Chippewa Valley Book Festival
The Chippewa Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, and includes programs for writers of all ages. After a hiatus in 2020, the 2021 festival will feature both in-person and virtual events highlighting authors across various genres and diverse backgrounds.
The festival runs October 24-29, 2021, and features programs daily for six days with events hosted in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, but accessible around the world.
Sunday, October 24, at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Theatre
Selected students will read their winning entries from the stage of the Grand Theater. The celebration includes poetry and prose from students in grades 3-8, and each participant receives a gift certificate to buy a book of their choice from Dotters Bookstore.
Monday, October 25, at 7-8pm, Hosted Online
Go behind the scenes of Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White, a graphic memoir with a unique look at the Jim Crow South. It recount's the author's journey to the American South from Argentina, the ensuing culture clash, discomfort with segregationist views, and her involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.
This event is co-hosted by the Univ. of WI-Stout.
Tuesday, October 26, at 7-8pm, Hosted at the Pablo Center and online
Join award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang for a reading and discussion of her newest memoir, Somewhere in the Unknown World, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020. The book is a collective refugee memoir and speaks to the powerful stories that many refugees carry in their search for peace and their quest to build homes for those they love, for the ideas and ideals of belonging. Dive into the incredible refugee experience and explore the beauty and eloquence of their collective and communal yearning to be understood.
Wednesday, October 27, at 4-5pm, Hosted at the Pablo Center and online
Dasha Kelly Hamilton will present "A Line Meant", a forward dialogue on race, class, and equity. Dasha will be the sole presenter for our annual Nadine St. Louis Memorial Poetry Conversation. Ms. Hamilton is a national Rubinger Fellow and, concurrently, Poet Laureate for the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.
Wednesday, October 27, at 7-8pm, at the Pablo Center
Great stories can lift you out of the real world and transport you somewhere completely different. In this fun, funny look at his 15+ years in the publishing business, thriller writer Brian Freeman talks about the creative process, changes in the book world for writers and readers, and the challenges of taking over an iconic hero like Jason Bourne.
Thursday, October 28 at 7-8pm, hosted Virtually
Kate Moore will join us live from England to discuss her new book, The Woman They Could Not Silence, which charts the incredible true story of Elizabeth Packard, a nineteenth-century housewife from Illinois who was committed to an insane asylum for daring to defy her husband and whose courageous fight for justice changed the world. Moore will share with us her research journey and the inspiration behind the book, as well as stun listeners with shocking facts about this piece of little-known history—facts that, powerfully, still resonate today.
Friday, October 29 at 7-8pm, Hosted Virtually
Madeline Miller’s first novel and New York Times bestseller, The Song of Achilles, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Circe, also a New York Times bestseller, won the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award as well as being shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. Circe is currently being adapted for television series by HBO Max.
Every Day from Oct. 24 to Oct. 29