History

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, 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.

For information on this year’s Chippewa Valley Book Festival, you may contact the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (715.839.5004) or the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council (715.832.ARTS.)

Our annual budget for authors’ and presenters’ honoraria and expenses, advertising and printing is about $40,000. Just as we count on volunteer workers, we rely on financial donations from individuals and businesses to run the festival. Donations may be made electronically on our website, or by sending a check directly to the:

Chippewa Valley Book Festival
Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
316 Eau Claire Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
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