2016 Festival Details

USC Professor and Author Sandy Tolan keynote speaker for the 17th Festival on October 13th

Sandy Tolan
’s new book, Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, is the story of one man’s dream to build a music school under military occupation. The book is a finalist for the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booklist has named it one of 2015’s outstanding works of “literary, intellectual and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.” Cellist Yo Yo Ma says, “Children of the Stone proves the famous words of Margaret Mead, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’”  Tolan is currently an associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC (University of Southern California) in Los Angeles. He is also cofounder of Homelands Productions and has produced dozens of radio documentaries for NPR and PRI. He was a 1993 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an I. F. Stone Fellow at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Tolan is also the author of The Lemon Tree” An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East and Me & Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five years Later.

The 17th CV Book Festival will run from Monday evening, October 10, through Thursday afternoon, October 20.

October 10-11-12 will be our Adult Writing Workshops and October 12 to 20 will be Meals, Author Presentations and Readings at various Chippewa Valley locations.  We’ll post the entire schedule later this summer.

Here’s a sneak peek at our 2016 authors! 

Lucie Amundsen, Allen Eskens, Susan Gloss, John Hildebrand, BJ Hollars, Deborah Jiang-Stein, Hillary Jordan, Eric Kasper, Sandra Lindow, Allyson Loomis,  Jon Loomis, Barbara Massaad, Curt Meine, Marsha Qualey, Weina Dai Randel, Rita Mae Reese, Patti See, Sandy Tolan, Vu Tran, Ron Wallace

*school authors will be listed separately

Watch this site and our Facebook page for updates, more 2016 author announcements, details and dates!

bookjacketsoupLebanese Food Writer, Cookbook Author and Photographer Barbara Massaad will present on Oct. 12 and 14. Read about how Barbara has made a difference in the Syrian Refugee Crisis through her writing, and how you have a unique opportunity to cook with Barbara, and help refugees.



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