Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
Press Release

Wisconsin Authors to Visit With 15 Local Schools

Students will be part of question-and-answer sessions with the authors at their schools.

By - Oct 3rd, 2019 11:57 am

Waukesha, Wisconsin – Oct. 3, 2019 – As part of the 10th Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, several Wisconsin authors will visit with 15 area schools on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.

“Many of the authors, including me, are alumni of the schools,” said Kathie Girgio, author of five novels. “We will be meeting with small and large groups of students to discuss our inspirations, our writing processes, as well as our own published works.”

Students will be part of question-and-answer sessions with the authors at their schools, while Waukesha’s eAchieve Academy will be included in a live online session, according to the following schedule.

Oct. 25

Susan Huebner – Muskego High School

Kathie Giorgio – Waukesha North High School

Nancy Jorgensen – Waukesha South High School

Lila Schwenk – Waukesha West High School

Kathie Giorgio – eAchieve Academy

Michael Giorgio – Horning Middle School

Jackie Schwabe – Catholic Memorial High School

Barb Geiger – Saratoga Stem Middle School

Nov. 1

Julie Beekman  – New Berlin West High School

Jim Landwehr – New Berlin Eisenhower

Jackie Schwabe – Templeton Sussex Middle School

Kathrine Yets – Silver Spring Intermediate School

Kerry Crowley – Kettle Moraine High School

Kerry Crowley – KM Perform High School

Barb Geiger – Pewaukee High School

The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is an annual community celebration of literacy and the arts, where more than 70 local and national authors and readers of all ages come together to enjoy talks, readings, awards, a cookbook stage, music, art, interviews and more.

This year, the festival theme is “Opening Doors.” It will take place Nov. 1-2 on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha campus, located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha.

Admission to the festival is free, apart from the opening keynote by author Andre Dubus III on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.. The $10 cost for the one ticketed event includes the keynote and a reception. The UWM at Waukesha Foundation organizes the festival in cooperation with partners in the community.

For a small fee, a Writer’s Marketplace is also available for authors, as is an Exhibitors Hall for organizations to promote their work and services.

Visit or email  with questions or for more information about the writing contests or volunteering.

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