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Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF)

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Save the Date! The 2019 Central Wisconsin Book Festival will be held Sept. 26-29!

We're hard at work planning for this year's festival, trying to find a great mix of authors and others in what we hope will result in a great selection of readings, storytelling events, workshops and more!

As of mid-March, we've already lined up a couple of events:

  • We're really excited to partner with the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service for its 2019 Veninga Lecture on Religion and Society for our kickoff event to the festival on Thursday, Sept. 26! This year's guests for the lecture will be Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka, who together have written a book entitled "The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate." Michaelis is the former leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organization and Kaleka's father was killed in the Aug. 5, 2012 shooting at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee. This promises to be a fascinating, engaging and moving event you won't want to miss!
  • We've also secured a commitment from the 2018-2019 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Margaret Rozga, to conduct a workshop on activist poetry as well as a reading of her own work!

This is just the start of what's to come. Check back to this site over the next six months as we add more authors and events to the Central Wisconsin Book Festival. See you then, and thank you for your interest!

For more information about the CWBF, please contact us.