Wisconsin Book Festival Releases 2018 Festival Schedule

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 4:16pm

The Wisconsin Book Festival released its 2018 festival schedule on August 21. The four-day festival will take place October 11-14, 2018, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
This year’s lineup includes:

  • New York Times #1 Best-Selling author James Patterson, for Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment
  • Celebrated novelist Rebecca Makkai, for The Great Believers
  • Award-winning science writer David Quammen, for The Tangled Tree
  • Madison's own Chloe Benjamin, for The Immortalists
  • Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing 2016-17 Fiction Fellow Jamel Brinkley, for A Lucky Man
  • Internationally recognized biographer Kate Moore, for Radium Girls
  • Beloved children's author Megan McDonald, for Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party
  • Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, for Tommy: My Journey of a Lifetime
  • Political reporter Dan Kaufman, for The Fall of Wisconsin
  • Cultural commentator Rebecca Traister, for Good and Mad
  • African-American Studies Professor Carol Anderson, for One Person, No Vote
  • Journalist and food writer Mark Kurlansky, for Milk!

The festival will feature more than 60 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed. See the full festival lineup at wisconsinbookfestival.org.

In addition to the festival each fall, the Wisconsin Book Festival offers author events throughout the year. Upcoming events before and after the festival include:
Karin Slaughter for Pieces of Her (August 30), Barry Phipps for Between Gravity and What Cheer (September 7), Nura Maznavi for Love, InshAllah (September 21), Meg Medina for Collected Works of Meg Medina (September 24), Tommy Orange for There, There (September 26), Caroline Fraser for Prairie Fires (September 27), Leif Enger for Virgil Wander (October 16), Jabari Asim for We Can’t Breathe (October 26), Margaret George for The Splendor Before the Dark (November 5), Susan Orlean for The Library Book (November 12), Jan Brett for The Snowy Nap (December 1), and Eve Ewing for Ghosts in the Schoolyard (December 6).

"I'm delighted to be announcing the schedule for this year's four-day celebration,” said Wisconsin Book Festival Director Conor Moran. “This year has been the culmination of many years' work to make Madison a bright spot on the literary tour map. The reward comes in the shape of the authors, publishers, and audiences that will make Festival weekend such an unparalleled experience in October."

The Wisconsin Book Festival is hosted by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation. Festival sponsors make this event possible through their private support. 2018 Wisconsin Book Festival sponsors include: Signature Sponsor Marvin J. Levy; Festival Sponsors American Girl’s Fund for Children, The Bass Family, Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries and UW-Madison Memorial Library, Nimick Forbesway Foundation, Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, and Wisconsin Humanities Council; Contributing Sponsors Capitol Lakes, Tana Elias & Andrew Clarkowski, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, Nancy Pandhi & Alex Young, Stafford Rosenbaum, University Research Park, and Cheryl Rosen Weston; and Event Supporter Alliant Energy Foundation.
In-kind donations from Park Hotel and Media Partners Isthmus and Wisconsin Public Radio also provide festival support. Learn more about funding for the festival at wisconsinbookfestival.org/give.

About the Wisconsin Book Festival
The Wisconsin Book Festival presents national and local authors throughout the year in Madison, Wisconsin, through its four-day literary festival each fall and year-round event series. Founded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council in 2002, responsibility for the festival was assumed by Madison Public Library and its foundation in 2013. Follow the festival on the web at wisconsinbookfestival.org, Wisconsin Book Festival on Facebook, or on Twitter @wibookfestival.

About Madison Public Library
Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 140 years. Our nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days per week and welcome over 2 million visits each year. For more information, visit madisonpubliclibrary.org, facebook.com/madisonpubliclibrary or @madisonlibrary on Twitter and Instagram.

About Madison Public Library Foundation
Madison Public Library Foundation promotes and supports Madison Public Library’s facilities, services and programs. Established in 1993, the foundation provides annual project grants, raises funds for capital projects, and promotes awareness of the library and its programs. Learn how to support Madison’s libraries at mplfoundation.org, on the foundation’s Facebook page, and @mplfoundation on Twitter and Instagram.

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