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Central Wisconsin Book Festival coming Sept. 21-25!

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August 2, 2022

The sixth annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF) will be held next month, and there's a lot to look forward to!

This year's festival will feature approximately 25 events over the course of five days, from September 21 through September 25. Like last year, festival events will be held throughout the region - in Wausau, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids - as well as online! 

Writers and experts from all different areas of literature will be part of this year's festival. Below, you can feast your eyes on a few of the events we're particularly excited for, with many more to be announced soon!

A Poetry Walk in partnership with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the City of Wausau

Throughout all of September, walk through downtown Wausau and read poems displayed in the windows and storefronts of various businesses. A live reading with some of the participating poets will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau. This event is also part of Wausau's 150th anniversary celebration

Jerry Apps

Beloved Wisconsin author Jerry Apps will give a virtual, advanced reading of his new, not-yet-published memoir More than Words on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (the book will be published in November)  

Melinda Myers

Melinda Myers, a nationally-known gardening expert and author, will give a talk on gardening and answer questions in Stevens Point on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 22 (location TBD) 

Quan Barry and Nickolas Butler

Acclaimed, bestselling authors (and Wisconsin's own!) Quan Barry and Nikolas Butler will appear together for a reading, Q&A and book signing at Whitewater Music Hall on the evening of Friday, Sept. 23 (Butler will also be at McMillan Memorial Library in WI Rapids at 3pm on Saturday, Sept. 24)


John Jackson Miller

 Bestselling author John Jackson Miller, who's written for Dark Horse Comics as well as a number of celebrated novels in the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, will join us for events in Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Sept. 24. 

Duncan Tonatiuh

Award-winning children's author Duncan Tonatiuh will join us for a virtual event the morning of Sunday, Sept. 25. 

That's just a small taste of all that's to come at this year's festival! For future announcements and updates, be sure to visit the Central Wisconsin Book Festival website, as well as the CWBF Facebook pageTwitter, and Instagram feeds, and our CWBF YouTube channel​.

The CWBF was first organized by the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) in 2017. The festival continues to be organized by MCPL and other community partners, and is funded by a broad array of organizations. Support for this year's festival is provided through the Community Arts Grant Program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency; the Community Foundation; and the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation. Support is also provided in part by the Ruder Ware Law Firm; the Marathon County Public Library Foundation; the Dudley Foundation; the Portage County Public Library Foundation; McMillan Memorial Library; Whitewater Music Hall; Center for the Visual Arts; Bound to Happen Books; and Janke Book Store. 

Adults Authors Central Wisconsin Book Festival Events

image credit: Image by Ben Krombholz, Marathon County Public Library staff.