Wednesday, Aug. 15th, 2018

6-9pm Wed. Aug. 15

Wednesday Night Read-Ins

Join book lovers from the Chippewa Valley for sustained silent reading. Take some time for yourself each week to read a book, chat about book recommendations, and sip kombucha and cold brew. Every Wednesday this summer. (EXCEPT: June 27 and July 4).

SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar 615 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

7-9pm Wed. Aug. 15

Writers Anonymous

Sit at the back tables or spread out throughout the rest of the cafe. 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

Wednesday, Aug. 22nd, 2018

6-9pm Wed. Aug. 22

Wednesday Night Read-Ins

Join book lovers from the Chippewa Valley for sustained silent reading. Take some time for yourself each week to read a book, chat about book recommendations, and sip kombucha and cold brew. Every Wednesday this summer. (EXCEPT: June 27 and July 4).

SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar 615 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Monday, Aug. 27th, 2018

6:30pm Mon. Aug. 27

Robert M. Dudley Author Event

Chippewa Valley author Robert M. Dudley will present a discussion of his new books, “Cold Cases Of West-Central Wisconsin,” and “Searching For Sara Bushland.”

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

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, Aug. 28th, 2018

8-9pm Tue. Aug. 28

Campfire Stories: A Night of Fact, Fiction, and Fire

A night of fact, fiction, and fire where local writers, storytellers, and songwriters will perform intimate taste of the local literary community. These performances take place on The Lakely patio (rain backup inside The Gallery) and are free and open to the public.

The Lakely 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Aug. 29th, 2018

6-9pm Wed. Aug. 29

Wednesday Night Read-Ins

Join book lovers from the Chippewa Valley for sustained silent reading. Take some time for yourself each week to read a book, chat about book recommendations, and sip kombucha and cold brew. Every Wednesday this summer. (EXCEPT: June 27 and July 4).

SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar 615 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Tuesday, Sep. 4th, 2018

7pm Tue. Sep. 4

6x6 Reading Series: Work and Play

Areading series sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and hosted by Jan Carroll. The third 6x6 reading features Billy Krause, Kathie Schneider, John Walker, Ron Davis, Yvette Flaten, and CeCelia Zorn. Readers will share on the theme of Work and Play. Everyone welcome.

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

Thursday, Sep. 6th, 2018

5pm Thu. Sep. 6

Spoken Art

Join local author and former Eau Claire poet laureate, Bruce Taylor, as he hosts a series of readings on first Thursdays at 5pm in the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.

Eau Claire Regional Arts Center 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7pm Thu. Sep. 6

Cold Cases of West - Central Wisconsin

Eau Claire area true crime author Robert Dudley will review several cases from his new book, "Cold Cases Of West-Central Wisconsin." Dudley will discuss the 1921 ambush shooting of Eau Claire's Chief of Police Elmer Sundby, the 1996 disappearance of 15-year-old Sara Bushland from the rural Spooner area, and the 2001 murder of Eau Claire's Angelina Wall.

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

Monday, Sep. 10th, 2018

5-6pm Mon. Sep. 10

Local Lit: Off the Page

Readings from carious 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. dramatists, children's writers and journalists have all previously appeared.

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

Cost: FREE

7:30pm Mon. Sep. 10

Tell Me Something Weird Podcast Live

Each week, Jodie Arnold and Eric Johnson get together to share their love of murders, abductions, end-times predictions, and fringe belief. Tonight's special live guest will be Robert M. Dudley- who's new book, entitled "Cold Cases Of West-Central Wisconsin" will be available for only $10.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages (18+ recommended)

Thursday, Sep. 13th, 2018

6-7pm Thu. Sep. 13

Writers Read: Open Mic

“Writers Read,” a monthly library program organized by Eau Claire’s Writer in Residence, Karen Loeb, will hold an open mic in September for poets and writers. You are invited to share your original poetry or short prose (5 minutes or less). Sign-up starts at 5:45. Listeners are welcome.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 2018

7-9pm Wed. Sep. 19

Writers Anonymous

Sit at the back tables or spread out throughout the rest of the cafe. 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, Sep. 20th, 2018

6:30-9pm Thu. Sep. 20

White Pine Open Mic

White Pine Open Mic is 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. $2 donation suggested.

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

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 2018

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+

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+

Thursday, Oct. 4th, 2018

5pm Thu. Oct. 4

Spoken Art

Join local author and former Eau Claire poet laureate, Bruce Taylor, as he hosts a series of readings on first Thursdays at 5pm in the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.

Eau Claire Regional Arts Center 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Monday, Oct. 8th, 2018

5-6pm Mon. Oct. 8

Local Lit: Off the Page

Readings from carious 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. dramatists, children's writers and journalists have all previously appeared.

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

Cost: FREE

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+

Monday, Oct. 15th, 2018

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

6-8pm 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

Sit at the back tables or spread out throughout the rest of the cafe. 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

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 Fontain, 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

Chippewa Valley Family: 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 Family: 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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 2018

7-9pm Tue. Oct. 30

Punchlines - Humor in Poetry

Some think poetry is no laughing matter, but humor and poetry actually go hand in hand. This class is for writers who want to sharpen their poetic voice and their funny bones.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $129

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 2018

6-8pm Wed. Oct. 31

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, Nov. 1st, 2018

5pm Thu. Nov. 1

Spoken Art

Join local author and former Eau Claire poet laureate, Bruce Taylor, as he hosts a series of readings on first Thursdays at 5pm in the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.

Eau Claire Regional Arts Center 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 2018

7-9pm Tue. Nov. 6

Punchlines - Humor in Poetry

Some think poetry is no laughing matter, but humor and poetry actually go hand in hand. This class is for writers who want to sharpen their poetic voice and their funny bones.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $129

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 2018

6-8pm Wed. Nov. 7

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+

Monday, Nov. 12th, 2018

5-6pm Mon. Nov. 12

Local Lit: Off the Page

Readings from carious 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. dramatists, children's writers and journalists have all previously appeared.

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

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 2018

7-9pm Tue. Nov. 13

Punchlines - Humor in Poetry

Some think poetry is no laughing matter, but humor and poetry actually go hand in hand. This class is for writers who want to sharpen their poetic voice and their funny bones.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $129