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The Wisconsin Book Festival will take place October 17-20, 2019, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

This year’s lineup includes:

  • Editor of the award-winning site, Maya Dusenbery for Doing Harm; The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick on Thursday, October 17, 7:00pm
  • Newbery Award winning children’s author Kate DiCamillo for the Charlotte Zolotow Lecture on Thursday, October 17, 7:30pm
  • Orange Prize winner Téa Obrecht for Inland on Friday, October 18, 7:30pm
  • Economic Policy Institute co-founder Robert Kuttner for The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy on Saturday, October 19, 1:30pm
  • National Book Award finalist Marie Arana for Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story on Saturday, October 19, 3:00pm
  • Olympic figure skating bronze medalist and Dancing with the Stars alum Adam Rippon for Beautiful on the Outside on Saturday, October 19, 4:30pm
  • Former chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile and political strategist Yolanda Caraway, for For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics on Saturday, October 19, 6:00pm
  • Activist Megan Phelps-Roper for Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church on Saturday, October 19, 7:30pm
  • Acclaimed editor Michele Filgate for What My Mother and I Don't Talk About on Saturday, October 19, 9:00pm

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
"It’s difficult to pick a favorite from this year’s lineup,” said Wisconsin Book Festival Director Conor Moran. “There are incredibly timely books about topics of national importance like gender equity, representation in the public sphere, and the ideas that make us who we are. We have Wisconsin authors writing in every genre, and the quality of our audiences and events continues to make Madison a marquee event destination."

In addition to the festival each fall, the Wisconsin Book Festival offers author events throughout the year. Upcoming events before the festival include: Samantha Power for The Education of an Idealist (September 24); Anna-Lisa Cox for The Bone and Sinew of the Land (September 26), Aaron Bobrow-Strain for The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez (October 2), and Michael McDonnell for Masters of Empire (October 11).

“The Wisconsin Book Festival is central to our library’s mission of providing free and equitable access to cultural and educational experiences. The Festival is a celebration of ideas, and we invite the community to meet the authors and feel the wonderment of how books connect people and enrich their lives,” said Greg Mickells, Library Director.

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. 2019 Wisconsin Book Festival sponsors include: Signature Sponsor Marvin J. Levy; Presenting Sponsor Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; Festival Patron Cheryl Rosen Weston; Celebration Sponsors American Girl’s Fund for Children, The Bass Family, National Endowment for the Arts, and Nimick Forbesway Foundation; and Contributing Sponsors Capitol Lakes, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, Stafford Rosenbaum LLC, and University Research Park. In-kind donations from Isthmus, Park Hotel, and Wisconsin Public Radio also provide festival support. Learn more about funding for the festival at

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, Wisconsin Book Festival on Facebook, or on Twitter @wibookfestival on Twitter, or @wibookfest on Instagram.

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 nearly 2 million visits each year. For more information, visit, 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, on the foundation’s Facebook page, and @mplfoundation on Twitter and Instagram.