarski in discussion. 

Discussion Kids
2:00 PM -
3:00 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.

Discussion
5:30 PM -
6:30 PM
 

Join Tiffany in discussion about her newest, timely YA book GROWN.

Discussion Teen
7:30 PM -
8:30 PM
 

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.

Discussion
9:00 PM -
10:00 PM
 

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

October 17, 2020
10:00 AM -
11:00 AM
 

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!

Family-Friendly Panel Discussion
11:15 AM -
12:15 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.

Craft Presentations Discussion Publishing
12:30 PM -
1:30 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!

2:00 PM -
3:00 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.

Discussion
3:00 PM -
3:30 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. 

Poetry Reading
3:30 PM -
4:30 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.

3:45 PM -
4:15 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

4:30 PM -
5:00 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

5:00 PM -
6:00 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.

5:00 PM -
5:30 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

5:15 PM -
5:45 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

6:15 PM -
7:00 PM
 

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

7:15 PM -
8:15 PM
 

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

8:30 PM -
9:30 PM
 

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!

October 18, 2020
11:30 AM -
12:30 AM
 

In the search for a secret that had drowned over half a century ago, Natalie found more than she could begin to imagine.

1:00 PM -
2:00 PM
 

Each author’s journey to publication is unique. Lora Hyler will share conventional paths and how she fast forwarded to become a published author after a public declaration in Writer’s Digest.

2:30 PM -
3:30 PM
 

Luke Geddes reads from his novel HEART OF JUNK (published by Simon & Schuster in January) and talks about how growing up in the fox cities influenced his writing career

4:00 PM -
5:00 PM
 

Let's discuss how to keep our scenes above water with goal-oriented storytelling. After discussing the fun floaties of scene structure, attendees will send their manuscripts sailing to greatness!

Publishing Workshop
5:30 PM -
6:30 PM
 

How do writers negotiate the line between fact and fiction? Using her own novels as examples, Janie Chang explains when facts matter in historical fiction and they don’t.

6:00 PM -
7:00 PM
 

Get to know Christopher “Tuffer” Kunz, the novelist. Learn about his writing process, his unsuccessful experience with traditional publishing, and his decision to publish his three novels and a book of essays in the five months before his death in June of this year.

October 13, 2021
2:00 PM -
3:00 PM
 

We've all made an ambitious writing schedule that worked for a day and then we've forgotten entirely. Or we've sat down to write and ended up deciding to repaint the ceiling. In this workshop we'll lean into what it feels like when writing comes easily and talk about how to curate that ease.

Workshop
4:00 PM -
5:00 PM
 

This is a great introduction to writing comic books and a glimpse at how cross-genre storyboarding can add depth to your writing!

Workshop
6:00 PM -
7:00 PM
 

In this workshop, we will interact with specific creative thinking and writing strategies to help guide your story-shaping process!

Workshop
7:00 PM -
8:00 PM
 

"A Line Meant" poems and stories about her journey as a creative change agent.

Performance Poetry
October 14, 2021
9:30 AM -
10:30 AM
 

Where did Wisconsinites find hope in the pandemic? Join B.J. Hollars, Angela Voras-Hills, Donte McFadden, Ryan Browne, and Yia Lor for a reading and conversation on the power of words amid crisis.

10:30 AM -
11:30 AM
 

From his training as a psychiatrist to living with cancer, Dr. Stern will speak about committing to moving forward in a way that aligns with our values no matter what.

Non-Fiction
11:30 AM -
12:30 PM
 

Welcome local author Zhanna Slor to discuss her debut mystery novel, At the End of the World, Turn Left

Fiction Mystery/Thriller
1:00 PM -
2:00 PM
 

Bestselling middle grade author, Alan Gratz, discusses the inspiration behind some of his recent, Black, White, and Redbooks.

Fiction
2:30 PM -
3:30 PM
 

Ava Homa is the author of the debut novel, Daughters of Smoke and Fire,/i>. Join her for a craft presentation and learn how to determine your character's trajectory in your own writing.

Craft Presentations Fiction
3:30 PM -
4:30 PM
 

Learn why it is important to create a community where all people living with dementia feel included and where they do not endure the stigma often associated with their condition.

Non-Fiction
4:30 PM -
5:30 PM
 

Just as Apollo astronauts saw Earth new from space, we will consider how writers can create distance from—and within—content to gain new perspectives on the self and on the world. 

Craft Presentations Poetry Reading
6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
 

Join author, David Heska Wanbli Weiden as he discusses his award winning novel, Winter Counts, the story of a local Native American enforcer who becomes obsessed with stopping a dealer who is bringing dangerous drugs into his community.  It’s a Native thriller, an examination of the broken criminal justice system on reservations, and a meditation on Native identity.  

7:30 PM -
8:30 PM
 

Liza Rodman began researching this story in 2005 when she realized her personal connection to Tony Costa, the infamous Cape Cod killer. In the years since, she has gathered thousands of documents, testimonies, and interviews, perhaps more than any other investigator or journalist who has looked into this case and published, The Babysitter with Jennifer Jordan.

Memoir Non-Fiction
October 15, 2021
9:30 AM -
10:30 AM
 

Dean Robbins introduces the extraordinary subjects of his nonfiction picture books and explains what makes them heroes. He also reveals how kids can grow up to be heroes themselves.

Kids Non-Fiction
10:30 AM -
11:30 AM
 

Anita Kushwaha will be reading from her latest novel, Secret Lives of Mothers & Daughters, followed by a Q&A and discussion.

Reading
11:30 AM -
12:30 PM
 

Mixing nostalgia with humorous anecdotes, Peggy Marxen recalls her 1950s’ upbringing on a small farm in northwestern Wisconsin and traces her family’s story through the best and worst of times.

Memoir Non-Fiction
1:30 PM -
2:30 PM
 

As the publishing world changes and traditional paths become even more competitive, could hybrid publishing be the path for you to introduce your story to readers?

Publishing
2:30 PM -
3:30 PM
 

A celebration of ecology, interconnection, motherhood, and gratitude with room for questions and discussion.

Poetry Reading
3:30 PM -
4:30 PM
 

A conversation about capturing Wisconsin in words with authors, Jim Guhl and Jeff Nania.

Craft Presentations Discussion
6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
 

In my stories, there are no epic wars or fate-of-the-universe events; instead, they're tales of family and friendship and humor that just happen to have some time travel or an apocalypse. -Mike Chen

Craft Presentations
7:30 PM -
8:30 PM
 

A virtual conversation about the psychological twists and turns of thrilling fiction novels with bestselling authors.

Mystery/Thriller
October 16, 2021
9:30 AM -
10:30 AM
 

Join us for a panel, featuring award winning horror authors, as they discuss how dark fairy and folk tales have influenced modern literature.

10:30 AM -
11:30 AM
 

Jashar Awan reads and draws from his latest picture book (Only Ants for Andy) and discusses his creative process.

Craft Presentations Kids
11:30 AM -
12:30 PM
 

Join young adult author Elizabeth Wein as she talks about her newest novel, The Enigma Game, and shares her flight experiences both on the page and in the air. She will be joined in conversation with Chris Henry, EAA Aviation Museum Programs Representative, and author of, The Final Mission: Personal Stories of the Lives Touched by EAA's B-17.

Discussion Young Adult
1:30 PM -
2:30 PM
 

Join us for a panel featuring authors discussing the creative process of world-building in fiction writing.

2:30 PM -
3:30 PM
 

Like her protagonist Lakshmi in,The Henna Artist, Joshi surmounted hurdles large and small during her grueling 10-year journey to bestselling success with,The Henna Artist.

Craft Presentations Fiction
3:30 PM -
4:30 PM
 

Join writers Kelly Harms, Amy Reichert, Kelsey Rodkey, and Lacie Waldon as they discuss all things romance and how their books are more than a meet cute.

4:30 PM -
5:30 PM
 

Alfred shared that during WWII he had been a barber, chauffeur, and translator. In his 80’s, his family learned the full truth. He had been a reluctant heavy weapons machine gunner.

Non-Fiction
6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
 

Lauren Fox’s latest novel, Send for Me, is an instant New York Times bestseller, a Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club pick, and a People Magazine Book of the Week.

Discussion Fiction
7:30 PM -
8:30 PM
 

Nick Petrie, bestselling author of the Peter Ash crime series is joined in conversation with Jeff Nania, author of the Northen Lakes mystery series. 

Discussion Mystery/Thriller
October 17, 2021
9:30 AM -
10:30 AM
 

Join debut author Ryan Surprise as he discusses his western, Stories of a Hangman, his inspirations, recommendations for other authors, and more!

Discussion
10:30 AM -
11:30 AM
 

An outrageously original novel of ideas about art, power and womanhood wrapped in a satirical fairy tale, Nightbitch will make you want to howl in laughter and recognition. And you should. You should howl as much as you want.

Fiction Reading
11:30 AM -
12:30 PM
 

In this talk, Christina Sweeney-Baird will give you practical tips on how to get started writing your first novel, how to edit, find an agent and navigate the publishing process, as she tells you about her own process of getting published. She’ll also discuss the

Craft Presentations Publishing
1:30 PM -
2:30 PM
 

Join the Fox Cities Book Festival in conversation with author, Nancy Johnson. Learn about the inspiration for her debut novel, The Kindest Lie, how themes of the book are relevant today, and more during the event. The Kindest Lie has been reviewed by The New

Discussion Fiction
2:30 PM -
3:30 PM
 

Matthew Gavin Frank reads from and discusses his latest nonfiction book, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers, about the ways in which carrier pigeons are used by diamond smuggling rings.

Discussion Non-Fiction Reading
3:30 PM -
4:30 PM
 

Join Camille Pagán in conversation! Learn more about her newest novel Don't Make Me Turn This Life Around, what inspired it, and Camille’s writing tips. You will also learn about Camille's adventures transitioning from journalism to fiction and hear her advice on turning passions into

Fiction
4:30 PM -
5:30 PM
 

A panel of authors reflect on their fictional pandemic novels and how the last two years have impacted how they view their works now.

6:30 PM -
7:30 PM
 

"This talk is guaranteed to be the best thing you see all week." - Orville Redenbacher

Non-Fiction
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