Marathon County Public Library

learning • community • ideas • information

Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Sat.-Mon., 9/2-9/4.

Central Wisconsin Book Festival

Book lovers and others are invited to the first-ever Central Wisconsin Book Festival starting the evening of Sept. 29 and continuing through the evening of Sept. 30!

The Marathon County Public Library is working with several community partners, including UW-Marathon County's Lecture and Fine Arts Series, Janke Book Store and Barnes and Noble, to bring a variety of authors and others to the Wausau area for readings, presentations and workshops!

The number of guests and events may be relatively small compared to other, more established book festivals in Wisconsin (this is our first attempt, after all), but our diverse lineup includes award-winning poet Mai Der Vang, who will close out the festival Saturday night, former Wisconsin Gov. Martin Schreiber discussing his book about Alzheimer's care, "My Two Elaines," comic book writer and artist (and Marathon County native) Tim Seeley and more! We'll kick off the festival with a live storytelling event Friday night!

Events will be spread around the area between MCPL Wausau, Janke and Barnes and Noble. See the full list of events and their locations below.



Fact or Fiction: A Live Storytelling Event

Fri., 9/29/17, 7pm - 9pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
Ten stories by 10 different storytellers, and the audience judges if the stories are true or false! Prizes for the two stories that fake out the audience the most! Free to attend, but mature audiences only. Send submissions by 9/15 to factorfiction@mcpl.us.
Community Off-site Theatre Writing Writing Contest Cwbf Uw Center For Civic Engagement Adults

Books Build Better Brains: Literacy and Early Brain and Child Development

Sat., 9/30/17, 9:30am - 10:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician, public health professional and child health advocate, will discuss the importance of early literacy and the roles that human relationships and interactions play in a child's first thousand days of life.
Health Science Social Issues Cwbf Wausau Adults

The Rise and Fall of Baseball at the Univ. of Wisconsin

Sat., 9/30/17, 10am - 11:30am @ Janke Book Store
Steven D. Schmitt will share the history of baseball at the University of Wisconsin, which started in 1870 and ended in 1991, making UW the only Big Ten school with ... (read more)
Author Visit History Sports Cwbf Janke Book Store Adults

Grouse Hunting with Author Mark Parman

Sat., 9/30/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Author, hunter and UW-Marathon County Senior Lecturer Mark Parman will read from his book "A Grouse Hunter's Almanac," newly released in paperback that chronicles 20 seasons of hunts. Q&A and signing to follow. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit Nature Outdoor Recreation Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

Mistakes That Led Victoria Houston to a Life of Mystery Writing

Sat., 9/30/17, 1pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
One of Wisconsin's own favorite writers, Victoria Houston, will join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to share stories of how she became a mystery writer. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

The Life of a Young Adult Author with Brittany Cavallaro

Sat., 9/30/17, 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Young Adult author Brittany Cavallaro will join us via Skype to share with teens how she got started as a writer, what it's like to write a book series, her ... (read more)
Author Visit Writing Cwbf Wausau Teens

Flock Together: A Conversation About Extinct Birds & What They've Taught Us

Sat., 9/30/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author B.J. Hollars presents information about extinct birds from his book "Flock Together," and how we can save threatened species and ourselves. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit History Nature Outdoor Recreation Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

A Conversation with Comic Writer and Artist Tim Seeley

Sat., 9/30/17, 3pm - 4:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Comic book writer and artist Tim Seeley joins us for the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to talk about his work, including the upcoming film adaptation of his book "Revival." Free and no registration or tickets required.
Art Author Visit Writing Wausau Adults Teens Cwbf

My Two Elaines: A Story of Alzheimer's Care with Gov. Martin Schreiber

Sat., 9/30/17, 3pm - 4:30pm @ Janke Book Store
Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin Schreiber will read from his new book "My Two Elaines: learning, coping, and surviving as an Alzheimer's caregiver" and answer questions about the role of caregiver to someone with Alzheimer's. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit Health Off-site Social Issues Janke Book Store Adults Cwbf

Central Wisconsin Book Fest Finale: Poet Mai Der Vang

Sat., 9/30/17, 7pm - 8:30pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
We'll close out the Central Wisconsin Book Festival with award-winning poet Mai Der Vang, whose collection "Afterland" recounts the Hmong exodus from Laos and the Hmong culture's ongoing resilience in exile. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit History Poetry Social Issues Cwbf Uw Center For Civic Engagement Adults

Subscribe

Receive our monthly email newsletter and stay informed of upcoming book clubs, story times, presentations, performances, movies nights, arts & crafts, author visits and more!

Your email address will be used for this purpose only and will not be redistributed or sold. You may unsubscribe at any time.