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Mini Comic-Con

April 25 | 1:30-4:30 pm

As part of this year's Fox Cities Book Festival, we're hosting a Mini Comic-Con! Stop in for this fun event featuring speakers, prizes, do-it-yourself comics and more. Cosplay dress is encouraged. Below is a listing of events within the Mini Comic-Con.

John Jackson Miller | 1:30 pm
John will speak about creating new adventures and scenarios for novels like Star Wars and Star Trek.

Zach Wilson | 3:00 pm
Zach, owner of Power House Comics in Appleton, Will provide a brief history of comics.

Digital Media Lab | 3:30 pm
Stop in and try your hand at working with digital comics with APL staff member Dana.

Brian Defferding | 3:45 pm
Brian will speak about the different eras of self-publishing comics.

2015 Fox Cities Book Festival

The 2015 Fox Cities Book Festival is almost upon us! This year’s festival will run from April 20 through April 26, and will feature over 60 authors and more than 100 events.

Here at APL, we have over 15 special events for you; including a special pre-festival event with Linda Sue Park and a mixer with this year's Fox Cities Reads author Christina Baker Kline. View all the events at APL by clicking on the photo to the left or by opening the PDF below.

Be sure to keep checking the Fox Cities Book Festival website and Facebook page for special announcements and updates. You can also receive updates from the Fox Cities Book Festival Committee via email by signing up for e-alerts.

The Golem and the Jinni : a novel

2013

It’s no surprise that Helene Wecker’s first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, won the 2014 Harold U. Ribalow prize. This adult fairy tale reminds the reader of the works of Kafka or Isaac Bashevis Singer. At turns it is funny but it can be dark. The Golem (Chava) is a creature made out of clay and the Jinni (Ahmad), born of fire, has been trapped inside a copper flask for many generations. It’s 1899 in New York City with a focus on the streets and rooftops of Manhattan. Immigrants abound. The reader knows Chava and Ahmad will eventually meet but Wecker writes a beautifully crafted story of this historical period and the characters who inhabit the New World, with a sense of foreboding. In many ways, this is a time-travel piece which draws the reader in by using a “soap opera” storytelling technique going back and forth between the various elements of the story. This book will keep you up way past your bedtime!

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