Book Festival Welcomes Over 60 Authors This Week as Annual Celebration of Reading & Writing Returns

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As with other educational and literacy events held across the U.S., the Fox Cities Book Festival aims to connect a community and inspire conversation among all ages by bringing readers and writers together. The sixth-annual Festival is now underway through April 24 and will highlight more than 60 authors, including headliners Lisa Genova, Lisa Scottoline, Richard Louv and Michael Perry.

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It’s wonderful to see the excitement build and watch as this event continues to connect the entire community through the simple act of reading.

With the event officially kicking off today, the Fox Cities Book Festival is prepared to welcome more than 60 authors and poets in the next week as the sixth-annual celebration of reading, writing and community conversation takes place in Northeast Wisconsin.

The 2013 Fox Cities Book Festival features four New York Times best-selling authors among its headliners:

  • Lisa Genova, trained neuroscientist and novelist – “Still Alice,” “ Left Neglected” and “Love Anthony”
  • Lisa Scottoline, author of many thriller titles and president of the Mystery Writers of America – “Save Me,” “Think Twice” and her newest release, “Don’t Go”
  • Richard Louv, journalist and nature writer – “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” and “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder”
  • Michael Perry, humorist and memoir writer – “Visiting Tom,” “Population 485” and “Truck: A Love Story”

A variety of author events will be held throughout the week to join readers and writers in face-to-face conversation and promote the exchange of ideas. These include workshops, readings and poetry sessions at schools, libraries, coffee houses and other venues across the community. The Festival will also feature a fundraising concert with an encore performance by Wisconsin favorite Michael Perry and The Long Beds.

A special pre-Festival event kicked things off on April 11 with Sharon Draper – National Teacher of the Year and five-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award – presenting.

Drawing thousands of participants every year since 2008, the Fox Cities Book Festival has become a popular event in Wisconsin. “It’s wonderful to see the excitement build and watch as this event continues to connect the entire community through the simple act of reading,” said Jeff Kuepper, president of the Festival.

Kuepper said the annual author line-up is meant to inspire readers of all ages and genres. “With over 60 authors representing everything from children’s books to historical fiction and mystery novels, there really is something for everyone.”

The Fox Cities Book Festival first began in 2008 with the mission to connect writers with readers and explore the magic of books. For more information on the 2013 Fox Cities Book Festival or a full schedule of events, visit http://www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org.

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