Issue #337 July 26, 2017

A Look at the Lake

photo-filled book marks Lake Wissota centennial

Barbara Arnold

More than 100 years ago, work began on the dam that created the reservoir now known as Lake Wissota. It took 700 workers, two steam shovels, and seven “Little Dinkies” steam locomotives two years to build the dam ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Family Matters

first book in series focuses on one of four sisters

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sometimes it’s the seemingly small things - like the crisp pages of a new book - that are the biggest blessings in life. For me, Diana Peterson’s novel, Summer Breeze (part one of a four part series) was exactly ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

The Sky's the Limit

online literary journal Sky Island set to drop first issue

Max Martinson

Sky Island Journal is an Eau Claire-based online literary journal that was started by two men, Jason Splichal and Jeff Sommerfield. Jeff and Jason sought a way to create a reader and contributor friendly magazine ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Is There a Killer on the River?

retired Milwaukee detective investigates ‘Smiley Face’ theory

Max Martinson

There’s a lot of strange stuff that happens in rivers. River monsters move silently through the current, herons and eagles keep watch as giant catfish swallow the arms of people who dare to use their fingers as bait ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

EGGciting Reading

egg book is perfect for readers with a surplus of eggs and a sense of humor

Gus Wolter

Egg lovers: rejoice, and egg layers: FLEE! Local yolkel Uncle Eggbert (alias: retired UW-Stout lecturer David Tank) has written a must-read cookbook for backyard chicken owners and protein enthusiasts in general. Uncle Eggbert’s Egg Book is a lighthearted collection of egg recipes ...

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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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