By Laura Anne Bird | Photo courtesy Central Libray
These organizations and people promote a love of reading, and they’re based right in our backyard.
Wisconsin Book Festival
Each year, the Wisconsin Book Festival, which is lauded as a national leader of literary festivals, provides an impressive schedule of in-person and virtual events for book lovers, all of which are free and open to the public. Check out their website for up-to-the-minute details about authors slated to visit Madison in early 2023. wisconsinbookfestival.org
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
The oldest book publisher in the state, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press has hundreds of titles in print across a variety of formats and genres. It is dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing stories about Wisconsin’s dynamic past. wisconsinhistory.org/whspress
Gifts for Wisconsin-Lovers
Mary Bergin was raised on a Sheboygan County dairy farm, so her Wisconsin roots run deep. After working at The Capital Times for 20 years, she turned to writing her own books. Her titles include “Sidetracked in Wisconsin: A Guide for Thoughtful Travelers,” “Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook” and “Hungry for Wisconsin: A Tasty Guide for Travelers.” Her sixth, “Small Town Wisconsin: Fun, Surprising and Exceptional Road Trips,” will be released in May 2023. roadstraveled.com