Writers present at annual Fox Cities Book Festival

New York Times best-selling author Micheal Perry leads a presentation at UW-Fox Valley April 20. · photo by Vinnie Oestreich

The Fox Cities Book Festival is currently at different venues throughout Appleton, Kaukauna, Little Chute, Menasha, Neenah and Kimberly, and will be hosted until April 24.

The book festival brings a host of well-known writers to the Fox Cities every year. Some notable people presenting at this year’s book festival include Leonard Pitts, Jr., Michael Perry and Jonathan Waterman.

Jeff Kuepper, former student activities coordinator at UW-Fox Valley and a member of the book festival board, helped select who would be presenting on campus.

“I tried to bring in authors to Fox whose work is taught here,” Kuepper said.

The book festival is a great event both for the authors who get to highlight their new works and connect with readers and for attendees, especially students. Many presenters give workshops such as Pitts, who gave a presentation on the craft of writing fiction and Melissa Gorzelanczyk, who talked about writing books that matter.

“I think it is important for students who are aspiring writers to hear from the authors about their craft,” Kuepper said.

Sixteen events over the next two days are free and open to the public to attend.

These include, but are not limited to, John Jackson Miller, known for Star Wars graphic novel contributions, who will present a seminar on comic book writing, Jill Swenson, who will present on how to write an optimal query letter to publishers, and John Hildebrand on his newspaper column compilation The Heart of Things, a collection about Midwestern culture.

For a complete event schedule with dates and locations, visit the Fox Cities Book Festival website today.