2017 Fox Cities Book Festival

 

The 2017 Fox Cities Book Festival runs from October 9 through October 15.  Authors will appear at multiple venues around the Fox Cities.  These authors will appear at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library in Menasha:

Monday, October 9, at 6:30pm
Ron Faiola  -- WISCONSIN SUPPER CLUBS
This presentation explores the origins and history of supper clubs and how they got their start in Wisconsin, along with images of the food and decor of clubs around the state.

Wednesday, October 11, at 10:00am
Robert Birmingham -- INDIAN MOUNDS OF WISCONSIN
More mounds were built by ancient Native Americans in Wisconsin than in any other region of North America—between 15,000 and 20,000, at least 4,000 of which remain today.

Wednesday, October 11, at 1:30pm
Nickolas Butler -- THE HEARTS OF MEN– A READING AND Q&A
Nickolas Butler will read from his newest novel, “The Hearts of Men”, and answer questions from the audience. The event will end with a book-signing.

Thursday, October 12, at 6:30pm
Louis V. Clark III -- HOW A 21ST CENTURY INDIAN BECAME PUBLISHED
Louis V. Clark III started to write poetry in the sixth grade. Sixth grade boys who write poetry---get beat up a lot, but he was born with a never quit attitude.

Friday, October 13, at 10:00am
J.D. Griesbach -- SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION
Mark Twain said, “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” How much is fact (real), and how much is fiction?

Friday, October 13, at 2:00pm
Mel Miskimen -- MEL MISKIMEN READS EXCERPTS FROM HER MEMOIR: SIT STAY HEAL
How I waded through the muddy waters of grief with Dad, a dog and a few dead ducks.

Saturday, October 14, at 9:00am
Steve Krueger -- LIGHTHOUSES OF LAKE WINNEBAGO
Few people realize the existence, or history, of the lesser lighthouses around the country including Lake Winnebago.

Saturday, October 14, at 10:30am
John Galligan -- THE FLY FISHERMAN’S STREAMSIDE HANDBOOK TO CRIME
What happens when a man tries to fish himself to death but death has other plans?

Saturday, October 14, at 1:00pm
John Mitchell -- ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING IN THE STATE THAT INVENTED IT
2017 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Wisconsin Public Radio. This presentation focuses on why Wisconsin used radio for public service, while other broadcasters exploited it for private profit.

Saturday, October 14, at 2:30pm
Melanie McManus -- THOUSAND-MILER: ADVENTURES HIKING THE ICE AGE
In 36 action-packed days, Melanie Radzicki McManus ran along Wisconsin's 1,100-mile Ice Age Trail, setting the women's speed record (at age 52!) and becoming one of the trail's elite Thousand-Milers.

Sunday, October 15, at 1:30pm
Douglas Haynes - EVERY DAY WE LIVE IS THE FUTURE & THE CRAFT OF NARRATIVE NONFICTION
When she was only nine, Dayani Baldelomar left her Nicaraguan village with nothing more than a change of clothes. Her neighbor, Yadira Castellón, also migrated from the mountains. Driven by hope for a better future for their children, Dayani and Yadira invent jobs in Managua’s spreading markets and dumps. 

Sunday, October 15, at 3:00pm
Benjamin Ludwig -- GINNY MOON – THE DJINN IN MY BOTTLE
Ginny’s voice came to me in a mysterious way, one that I’m still trying to comprehend.  In this talk we’ll explore the nature of voice, narration, and the quiet but calculating moves of the subconscious.