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International Poetry Readers Sought

Calling all bards, poets, readers and lovers of poetry! The 14th Annual International Poetry Reading at UW-Eau Claire is seeking readers. The event will be 7-9pm Tuesday, April 21, in the Dakota Ballroom ...

Priory Writers’ Retreat Offers Focus on Craft

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is inviting writers to its second-annual Priory Writers’ Retreat, which will be June 25-28 at The Priory, a former monastery just outside Eau Claire. The retreat gives writers the opportunity to learn from each other and from seasoned instructors while enjoying ...

City of Eau Claire Seeks New Writer in Residence

Do you have the literary chops to raise the profile of the written word in the Chippewa Valley? If so, consider applying to be the next city of Eau Claire Writer in Residence by the March 1 deadline. The position is filled every ...

Chicken Dreams

CF author turns bedtime story into published work

Christopher Thielen, an engineer from Chippewa Falls, recently self-published his first children’s book, The Chicken from Czechoslovakia. The story was originally told by Thielen to his four (now adult) children ...

Terribly Close to Home

book details women’s KKK history in Chippewa Falls

John E. Kinville was apprehensive while writing his book. “There was a part of me thinking, ‘Do I really want myself associated with the Ku Klux Klan for the rest of my life?’ ” he said. Kinville’s book ...

Resolved to Read

Stuck in a reading rut? Dig yourself out and start the New Year by signing up for “Reading Challenge 2020” at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in ...

An Old-Fashioned Christmastime

book recounts western Wisconsin holiday traditions from days gone by

Like an heirloom carefully wrapped and placed beneath a candlelit evergreen, a compendium of old-time Christmas memories and traditions from western Wisconsin is being passed on to ...

See Contributes Essay to Anthology About Mourning

Acclaimed Chippewa Valley writer Patti See has contributed an essay to an anthology titled What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye, which was published in November by Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises ...

Reading Will Bring Joy to Lit Lovers’ World

Hark! The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild wants to wish you a merry Christmas with a seasonally themed evening of words and music on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave. The event ...

Travel on Two Wheels

Eau Claire author chronicles life as a motorcycle lover

There was a time I hitched rides on my friend Marv’s motorcycles, which have been and forever will be Harley-Davidsons. Sometime along the way, I read Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ...

The Write Women

Carroll & Venit are key to the Valley writing community

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild has played a key role in connecting the many dedicated and talented writers who call this area home. Two of these writers are ...

Paper, Pens, Poetry

memories, love, and longing in S.A. Kriese's new collection

Within the pages of One Who Plays with Paper and Pens, her newly published collection, Eau Claire author Samantha A. Kriese captures in ink the beautifully ...

Forging a City

second volume of Eau Claire history explores 20th-century industrial era

Over the past few years, the Confluence Project has spurred the construction of the Pablo Center and Haymarket Landing, helping add to the 21st ...

Passionate Pursuit

skate shop owner's podcast explores how people do what they love to do

The sincerity with which Christopher Johnson said his podcast is going to change the world wasn’t at all inconsistent with the fact that when he said it, he had a Chihuahua stuffed up his ...

Eau Claire, 1930s Style

Hawkenson debuts first historical fiction novel

Born with a Tarnished Spoon is a tapestry of life and loss in the 1930s. The new novel by Eau Claire author Patricia A. Hawkenson follows the life of ...

Write Off the Page

Chippewa Valley Book Festival makes reading a social affair with 20 author events

Reading is typically a solitary act. True, a reader can commune with the mind of a writer via the printed page, but it’s a one-way process. So for readers, meeting authors – hearing directly ...