A full schedule of authors, dates and times is below!
No registration is required. Each event listed below includes a link to click or tap when the event begins. You can also join by tapping the "Attend" link for each event at the bottom of the page, or join when the event begins through the Central Wisconsin Book Festival events page on Facebook.
- Monday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.: Douglas Tallamy will discuss his book "Nature's Best Hope: A new approach to conservation that starts in your backyard" about how homeowners can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitat. In partnership with the Master Gardener Program of Marathon County. Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.: In collaboration with the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Rebecca Boggs Roberts will speak about the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. Boggs will discuss her book "Suffragists in Washington D.C.: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote." Roberts also is the co-author, along with Lucinda Robb, of the recently published book "The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World." Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.: We'll host "Book Fest After Dark" with Dr. Gina Senarighi. Gina is a certified relationship coach specializing in human connections, intimacy, alternative relationships and much more. She's found success through her blog "Hey Gina" and through the weekly podcast "Swoon" she creates with Julie Jeske. Both of those creative outlets led to a recent book deal and the publishing of Gina's book "Love More, Fight Less." Gina will talk about all that, but we'll also take YOUR questions about sex, intimacy and relationships, and no question is taboo! This event is for adults only. Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.: We'll host a panel discussion on humor writing with Tiffany Midge and Steve Hannah. If you're interested in hearing what makes for funny material to those who write for a living, join us and the two of them. Tiffany is the author most recently of "Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's" and has a wickedly funny Twitter account, among other writings. Steve wrote the "State of Mind" syndicated column, some of which are in the new collection "Dairylandia," and also was CEO of the satirical news outlet The Onion. Click or tap here to join us when this event begins.
- Friday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, 26 at 3 p.m.: North central Area congregations Organized to Make an Impact (NAOMI) is organizing two virtual panel discussions on homelessness in the central Wisconsin area, centered around its community read "Wild Counselor" by Jim Finucan. Click or tap here to register for the Friday discussion, and click or tap here to register for the Saturday discussion.
- Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.: Timothy Egan, recipient of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, will discuss his newest book, the New York Times bestseller "A Pilgrimage to Eternity." The book details Timothy's thousand-mile trek from Canterbury to Rome along an ancient (but still traveled) trail used by devout Christians, and Egan uses the experience to examine Christianity's past, present and future - including its place in his own life. Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m.: Speaking of Steve Hannah, he'll join us again for a solo event to read from "Dairylandia," talk about his experiences in journalism and maybe share a little inside baseball from his time at The Onion. Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.: Wisconsin author Chris Fink will share some of his work from his collection of short stories, "Add This to the List of Things That You Are." Whether he's writing about someone caught between the urban and the rural, or taking readers inside the melancholic, Midwestern male psyche, Fink's is a unique voice in the fiction world. He'll talk about his work and answer questions as well. Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.: Another Wisconsin author, one whose star is definitely on the rise in the world of mystery novels, is John Galligan, who will join us to read from his new book, "Dead Man Dancing," which was just published this year and is the followup to the acclaimed "Bad Axe County." Both novels follow the adventures of Sheriff Heidi Kick, the first female sheriff in the fictional Wisconsin county of Bad Axe. John will share some of his new novel, talk about his writing and take some questions, too! Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.: John Kinville will share a multimedia presentation based on his new book "The Grey Eagles of Chippewa Falls." The book (and John's presentation) tells the story of a little-known Wisconsin chapter of the Ku Klux Klan comprised entirely of women! He'll also answer audience questions. Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.: Kathie Giorgio, author of a dozen titles and director of the AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop in Waukesha, WI, will lead a fiction writing workshop. Kathie and the participants will talk about how to keep going past that initial burst of creativity and bring our projects to a successful finish. This workshop is for fiction writers, but poetry and nonfiction writers will get a lot out of it too! Click or tap here to join the event when it begins.
- Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will join us for a virtual poetry reading and Q&A. Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation, was named poet laureate of the United States in 2019 and is the first American Indian named to the position. She's an internationally renowned performer and writer, author of nine poetry books, several plays and a couple of children's books. Oh, and she's also a musician! Joy will read some of her work - including poems from her newest acclaimed collection "An American Sunrise" - and a Q&A will follow. Click or tap here to join us when this event begins.
- Sunday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.: Did you know Wisconsin is a great state for bird watching? Charles Hagner will tell us why! Charles is the director of Bird City Wisconsin and the author of the American Birding Association's Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin. He'll also outline the best ways anyone can learn to identify birds, reveal signs and clues that experienced birdwatchers rely on when identifying birds, and explain why birdwatching in Wisconsin can be enjoyed all year round, even in winter! Click or tap here to join us when this event begins.
- Sunday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m.: Following her fiction workshop, Kathie Giorgio will share poems from her new collection, "No Matter Which Way You Look, There is More To See." Click or tap here to join us when this event begins.
- Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.: One of Wisconsin's most popular authors and historians, Jerry Apps, will share his new book "When the White Pine Was King," about the heyday of Wisconsin's logging industry as well as the aftermath of farming and reforestation and the legacy of the state's lumber and wood products industries. A Q&A will follow the talk. Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.
- Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m.: Finally, to finish out the festival, we'll be joined once again by Tiffany Midge, this time for a solo event. Tiffany will read from her book "Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's," which blends humor, social commentary, identity as a Native woman in America and, for good measure, abuse of pumpkin spice! She'll also share some poems from her forthcoming collection "Horns" and we'll have time for audience questions as well! Click or tap here to join us when the event begins.