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Keeping Count with the Census

Keeping Count with the Census

The 2020 U.S. Census begins April 1, and Madison Public Library has been working tirelessly to make sure Madison gets an accurate count of all who...

Meet Lakeview’s Teen Librarian

Meet Lakeview’s Teen Librarian

Robin Amado (pictured above, center) is the new Teen Librarian at Lakeview Library. She grew up outside of Chicago and has lived in Madison since...

Help Your Library This Holiday Season

As you shop for gifts this holiday season, there are several ways you can support Madison Public Library and the foundation: • Make a Tribute gift...

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. 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. Approximately 15,000 people attend festival talks each year. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is live streaming its events.

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.