2016 Book Festival Author

 Jonathan Friesen is an award-winning author, international speaker, and storyteller. He’s the author of seven novels including Both of Me and The Last Martin, both of which explore mental health issues. Jonathan has numerous award-winning articles to his credit. His personal experience with Tourette’s and Epilepsy inspired him to write the highly acclaimed novel Jerk, California, winner of the American Library Association’s 2009 Schneider Award—“Best Book for Teens.” Jonathan has served on the board of the Minnesota Tourette Syndrome Association.
Jonathan spent sixteen years teaching in regular ed., special ed., and university settings, and now travels the country sharing his expertise and heart for hurting students with audiences of all ages.

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Atlas Coffee Mill

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.