One of the things that makes the Wisconsin Book Festival such a successful Madison tradition is that all events are FREE and available to the public! Nearly half the festival's annual budget of $250,000 is raised through private donations. The festival is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so all gifts are tax-deductible.
This season, we are offering a combination of virtual and in-person author events to help festival-goers stay socially connected in whatever format they prefer. Please consider purchasing a membership for yourself or a book lover in your life to help us keep these valuable online programs going strong.
There are two ways you can help:
Make a gift of $100 or more to become a festival member. In addition to free access to events, members will receive:
- two reserved seats for select author events (10-12 per year)
- placement on the priority email list for news and updates
- an invitation to an exclusive festival schedule launch “party” in the fall
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’ll be recognized on the festival website.
Sign on as a Corporate Sponsor
There's so much that goes into creating free, year-round author programs, and we couldn't do it without our corporate sponsors! Sponsors receive member benefits, plus recognition on the festival website and onscreen before and after live-streamed festival programs.
Join the community of readers, businesses and organizations committed to supporting free, public events all year long. Email Conor Moran, Madison Public Library Foundation Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org to become a festival sponsor.
See sponsor benefits and levels for 2023.
Our sponsors help us present a vibrant literary festival annually. The following are confirmed sponsors for the 2023 festival year.
Hear from a Corporate Sponsor
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company President Eliot Butler shared why Great Dane invests in the Wisconsin Book Festival.