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Prairie Fires: The True Story behind Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Books

  • RCU Theater, Pablo Center at the Confluence 128 Graham Avenue Eau Claire, WI, 54701 United States (map)



This is the 2nd Annual John, Elizabeth and Alison Morris Memorial Event, sponsored by Greg Morris and the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Foundation.

Behind Wilder’s beloved epic of pioneer life lies a complicated story of homesteading hardships and economic and environmental disaster.  Fraser will talk about the history behind the life—from the Plains Indian Wars and the settlement of the prairies to the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression—and how Wilder ultimately transformed pure struggle into an uplifting saga.

Tickets for this event, held at the new Pablo Center at the Confluence, are $10.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking below. After September 22, tickets can also be purchased in person at Pablo Center at the Confluence box office.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Prairie Fires, The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.

CAROLINE FRASER is the editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and the author of Rewilding the World and God’s Perfect Child.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. Her new biography, Prairie Fires, The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, was the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Biography.  It was also named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2017 and was nominated for both a National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography and a Plutarch Award by the Biographers International Organization. |