Wisconsin Book Festival Jennifer Chiaverini

Madison author Jennifer Chiaverini presents at the 20th anniversary of the Wisconsin Book Festival at Central Library in October 2022.

After a winter break between October’s 20th anniversary celebration season spent securing authors for 2023 — and navigating the recent departure of long-time festival director Conor Moran — the Wisconsin Book Festival is back with a slate of in-person events and a new director, Jane Rotonda.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead one of the country’s most reputable literary festivals,” Rotonda said in a Feb. 17 press release. Rotonda most recently worked at Wisconsin Public Radio as project manager for the Ideas Network and executive producer of The Larry Meiller Show. She also founded WPR's first book club. Rotonda fills the position vacated by Moran in December when he was promoted to executive director of the Madison Public Library Foundation, succeeding Jennifer Jeffress. 

Jane Rotonda

Jane Rotonda named new director of WI Book Festival

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Maggie Ginsberg is a senior editor at Madison Magazine. Her long-form features have garnered numerous honors since 2006 including from the National City Regional Magazine Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the American Society of Journalist and Authors. In addition to helping edit the work of Madison Magazine's contributing writers, freelancers and essayists, she writes features and the monthly Looking Back historical photo department page. Online, Maggie conducts monthly author Q&As and covers the local literary scene with her Sunday Reads monthly e-newsletter. Her own debut novel, "Still True," was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in September 2022. 

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