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The Fox Cities Book Festival will take place April 18-24, 2016. 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


David SheffDavid Sheff

Monday, April 18, 6:30PM
Little Chute High School Auditorium

David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, will speak about his book and writing. In 2009, Sheff was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the World's Most influential People. He is the author of several books and has written for The New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Outside, Esquire, and other publications. Beautiful Boy is the 2016 Fox Cities Reads selection.




Jacquelyn MitchardJacquelyn Mitchard

Wednesday, April 20, 10AM
Kimberly Public Library

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the number one New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels for adults, including The Deep End of the Ocean, which was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and also made into a major feature film. The editor of a realistic Young Adult imprint, Merit Press, Mitchard also is the author of seven novels for Young Adults. Her work has won the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards, as well as the UK’s Walkabout Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and a contributing editor for More magazine. Mitchard grew up in Chicago, and now lives on Cape Cod with her family. Mitchard's latest book, Two If By Sea, was released March 15, 2016.



James DeVitaJames DeVita

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

James DeVita will join us for a book talk about the genesis of his newest book, A Winsome Murder, followed by a reading and open Q&A discussion about the book, writing, Shakespeare, and theater. In A Winsome Murder a serial killer brings bloody murder to the pastoral Wisconsin town of Winsome Bay, requiring the expertise of detective James Mangan, a hard-bitten Chicago cop with an unexpected knowledge of Shakespeare. James DeVita is a native of Long Island, NY, is an author and an actor. Along with his novels, A Winsome Murder, The Silenced, and Blue, James has also worked extensively as a playwright. He has written seventeen plays for family audiences, his body of work being awarded the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Award by the American Alliance of Theater and Education. His adult plays include: In Acting Shakespeare; A Gift of the Magi (musical), The Desert Queen (the life of Gertrude Bell); Dickens In America; Babylon; and Waiting for Vern. Other awards include the NEA Literature Fellowship for Fiction, The AATE Distinguished Play Award and The Intellectual Freedom Award by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts.


Gini AtheyGini Athey

Friday, April 22, 1:30PM
Little Chute Public Library

Join Gini Athey as she discusses her journey to writing, the joys and pitfalls of writing a series, and a little bit about each of the books in her series The Shops on Wolf Creek Square. Nestled in rich farm land, Wolf Creek is a small fictional town west of Green Bay, Wisconsin. In each book you’ll meet new citizens of the Square and get a glimpse into the lives of families, shoppers, and visitors as they gather for festivals and daily life taking place in this quaint town. When Gini Athey started writing her first book, Quilts Galore, she used her love of reading and extensive background in quilting as a jumping off place. There are now three books in the Wolf Creek Square series - a total of six are planned.


Kathryn SpringerKathryn Springer

Friday, April 22, 2:00PM
Little Chute Public Library

Discover the best advice USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Springer ever received and why it inspired her to write inspirational fiction. Kathryn has written 19 books with close to two million copies sold, including titles for Love Inspired and her newest releases, The Dandelion Field (2015) and The Hearts We Mend (2016). Award-winning author Kathryn Springer grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a small weekly newspaper. As a child, she spent many hours at her mother's typewriter, plunking out books that her older brother "published" for a nominal fee (he had the stapler). Every one of those stories had a happy ending, and because Kathryn believes there are still people who want to see love conquer all, so do the ones she writes now. 


John HildebrandJohn Hildebrand

Friday, April 22, 3:30PM
Little Chute Public Library

John Hildebrand will talk about locating the drama and comedy of ordinary life in the Midwest: church suppers, Friday night football, outdoor weddings, compost and camouflage clothing. In the collection of essays that make up The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac, Wisconsin author Nickolas Butler notes, "Hildebrand deftly observes, celebrates, and even critiques what it means to be a 21st-century Wisconsinite (and human).” John Hildebrand is the author of four books—The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac, A Northern Front: New & Selected Essays, Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family, and Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon—that often explore the relationships between a particular place and the people who live there. His work has appeared in such magazines as Harper’s, Audubon, Sports Illustrated and Outside. He is the recipient of the Norbert Blei/August Derleth Award for Nonfiction from the Council of Wisconsin Writers, a Minnesota Book Award, the BANTA Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, and the Chancellor’s Regional Literary Award from UW-Whitewater as well as fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. 



Project GardenGrowing in the Garden with Stacy Tornio

Saturday, April 23, 10:30AM
Kimberly Public Library

Bring your budding gardeners and outdoor lovers to this author event for kids and families! Stacy Tornio will share a short program with kids to teach them about gardening and nature, followed by a hands-on planting activity, with local Master Gardeners on hand to help. Kids can also create their own flower pen!
Stacy Tornio is a writer, editor, and children’s author. She worked for Reader’s Digest for 10 years, most recently as the editor and brand ambassador of the national magazine, Birds & Blooms, which has more than 1 million subscribers. She has written for national websites and publications like Mother Nature Network, Mother Earth Living, GRIT, and National Wildlife magazine. She has also authored several children’s books, including the National Outdoor Book Award winner, The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book and the gardening book, Project Garden. Her most recent book is The Secret Lives of Animals. You can also find her picture book, Cathy's Animal Garden, which has a gardening tie. Stacy is a naturalist and has given nature education programs to schools and organizations around the country. 

Eliot TreichelEliot Treichel

Saturday, April 23, 1:00PM
Kimberly Public Library

Eliot Treichel will use his debut YA novel, A Series of Small Maneuvers, as a jumping-off point to explore the lessons rivers can teach us about writing and life and how to carry them forward to the page. He'll discuss his own river experiences, including those on the Fox and Wolf Rivers, his writing history, and some of the influences behind his work. A former whitewater kayak instructor, Eliot Treichel is the author of the YA novel A Series of Small Maneuvers and the story collection Close Is Fine, which received the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. His writing and photography have appeared in a variety of publications, including Canoe & Kayak, Narrative, Beloit Fiction Journal, CutBank, and Passages North. He’s been awarded a Fishtrap Writing Fellowship, as well as two residency fellowships at PLAYA. He thinks riding bikes uphill is fun, sandwiches are better with potato chips, and that no one should go to bed without a cookie. Originally from the Fox Cities, he now lives in Oregon.