Authors continue to be confirmed for the Waupaca Book Festival.
Among the latest confirmed authors for the Oct. 12 and 13 event are Eric Litwin and Wendell Nelson.
Book festival events will be held at the Waupaca Recreation Center, the Waupaca Area Public Library, the Wisconsin Veterans Home, the Best Western Hotel & Conference Center and at downtown businesses.
Litwin, or Mr. Eric, is a guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, banjo picking, song singing, five-time national award winning folksy type of guy.
His visit will take place on the Monday following the book festival. He will do one school performance that morning at Waupaca Learning Center.
Students from Chain O’ Lakes Elementary will also attend the performance.
The parent teacher groups from both school donated funds for this year’s visiting books festival authors.
Litwin is a No. 1 New York Times best selling author of Pete the Cat, I Love my White Shoes, published by Harper Collins.
He is a popular performing artist who plays interactive music, tells musical stories and brings books to life. He has played at Lincoln Center as well as at schools and libraries across the country.
He has won numerous awards including a Parents Choice Award, iParenting Media Award and The Children’s Music Web Award.
Litwin is the co-creator of The Learning Groove, which offers parent and child music classes. He likes cats, music, books and coffee.
His visit is being sponsored by the Waupaca Learning Center Parent Teacher Group.
Nelson taught English at Winona State University and at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. For the past 21 years, he has been a reference librarian at the Portage County Public Library.
He has also been a local and architectural historian for 31 years, researching and lecturing on and writing about old buildings of Portage County and Central Wisconsin.
Nelson is the author of numerous books, including Houses That Grew: A Guide to Old Houses of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Hebephrenia: Annual Winter Madness, Christmas Passages: Ten Memories and The Dream of Years: A History of the Wisconsin Central/Soo Line/Canadian National Depots in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
This year’s book festival will also include an Edible Books Contest.
The event will be held the day before the festival begins.
Hansen Furniture and Appliance Center will host the contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
Participants will use food items to depict a book. Entries must be edible and be presented on a solid surface that is no more than 14 inches by 16 inches.
An image of the book that the entry is based on must be included.