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Join us as J.K. Dane reads her award-winning story from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

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A semi-fictional narrative about a slave settlement on Washington Island changes our understanding of Door County.

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Ann Zindler reads from her award-winning story, "The Rescue," from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

Illustration by Laura Ovberg

My father eats braunschweiger sandwiches, thick ones he squeezes tight to hold together. He holds them with the hand that’s missing a finger.

A slide featuring the contest winners names, faces, and the WI Book Festival logo

Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, presents an online Wisconsin Book Festival reading featuring the winners of the statewide 20

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Jenn Sauer shares a reading of her award-winning story, "Snowglobe Policy," from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

Bob Wake shares a reading of his award-winning story, "Mudstone," from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest. 

Michael Hopkins, the first-place winner of our 2018 Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest, reads his award-winning story, “Static.”

Gwendolyn Rice reads her award-winning story, "Secret Recipe," from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

Dr. Merton gave Shelby Aronowitz bad news. The pain in her knee was osteosarcoma. They would have to amputate.

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