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Wisconsin in the Movies, TV, and Books




  • 11/22/63 (by Stephen King)
    • Jake Epping (main character) says he is from Milwaukee, WI.
  • A Map of the World (by Jane Hamilton)
    • Story set in fictional town called Prairie Center, WI.
  • A Reliable Wife (by Robert Goolrick)
    • Story set in rural Wisconsin in 1909.
  • A Walk in the Woods (by Bill Bryson) (submitted by kyletall) 
    • Bryson mentions the Wisconsinian ice sheet.
  • Allegiant (by Veronica Roth) (Divergent series) (submitted by Collin)
    • It's revealed that Natalie is actually from Milwaukee and left the city after her mother murdered her father.
  • American Gods (by Neil Gaiman) (submitted by Greg F)
    • Scenes set in the House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI
    • Also set in Lakeside, WI
  • Art of Fielding, The (by Chad Harbach) (submitted by RachelP) (Added May 2017)
    • Set in the fictional town of Westish, WI. Many mentions of cities in Wisconsin and other references to WI.
  • Beast of Bray Road, The (submitted by KaryKat)
    • The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf is written by Linda Godfrey and is about werewolf sightings in Elkhorn, WI.
  • Better Off Friends (by Elizabeth Eulberg)
    • Set in Wisconsin.
  • Black House (by Stephen King)
    • Story set in Tamarack, Wisconsin
  • Blankets (by Craig Thompson)
    • Story set in Wisconsin
  • Bone House, The (by Brian Freeman) 
    • Set in Door County, WI on Washington Island.
  • Career of Evil (by Robert Galbraith) (submitted by RachelP) 
    • Multiple references to Wisconsin.
  • Cell (by stephen King) (submitted by Collin)
    • Jordan, a minor character that shows up later in the book, was formerly a student of Gaiten Academy in New Hampshire before "the pulse." He is "a friendless, introverted computer geek from Madison, Wisconsin." 
  • Dark Matter (by Blake Crouch) (submitted by RachelP) (Added May 2017)
    • Makes a reference to Wisconsin Dells, WI.
  • Deep End of the Ocean, The (by Jacquelyn Mitchard)
    • Story set in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Deviant (by Harold Schecter) (Added Dec 2016)
    • A book about the life of serial Ed Gein, from Wisconsin.
  • Dive from Calusen's Pier, The (by Ann Packer)
    • Story set in Madison, WI.
  • Driftless (by David Rhodes)
    • Set in the fictional town of Words, Wisconsin.
  • Drowning Ruth (by Christina Schwarz) 
    • Story set in rural Wisconsin
  • Duplicity (by N.K. Traver)
    • Main character talks about his childhood in Wisconsin.
  • Elegant Gathering of White Snows, The (by Kris Radish) 
    • Set in a small town in Wisconsin.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Added Apr 2017) (submitted by KerryG)
    • The latest edition of the book now includes the mythical creature Hodag from Rhinelander, WI.
  • Final Frontiersman, The  (submitted by Kyletall)
    • Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness. Heimo's hometown was Appleton, WI.  
  • Flashman Diaries, The (submitted by Patrick M)
    • In one of the books in the series, he has a safe word of "Wisconsin" which is described as "a river in the middle west of America". The book is set in Victorian times. 
  • Game Changers Book 2: Playmakers (by Mike Lupica) (submitted by Kate M) 
    • The book mentions the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers.
  • Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip: Movies, Memory and World War II (by Richard Schickel) (submitted by kyletall)
    • The film critic and biographer reflects on growing up in a Milwaukee suburb during WWII.
  • Haunter of the Dark, The (by H.P. Lovecraft) (submitted by Anthony) 
    • "My Name is Blake - Robert Harrison Blake of 620 East Knapp Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin."
  • It Happened One Wedding (by Julie James) 
    • Set in the fictional town of Apple Canyon, Wisconsin. There is an Apple Canyon Lake in northern Illinois, but not in WI.
  • Killshot (Icarus Book Series 1) (by Aria Michaels) 
    • The book references a weather balloon from the weather station in Green Bay, WI.
    • Lots of other references to Wisconsin cities as well.
  • Little House on the Prairie (by Laura Ingalls Wilder) 
    • Set in Wisconsin.
  • Loner (by Teddy Wayne) (Added Apr 2017)
    • The main character mentions a friend from high school who is attending UW-Madison.
  • Lovecraft Country (by Matt Ruff) (Added Apr 2017)
    • The author mentions a couple guys dressed for a Wisconsin winter.
  • Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. He has numerous mentions of Wisconsin in his bibliography: (submitted by kyletall) 
    • The Jesus Cow (2015)
    • Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace (2012) 
    • Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting (HarperCollins, 2009) 
    • Truck: A Love Story (HarperCollins, 2006) 
    • Off Main Street: Brainstormers, Prophets, and Gatemouth's Gator (2005) 
    • Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time (2002) 
    • Big Rigs, Elvis & the Grand Dragon Wayne (1999) (15 of the 20 essays were later republished in Off Main Street) 
    • Why They Killed Big Boy (1996)
  • Mourning Hours, The (by Paula Treick DeBoard) 
    • Set in the fictional town of Watnakee, Wisconsin.
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes series (Episode called “Crouch End”) (by Stephen King)
    • A girl is from a dairy farm in Wisconsin 
  • No One Else Can Have You (by Kathleen Hale) 
    • Set in Friendship, Wisconsin.
  • Quinn (by Iris Johansen) 
    • Set in Wisconsin.
  • Rascal (by Sterling North) 
    • Set in Edgerton, Wisconsin.
  • Shotgun Lovesongs (by Nickolas Butler) (submitted by RachelP)
    • The book is set in a fictional town called Little Wing, WI. 
  • Slaughterhouse-Five (by Kurt Vonnegut)
    • The "Yon Yonson" poem is referenced in this book and it mentions Wisconsin.
  • Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The (by David Wroblewksi) 
    • Set on a farm in rural Wisconsin.
  • Stupid Fast (by Geoff Herbach) 
    • Set in Green Lake County, WI at a school called Bluffton.
  • Vinegar Hill (by A. Manette Ansay) 
    • Set in the fictional town of Holly's Field, Wisconsin.
  • Way Station (by Clifford D. Simak) 
    • Set in a small town in southwestern Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Death Trip (by Michael Lesy) (submitted by Barry W)
    • First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small Wisconsin town (Black River Falls) has become a cult classic.
    • As the title suggests, this is a truly strange book. It is essentially a collection of photos taken in Black River Falls, WI, by Charles Van Schaik between 1890 and 1910. The subject matter ranges from children in coffins, to farm animals, to family portraits of some of the grimmest-looking people imaginable; the photos are accompanied by snippets from newspapers. 
  • World War Z (by Max Brooks) (submitted by Dan L)
    • One of the interviews is with a refugee from Waukesha, WI who fled to Manitoba.

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