Southeast WI Festival of Books is Nov. 2-3

Liam Callanan and Nick Petrie are Keynote Speakers
By Sue Bausch

The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books in Waukesha returns for its ninth year at the UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha campus on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. “American Stories” is the theme for this year’s festival, which features over 70 authors and presenters who either live in Wisconsin or have connections to the state.

Organized by UW-Waukesha Foundation, the community event takes place at the UWM at Waukesha campus, 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha. Festival hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Author Nick Petrie, will read from his current novel, “Light It Up,” the third in his Peter Ash series, during his keynote conversation on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Petrie will also share news about his upcoming novel, “Tear It Up,” during the special event. The ticketed event is $10 for general admission, or $35 for admission and a hardcover copy of the book.  

Callanan, author of three novels, will discuss his national bestseller, “Paris by the Book” at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The story chronicles a Wisconsin woman who travels to Paris in search of her missing husband. A professor of English and highly regarded teacher at UWM, Callanan won the Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2017. He also serves as the coordinator of UWM’s doctoral program in creative writing.

 “We are really excited to have two bestselling Milwaukee authors – Liam Callanan and Nick Petrie – as keynoters sharing their American stories,” said event chair Duane Stein.

From talks, readings, interviews and panel discussions to music, live art, exhibits, book sales and signings, this special community event celebrates literature and the arts, promotes literacy, supports authors and helps attract youth to the potential of the written word. Parking and admission are free (except for ticketed events). Visit to view complete program or email  for more information.

The UW-Waukesha Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with the UWM at Waukesha campus to promote its programs, support its students and advance the development of the campus.





Sue Bausch, Director of Communications