Midwest Books and Authors is a website of book festivals, writer conferences and retreats, and other annual literary events of note.

If you have literary events to submit for possible inclusion, please send the relevant information via the email contact below.

Our goal is to draw attention to the best annual public festivals and conferences that work to bring greater public attention to the best of our region’s writers and their supporting institutions.

To email us, just send your information to Great Lakes Literary.

Great Lakes Literary
Philip Martin, Director
3147 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207



  1. Good morning Phillip! I would love to see Claire’s Day, a children’s book festival staged annually since 2002 on your list. Created in honor of our late daughter, the organization stages a variety of literary events throughout the year, with the culmination being the book festival. Children’s book authors and illustrators from throughout the Midwest (and beyond) join us on the third Saturday in May for presentations, demonstrations and related hands on activities. A highlight of the day is the C.A.R.E. (Claire’s Awards for Reading Excellence) given to children in grades 1-8 nominated by their teachers/reading specialists as being the most improved readers in their school. This past year we bestowed the award and free book to 734 students in Claire’s memory. Thank you for your consideration.

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