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 October 16 with workshops, and features programs daily through October 26, with evening programs at four area public libraries, the UW-Eau Claire Forum Series on October 19, a Cookbook/Buffet at Forage on October 18, and two meal events. On Thursday October 19, school authors will visit elementary, middle and high schools in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire.


Festival Coordinators:   Mildred Larson and Judy Dekan

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


Authors & Events Committee

Pam Gardow and Rob Reid, co-chairs
Coordinator Liaison, Mildred Larson
Amy Alpine
Lopa Basu
Sara Bryan
Brady Foust
Max Garland
B.J. Hollars
Karen Loeb
Maureen Mack
Doug Pearson
Jerry Poling

Authors in the Schools

Pam Gardow,chair
Coordinator liaison,  Judy Dekan
Sarah Lilly
Meg Nord
Shelley Pierson

 Book Groups

Suzanne Gallagher, chair
Coordinator liaison:  Mildred Larson

Book Sales 

Amy Alpine and Judy Dekan, co-chairs
Elizabeth de Cleyre, Book Fair


Chair needed
Coordinator Liaison:  Mildred Larson
Marge Bunce
with assistance from
Susan Carroll and Sara Meeks


Cathy Sultan, chair
Coordinator liaison,  Judy Dekan
Susan Cochrane
Carol Doyle
Brady Foust
Helen Nordstrom
Meredith Pirazzini, ECRAC liaison
Betsy Richmond
Paula Stuettgen
Bill Wallo

Hospitality and Volunteers

Virginia Hilbrich and Susan Carroll, co-chairs
Coordinator liaison, Judy Dekan
Ruth Crouse
Rosemary Kilbridge
Kate Lindsay


Chris Kondrasuk, chairs
Coordinator liaison:  Mildred Larson
Karen Park
Marsha Qualey
Amy Renshaw


Vince Mussehl, Treasurer
Coordinator liaison, Judy Dekan

Webmaster, Graphic Design

Eileen Immerman
Coordinator liaison, Mildred Larson
Gus Falkenberg

Young Writers

Irene Lazda, chair
Coordinator liaison,  Judy Dekan
Linda Aaseng
Karen Hirsch
Bobbie Kuchta
Liz Rehrauer
David Dial

updated 7.28.2017