Playwright Philip Dawkins will be at UW-Fox Valley Theatre tonight for the performance of his whimsical play Failure: a Love Story.

A preshow reception, with cash bar, will start at 6 pm. The play begins at 7:00. A discussion with Dawkins follows immediately afterward.

Discounted tickets are available for book festival goers.

Get your reduced price tickets by calling the Theatre Box Office, 920-832-2646, and using the special code "Book Festival Friend."

The Theatre is located at UW-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, Wisconsin.

Submitted: April 16, 2015 - 11:43am

Are you attending book festival programs at the Atlas Coffee Mill?  Be aware of construction detour details...

Printed Map and Directions

Albeit historic, that funny little road leading down to the riverfront just off of State and south of Fourth known as JACKMAN STREET, along with PROSPECT AVE from Memorial to Walnut, is CLOSED through October 2015 for much-needed bridge and street reconstruction.  Try one of the following alternate routes...

Food expert, chef, and author Shana Conradt will be at this year's Fox Cities Book Festival on April 22.

Her presentation will focus on the exciting world of carbohydrates and proteins! She will discuss how you can pick the best of the best brands by using actual food labels.

Conradt will be appearing with Liz Cookle, her partner in the personal chef business Make Me Hot Meals. They will close out their program with a cooking demo and tasting samples. Check out the Author and Schedule pages for more information.

Earth Day is April 22. This year's book festival includes a number of special environment-focused events, which will be hosted at the Fox River Environmental Education Alliance, The WILD Center, and UW-Fox Valley. The programs—featuring authors and activities—will appeal to a range of audiences.

The day closes out with local artist Judith Waller giving a gallery talk about her new exhibit, Small Problems: Big Trouble, on display at UW-Fox Valley, the Alyward Gallery. The gallery talk is followed by a Compassion for the Earth Compassion Café.

Participation in the gallery talk & Compassion Café is limited to 24. There is no charge, but you must reserve your place by registering with Megan Libby by April 20. See the Event listing on this website for contact details.

See the Earth Day Schedule page for a full listing of events.

This year’s book festival will showcase many authors who not only have Wisconsin connections but also have local ties. Crystal Chan is one such successful author.

Her novel Bird was named Finalist by the Society of Midland Authors for best books in children's fiction published in 2014 by Midwest authors.

Chan grew up in Oshkosh and her experiences of both belonging and not belonging imbue her writing. Bird has been called “thoughtful and introspective” and “lyrical and buoyant” by reviewers. The book tells the story of Jewel, a 12-year-old mixed-race girl growing up in a small Midwestern town.

In her April 23 presentation at the Appleton Public Library, Chan will discuss what it was like for her as a mixed race child to grow up in Oshkosh and how her novel about “uniqueness” ended up resonating with readers around the world.

Come out and enjoy an evening with this hometown writer whose work reaches beyond borders.

For more information about Chan, visit her Author's Page.

The Fox Cities Book Festival is happy to welcome Doc Mehl for our Fundraising Event this year. Doc Mehl, the Asphalt Cowboy Poet, will be giving a special show Friday, April 24, at the OuterEdge Stage in Appleton.

What's Doc's work like? With one foot in the past and one in the present, Doc weaves the history and the mystery of the West into his original "westclectic" poetry and music.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Fox Cities Book Festival.

Tickets are $20 per person. Doors will open at 6:45 pm, with Doc Mehl's program to start at 7:30 pm. Cash bar available.

To buy your tickets now, follow this link.

For more about Doc Mehl, visit his Author's Page.

This program is sponsored by the Neenah Literati Book Club.

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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.