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.