Wisconsin Book Festival


About the Festival

Since 2002, the Wisconsin Book Festival has brought thousands of local and internationally acclaimed authors to downtown Madison in celebration of literacy, conversation and ideas. Presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with the foundation, the festival offers year-round events led by authors representing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, spoken word and other genres. Nearly 15,000 people attend festival talks each year. The 2022 festival celebration is scheduled for October 13–16, and this year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary. 

Events are held at Central Library, with select events at other downtown venues. Click below to view this year’s schedule. 

David Maraniss and Doug Moe

What makes the festival an incredibly successful Madison tradition is that all events are FREE and available to the public. To achieve this, the foundation privately raises all needed funds.

Join a community of readers, book lovers and enthusiastic supporters and ensure the festival’s future as a vital part of Madison culture by contributing today.

Become a Member

Are you a frequent festival-goer who loves author events? Join for reserved seating and other perks!

View the Schedule

Browse the schedule to find out which authors will visit Madison for upcoming festival events.


One-time gifts and corporate sponsorships help us bring authors to Madison for free, year-round talks.