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From April 7 to April 13, the Fox Cities will play host to crowds of readers and writers with the Fox Cities Book Festival. Several of the festival’s visiting authors will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, including writers such as Lauren Kessler, Henry Golde, Ben Percy, Sean Davis and Debbie Macomber. UWFox is also represented in the festival with an off-campus reading by associate professor Bill Gillard. logo

Award-winning author Lauren Kessler will read from her book, “Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s” on Tuesday, April 8 at 12 p.m. in the UWFox Union. Kessler’s works on the anti-aging industry and 21st century parenting have appeared online and in print, and she is the director of the graduate program in multimedia narrative journalism at the University of Oregon.

On Wednesday, April 9, Henry Golde, author and award-winning educator, will read from his book “Ragdolls” and discuss “Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor” at 12 p.m. in the Union. In “Ragdolls,” Golde shares his harrowing experience of spending five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps.

Author Sean Davis will discuss “Art and Ares: using writing, painting, acting, and other art to help the difficult transition of the combat veteran back into the society he fought for” on Thursday, April 10 at 12 p.m. in room 1346. Davis earned a Purple Heart Medal for his 14 years of army infantry service, which included the deployments during a revolution, a war and three humanitarian missions that inspired his story “The Breech.”

One of UWFox’s own will also have a session on April 10; English and creative writing associate professor Bill Gillard will present a poetry reading of his recent work along with local poet C. Kubasta from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Thomas A. Lyons Fine Books.

St. Olaf College writer-in-residence Ben Percy will host “The Indelible Image: Set-piece moments in fiction and nonfiction,” a writing craft talk on Friday, April 11 at 12 p.m. in room 1352. Percy is the prize-winning author of two novels, two books of short stories and a contributing editor to Esquire. He is currently adapting his 2013 novel, “Red Moon,” into a television series with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman, as well as the screenplay for his 2010 novel “The Wilding.”

On Sunday, April 13 at 6 p.m., #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber will have an appearance in Perry Hall. Macomber has written more than 100 novels, two cookbooks, several nonfiction works and two children’s books based on themes of family, community and friendship. Her Cedar Cove series was adapted into Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series and she has won numerous awards, including the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

To learn more about the Fox Cities Book Festival, visit www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org.

On Campus Book Festival Events at a Glance

Date Time Location Link to Event Details
8 12:00 PM-
1:00 PM
Union Fox Cities Book Festival - Lauren Kessler
9 12:00 PM-
1:00 PM
Union Fox Cities Book Festival - Henry Golde
10 11:30 AM-
1:30 PM
1346 Fox Cities Book Festival- Sean Davis
10 1:30 PM-
3:00 PM
1346 Fox Cities Book Festival- Fox Cry Review Reading
11 12:00 PM-
1:00 PM
1352 Fox Cities Book Festival- Ben Percy
13 3:00 PM-
4:00 PM
Aylward Gallery Fox Cities Book Festival-Tall Poppy Writers: Erin Celello, Ann Garvin, Kelly Harms, and Susan Gloss
13 4:30 PM-
6:00 PM
Aylward Gallery Fox Cities Book Festival-Peter Geye
13 6:00 PM-
9:00 PM
Perry Hall Debbie Macomber Comes to the Fox Cities Book Festival

Detailed Information

Tuesday, April 8

Lauren Kessler

Noon – Student Union

Lauren KesslerLauren Kessler- Kessler is an award-winning author, (semi) fearless immersion reporter and self-designated guinea pig journalist who combines lively narrative with deep research to explore everything from the wild, wild west of the anti-aging movement to the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship.  She is the author of seven works of narrative nonfiction, including her latest, Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging.  Her other work includes My Teenage Werewolf: AMother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence; Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose (published in paperback as Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s), Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club — which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. Kessler appeared twice on his late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial.

Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, O magazine, salon.com, Utne Reader, The Nation, newsweek.com, Prevention, Ladies Home Journal and elsewhere. She blogs at www.counterclockwisebook.com about the hope and hype of the anti-aging industry and at www.myteenagewerewolf.com and mom.me about the rollercoaster ride of mothering a 21st century teen girl.  Kessler is a national speaker and workshop leader and the director of the graduate program in multimedia narrative journalism at the University of Oregon. She divides her time between homes in Prague, Montepulciano and Eugene, Oregon. Okay, she lied about the first two.

Henry GoldeWednesday, April 9

Henry Golde – Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor

Noon – Student Union

Henry Golde spent five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps; today he lives to tell his remarkable story of survival. He was born in Poland and lived in a city just west of Warsaw. Of the 3,000 Jews who lived in that town, only 50 survived the Holocaust. Golde lost his entire family due to the war. His book, Ragdolls, tells the story of experiencing the horror of the murder factories and slave-labor camps throughout Nazi Europe.  


Sean DavisThursday, April 10

Sean Davis presents:  “Out of the Ashes: Learning to Survive in a Changing World”

Noon – Room 1346

Sean Davis is a Purple Heart recipient who served in the army infantry for fourteen years; during his time in the military he served on numerous deployments including a revolution, a war, and three humanitarian missions. He left the military to go back to school and received his Bachelor's from Portland State University and his Master's at Pacific University. He lives in NE Portland with his beautiful family and Great Dane/Mastiff.

Author of The Breech, Sean Davis gives a haunting first-person account of the inhumanity (and the humanity) of war.”

Fox Cry ReviewFox Cry Review Reading

1:30 p.m. – Room 1346

The release of the 2014 edition of Fox Cry Review, the 40th in the journal’s history, will be celebrated with a public reading. The reading is free and open to the public, and writers whose work is included in this year’s Fox Cry Review are encouraged to join us and read their selections from the journal.  


Friday, April 11

Ben Percy presents:  “The Indelible Image: Set-piece moments in fiction and nonfiction” (A writing craft talk)
Ben Percy

Noon, Room 1352

Ben Percy: is the author of two novels, Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, May 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006).

His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Glimmer Train, and Tin House.
His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

He is adapting Red Moon as a series with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I am Legend, Winter’s Tale) with producer Ilene Staple for FOX TV. He is also  currently at work on the screenplay adaptation of The Wilding for filmmaker Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) and on a novel called The Dead Lands (forthcoming from Grand Central/Hachette in January of 2015).

He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Sunday, April 13

Erin Celello, Ann Garvin, Kelly Harms, and Susan Gloss present: Women Writing Women’s Lives: a panel discussion of crafting and publishing women’s fiction”.

3:15 p.m. – Aylward Gallery

Peter GreyPeter Geye

4:30 p.m. – Aylward Gallery

Peter Geye – Peter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He is the author of the award winning novels, Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road


“An Evening with Debbie Macomber”

6:00 p.m. – Perry Hall

Debbie Macomber - Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Macomber brings to life the compelling relationships that embrace family, community and enduring friendships, filling her readers with a sense of love and hope.

Debbie MacomberMacomber is the author of more than 100 novels, most recently Starry Night and Rose Harbor in Bloom; two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; two acclaimed children’s books and the Mrs. MiracleChristmas novels.  She is also the author of beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series set in Cedar Cove, Washington, on which Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, is based. She is the recipient of a RITA® award; an RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award. In 2010, the Romance Writers of America presented Macomber with their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her next novel to be published will be BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES (April 2014).
In addition to her bestselling novels, Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she was recently named World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington State (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.