Ways to Give

Wisconsin Book Festival

Earn Our Member Pass With a Gift of $100 or More

We invite you to become a Wisconsin Book Festival member! A one-year festival membership is our way of thanking you for any gift of $100 or more. Member benefits include:

  • a mailed membership pass and information packet explaining the perks

  • reserved seating for two at up to a dozen select festival events (advance reservation required)

  • the option to purchase a pre-signed book online in advance of select author talks

  • an invitation to an exclusive Wisconsin Book Festival members event

Memberships make a great gift, too! Click here to purchase one for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. Those who give $100 or more and designate it for the festival will be eligible to receive the member pass.

To learn how your business can become a corporate sponsor of the festival, contact Jenni Jeffress at jjeffress@mplfoundation.org or 608.266.6318. 

Matching Gift

Now is the perfect time to buy a festival membership: Thanks to the generosity of Tana Elias & Andrew Clarkowski, all gifts to the festival will be matched up to $5,000!  

About the Festival

Since 2002, the Wisconsin Book Festival has brought thousands of local and nationally acclaimed authors to downtown Madison to encourage reading, discussion and the exchange of ideas. This year-round celebration of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more attracts more than 15,000 people each year.

The 2019 fall festival weekend, which typically includes more than 60 author events, will be Thursday, October 17-Sunday, October 20. 

Madison Public Library, in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, took over the festival in 2013, expanding it from a single
fall weekend to a year-round series of more than 100 events. Events are designed to reach every age group. They're held at Central Library, on the UW–Madison campus, at downtown bookstores and other Madison Public Library locations.

What makes the festival such a successful Madison tradition is that all events are FREE and open to the public! To make this possible, the foundation raises nearly half of the festival’s annual budget of $250,000 through private donations.

Consider joining the community of readers, book lovers and enthusiastic supporters who help keep the Wisconsin Book Festival a vital part of Madison by making a donation today. 

Find out more about the Wisconsin Book Festival and its year-round programming at WisconsinBookFestival.org.




If you have a donor-advised fund through Fidelity Charitable or Schwab Charitable, you can make a gift directly to Madison Public Library Foundation through DAF Direct.

Library Website