The Fox Cities will be in for a real treat when author Will Schwalbe returns for the 2017 Fox Cities Book Festival.

Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions.

Schwalbe is the author of three books, including Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better, which was written with his friend David Shipley; The End of Your Life Book Club, a New York Times bestselling memoir about his mother and the books they read together; and his latest, Books for Living, about the profound effects that books can have on our own lives and the lives of those around us.

Will Schwalbe has years of experience in the field of publishing; however, he’s also worked in journalism, television, and briefly, as a substitute teacher. In addition to his writing career, he’s an entrepreneur who founded Cookstr, a recipe website, in 2008. It has since been acquired by Macmillan Publishing, and Schwalbe holds a position as the executive vice president. Schwalbe has lived in many different places over the years, but says on his website that he considers himself a New Englander. Currently, he lives in New York with his husband.

Schwalbe has loved books from a young age, stating on his website that “books have been the constant in my life.” His writing truly shows his passion for literature and his belief in the power and joy of books. His writing has been called “heartfelt,” “inspiring,” “passionate,” and “moving.”

Don’t miss Will Schwalbe at the Fox Cities Book Festival! See him on October 12 at his event “How Books Help Us Have Life’s Difficult Conversations” from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Appleton Public Library. Then, on the same day, attend his event “Books for Living,” titled after his latest book, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Lawrence University Campus.

“I love meeting fellow readers and hearing from readers about all different kinds of books,” Schwalbe says. Connect with him on his website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Instagram. You can get a copy of his latest book here!