2016 Festival Details

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

The Middle East will come alive in Eau Claire this fall when authors Sandy Tolan, (Children of the Stone: the Power of Music in a Hard Land), and Barbara Massaad, (Soup for Syria)  kick off this year’s Festival Events on October 12, 13 and 14.  But there’s much more!  They will join fifteen other fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, and journalists who will visit public libraries, the UW-Eau Claire campus and community venues. There’s an author for everyone:  farming, politics and music, public radio, pets, addiction, crime thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, poetry and history. Ten authors will visit area schools. Adult writers may attend workshops on writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry and writing for young adults, and learn about publishing from a panel of published writers. Young writers may attend age-appropriate workshops for elementary, middle school and high school students. All activities, except meals with authors and the adult writing workshops are free.


USC Professor and Author Sandy Tolan will be our keynote speaker on October 13th

Sandy Tolan’s presentation is made possible by the generous support from Ruder Ware Attorneys and Eau Claire Medical Clinic, a division of OakLeaf Clinics.

tolan.sandySandy 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.

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.

Read about ALL of our 2016 authors here

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