Thursday, Sep. 20th, 2018

6:30-9pm Thu. Sep. 20

White Pine Open Mic

A quarterly gathering of local storytellers, poets, and musicians sharing their work in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Sign up at 6:30pm for a 10 minute slot. Performances begin at 7pm. Everyone welcome. Come to listen or share.

Simply Dunn E4606 County Rd. C, Downsville

Cost: $2 donation suggested

Age: Adult

7-8pm Thu. Sep. 20

The Story’s the Thing: Effective Storytelling for Journalists and Nonfiction Writers

Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine editor Jason A. Smith will discuss the ways in which writers can harness the power of storytelling to create compelling articles, essays, blogs, profiles, and even emails. The program is co-sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30-10pm Thu. Sep. 20

NOTA Open Read

Come join us in The Cabin, in the Davies Center for our first NOTA Open Read of the semester! Creative writers are welcome to share their art with the UWEC community on the open mic. Food, coffee, and beer available.

The Cabin UWEC Davies Center, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Thu. Sep. 20

UWEC Artists Series Presents the Langston Hughes Project

This multi-media performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite combines the spoken word, stimulating visual images of the Harlem Renaissance, and amazing music performed by McCurdy's jazz quartet to create a vivid and inspiring celebration of life and creativity.

UWEC Schofield Auditorium 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire

Cost: $17 GA, $15 UWEC faculty/staff & seniors, $7 youth/other students, $3.50 UWEC students

Sunday, Sep. 23rd, 2018

4pm Sun. Sep. 23

James & Deborah Fallows: Cities Saving Themselves

The authors of a best-selling book that shines a light on the many ways small American cities are thriving will be in Eau Claire this weekend to help the community celebrate the opening of the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $5

Monday, Sep. 24th, 2018

7-8pm Mon. Sep. 24

Book Discussion with BJ Hollars

Join award-winning author B. J. Hollars as he discusses his book, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders. It offers an intimate look into the lives and legacies of the civil rights veterans, the Freedom Riders, and reveals timely insights into America’s racial past and hopeful future.

Fall Creek Public Library 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 2018

5-7pm Wed. Sep. 26

Gus Dorais: Gridiron Innovator, All-American and Hall of Fame Coach

Join Joe Niese and Bob Dorais as they celebrate the release of their book about Gus Dorais. A native of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Dorais was one of the state’s first football stars and became one of the most revered players and coaches in the first half of the 20th century.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Wed. Sep. 26

Write Memoir: Letting our Senses Guide our Stories

Use the five senses to recall meaningful life memories and write about them. Recall memorable moments worth writing about to create your personal life map. Open your mind to new perspectives on writing memoirs. Register today.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $139

Age: 18+

6-8pm Wed. Sep. 26

Meet Crazy Horse Family Elder & Author

Crazy Horse family elder Floyd Clown Sr. and author William Matson will discuss and sign their book "Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy" based on the family's oral history. They travel across the United States and Europe to correct the history on Crazy Horse and their family.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 2018

6:30-8pm Thu. Sep. 27

Joe Niese and Bob Dorais Author Event

Join Joe Niese as he discusses his new book, Gus Dorais: Gridiron Innovator, All-American and Hall of Fame Coach. A native of Chippewa Fall, Dorais was one of the state’s first football stars and became one of the most revered players and coaches in the first half of the 20th century.

Chippewa Falls Public Library 105 W Central St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 2018

7pm Tue. Oct. 2

More Than a Passing Interest: The Story of Gus Dorais

Join Joe Niese as he discusses his new book, Gus Dorais: Gridiron Innovator, All-American and Hall of Fame Coach. A native of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Dorais was one of the state’s first football stars and became one of the most revered players and coaches in the first half of the 20th century.

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 2018

6-8pm Wed. Oct. 3

Write Memoir: Letting our Senses Guide our Stories

Use the five senses to recall meaningful life memories and write about them. Recall memorable moments worth writing about to create your personal life map. Open your mind to new perspectives on writing memoirs. Register today.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $139

Age: 18+

Saturday, Oct. 6th, 2018

9:30am-3pm Sat. Oct. 6

Mind Maxing Conference

Eau Claire author Sandra Stanton hosts this full- or half-day conference focusing on maximizing brain function during while aging. Based on the book Max your Mind: The Owner's Guide for a strong Brain.

The Center 3701 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: $75 full day, $40 half day

Age: 21+

Monday, Oct. 8th, 2018

5-6pm Mon. Oct. 8

Local Lit: Off the Page

Readings from various local authors. Local Author, former Eau Claire poet laureate, and Professor Emeritus, Bruce Taylor, has goals to entertain and to expose an audience to a wide variety and diversity of writers from the Chippewa Valley (sometimes beyond): poets, spoken word artists, essayists, fiction writers.

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

5-6pm Mon. Oct. 8

Local Lit: Off the Page - Bruce Taylor

Local Author, former Eau Claire poet laureate, and Professor Emeritus, Bruce Taylor, has goals to entertain and to expose an audience to a wide variety and diversity of writers from the Chippewa Valley (sometimes beyond): poets, spoken word artists, essayists, fiction writers. Tonight features new work by Bruce Taylor from his new book.

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 2018

7pm Tue. Oct. 9

Book Reading/Discussion: The Gift by Michael A. Wacker

Join local author Michael Wacker for a reading/signing of his new book, The Gift. The Gift is a story of a broken man that rose out of the ashes of despair and suffering by believing in a greater strength.

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 2018

6-8pm Wed. Oct. 10

Write Memoir: Letting our Senses Guide our Stories

Use the five senses to recall meaningful life memories and write about them. Recall memorable moments worth writing about to create your personal life map. Open your mind to new perspectives on writing memoirs. Register today.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $139

Age: 18+

Thursday, Oct. 11th, 2018

6-7:30pm Thu. Oct. 11

Writers Read: Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar

This special reading will feature poets included in the 2019 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. This theme of this year’s calendar is “Celebrating Wisconsin People,” and focuses on the particular blend of racial and cultural diversity that gives our state its character. Calendars will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Monday, Oct. 15th, 2018

7pm Mon. Oct. 15

David Treuer: Native Americans and the Imagination

David Treuer, Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in MN and prizewinning author of four novels and two nonfiction works, will speak as part of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.

Pablo Center at the Confluence - Jamf Theater 128 Graham Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-8pm Mon. Oct. 15

David Treuer: 
Native Americans and the Imagination

What Indian life on a reservation is like often escapes notice. In the place of a deep or contextual understanding of the forces at play, there exist misconceptions and fantasies. For Indians, there is a large gap between what is and what is imagined. Treuer will discuss how to imagine and learn oneself beyond the curtain of fiction that obscures Indian life.

Pablo Center at the Confluence - Jamf Theater 128 Graham Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 2018

7-9pm Tue. Oct. 16

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Barstow & Grand Issue #2 Reading

The release party for Issue #2 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 second year.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2018

6-7:30pm Wed. Oct. 17

Meet the School Authors - Book Sale & Signing

Students, parents and the entire community are invited to create lasting memories by meeting award winning authors presenting in area schools during the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.

Memorial High School 2225 Keith St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Wed. Oct. 17

Write Memoir: Letting our Senses Guide our Stories

Use the five senses to recall meaningful life memories and write about them. Recall memorable moments worth writing about to create your personal life map. Open your mind to new perspectives on writing memoirs. Register today.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $139

Age: 18+

7-9pm Wed. Oct. 17

Writers Anonymous

Bring your own ideas or browse their writing prompts. 7-7:30pm is a social hour. Settle in and get a drink. 7:30-8:30pm will start with brief introductions and then quiet writing for an hour. From 8:30-9pm you can keep writing or debrief your table about your progress.

SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar 615 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 2018

5-7pm Thu. Oct. 18

10th Annual Schneider Disability Issues Forum

Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year and a finalist for 2015 National Teacher of the Year, will present “What Kindergarteners and Canines Know: Lessons from a Life with Students and Service Dogs” at UW-Eau Claire’s tenth annual Schneider Disability Issues Forum.

Woodland Theater, Davies Center UWEC 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7pm Thu. Oct. 18

Spoken Word Open Mic with Emcee Guante

A free, open mic to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. It is not a workshop nor a staged show. It’s the stepping stone in-between. It is open to artists of all mediums seeking to share their creative energy and unique perspective.

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

Cost: FREE; donations included

7pm Thu. Oct. 18

The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture

At this talk, Professor Hart-Brinson (UW-Eau Claire, Sociology and Communication/Journalism) discusses his new book on the rise of gay marriage. How and why did gay marriage—an idea that was non-sense to most Americans three decades ago—become common sense for a new generation and end up becoming the law of the land? And what lessons can we learn from this about generations and politics today?

The Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7:30pm Thu. Oct. 18

UWEC Forum Series Guest Kevin Young: Fake News

In a mind-boggling account of America’s long fascination with falsehoods, poet, essayist and historian Kevin Young distills his collection of tall-tales and untruths in a book titled “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News.”

UWEC Schofield Auditorium 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire

Cost: Ticketed Event

Friday, Oct. 19th, 2018

4-5:15pm Fri. Oct. 19

Chippewa Valley Book Festival"Words without Borders": A Celebration of Poetry in Translation

Jesse Lee Kercheval and Karen Kovacik, along with a chorus of Eau Claire area poets and lovers of poetry, will read from their recent anthologies and translations of Polish and Uruguayan poets in a celebration of world poetry and a conversation between continents and countries.

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

Cost: FREE

5:30pm Fri. Oct. 19

Chippewa Valley Book Festival - Tessa Fontaine: Recklessness, Obsession, and Wild Abandon

Tessa Fontaine, author of The Electric Woman, a memoir about performing in America's last traveling sideshow, will talk about writing nonfiction. A social hour and cash bar will be held at 5:30pm, and a ticketed dinner at 6:15. Presentation starts at 8pm, and is open to the public.

The Lismore 333 Gibson Street, Eau Claire

Cost: Dinner is ticketed, presentation is free and open to the public

Saturday, Oct. 20th, 2018

10:45-11:45am Sat. Oct. 20

Leah Weiss 
- Authentic Appalachian Voices in Fiction

Leah Weiss explains her process of tapping into the cadence and rhythm of the remote mountain voices of North Carolina. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, released in August of 2017, was selected as an Indie Next, Southern Indie Booksellers' Choice Book for 2017 and Library Reads.

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

Cost: FREE

1-2pm Sat. Oct. 20

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Peter Geye - 
The Eide Family Trilogy

Peter Geye will discuss the evolution of his last two novels. He will also read from Wintering and the final installment of the Eide Family Trilogy, Northernmost, due out in 2020. Peter is the award-winning author of Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering

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

Cost: FREE

3:15-4:15pm Sat. Oct. 20

ecWIT: Prose and Poetry Alive

A group of area women with backgrounds in education, theater and performance, who use dramatic reading to share their love of literature. ecWIT’s programs include plays, essays, fiction and poetry presented with interactive characterization without props, sets or costumes.

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

Cost: FREE

Sunday, Oct. 21st, 2018

1-2pm Sun. Oct. 21

Chippewa Valley Book Festival Presents: Young Authors Showcase

Come hear local young authors, grades 3-8 share their original works of prose, fiction and nonfiction. The event is free and open to the public. Celebrate young writers.

The Grand Theatre 102 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Monday, Oct. 22nd, 2018

6:30-7:30pm Mon. Oct. 22

Nickolas Butler - 
The World Premiere of "Little Faith": Reading and Background

Nickolas Butler will read from his forthcoming novel, Little Faith, and describe the research and personal journey that led to the book's publication, scheduled for early 2019. Little Faith tells the story of a family in western Wisconsin dealing with the troubling magnetism of a fringe church.

UW-Stout Memorial Student Center 221 10th Avenue E., Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 2018

7-9pm Tue. Oct. 23

Pulitzer Winner Caroline Fraser - Prairie Fires: The True Story behind Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Books


Behind Wilder’s beloved epic of pioneer life lies a complicated story of homesteading hardships and economic and environmental disaster. Fraser will talk about the history behind the life—from the Plains Indian Wars and the settlement of the prairies to the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression—and how Wilder ultimately transformed pure struggle into an uplifting saga.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $10

7pm Tue. Oct. 23

Prairie Fires: The True Story Behind Laura Ingalls Wilder's Lit

Caroline Fraser, editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series and author of Rewilding the World, will discuss the history of how Wilder turned a life struggle into an uplifting series of books.

Pablo Center at the Confluence - RCU Theatre 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $10

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 2018

noon Wed. Oct. 24

Mai Neng Moua - 
The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story

Mai Neng Moua will discuss the importance of written literature in the Hmong community, which has only had a formal writing system since the 1950s, and share reactions to the memoir from members of her own community. Lunch at noon, presentation at 12:30pm.

Chippewa Valley Museum 1204 E. Half Moon Dr., Eau Claire

Cost: Lunch reservation required, presentation open to the public

noon Wed. Oct. 24

The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story

Author Mai Neng Moua discusses the importance of the written word in the Hmong community and shares reactions to memoirs from other members of her community, focusing on bride prices as an antiquated tradition.

Chippewa Valley Museum 1204 E. Half Moon Dr., Eau Claire

Cost: $15

6-8pm Wed. Oct. 24

Write Memoir: Letting our Senses Guide our Stories

Use the five senses to recall meaningful life memories and write about them. Recall memorable moments worth writing about to create your personal life map. Open your mind to new perspectives on writing memoirs. Register today.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $139

Age: 18+

7-8pm Wed. Oct. 24

William Kent Krueger: 
The Transformative Power of Stories

Join William Kent Krueger for a consideration of the importance of stories, how they shape our understanding of the world and inspire us to become the people we want to be. William Kent Kreuger is the author of the New York Times best-selling Cork O’Connor mystery series, set in the great Northwoods of Minnesota.

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

Cost: FREE

Thursday, Oct. 25th, 2018

7-8pm Thu. Oct. 25

Heather Swan
 - Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field

Heather’s hopeful book introduces us to an interdisciplinary force of people from all over the world working to change the fate of pollinators and to make the world a healthier place for humans too.

Chippewa Falls Public Library 105 W Central St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Thu. Oct. 25

Molly Patterson - 
From Where I Stand: Point of View in Novel Writing

Going beyond simple distinctions of first and third-person and using the author’s novel Rebellion as an example, this talk will illuminate the benefits of employing diverse perspectives in novel writing.

Menomonie Public Library 600 Wolske Bay Rd, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018

1-2:30pm Sat. Oct. 27

Child 6150-Author Danny Amos Lee

Author Danny Lee Amos will discuss the publication of his memoir, "Child 6150: A Plea for Help That Went Unanswered" and one can hear the story behind the man. Danny has publicized his story to encourage and assist newly released prisoners and promote the need for prison reform.

Menomonie Public Library 600 Wolske Bay Rd, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

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