The Wisconsin Book Festival announces fall celebration schedule

The festival will be Oct. 21-24 with more than 20 events from authors.
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The Wisconsin Book Festival released its full schedule of events for its fall celebration Wednesday.

The festival, which acts as the fall kickoff to the festival’s 2021-2022 programming season, will be Oct. 21-24 with more than 20 events from authors.

Last year, it was different due to COVID-19, but it still hosted 70 events throughout the year. At the Wisconsin Book Festival Fall Celebration, organizers have planned some virtual and in-person events with most of the in-person programming on Oct. 23 at Central Library. Some events will also take place at the Discovery Building in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

“We’re looking forward to the upcoming festival season in its continually evolving form,” says festival Director Conor Moran. “Our virtual events proved very popular over the last year and a half, so we’re planning to continue those but balance them out with select in-person events for those who prefer and miss that format. We want to do whatever we can to celebrate books and reading, to support authors, and to make author talks accessible to our community.”

Events include discussions with educator and historian Carol Anderson for “The Second”, Wisconsin’s Nickolas Butler for “Godspeed,” Whiting Award recipient Mirin Fader for “Giannis” and science writer Mary Roach for “Fuzz.”

The Wisconsin Book Festival is also planning to host programs leading up to the fall celebration.

A full list of events can be found at

Read more about local books and authors here.

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