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. About 15,000 people attend festival talks each year. The 2020 festival celebration is scheduled for October 15–18. 

Events are normally held at Central Library, with some at other libraries, local bookstores and UW-Madison campus venues. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is live streaming its events via Crowdcast. Click below to view the schedule.

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 raises half of the festival’s $250,000 annual budget through private donations.

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 be here in Madison for upcoming festival events.


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