OCTOBER 17-20, 2019

and year round


Show Your Support for the Festival

photo of Amy signing books at a Wisconsin Book Festival eventOne of the things that makes the Wisconsin Book Festival such a successful Madison tradition is that all events are FREE and open to the public! Nearly half of the festival's annual budget of $250,000 is raised through private donations.

There are two ways you can help:

Make a gift of $100 or more to become a festival member. Benefits include:

  • reserved seating for two at up to a dozen select festival events (advance reservation required)
  • the option to purchase a pre-signed book online in advance of select author talks
  • an invitation to an exclusive Wisconsin Book Festival launch event in August, where the four-day weekend schedule will be announced

Our Book Fest Benefactor program is reserved for those who want to make a greater individual commitment to the festival. With any gift of $1,000 or more, the benefits are the same as those for members, but you can reserve seats at ANY festival event all year long! There are typically 100 or more events per year.


Sign on as a Corporate Sponsor

Photo of Angela speaking at a Wisconsin Book Festival eventThere's so much that goes into creating a four-day festival featuring more than 60 authors, and we couldn't do it without our corporate sponsors! Join the community of readers, book lovers, and businesses and organizations committed to supporting free, public events all year long.


Click here to see sponsor benefits and levels.

Our sponsors help us present a vibrant literary festival annually. The following are confirmed sponsors for the 2018-2019 festival year.

  • Signature Sponsor: Marvin J. Levy
  • Festival Sponsors: American Girl's Fund for Children, Nimick Forbesway Foundation, Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, Wisconsin Humanities Council, The Bass Family, University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, Friends of UW-Madison Libraries
  • Contributing Sponsors: Capitol Lakes, Tana Elias & Andrew Clarkowski, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., MG&E, Nancy Pandhi & Alex Young, Stafford Rosenbaum, University Research Park, Cheryl Rosen Weston
  • In-kind Sponsors: Best Western Premier Park Hotel
  • Event Supporters: Alliant Energy Foundation, Inc.
  • Book Fest Benefactors: A Room of One's Own, Tom DeChant & Paul Gibler, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Al Friedman & Susan Tikalsky, Friends of Sequoya Library, Erica & Mark Gehrig, Anne Lucke, Madison Arts Commission, Orange & Dean Schroeder, UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, UW-Madison Program in Creative Writing, Webcrafters-Frautschi Foundation
  • Media Sponsors: Isthmus, Wisconsin Public Radio

Hear from a Corporate Sponsor

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company President Eliot Butler shared why Great Dane invests in the Wisconson Book Festival.

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