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Wisconsin Book Festival

  • Presented By: Wisconsin Book Festival
  • Dates: October 15, 2020 - October 17, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Phone: (608) 266-6318
  • Price: Free

The Wisconsin Book Festival will present a wide variety of free virtual author programs this fall, with the season’s signature celebration taking place Thursday–Saturday, October 15–17.


Amid the pandemic, the typical fall celebration has been replaced with a live-stream event schedule featuring 16 events over three days. The lineup includes:

  • Seven-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, Nikki Giovanni for Make Me Rain (October 15 at 7:00 PM)
  • Edgar Award winner for Best First Novel, Angie Kim, and Booker Prize nominee, Kiley Reid, for their books Miracle Creek & Such a Fun Age (October 15 at 8:30 PM)
  • Former White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama Jennifer Palmieri for She Proclaims (October 17th at 11:30 AM)
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winner, Laila Lalami for Conditional Citizens (October 17th at 1:00PM)
  • Journalist and former deputy director of Hispanic media for the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, Paola Ramos for Finding Latinx (October 17th at 2:30 PM)
  • Director of Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Physics, Brian Greene and Guggenheim Fellow, Janna Levin, for their books Until the End of Time & Black Hole Survivial Guide (October 17th at 7:00 PM)
  • Celebrated conservationist, Terry Tempest Williams for Erosion (October 17th at 8:30 PM)


View the full festival lineup at In addition to the fall celebration, the Wisconsin Book Festival offers author events throughout the year.


Madison Public Library is committed to ensuring that all Wisconsin Book Festival events are free and open to the public. Since creating the series in 2013, we have hosted more than 600 events for audience members, including award-winning author events with National Book Award Finalist Tommy Orange, G. Willow Wilson, the recipient of a Hugo award for her Marvel Comic Series Ms. Marvel and World Fantasy award-winning novelist, Solmaz Sharif, winner of the American Book Award for Poetry, Bryan Collier, winner of the Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award for illustrators and the Jane Addams Children's Book Awards for Picture Book, evenings with Atul Gawande, Ruth Reichl, Lois Lowry, Sarah Vowell, and Alexander McCall Smith.