Award-Winning Authors Fill 15th Book Festival Lineup
This year, the Wisconsin Book Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary, with the four-day annual celebration November 2–5.
The community will enjoy a wide range of author events at Madison Public Library and surrounding venues.
Some of the highlights for the fall festival weekend include:
• Angela J. Davis, professor of law at American University, for Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
• Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, for It Devours
• Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author of Three Junes, for A House Among the Trees
• Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein for Janesville
• Celebrated Madison author Mary Gordon for There Your Heart Lies
• Jason Reynolds, National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2016, for All American Boys
• New York Times bestselling military historian Doug Stanton for The Odyssey of Echo Company (in conversation with David Maraniss)
• Former UW-Madison History Professor Jeremi Suri for The Impossible Presidency
• Paul Yoon, National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, for The Mountain
Those who attend the festival will be treated to a variety of free events for all ages, including children and teens, thanks to funding from sponsors, gifts secured by Madison Public Library Foundation and in-kind support from the library budget. Learn more about how the festival is funded and how you can help keep the events free on the Foundation News pages of this issue.
Can’t make the festival? Check out the festival’s upcoming stand-alone events in September, October and November. In addition to the long November weekend, the Wisconsin Book Festival hosts author events in Madison year-round. This fall, we’re welcoming acclaimed novelists Nicole Krauss on October 5, Nathan Englander on October 9, Top Chef host Gail Simmons on October 27 and perennial favorite Alexander McCall Smith on November 17.
The festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, thanks its 2017 sponsors for their support: Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; Madison Gas & Electric; The Edgewater; Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.; University Research
Park; Stafford Rosenbaum LLP; UW-Madison Libraries; Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries; Cricket Design Works; Wisconsin Public Radio;