OCTOBER 17-20, 2019

and year round


About the Festival


The Wisconsin Book Festival is the state's premier literary event. It includes both a four-day celebration in the fall (this year from Oct. 17-20th 2019) and the year-long Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series, which helps solidify author programming and provides authors with an incredible venue in Madison. Madison's proximity to Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Iowa City makes it the perfect stop on any tour through the Midwest.  As the State Capitol and home to the University of Wisconsin, Madison boasts an engaged and active literary community who have shown a dedication to supporting great author programming.


Throughout the year, the WBF draws a local and regional audience of 15,000 people for over 100 author events, including a publicized track featuring award-winning authors including Pushcart Prize recipient Celeste Ng, the world’s bestselling author James Patterson, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David Maranis and more. 


Our year of programming in 2018 drew 14,271 people to 108 events. During the four-day celebration, nearly 6,000 people attended 67 author experiences. Audience member responses were very positive, with more than 90% of survey respondents reporting they were very satisfied or satisfied. 


Madison Public Library is committed to ensuring that all Wisconsin Book Festival events are free and open to the public. Since creating the series in 2013, we have hosted more than 600 events for audience members, including award-winning authors events with  G. Willow Wilson, the recipient of a Hugo award for her Marvel Comic Series Ms. Marvel and World Fantasy award-winning novelist, Solmaz Sharif, winner of the American Book Award for Poetry, Bryan Collier, winner of the Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award for illustrators and the Jane Addams Children's Book Awards for Picture Book, National Book Award Finalist Tommy Orang, evenings with Atul Gawande, Ruth Reichl, Lois Lowry, Sarah Vowell, and Alexander McCall Smith.


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