Monday, Sep. 23rd, 2019

6:30-9pm Mon. Sep. 23

Autumn Equinox White Pine Celebration

Seasonal celebration of music, poetry and short fiction. Participants are allowed ten minute sets.

Simply Dunn Octagonal School House E4606 Co Rd C, Downsville

Cost: $2 cover charge, excess proceeds given to charity

Age: Adults and Teenagers

Tuesday, Sep. 24th, 2019

6-7pm Tue. Sep. 24

A Passing Interest: The Story of Football Innovator Gus Dorais

Charles “Gus” Dorais was the quarterback of Notre Dame’s “Dorais to Rockne” tandem that revolutionized football’s forward pass. Author Joe Niese will present Dorais’ life in pictures.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7pm Tue. Sep. 24

Midwestern Strange: A Reading, Conversation, and Book Release with B.J. Hollars

From bipedal wolves to giant turtles to pancake-flipping space aliens, the world--and the midwest, in particular--is full of strangeness. Join B.J. Hollars for a reading and conversation on his latest book, which recounts his year spent "embracing the strange" and living to tell of it.

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

Cost: FREE

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 2019

8pm Thu. Sep. 26

Open Mic #1

Use your unique talents and experiences to give the crowd a fantastic performance - whether it is spoken word, comedy, or a wonderful musical talent - let your voice be heard at BDP’s Open Mic. Not interested in performing? You & your friends can come enjoy a FREE night out

UW-Stout Memorial Student Center, The Terrace 302 10th Ave. E, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Saturday, Sep. 28th, 2019

10am-noon Sat. Sep. 28

Memoir Writing: A Six Session Workshop

For anyone interested in writing, even beginners. The instructors will provide encouragement, guidance, and practice in “life writing” in the following genres: autobiographies, blogs, family histories, journals, memoirs, and personal essays. Discover the pleasure and rewards of lifelong writing

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

Cost: $119

Age: All Ages

2-5pm Sat. Sep. 28

Fanboy # 79 Release Party

Fanboy, Eau Claire's local free comics publication since 1995, is having its very first release party, for the premiere of its 79th issue. Come to pick up the new issue and meet the artists, writers, and readers that make up the Fanboy community. Coffee and other refreshments for sale at the venue.

Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge 404 Riverside Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Monday, Sep. 30th, 2019

7-9pm Mon. Sep. 30

The Unreliable Bestiary

An ark of stories about animals, our relationships with them, and the worlds they inhabit. Deke Weaver’s life-long project includes ‘TIGER’, which will be the 5th performance in his year-long project. He’s making a performance for each letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered animal or habitat.

200 MAIN ART & WINE 200 Main Street, Eau Claire

Friday, Oct. 4th, 2019

10am-4pm Fri. Oct. 4

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Choose from a wide variety of non-fiction, children's, adult fiction, and young adult books, as well as audio books, music CDs .

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019

10am-4pm Sat. Oct. 5

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Choose from a wide variety of non-fiction, children's, adult fiction, and young adult books, as well as audio books, music CDs .

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2019

1-4pm Sun. Oct. 6

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Choose from a wide variety of non-fiction, children's, adult fiction, and young adult books, as well as audio books, music CDs .

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 2019

6:30-8pm Tue. Oct. 8

Little Faith Book Discussion with Author Nickolas Butler

First Congregational United Church of Christ welcomes author and guest speaker Nickolas Butler as he discusses his newest novel, Little Faith. Butler will be on hand to read from his book, answer questions, and sign copies. Light refreshments will be provided.

First Congregational UCC 310 Broadway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 2019

6-7:30pm Thu. Oct. 10

Writers Read: Open Mic

“Writers Read” is a monthly library program organized by Eau Claire’s Writer in Residence, Karen Loeb. Area poets included in the 2020 calendar will participate in a reading. Come to listen and enjoy a variety of poems loosely based on the theme “Going Places—Near and Far.”

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Saturday, Oct. 12th, 2019

10am-noon Sat. Oct. 12

Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Peggy Rozga: Writing Activist Poems

Hear her story and listen to her poetry inspired by her life of seeking justice. How can we make our voices heard in times of turmoil and fear? Hosted by Chippewa Valley Writers of Menomonie with financial support from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

First Congregational United Church of Christ 420 Wilson Ave., Menomonie

Cost: Free

Age: All Ages

2pm Sat. Oct. 12

Authors R.R. Campbell and Nathan Hopp at The Local Store

Join Wisconsin speculative fiction authors R.R. Campbell and Nathan Hopp at The Local Store, where they'll be reading from their novels Imminent Dawn and The Adventures of Peter Gray, respectively. The authors will also take questions from attendees and will have books available for sale and to sign.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019

6pm Tue. Oct. 15

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: 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. Begin a collection of personally autographed books for yourself or a young person you love. Visiting authors listed online.

Visit Eau Claire Experience Center (Inside the Pablo Center) 128 Graham Ave., Eau Claire

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2019

7-8pm Wed. Oct. 16

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

Stone will explore how educating girls is the single most powerful tool we have to make our world a safer, healthier, more functional place. She will unpack the major obstacles to education, including where and why they happen and how we can easily be activists. Q&A invited.

Centennial Hall, UWEC 1698 Park Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7:30pm Wed. Oct. 16

UWEC Forum Series: William Deresiewicz: A Critique of Higher Education

Award-winning essayist and critic William Deresiewicz is a best-selling author and highly sought college speaker. His most current publication, a book titled Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life is a New York Times best-seller.

UWEC Schofield Auditorium 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire

Cost: $8 GA, $6 uwec faculty/staff/senior, $4 youth/students

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 2019

7pm Thu. Oct. 17

Let's Be Honest - A (Scary) Grown-Up Storytelling Series

The night's theme is "Totally Ghostly: Frightful tales and family legends." Featured storytellers TBA. Your host will be Mike Paulus. At Let's Be Honest – V1's grownup storytelling series – some of the area's best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live.

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

Cost: FREE

7pm Thu. Oct. 17

Local Lit: Out Loud

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

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

Cost: FREE

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
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 2019

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

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 2019

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

7:30-9pm 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

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

Friday, Oct. 25th, 2019

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 2019
Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2019

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

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019
Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019

7:30pm Tue. Dec. 10

UWEC Forum Series: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Climate Change Activist

19 year-old climate-change activist, author and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been honing his argument and speaking skills for over a decade. He has addressed the UN Summit in Rio and the UN General Assembly in NYC.

UWEC Schofield Auditorium 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire

Cost: $8 GA, $6 uwec faculty/staff/senior, $4 youth/students

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2019
Friday, Dec. 13th, 2019

7:30pm Fri. Dec. 13

Leanne Brown

Author of Good and Cheap, the NY Times Bestselling Cookbook that began as a personal passion and became an international movement.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $5

Monday, Dec. 16th, 2019

7pm Mon. Dec. 16

Sound and Stories Series: Joy to the World

Tis the season for celebrating good tidings and cheer! Join local writers, storytellers and UKE Klub for an evening of fun, fellowship, songs and stories that celebrate all winter holidays. Ugly sweaters strongly encouraged.

Pablo Center at the Confluence 120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $5

Thursday, Jan. 9th, 2020

7:30pm Thu. Jan. 9

Chippewa Valley Theater Guild: Agatha Christie: A Murder is Announced

An announcement in the local newspaper states the time and place a murder is to occur. What follows is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle with twists and turns, mixed motives and concealed identities that only the amazing Miss Marple can uncover.

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

Cost: $25 GA, $12 youth/student

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