The Wisconsin Book Festival is Wisconsin's premier literary event. Every October 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 15,000 people to an additional 75 events over the past two 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.
About the Madison Public Library Foundation:
Madison Public Library Foundation supports and celebrates Madison’s library facilities, services and programs in an effort to develop and sustain a world-class library system. We provide annual project grants, raise funds for capital projects, host fundraising events, and ensure the libraries’ future through endowment funds.