Book Festival Draws Notable Authors
The widely successful 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, drew nearly 10,000 book lovers to Central Library and other downtown venues during the weekend of October 20–23.
Festival-goers enjoyed more than 60 events featuring authors and writers covering many genres. Highlights included appearances by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen; nonfiction writers Cathy O’Neil, Jeff Chang and Andrew Bacevich; and novelists Jane Hamilton and Jennifer Close.
The festival appreciates the generous support of its sponsors: Madison Public Library Foundation, American Girl’s Fund for Children, Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, UW-Madison Memorial Library, Marvin J. Levy, Nimick Forbesway Foundation, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company, Cheryl Rosen Weston, Cricket Design Works, The Edgewater Hotel, Isthmus and Wisconsin Public Radio. Additional support comes from Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Madison Arts Commission, A Room of One’s Own, UW Center for Humanities, Webcrafters-Frautschi Foundation and Book Fest Benefactors.
The festival, which moved to a year-round programming format two years ago but kept its popular October festival weekend, drew 15,589 people to 106 events throughout 2016. Be sure to check the festival website at wisconsinbookfestival.org for upcoming events.
Save the date for next year’s festival, November 2–5.