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Mark your calendars for the 2021 Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

Thank you for visiting the website of the Central Wisconsin Book Festival, an initiative of the Marathon County Public Library and based in Wausau, WI.

On this site you'll find information about past festivals, including some of the guests we've hosted, links to videos from prior years, information about our funding partners and much more!

Our 2021 festival is scheduled for Sept. 17-26, with events (virtual and hopefully in-person) planned for most, if not all, of those days.

Are you an author who is interested in joining us? Please email with the following information:

  • Your name and the name/genre of your book(s)
  • Contact information including email, phone and links to your website and/or social media accounts
  • Information about the the book(s) you would like to highlight during your CWBF event including a summary, the publisher and, if possible, a sample chapter
  • Other recent reading/Q&A events in which you've participated
  • Your availability in late September, including preferences for days of the week and times of the day

If you missed the Central Wisconsin Book Festival September 21–27, 2020, check out this playlist of video recordings from the virtual author readings and Q&A sessions!

Please note: Some recordings will be available for a limited time only.

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    Central Wisconsin Book Festival is coming Sept. 17-26, 2021!

    July 7, 2021 Even though summer is officially upon us, the committee behind the Central Wisconsin Book Festival — including this author — have their eyes on the fall as we plan for the 5th annual fest! The festival, an initiative of the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL), has grown in several exciting ways since its humble beginnings in 2017: The number of authors hosted, the number of people who attend, and the reach of the festival beyond Central Wisconsin to other states and even countries! The biggest way we’re growing this year is geographically: For the first time, MCPL is collaborating with the Portage County Public Library in Stevens Point and the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids to host...

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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...

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    Central Wisconsin Book Festival: Events for Literature Lovers!

    September 2, 2020 The fourth annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF) takes place September 21–27, 2020, with events happening each of the six days, bringing authors and literature lovers together in exciting, creative and introspective ways! Although...

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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...