Who We Are

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival is sponsored by the Literary Arts Committee of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council. Volunteer committee members come from area communities, the Eau Claire Area School District, Indianhead Federated Library System, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the Chippewa Valley Technical College.

The festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes workshops and programs for writers of all ages. The 2017 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools and other community locations. The festival begins annually in mid-October with workshops, and features programs daily  for a week, usually with Saturday and weekday evening programs at four area public libraries.  Watch this website for info on dining events and other special presentations.

History of the CVBF:

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival, which began in 2000 under the sponsorship of the Literary Arts Committee of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, has evolved into a dynamic week-long event, offering a variety of programs promoting reading and writing.

The book festival partners with area libraries and school districts, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley Technical College, the Chippewa Valley Museum, and other community partners to bring authors and readers together in celebration of the written word through readings, book discussions, workshops, author receptions, and youth programs.

Since 2000 the festival has hosted over 320 writers.  Among them have been such nationally known writers as Ayad Akhtar, Charles Baxter, Christina Baker Kline, Sandy Tolan, Naomi Shihab Nye, Matthew Desmond and Kao Kalia Yang, local writers such as Nickolas Butler, Karen Loeb, John Hildebrand, Michael Perry, and Wisconsin Poet Laureates Karla Huston, Kimberly Blaeser and Max Garland.

Nearly 5,000 students and adults attend and participate in festival events, author visits in the schools, and the Young Writers Showcase.  The positive image and family-friendly activities associated with the festival also benefit libraries, book stores, area businesses and the local arts scene.  See our Facebook page for news and photos.

Questions, Contact

For information on this year’s Chippewa Valley Book Festival, see our contact page.



Festival Coordinators:   Mildred Larson and Judy Dekan

Questions for any of these chairpersons can be sent to: cvbookfest@eauclairearts.com


Authors & Events Committee:  Isa Small, Chairman

Authors in the Schools: Pam Gardow, chair

Marketing and Website:  Sara Meeks, Chair

Book Sales:  Amy Alpine, Chair

Hospitality:  Virginia Hilbrich and Susan Carroll

Fundraising:  Cathy Sultan, Chair

Treasurer:  Vince Mussehl

Young Writers:  Irene Lazda, chair
updated 3.28.2018