Madison: Wisconsin Book Festival 22nd Annual Fall Celebration to Present More Than 50 Authors
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~ The Wisconsin Book Festival is set to host its 22nd annual Fall Celebration from October 19th to the 22nd at Madison Public Library's Central Library. The event will feature more than 50 authors from a variety of genres, both new and established.

"Our intention and hope is that there's an event for every kind of reader," said Wisconsin Book Festival Director Jane Rotonda. "Festival-goers can expect a Fall Celebration that feels like the premier literary event in Wisconsin they know and love. The programming is robust, diverse, and will celebrate our shared love of authors and books."

Highlight events include Brennan Center for Justice President and former presidential speechwriter Michael Waldman discussing his book The Supermajority on Thursday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m., award-winning graphic novelist Craig Thompson presenting Ginseng Roots at 7 p.m., New York Times best-selling author Angeline Boulley speaking about Warrior Girl Unearthed at Union South at 7:30 p.m., environmental journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Egan discussing The Devil's Element at Discovery Building on Friday, October 20th at 5 p.m., record label executive and music writer Nabil Ayers presenting My Life in the Sunshine* at 6 p.m., renowned journalist, fiction writer, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Vauhini Vara talking about This is Salvaged on Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m., Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at University of Wisconsin–Madison Beth Nguyen presenting Owner of a Lonely Heart on Saturday noon, Chicago-based poet, author and educator José Olivarez discussing Promises of Gold* on Saturday 1:30 p.m., Pulitzer Prize Winner Cara Fitzpatrick speaking about The Death of Public School on Saturday 4:30 p.m., award-winning science journalist Kenneth Miller presenting Mapping the Darkness: The Visionary Scientists Who Unlocked the Mysteries of Sleep* on Saturday 6 p.m., groundbreaking short story writer Jamel Brinkley talking about Witness on Saturday 7:30 p.m., NCAA Division I swimmer Schuyler Bailar discussing HE/SHE/THEY also on Saturday 7:30 p.m., evolutionary researcher Cat Bohannon presenting Eve on Sunday noon, John Scalzi speaking about Starter Villain on Sunday 1:30 p.m..

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Free books will be distributed to attendees courtesy of the Cheryl Rosen Weston Estate during events marked with an asterisk (*).

The festival is presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation with generous support from Signature Sponsor Marvin J. Levy; Presenting Sponsors Madison Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; Festival Patron Cheryl Rosen Weston Estate; Champions American Girl's Fund for Children, The Bass Family, Laura & William Bird, Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., MG&E Foundation, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, and University Research Park; Media Sponsors The Capital Times, Isthmus, Wisconsin State Journal, and Wisconsin Public Radio; as well as In-Kind Sponsors Park Hotel, A Room of One's Own, and Wisconsin Historical Society among others . For program details or to learn more about funding or support for the festival visit or email for media inquiries or advance interviews with authors or Rotonda .

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The Wisconsin Book Festival looks forward to offering free literary events that spark conversations while celebrating diversity in its author lineup selection as well as its audience members .

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