Fox Cities Book Festival

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The Fox Cities Book Festival will take place April 20-26, 2015. We have a fabulous line-up of authors coming to our library this year! Take a look at the author bios below, check out their books, and join us for the authors' visits in April. Information about additional authors visiting the Fox Cities during the Festival will be posted at And a printable full schedule is available here.


Kathleen ErnstKathleen Ernst

Monday, April 20, 6:30PM
Little Chute Public Library

Kathleen Ernst is the author of mysteries and historical fiction for both adults and young readers. Her experiences working at Old World Wisconsin influenced her creation of the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. Join her as she takes readers behind the experiences and places that inspired her work. 


John FerakJohn Ferak

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30PM
Kimberly Public Library

John Ferak is an award-winning investigative team editor for Gannett Wisconsin Media and author of Bloody Lies. After covering a rural Nebraska murder investigation from the beginning, he remained puzzled by one question: Why was the blood of a victim in a car that was ultimately proven to have no connection to the murders? Over the next few years, the astonishing "bloody lies" were revealed, culminating in a law enforcement scandal that turned the case on its head and destroyed the career of Nebraska’s celebrated CSI director. 


Jacqueline WestJacqueline West

Thursday, April 23, 6:30PM
Kimberly Public Library

Jacqueline West is the author of The Books of Elsewhere, a fantasy series for young readers. Beginning with The Shadows, the series follows the adventures of eleven-year-old Olive Dunwoody as she travels to Elsewhere: the world inside the antique paintings on the walls of the old stone house on Linden Street. Danger and mystery are around every corner as Olive encounters evil magic, talking cats, and a small boy trapped inside the painted world.



Nickolas ButlerNickolas Butler

Friday, April 24, 12:00PM
Little Chute Public Library

Nickolas Butler was born in Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  His writings have appeared in: Narrative Magazine, The Kenyon Review Online, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere.  His first novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, is a national bestseller and received the 2014 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award. A collection of short stories entitled Beneath the Bonfire is forthcoming. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Butler currently lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.


Julie BucklesJulie Buckles

Friday, April 24, 1:30PM
Little Chute Public Library

Not long ago, Julie Buckles took off on a 1,700-mile canoe trip with her new husband through Lake Superior. Her book about this event, Paddling to Winter, offers a candid take on modern-day adventures and marriage.  Buckles has worked as a reporter and freelance writer and as an adjunct professor. She is a regular contributor to Lake Superior Magazine and WPR's Wisconsin Life. Born in the driftless region of Wisconsin and raised on a 47-acre dairy farm, she now lives near Washburn with her husband, two children, and a team of Siberian huskies.



Susan GlossSusan Gloss

Saturday, April 25, 1:00PM
Little Chute Public Library

Susan Gloss is the author of Vintage, a sparkling debut novel centered around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop and a group of women who eventually transform the store and each other's lives. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her optimistic husband, young son, and neurotic hound dog. When she's not writing fiction or toddler wrangling, Susan can be found working as an attorney, heading an online vintage shop, or seeking inspiration for her blog, GlossingOverIt.