Issue #333 May 31, 2017

All Along the River

a journey down the Chippewa in time, space, and memory

Tom Giffey

For more than 40 years, the current of the Chippewa River has pulled at Richard Cornell’s mind – and at his heart. He first felt the tug on a February day in 1976 ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Engaging Young Readers

a new local book outlines ways to get reluctant readers enthusiastic about books

Marie Anthony

Rob Reid has devoted much of his career to helping teachers and parents understand the importance of reading in a child’s life, but it was on the drive home from Madison ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Reach for the Sky

EC natives formulate revolutionary online lit journal

Hannah Mumm

Traditional literary journals are dying in today’s impatient world. Both print and online publications force writers to endure submission processes that last anywhere from a couple of months to nearly a year ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Electric City

children’s book brings music, Chicago to life

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Vibrant colors, various textures, and one creative story fill the pages of Eau Claire author Nanci Mortimer’s newly released children’s book, Electric Angel ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Precisely Ambiguous

the poetic metamorphosis of a U.S.-Mexico border story

Hannah Mumm, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The U.S.-Mexico border. An imagined line far from the mind and consciousness of the Chippewa Valley. The towns that surround it are transactional, commercial meccas exchanging anonymous bodies ...

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Issue #329 March 22, 2017

New Words for the Win

EC poet wins prize, will have manuscript published

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Some of you may know Max Garland as the former Wisconsin poet laureate or as the City of Eau Claire’s current writer in residence; others may recognize him as a retired UW-Eau Claire professor of English ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

Troll Tales

award-winning children’s author to share Nordic folklore

Hannah Mumm

If you’re looking for a fun family activity this month, consider going trolling. We’re talking about pursuing the mythical creatures of Nordic folklore, not posting nasty comments online. On Saturday, March 25 ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

Little Girl, Big Questions

Mondovi author’s latest explores girl’s response to divorce

Haley Wright

Divorce is never easy for anyone, and it’s especially difficult for children, who have no say in the decisions being made. Mondovi author Julie Bowe, who also wrote the Friends for Keeps series, is debuting ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

Young and Strong

novelist focuses on teen girls’ spirit, strength

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Considering fashion faux pas, braces, and awkward attempts at self-expression, the teen years are troubling enough. But things are far tougher for Jasmine Ramirez, the heroine of Eau Claire author ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Spoken Art

award-winning writer Loeb hosts reading, discussion

Hannah Mumm

Karen Loeb’s work spans genre, style, and form. At once a writer of riveting short fiction and terse yet impactful poetry, the stories she tells garner intense emotional reactions from readers ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Unraveling the Heart

best-selling local author Butler explores fathers, sons in powerful new novel

BJ Hollars, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Entering the Court-n-House late one Wednesday night, I scan the room to spot best-selling author Nickolas Butler punching his selections into the jukebox along the far wall. Bearded and baseball-capped ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Chopper Charm

EC native spins a tale of airborne adventure in India

Justine Childs

Rifle fire. Disease. Toxic moonshine. Lava-spiced curry. Homicidal drivers. Jungle-dwelling rebels. It sounds like the latest action movie starring the latest action hero. But the action hero is Mike Sobotta ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Telling Tales

children’s book illustrator Peck puts career on display

Haley Wright

Beth Peck, a well-known children’s book illustrator who lives in Menomonie, is showcasing some of her best work in an exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Art Center’s Janet Carson Gallery called Tell Me A Story, which runs weekdays through March 10 ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Listen for the Birds

in Flock Together, Hollars reminds us that extinct birds’ fates may be our own

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Once upon a time there lived a bird and then that bird stopped living.” B.J. Hollars begins his latest nonfiction book, Flock Together, with this statement, which is at once prosaic and profound. Obviously, birds – like the rest of us who draw breath ...

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