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Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF)

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Book lovers and others are invited to the second annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

We've been working for months to put together a lineup of authors (fiction, non-fiction, poetry), artists working in a variety of media, and local writers who will share their stories with us!

You can click on any of the links below to see more details about each event, but we thought we'd provide a basic introduction of the festival here using the 5 W's and 1 H:

Who: Dozens of writers and artists, all sharing their own work and helping some of us create our own work, too!

What: Okay, you already know what - the Central Wisconsin Book Festival! But another "what" you might be asking is, what does it cost? Nothing! All events are free! (Most of the authors will be bringing copies of their books to sell and sign, though, so you may need some money for that. Or lunch in between events, or whatever else people spend money on.)

When: Nearly 20 events starting Thursday, Sept. 27 and ending Sunday, Sept. 30!

Where: Events will be spread out across the Wausau area: the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau location, the Center for Civic Engagement, Janke Book Store, the Center for Visual Arts, Barnes & Noble and Sconni's. (Most of the events will be at MCPL Wausau, and we'll have signs and staff to direct you to the program of your choice.)

Why: We love books and art, and we know people across this state do too! That's why we're doing this: It's a chance for us to bring some really interesting writers and artists to the Wausau area so people can listen to writers read their works, and learn from those same writers as well as artists and other guests who are producing great work and sending it out into the world through books, blogs, graphic novels, podcasts and other creative mediums!

How: How are we pulling all of this off? With a dedicated group of organizers that includes MCPL staff, staff and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau, local residents, business owners and employees and others! A festival like this also needs the generous support of non-profits, businesses and other organizations for funding and to help promote it - and we're very lucky to have a bunch of that kind of support!

And on that note ... Support for the 2018 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 is also provided by the Marathon County Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library, Wisconsin Public Radio, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau Lecture & Fine Arts series, Center for the Visual Arts, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Barnes & Noble and Janke Book Store.

If the info above did not answer your question, please feel free to give us a call at 715-261-7230!

CWBF: University of Wisconsin Faculty Reading

Adult Event Join us for a fun evening featuring a variety of written works, read live by the University of Wisconsin faculty members who wrote them, during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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CWBF: Wisconsin's Most Haunted with Craig Nehring and Enid Cleaves

All-Ages Event Over the years, investigators documented dozens of sites across Wisconsin where they discovered supernatural activity, hauntings and other paranormal activity. Hear firsthand from two people who are among the most knowledgeable!

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CWBF: Trace: An Art and Poetry Exhibit

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in We're thrilled to be working with the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau to include a special, unique exhibit of poetry and art during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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CWBF: Fact and Fiction and "Grace": A Live Storytelling Event

Teen & Adult Event Do you have a good story to tell? Whether it's real or one you made up in your own mind, we want to hear it – and other people do, too! Submit a story to read live, or just join us to listen during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event!

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CWBF: "Dead Presidents" with Brady Carlson

All-Ages Event Join Brady Carlson for a fun tour of U.S. presidential gravesites and monuments, and the interesting ways in which we memorialize our past leaders, during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event!

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CWBF: Bilingual Children's Stories with Maysee Yang Herr

Children's Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is excited to welcome (and welcome back) new children's author and Wausau native Maysee Yang Herr!

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CWBF: Two Paths to Publishing: Traditional or Do It Yourself?

Adult Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is filled with events featuring authors of all stripes, but we also want to help aspiring writers in their quest to bring ideas to published fruition!

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CWBF: "A Lakeside Companion" with Ted Rulseh

Teen & Adult Event Join us during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event to learn about the science behind your favorite (or any) lake!

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CWBF: Wisconsin Jazz Riffs with Kurt Dietrich

All-Ages Event Learn about some of the famous and little-known jazz musicians with Wisconsin connections during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event!

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CWBF: Comics Workshop with Duachaka Her

Teen & Adult Event Do you have an interest in – maybe even a flair for – comics, cartoons and illustration? Learn more about it and try some art yourself during a workshop with cartoonist and illustrator Duachaka Her!

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CWBF: Street Poetry with Paul Wiegel

Teen & Adult Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is happy to welcome Paul Wiegel to talk about his unique approach to writing and performing poetry!

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CWBF: Wisconsin's Old-Growth Forests with John Bates

Teen & Adult Event Learn more about the increasingly scarce old-growth forests of Wisconsin with author and naturalist John Bates during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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CWBF: Mystery Writer Patricia Skalka

Adult Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes one of our state's own award-winning authors, Patricia Skalka!

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CWBF: Local Writers Showcase

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Meet and talk with local writers during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event!

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CWBF: Young Writers Showcase

Teen & Adult Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is thrilled to shine a light on younger writers from the Wausau area during this showcase!

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CWBF: Blogging for Success 101

Adult Event If you've ever thought about starting your own blog to share writing, photography, crafts or anything else that interests you, this is your chance to learn from someone who runs not one, but two of them!

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CWBF: From Wausau to Montana - Poet Lowell Jaeger

Teen & Adult Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is happy to welcome back home Wausau native and current Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger!

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CWBF: The Fall of Wisconsin with Author Dan Kaufman

Teen & Adult Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is happy to welcome writer Dan Kaufman, author of "The Fall of Wisconsin," to discuss his book on the state of Badger politics!

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