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

noon-1:30pm Wed. Oct. 23

"Wild and Rare" Lunch and Book Presentation

Adam Regn Arvidson takes a look, not only at the Midwest plants and animals on the endangered species list, but which ones we value, why we value them, and what we take into consideration moving forward. Get your lunch ticket for this event online (catered by French Press.)

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

Cost: $15 for lunch, FREE program

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

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

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

Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2019

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