Wisconsin Book Festival


Tyler Gross

Clear that calendar: The 15th anniversary Wisconsin Book Festival has something for everyone. Isthmus helps you pick out some highlights from the more than 70 events taking place Nov. 2-5. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM , Isthmus Cover Stories

Mark O’Connell, author of “The Close Encounters Man” talks with Isthmus about his biography of ufologist J. Allen Hynek. O’Connell is at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Nov. 4. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Tyler Gross

Wisconsin Book Festival director Conor Moran is upbeat and hopeful about the present and future of book publishing. We talk to him about the upcoming Nov. 2-5 festival and the year-round celebration of literary culture. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

Linda Falkenstein takes a peek at the 711-page “America, The Cookbook,” which attempts to wrangle recipes from all 50 states into a digestible form. Author Gabrielle Langholtz is in town for the Wisconsin Book Festival on Nov. 2. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

Social commentator and founder of the influential literary journal n+1 Mark Greif is in Madison for the Wisconsin Book Festival. He stops at the Central Library on Oct. 22 to read from “Against Everything.” more

Oct 19, 2016 1:45 PM Books

Bill Lueders takes a look at some serious authors tackling some weighty topics at this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Books

From favorites Jane Hamilton and Jennifer Chiaverini to festival newbies, the Wisconsin Book Festival puts women authors center stage. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Books

Along with the weightier fare, the Wisconsin Book Festival is also teeming with authors of entertaining reads. Mike Popke previews his top picks for sports and recreation books — along with a few quirky additions. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Books


Cody Bond

Sarah Vowell, author of “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States,” brings her quirky take on U.S. history to the Wisconsin Book Festival on Oct. 30. She talks with Isthmus about America’s bickering history. more

Oct 22, 2015 5:00 AM Books


Todd Hubler

Jesse Eisenberg, best known for his screen portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, is visiting Madison’s Central Library on Oct. 28 to read from his book of bizarre and touching essays, “Bream Gives Me Hiccups.” more

Oct 22, 2015 5:00 AM Books

An exciting late addition to the Wisconsin Book Festival: Actor and humorist Jesse Eisenberg will read from his new collection of essays, Bream Gives Me Hiccups. more

Oct 16, 2015 5:30 PM Books


Robert Reich: Svetlana Cvetko, Adam Benforado: Joe Craig, William Bostwick: T. Ford Bostwick

Isthmus book critics Becky Holmes and Michael Popke preview some of their favorite author events at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival, beginning Oct. 22. more

Oct 15, 2015 11:05 AM , Books

The Wisconsin Book Festival, a free four-day celebration of reading and writing organized by the Madison Public Library, showcases national stars and local talent. more

Oct 15, 2015 11:00 AM Books