Wisconsin Book Festival
(608) 266-6300 - Madison Public Library
(608) 232-1763 - Madison Community Foundation
Dates: October 17-20, 2019. See website for additional year-round events.
Madison Public Library
201 West Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703
The Wisconsin Book Festival features readings, lectures, book discussions, writing workshops, live interviews, children's events, and more.
The Wisconsin Book Festival is Wisconsin's premier literary event. Every Fall we draw a local and regional audience of 12,000-15,000 people for four days of author events. Our year-round series of events has drawn more than 20,000 people to an additional 100 events over the past four years. Madison's proximity to Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Iowa City makes it an easy addition to any tour through the Midwest. As the State Capitol and home to the University of Wisconsin, Madison boasts an engaged and active literary community who have shown a dedication to supporting great author programming.
During the 2015 festival, more than 10,000 people attended 70 author events at the Central Library and select area venues. Madison Public Library hosts events for 75-250 people in multiple spaces at the Central Branch, including a 250-seat auditorium, a 75-seat presentation room, an art gallery, a reception room, and numerous other event spaces. The auditorium venue holds 250 people with the ability to host another 250 in the adjacent gallery space with the event broadcast on 80-inch screens. Madison Public Library is committed to ensuring that all Wisconsin Book Festival events are free and open to the public.
The festival is presented in partnership with the Madison Public Library Foundation.