The book Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin has been chosen to represent the University of Wisconsin Press in the state of Wisconsin display at the Festival’s Pavilion of the States. Its authors, James Norton and Becca Dilley, are a professional food writer and photographer who grew up in Madison and graduated from UW-Madison. They profile 43 Wisconsin cheesemakers who have earned the prestigious and arduous certification as a Master Cheesemaker. The Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker certification program was established in 1994 through joint sponsorship of the UW-Madison Center for Dairy Research, UW-Extension, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
Free and open to the public, the National Book Festival features books, authors, and illustrators in pavilions dedicated to subjects ranging from history and biography to mysteries, thrillers, poetry and prose, and books for families and young people. More than 200,000 people typically attend the festival.
The Wisconsin Center for the Book organizes the state’s display and will feature Wisconsin publishers, literary organizations, and books. The Wisconsin Center for the Book is an all-volunteer organization that celebrates books and the book arts, encourages the joy of reading and writing, and honors Wisconsin’s literary heritage. It is affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Information Studies.