OCTOBER 11-14, 2018

and year round


Richard Russo at Lunch for Libraries 2017Become a Member With a Gift of $100+

One 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. Individual sponsors play a pivotal role in assuring the success of the festival, which is why we want to reward our donors. We plan on showing our thanks by offering a membership program to donors who extend any gift of $100 or more. 

Membership benefits include: 

  • a mailed membership pass and information packet explaining the perks

  • 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 

To purchase a membership for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, visit the Madison Public Library Foundation Donate page. Those who give $100 or more and indicate "book fest member" in the Special Purpose field of the donation form will be eligible to receive the member pass.

Corporate Sponsors

There is a lot that goes into creating a 4-day festival featuring more than 60 authors.  Join the community of readers, booklovers, and enthusiastic supporters who have helped make a difference in putting on this year's festival.  Please consider making a donation today to help keep the Wisconsin Book Festival a vital part of Madison this year and for years to come.  Simply note that your donation is in support of the Wisconsin Book Festival.

Click here to see sponsor benefits and levels.

Our many sponsors help us put on a vibrant literary festival each year. Confirmed sponsors for the 2017-2018 festival year include: 

  • Festival Sponsors: Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries, UW-Madison Memorial Library

  • Contributing Sponsors: Capitol Lakes,The Edgewater, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., MG&E, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, University Research Park

  • Event Supporters: A Room of One's Own, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Madison Arts Commission

  • Inkind Sponsors: Cricket Design Works, Isthmus, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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


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