The festival is a program of Pablo Center at the Confluence and works collaboratively with the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Foundation to provide literary programming for all Chippewa Valley residents.
The festival celebrates the written word through author readings and book signings, school visits, meals with authors, and includes programs for writers of all ages. The 2019 festival will feature more than twenty authors at area libraries, schools, and other community locations. The festival begins annually in October and features programs for up to ten days, with Saturday and weekday evening programs in Eau Claire and around the Chippewa Valley.
The Chippewa Valley Book Festival, which began in 1999 under the sponsorship of the Literary Arts Committee of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, has evolved into a dynamic seven to ten day 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 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, Nickolas Butler, Matthew Desmond, Hillary Jordan and local writers such as Karen Loeb, John Hildebrand, Michael Perry, and B.J. Hollars. Our annual poetry conversation has included 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.
For information on this year’s Chippewa Valley Book Festival check out the schedule or click here for some frequently asked questions.