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9/25/22: "Godspeed" with Nickolas Butler
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The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes internationally known, bestselling author - and one of Wisconsin's own - Nickolas Butler to the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids! Butler will join us to read from his most recent, riveting novel "Godspeed," about three construction workers who get entangled in a dangerous plan to finish a project against an impossible deadline. Butler is the author of four novels and one collection of short stories, he's received many awards at home and abroad, starting with his debut novel "Shotgun Lovesongs." This year marks his first appearances at the Central Wisconsin Book Festival. Support for the 2022 Central Wisconsin Book Festival was 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 also provided in part by the Ruder Ware Law Firm; the Dudley Foundation; the Marathon County Public Library Foundation; the Portage County Public Library Foundation; McMillan Memorial Library; the CoVantage Cares Foundation; Whitewater Music Hall; Bound to Happen Books; and Janke Book Store

9/24/22: Comics & Science Fiction with John Jackson Miller
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The video had some echo audio problems to start. It is fixed at minute 8:40. The CWBF welcomes author John Jackson Miller to events in Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point to discuss writing Star Trek, Star Wars, comics and more! A New York Times bestselling author and Wisconsin resident, Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in science fiction. His Star Trek novels include the upcoming hardcover novel Strange New Worlds — The High Country, the Picard novel Rogue Elements, Discovery novels Die Standing and The Enterprise War, the Prey trilogy, and Takedown. His Star Wars novels include A New Dawn, Kenobi, Knight Errant, Lost Tribe of the Sith, and the Knights of the Old Republic comics, newly available from Marvel in the colossal 1,344-page Legends: The Old Republic Omnibus. Support for the 2022 Central Wisconsin Book Festival was 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 also provided in part by the Ruder Ware Law Firm; the Dudley Foundation; the Marathon County Public Library Foundation; the Portage County Public Library Foundation; McMillan Memorial Library; the CoVantage Cares Foundation; Whitewater Music Hall; Bound to Happen Books; and Janke Book Store.

9/24/22: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back with Beth Amos
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The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes author Beth Amos to the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids to discuss her 30-year writing career! Amos, currently writing as Annelise Ryan, is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 25 novels. Her newest project is the Monster Hunter Mysteries, featuring a Door County bookstore owner and cryptozoologist, Morgan Carter. The first in the series, A Death in Door County, will be published in September. Her previous work includes the Mattie Winston Mystery series and its spinoff, the Helping Hands Mysteries. She also wrote the Mack's Bar Mystery series as Allyson K. Abbott. Beth is a recently retired ER nurse who created pseudonyms, in part, so her patients wouldn't know she spent her spare time thinking up clever ways to kill people. She'll share a bit from her new book and talk about a life of writing that now spans 30 years! Support for the 2022 Central Wisconsin Book Festival was 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 also provided in part by the Ruder Ware Law Firm; the Dudley Foundation; the Marathon County Public Library Foundation; the Portage County Public Library Foundation; McMillan Memorial Library; the CoVantage Cares Foundation; Whitewater Music Hall; Bound to Happen Books; and Janke Book Store.

9/28/21: Cornerstone Author Panel
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We were joined on Sept. 25, 2021 by four authors who each published books through Cornerstone Press, the university press at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This event took place during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival and includes authors Patricia Ann McNair, Robert Miltner, Margaret Rozga, and Jamie Lyn Smith. Hosted by CWBF organizer (and Portage County Public Library librarian) Eddie Glade.

9/27/21: "Hope is the Thing" Group Reading
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Five writers joined the Central Wisconsin Book Festival on Sept. 23, 2021 to share their contributions to the book "Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic." Included in the readings and discussion are Nick Gulig, Eric Rasmussen, Angie Trudell Vasquez, Karissa Zastrow, and B.J. Hollars (who edited the collection.)