We know you have all been waiting for us to begin announcing the 2015 slate of authors and we are happy to oblige. Today we are happy to announce that nationally bestselling author Nick Butler will be joining us for the 2015 festival.

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA, Honors English – 2002) and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA, Fiction – 2012).  He is the recipient of the 2010 Roark Prize in Poetry, the 2007 Davis Demitasse Poetry Award, and a runner-up in the 2009 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

His first novel Shotgun Lovesongs was published in March of 2014 to rave reviews. The New York Times says, “Shotgun Lovesongs is about a hometown in Wisconsin and the close band of friends who will always feel its magnetic pull. … The most lyrical parts of this big-hearted book are about how all the characters, including the star, are almost physically drawn to the town and one another. … Impressively original.” While Silver Linings Playbook author says, “Nickolas Butler ripped my heart out with rare honesty and good old-fashioned unapologetic love. A book that makes you want to call old friends. A writer who makes you feel more human than you thought possible.”  

As many of you already know we have already begun planning for next year’s Fox Cities Book Festival. Just to get you back into the book festival spirit we have a special event planned for September 13th at the Appleton Public Library! Join us at 10:30 A.M. for New York Times best-selling author Joelle Charbonneau as she discusses her breakout YA series, The Testing Trilogy. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Hope to see you there!

This year's Fox Cities Reads title Wonder has been one of the most popular books we have done as a community read so we were disappointed when we had to announce that the authors visit was going to be postponed. We are happy to announce that Wonder author R.J. Palacio will be here in the Fox Cities next week for her belated Fox Cities Reads visits. There will be two opportunities to attend. At 2:00 P.M. May 20th we will have a Q & A session with the author at the Appleton Public Library. At 6:30 PM that evening she will be appearing at Appleton North High School. Seating for both events is limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

The Sustainable Communities Network in the Fox Cities invites you to a public presentation by award-winning internationally known author and sustainable community planner and leader, Torbjorn Lahti.  Mr. Lahti is co-director of the Institute for Ecomunicipality Education & Assistance and is Founder and President of the Sustainable Sweden Association, which has conducted Sustainable Sweden Tours for over a decade for visitors from around the world.  Lahti has recently released his second book, My Journey with the Ecomunicipalities: How to Change the World through Local Action and is in the United States sharing his 30 years of experience and reflection on creating sustainable societies.

Join us on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 7 pm at UW-Fox Valley’s Communication Arts Center.  The event will be preceded by a sustainability networking fair at 6 pm in the lobby.

Thank you to all of the local writers who entered the Mill Literary Award contest for fiction and poetry! Author and professor Chuck Rybak served as poetry judge; author and professor Rebecca Meacham served as fiction judge. From the many quality submissions, each judge chose two Honorable Mentions, one Finalist, and one Winner.

Congratulations to the following writers!

Poetry  
Winner:Mary Helen Bend"The Sweet Reward"
Finalist:Kathryn Gahl"The Mechanic's Wife"
Honorable Mention:Amy Palkovich"Hangover"
Honorable Mention:Bobbie Lovell"Every Day is a Close Call"

 

Fiction  
Winner:Nikki Kallio"Geography Lesson"
Finalist:Anne Paterson"Lots of Time"
Honorable Mention:Julie Genisot"The Old Man"
Honorable Mention:Amelia Wolff"Pocket Full of Rocks"

Thank you all for making this Fox Cities Book Festival another success! A special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors who helped to make this possible. Shortly we will begin planning for 2015! Please share your thoughts and suggestions with us.

Today is the last day of the 2014 Fox Cities Book Festival and we have another great day of events. Atlas Coffee Mill will be hosting some great poetry programs. For the nature lovers we have multiple programs including developing a bird friendly backyard. You can learn about the power of community with Tom Mosgaller. Of course we have more craft talks for the aspiring writers out there, including a panel discussion by Tall Poppy Writers: Erin Celello, Ann Garvin, Kelly Harms, and Susan Gloss. This evening we bring 2014 to a close with international best seller Debbie Macomber.  

  • Ernesto Livorni and Moises Villavicencio Barras
  • Fabu and Harvey Taylor
  • Cristina M. R. Norcross, Jeffrey Johannes, and Mary Wehner
  • Mariette Nowak
  • Tom Mosgaller 
  • Mary Bergin      
  • Tall Poppy Writers (TPW): Women Writing Women's Lifes
  • Peter Geye        
  • Debbie Macomber

Find detailed informaton on Sunday's schedule here.

This weekend is jam-packed with fun festival events. Saturday readings and talks kick off at 10:00 a.m. Event topics range from bicycling in Wisconsin to Irish music and mystery to taverns around the state to different types of publishing--and these are just a few. The day's authors are:

  • Nicholas Hoffman
  • Carrie Gruman-Trinkner
  • Carl Corey
  • Abby Frucht
  • Heather Whittaker
  • Bruce Machart
  • Gae Polisner
  • Wendy Webb
  • Matthew Batt
  • Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien
  • Halimah Marcus
  • Erin Celello
  • Larry Watson

Saturday finishes with 2 special events: the Poetry Slam with Karla Huston and the Hillary Reynolds Band performance. The Hillary Reynolds Band show is a fundraiser for the Fox Cities Book Festival.

Find detailed informaton on Saturday's schedule here.

Join the Hillary Reynolds Band and the Fox Cities Book Festival April 12th for “Singing Her Story - An evening of celebrating story through song.”
 
Doors open at 6:45 with Hillary and the band going on at 7:30. A cash bar is available. This is one our major fundraisers for the year and your support is welcome and appreciated - plus you get to enjoy some great music! This performance will be held at Riverview Gardens, 1101 S. Oneida St.
 
Tickets are $30 per person with proceeds to benefit the Fox Cities Book Festival
 
To sign up simply click here

Unfortunately we have to announce that Joelle Charbonneau will be unable to make it for her book festival visit. She was scheduled to be at the Appleton Public Library this Saturday at 1 PM. We apologize to anyone this inconveniences. While we are never pleased to announce a cancellation the silver lining is that we still have almost 20 events going on that day for you to attend! 

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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.