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Welcome to the fourth annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

How the heck does a book festival take place during a time of pandemic-induced social distancing? Well, like so many of our activities these days, it will happen virtually.

In this, our fourth year, all 17 of The Central Wisconsin Book Festival events will be held online. Due to the still-rising COVID-19 case count in central Wisconsin, our organizers decided this was the best course of action to keep everyone safe. 

In many ways, this all-virtual festival is a blessing. We are hosting authors Joy Harjo, Timothy Egan, and Tiffany Midge, as well as others we could not likely bring to Central Wisconsin in person. Also, attendees won’t have to travel or choose between events because we set them up to run one at a time. Plus, you can stay in those pajamas (or dress up if you’re feeling festive) with the food and drinks of your choice, all in the comfort and safety of home. 

We can’t say whether this will be the new normal for our festival. But we can tell you we’ve worked just as hard planning this virtual festival as we have in the past, and we hope you’ll enjoy yourselves just as much. 

You can find more information about all of our events, including info on tuning into our Zoom events, in the “Schedule” section of this website. Information also is available at our Facebook page.

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    Ugandan Chimps to Chimney Swifts: Q&A with Charles Hagner

    September 8, 2020 The Central Wisconsin Book Festival will take place Sept. 21-27, 2020. Before it happens, we want to share a bit about some of the guests, so we've asked a few to answer some questions from festival organizers about themselves and their work. Below is a back-and-forth from Charles Hagner and CWBF committee member Chad Dally through email. Charles will join us virtually at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 to tell us why Wisconsin is a great state to look for birds, and share some tips and techniques to identify birds. He’s the director of Bird City Wisconsin and author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin.   What's your background and how did you get involved with...

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    Central Wisconsin Book Festival: Events for Literature Lovers!

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    The Books of CWBF!

    September 1, 2020 The following is a selection of books written by authors featured in the 2020 Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF) From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, this year's "virtual" CWBF will be a great opportunity for members of the community to hear from notable writers with diverse backgrounds.  Check out the following items before or after the festival to explore their creations:

  • Tiffany Midge

    Quarantine Questions with CWBF Guest Tiffany Midge

    August 27, 2020 The Central Wisconsin Book Festival will take place Sept. 21-27, 2020. Before it happens, we want to share a bit about some of the guests so we've asked a few to answer some questions that festival organizers have. Below is a back-and-forth between CWBF committee member Danielle Hale and Tiffany Midge, who will appear during two virtual events, Sept. 24 and Sept. 27. Quarantine Questions with Tiffany Midge I have a confession to make. I’m a bit of a fangirl when it comes to Tiffany Midge. I first heard about her just after I finished grad school in 2017. I was looking up Native American women writers because I wanted to read more from authors I could identify with. (Midge is a member of...

  • Former Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger reads during the 2018 festival

    2020 Central Wisconsin Book Festival happening the last week in September!

    July 1, 2020 The Marathon County Public Library, on behalf of all its partners, is happy to share that the Central Wisconsin Book Festival will return to the Wausau area for its fourth year. The first event of this year's festival is Monday, Sept. 21 and we'll follow that with SIX more days of events and finish the festival on Sunday, Sept. 27. As Central Wisconsin (and the rest of the world) continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, we will err on the side of caution and host an all-virtual festival this year. Although virtual events have a different feel than in-person readings, we hope our audience will enjoy not only the lineup of authors we've booked, but also being able to...

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    Relive the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

    November 7, 2018 In late September, the Marathon County Public Library - along with several community partners, including UW-Stevens Point at Wausau's Lecture & Fine Arts Series, Janke Book Store, Barnes & Noble , and more - offered the second annual Central...

    Central Wisconsin Book Festival 2018 poster

    Literature Lovers Unite! Four Days of Literary Fun

    September 25, 2018 Would you like to hear about Wisconsin politics from an author receiving national attention? Ask an award-winning mystery writer a question? Want to learn how to start your own blog or create your own podcast? Maybe you’d like to hear Wausau-area...