The Mill: a Place for Writers is accepting submissions for its annual literary contests in poetry and short fiction. Entries must be received no later than March 22, 2015. A few points to note:

  • Email submissions as attachments only
  • All work must be original and unpublished
  • Full guidelines, prize information, and submission addresses are available on the Mill: a Place for Writers Facebook page.

Winners will be announced at the Fox Cities Book Festival's Mill Literary Awards event.

So dust off your keyboards, flex your fingers, and get writing!

Good luck to everyone!

Get ready for good times Fox Cities residents! Best-selling author and entertainer Lorna Landvik is coming to this year's Fox Cities Book Festival. Landvik is the author of 10 novels that are noted for their quirky characters and appealing stories.

Her most recent book, Best to Laugh, draws on her own experiences as a young stand-up comic living in Hollywood in an apartment complex that has seen better days—but there are no better neighbors then the ones here. The book has been called "cheerfully outlandish," "funny and tender," and a "celebration of character, desire [and] friendship."

So if you're looking for a good read, it's best to check out Best to Laugh.

For more information on Lorna Landvik, visit her Author's Page.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is proud to announce that our wide range of authors and topics continues with the addition of Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay to the April event.  Paul, a native of Green Bay, is a prolific children’s and young adult author. Isatou Ceesay, from the Gambia in Africa, is an award-winning environmental activist and the subject of Paul’s new book One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia.

In this children’s book, Paul tells an inspiring and engaging story while deftly handling the complex topics of pollution control and economic empowerment.

Paul and Ceesay will be appearing together at the festival to discuss the book and their experiences. We hope that residents of the Fox Cities will enjoy hearing from women who live half a world apart but unite in the goal of improving our environments.

For more information about them, visit the Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay Author Pages.

What could be better than a Wisconsinite talking about ghosts in Wisconsin? Chad Lewis, co-author of Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations, is scheduled for an appearance at this year's book festival.

Lewis is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a place with its own haunting history. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology and is dedicated to researching strange phenomena. His search for answers has taken him on the quest for El Chupacabra, Bigfoot, and the Wendigo, just to name a few.

For his talk in April, Lewis will focus on connections to the paranormal in our area as well as other sites across the state. He explains, "Although I will feature a lot of Fox Cities locations, this presentation takes the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Wisconsin."

Visit the Author's Page to learn more about Chad Lewis.

Nationally known author Will Schwalbe will be joining this year’s Fox Cities Book Festival. Schwalbe, a former publishing executive and founder of Cookstr.com, wrote the highly praised The End of Your Life Book Club, which became a New York Times best seller.

This memoir movingly recounts the time Schwalbe shared with his mother as she was dying of cancer. More than just a listing of books, The End of Your Life Book Club is about family, reading, sharing, living, and love.

As Schwalbe noted, "Reading isn't the opposite of doing; it's the opposite of dying."

During the book festival, Schwalbe will make several appearances to discuss his book and the art of writing. More information about his events will be released as we get closer to the festival dates, so check back here for details.

To read more about Will Schwalbe, visit his Author’s Page.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is pleased to announce that award-winning author Wendy McClure will be at this year's festival. McClure writes nonfiction and fiction and is equally adept at writing for adults and young readers.

Her most recent children's books, Wanderville and On Track for Treasure, are about 3 orphan train riders who become friends and take charge of their own destinies.

Publishers Weekly's review of Wanderville stated, "McClure celebrates bravery, ingenuity, and the bonds of family and friendship in this old-fashioned story of children fending for themselves."

The Book Festival is happy to host this author who makes the history of orphan trains come alive for young readers.

For more about Wendy McClure and her writing, visit her Author's Page.

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Big thanks go to Atlas Coffee Mill for hosting monthly meetings for the Fox Cities Book Festival Board! We appreciate your support of the Festival and just can't thank you enough for providing a welcoming meeting space for us to plan and dream.