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Central Wisconsin Book Festival

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About the Festival

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The Central Wisconsin Book Festival began in 2017 as an initiative of the Marathon County Public Library in Wausau, WI and takes place annually around the last weekend in September. The festival remains under MCPL's umbrella and is organized by about a dozen community volunteers.

The idea was, and continues to be, to provide lovers of literature in Central Wisconsin and beyond with a chance to hear and meet a multitude of authors - some they know, some they don't - over the course of several days or even a week. Other metro areas around Wisconsin have established book festivals, but prior to 2017, one had not been attempted in the Wausau area and we sought to change that because of the strong, supportive arts community in our area. In addition to fostering a connection between author and audience, our festival gives people in our community a chance to build their own connections through their mutual passion for literature in its many forms! Past events include traditional author readings and Q&As, panel discussions, workshops, live storytelling events and more.

Our festival is almost entirely grant funded (see our "Partners" page for a list of our supporters), and all events are free to attend! As we take precautions in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of this year's events will take place virtually.

The 2020 festival's core committee of organizers include: Julie Bunczak, Chad Dally, Danielle Hale, Jane Janke Johnson, Elizabeth Lutz, Rob Mentzer, Cheryl Posner, Karyn Powers and Jill Stukenberg.

For more information, please email cwbf@mcpl.us or call 715-261-7235.

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