Saturday, Oct. 19th, 2019

2-3:30pm Sat. Oct. 19

Maureen Mack, Eau Claire author

Maureen Mack, author of "Wild Dreams" about a strong woman with an interesting story that takes the reader from Ireland to Chicago, with wealth and a dance company as part of the ingredients. Mack is prof. emeritus from UW-EC.

Bookends on Main 214 E. Main St., Menomonie

Sunday, Oct. 20th, 2019

7:30pm Sun. Oct. 20

An Evening with Garrison Keillor

Accompanied by gifted pianist and former “A Prairie Home Companion” music director Richard Dworsky, radio legend Garrison Keillor regales audiences with classic folk and love songs, poetry recitation from memory, lighthearted banter, observational comedy, and perhaps even the latest “News from Lake Wobegon.”

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts 205 Main St. E, Menomonie

Cost: $50 GA, $46 senior or student

Monday, Oct. 21st, 2019

Mon. Oct. 21

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes workshops and programs for writers of all ages. The 2019 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools, and other community locations. The festival runs October 21-27, 2019, and features programs daily for seven days with Saturday and weekday evening programs in Eau Claire and around the Chippewa Valley.

Multiple Locations

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 2019

Tue. Oct. 22

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes workshops and programs for writers of all ages. The 2019 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools, and other community locations. The festival runs October 21-27, 2019, and features programs daily for seven days with Saturday and weekday evening programs in Eau Claire and around the Chippewa Valley.

Multiple Locations

7pm Tue. Oct. 22

Wild Dreams and The Publication Game

Have you wondered how a book/article gets published? What do agents look for? Do you need one? How has the publishing industry changed with the advent of electronic media? Maureen D. Mack will address these issues as she has published both fiction and non-fiction and has had an agent and a public relation team.

The Volume One Gallery (Inside The Local Store) 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Tue. Oct. 22

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River

Inspired by a mythic Round River, John Hildebrand set off in a small boat to rediscover his home state of Wisconsin. The program will combine photographs, discussion, and short excerpts from the book as Hildebrand shares the sense of both wonder and belonging he discovered through his travels.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: Tickets required (FREE)

7-8pm Tue. Oct. 22

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate

During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin. "Marcel's Letters" details author and type designer Carolyn Porter's quest to put together the pieces of Marcel's life after finding them in a bundle in an antique shop.

Fall Creek Public Library 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

7:30pm Tue. Oct. 22

Open Mic Night at The Plus

See or join established and emerging artists. Each week, a different artist will host, and lead off the evening with 20 minutes of their work. Following the performance, open mic begins. Music, comedy, sketch, live readings, poetry, acting, improv welcomed. Half price apps from 10p-midnight.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 2019

Wed. Oct. 23

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes workshops and programs for writers of all ages. The 2019 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools, and other community locations. The festival runs October 21-27, 2019, and features programs daily for seven days with Saturday and weekday evening programs in Eau Claire and around the Chippewa Valley.

Multiple Locations

10:30-11:30am Wed. Oct. 23

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate

During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin. "Marcel's Letters" details author and type designer Carolyn Porter's quest to put together the pieces of Marcel's life after finding them in a bundle in an antique shop.

Menomonie Public Library 600 Wolske Bay Rd, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

6-7pm Wed. Oct. 23

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Revenge of the Asian Woman: A Reading with Dorothy Chan

Dorothy Chan, the newest Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at UWEC, reads from her newest collection of poetry. Continuing with the themes of food, sexuality, culture, and fetishes developed in her previous collections, the reading will showcase Chan’s latest work as well as her reverence for pop culture, kitsch, and excess.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Wed. Oct. 23

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: The Optimist at Midnight

Storytelling is by nature a hopeful endeavor, never more than in times of division and anxiety. Using texts from novelists, poets, and screenwriters, Enger will discuss the Midwestern imagination, the magic of kite-flying, and the power of stories to inspire change.

The Heyde Center for the Arts 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Wed. Oct. 23

Night of the Living ZINE

Spooky tales from this world and beyond. Celebrate the release of the first-ever Odd Humyns Creepy Zine: "Shudder: A Zine Series for Sleepless Nights." Light refreshments. Open to all ages (but only if they're okay with getting spooked!)

Odd Humyns 209 N Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30-9pm Wed. Oct. 23

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Barstow & Grand: Issue #3 Release Reading

The release party for Issue #3 will feature readings from the journal, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as commentary from the editors on the publication process and how the journal has grown in its third year.

Lazy Monk Brewing, LLC 97 West Madison Street, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 2019

Thu. Oct. 24

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes workshops and programs for writers of all ages. The 2019 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools, and other community locations. The festival runs October 21-27, 2019, and features programs daily for seven days with Saturday and weekday evening programs in Eau Claire and around the Chippewa Valley.

Multiple Locations

7pm Thu. Oct. 24

Local Lit: Out Loud

Anyone who has published in Local Lit is invited to come read one or two pieces. We've read you, now we want to hear you.

The Volume One Gallery (Inside The Local Store) 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Thu. Oct. 24

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: "Small Animals": Parenting in the Age of Fear

Building on her own harrowing experiences, Brooks will reveal how expectations of parents have changed over the course of a single generation, and how these expectations—fueled by fear rather than reality—pressure mothers to report one another.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE, ticket required

7pm Thu. Oct. 24

Fall Music Open Microphone

Open mic night at the café has returned hosted by Blaine Howard. Bring your talents to the stage and become part of the local scene. Sign up 6-7pm, plug in to our equipment and perform in front of a live audience. Music, poetry, comedy and spoken word are all welcome.

Acoustic Cafe - Eau Claire 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Friday, Oct. 25th, 2019

Fri. Oct. 25

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes workshops and programs for writers of all ages. The 2019 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools, and other community locations. The festival runs October 21-27, 2019, and features programs daily for seven days with Saturday and weekday evening programs in Eau Claire and around the Chippewa Valley.

Multiple Locations

4-5:30pm Fri. Oct. 25

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Active Voices: Poetry and Social Justice

Two Wisconsin Poets Laureate, Kim Blaeser (2015–2016) and Margaret Rozga (2019–2020) will read from their recent work and engage in dialogue about their poetry, its sources, and the roles they see it enacting in the world. They will welcome questions and comments from the audience.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation 421 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

5:30-8:30pm Fri. Oct. 25

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: An Evening With the Authors Featuring B.J. Hollars

Enjoy the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the festival authors with delicious food ahead of B.J. Hollars’s presentation: Things that Go Bump When You Write: On Monsters, Martians and the Search for the Truth in the Strange.

Forage 930 Galloway St., Building 13, Suite 212, Eau Claire

Cost: $35 includes presentation and buffet

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2019

Sat. Oct. 26

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes workshops and programs for writers of all ages. The 2019 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools, and other community locations. The festival runs October 21-27, 2019, and features programs daily for seven days with Saturday and weekday evening programs in Eau Claire and around the Chippewa Valley.

Multiple Locations

10:30-11:30am Sat. Oct. 26

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Ballrooms and POW Camps

Loretta Ellsworth, author of several young adult novels, will share the true history behind her first adult historical novel, Stars Over Clear Lake, which takes place at both The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, and the prisoner of war camp in Algona, Iowa.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

1-2pm Sat. Oct. 26

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: The Heart of Noir

Crime fiction readers, particularly readers of heartland noir, know that something lies beneath the typical “Midwestern nice” facade. Mindy Mejia will tell the tale of her journey into crime fiction, the inspiration for her books, and why she writes heartland noir.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

1:30-3pm Sat. Oct. 26

Legends and Folklore of Winter-Author Chad Lewis

Winter may seem like a quiet time, but it is actually filled with bizarre tales and stories of cannibalistic spirits, Krampus the anti-Santa Claus, stories of little people, werewolves, witches, being buried alive, and numerous other Holiday traditions for the darkest days of the year. Books will be available for sale

Menomonie Public Library 600 Wolske Bay Rd, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

2:15-3:15pm Sat. Oct. 26

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Change and Resilience in the Heartland

Cullen, co-owner of The Storm Lake Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope from a Heartland Newspaper, recognizes that rural communities are profoundly challenged and that climate change is already hampering food production now.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

4-5pm Sat. Oct. 26

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: A Verbal Feast of the Fest, served by ecWIT

The ecWIT gals are back by popular demand for a reader’s theater performance of adapted excerpts from a sampling of this year’s festival authors. Without costumes or elaborate props, the stripped-down performance is sure to add a whole new dimension to the characters and stories.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE, but ticket required

7:30-8:30pm Sat. Oct. 26

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: The Great Believers: Where Fiction Meets History

Rebecca Makkai’s novel The Great Believers (a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer in fiction and the 2018 National Book Award) deals in large part with the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago. In this talk, she will read from the book and discuss its origins, stemming from her own experience growing up as a Chicagoan child during the epidemic.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $10

Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2019

Sun. Oct. 27

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes workshops and programs for writers of all ages. The 2019 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools, and other community locations. The festival runs October 21-27, 2019, and features programs daily for seven days with Saturday and weekday evening programs in Eau Claire and around the Chippewa Valley.

Multiple Locations

4-6pm Sun. Oct. 27

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: "Cooking My Way Home" with Beth Dooley, Literary + Food Event

In foraging for goodness we look to traditional foodways as well as innovative technology to create a regenerative landscape which nourishes and delights. Dooley will impart an understanding of and appreciation for the New Agricultural Land Ethic. Sample recipes from Dooley's writing, prepared by the chefs at Forage.

Forage 930 Galloway St., Building 13, Suite 212, Eau Claire

Cost: $20 includes presentation and food sampling

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 2019

7pm Tue. Oct. 29

Sound and Stories: Toil & Trouble

It was a dark and stormy night...and one filled with songs and stories! Join local writers, storytellers, and musicians as they share tales of horror and hilarity. A Chippewa Valley Writers Guild production.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $5

7:30pm Tue. Oct. 29

Open Mic Night at The Plus

See or join established and emerging artists. Each week, a different artist will host, and lead off the evening with 20 minutes of their work. Following the performance, open mic begins. Music, comedy, sketch, live readings, poetry, acting, improv welcomed. Half price apps from 10p-midnight.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 2019

6:30-7:30pm Wed. Oct. 30

Visiting the Beyond with Curt Strutz

The crowd selects from a number of haunted properties that include asylums, battlefields, schools, private homes. Curt uses original photography, telling the haunted happenings in the buildings, and reveals the sometimes creepy history of each location.

Augusta Memorial Public Library 113 North Stone St, Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019

Tue. Nov. 5

Jan Carroll Reading and New Book Launch

Jan will be reading from her new book "With What's Left: Gardening, Earth-Tending, and Keeping On in the Midst of Climate Crisis." She will also share other new poems. Conversation after. Books will be available to purchase.

200 Main - Art and Wine 200 Main St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7:30pm Tue. Nov. 5

Open Mic Night at The Plus

See or join established and emerging artists. Each week, a different artist will host, and lead off the evening with 20 minutes of their work. Following the performance, open mic begins. Music, comedy, sketch, live readings, poetry, acting, improv welcomed. Half price apps from 10p-midnight.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 2019
Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2019

7-9pm Thu. Nov. 7

Free Preview Screening of Michael Perry Special and Q&A

In the all-new Wisconsin Public Television special, Michael Perry: Where I Come From , the bestselling Wisconsin author, humorist and musician shares stories of growing up in rural Wisconsin, revealing how his family, friends and life experiences shaped the work he has pursued.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE, but tickets required

Friday, Nov. 8th, 2019

6:30-8pm Fri. Nov. 8

Born with a Tarnished Spoon - Book Launch

Book Launch for the new 1930's historical fiction novel set in Eau Claire, by Patricia A. Hawkenson. Reception with a short author reading and book signing opportunity. Artisan Forge Gallery and Skill Shot Coffee will be open during the event. Sample treats by Sweet Driver Chocolates and Skill Shot.

Artisan Forge Studios 1106 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2019

1-2pm Sat. Nov. 9

Author and Photographer, Bruce Siebold

“Seasons on Eighty Acres” provides a compendium of Siebold’s favorite nature photos taken over these many years. This beautifully printed coffee-table style book includes original poetry, stories of the land and shares the author’s passion for celebrating and protecting the land for future generations.

Menomonie Public Library 600 Wolske Bay Rd, Menomonie

Cost: Free, Books will be available for purchase

2-3pm Sat. Nov. 9

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: The Ship, the Storm, and the Song

Steve Ackerman, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, an expert in the area of satellite meteorology, a field largely invented at UW–Madison. He is well known as an accomplished researcher, teacher and communicator of the science of weather and climate.

Augusta Memorial Public Library 113 North Stone St, Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-5:15pm Sat. Nov. 9

Poems and Songs for Earth

Jan Carroll and Lee Mynett will present poems and songs on Earth and environmental issues.

Artisan Forge Studios 1106 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire

Cost: $5 donation at the door

Age: All Ages

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019

7:30pm Tue. Nov. 12

Open Mic Night at The Plus

See or join established and emerging artists. Each week, a different artist will host, and lead off the evening with 20 minutes of their work. Following the performance, open mic begins. Music, comedy, sketch, live readings, poetry, acting, improv welcomed. Half price apps from 10p-midnight.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Saturday, Nov. 16th, 2019
Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 2019

7:30pm Tue. Nov. 19

Open Mic Night at The Plus

See or join established and emerging artists. Each week, a different artist will host, and lead off the evening with 20 minutes of their work. Following the performance, open mic begins. Music, comedy, sketch, live readings, poetry, acting, improv welcomed. Half price apps from 10p-midnight.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

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