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.
Most 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.