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That'll do it for 2021! Thank you so much to all of our guests and all the people who attended any of our 38 events!

We're grateful we had the opportunity to give some attention to talented writers and artists from across Wisconsin and the Midwest, and for the chance to organize virtual events with authors and artists from across the U.S. and the world!

On a similar note, it was wonderful to see Central Wisconsin book fans again, both in person and virtually, and amazing that our virtual events also reached attendees all over the world, from Brazil to Toronto to Poland!

While this festival is an initiative of the Marathon County Public Library, working together with Portage County Public Library and McMillan Memorial Library made this is true "Central Wisconsin" book festival and it's a partnership we hope will be long-lasting. Also, the festival simply wouldn't have happened without generous support from organizations and businesses across the area, whether through funding or helping us spread the word!

If you'd like to see some of this year's events (and all of our 2020 events), hop over to the CWBF YouTube page.

Did you attend one (or more) of our 2021 events? We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions for future festivals!! Click here to take a short survey.

Are you an author who is interested in joining us? We're always looking for next year's guests! Feel free to email with information about yourself and your book(s), contact info (including any social media), and ideas for your event.

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