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Meet the School Authors: Book Sale & Signing
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the School Authors: Book Sale & Signing

This event is co-sponsored by Memorial High School.

Students, parents and the entire community are invited to create lasting memories by meeting award winning authors presenting in area schools during the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.  Begin a collection of personally autographed books for yourself or a young person you love.  They will be treasured for a lifetime!  And don’t forget your cameras!

6:00 p.m. - Book sales begin, please enter by Door #4 off of Keith Street
6:30 p.m. - Author introductions, comments, and autographing session


THE AUTHORS THAT WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT:

  • Sarah Aronson

  • Judy Dodge Cummings

  • Maureen Fergus

  • Kelly Jensen

  • Susan Latta

  • Baptiste Paul

  • Miranda Paul

  • J. S. Puller

  • Kurtis Scaletta

  • Tanya Lee Stone

  • Jamie A. Swenson


 
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Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

Making the Unseen, Seen: Giving Voice to Diverse Characters in Fiction and Beyond

  • Memorial Student Center Ballroom, University of Wisconsin–Stout (map)
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Neel Patel

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This event is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Stout.

This program will discuss the importance of turning peripheral characters into primary ones, both its challenges and delights. Gain a better understanding of the impact literature, television, and film have on shaping the identities of people from different walks of life.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.

NEEL PATEL is an author and screenwriter who grew up in Champaign, Illinois. His writing has appeared in ELLE India, on Buzzfeed, and other publications. His first book, If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice pick and an NPR Best Book of 2018. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is developing a television series and writing a novel.

neelnpatel.com

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Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Mrs. Bond: The True Role of Female Spies During the First World War

Anna Lee Huber

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This event is co-sponsored by Altoona Public Library.

When someone mentions female spies, especially during the era of World War I, often the only names they can recall are either the notorious femme fatale, Mata Hari, or the saintly nurse, Edith Cavell. However, the real role of women in espionage was far more varied and prevalent. These real unsung heroes of the Great War formed the basis for  Anna Lee Huber’s fictional heroine—Verity Kent—and parts of their tales and exploits have found their way onto the page in her adventures. Huber will explore the fact and fiction behind these female secret agents, the spy rings with which they worked behind enemy lines, and examine their lives after the guns fell silent.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Treacherous Is the Night available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.


ANNA LEE HUBER, winner of the 2018 Daphne du Maurier Award, is author of the national best-selling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, and the Gothic Myths series, as well as the forthcoming anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. 

annaleehuber.com

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Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Optimist at Midnight

  • Auditorium, Heyde Center for the Arts (map)
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Leif Enger

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This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Chippewa Falls Public Library and the Heyde Center for the Arts

Storytelling is by nature a hopeful endeavor, never more than in times of division and anxiety. Using texts from novelists, poets, and screenwriters, Enger will discuss the Midwestern imagination, the magic of kite-flying, and the power of stories to inspire change.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Virgil Wander available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.


LEIF ENGER was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his best-selling debut novel,  Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of Los Angeles Times’s and Time Magazine’s Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national best seller and a Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. His newest novel, Virgil Wander, was published in 2018. He and his wife Robin live in Minnesota.

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Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Barstow & Grand: Issue #3 Release Reading

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Barstow & Grand seeks to fulfill a humble mission—to support the writers of the Chippewa Valley by offering an outlet for their creative writing, and to help them grow and professionalize their craft through the process of submission.

Issue #3 offers as broad and impressive a mix as Issues #1 and #2 did, with novice and professional writers, folks who have lived in the Chippewa Valley their entire lives and those who have joined our community from afar. The release party for Issue #3 will feature readings from the journal, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as commentary from the editors on the publication process and how the journal has grown in its third year. Stop down to hear some incredible writing, pick up an issue, and connect with the Chippewa Valley's community of writers.

www.barstowandgrand.com

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Oct
26
10:30 AM10:30

Ballrooms and POW Camps

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (map)
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Loretta Ellsworth

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This event is co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Behind every tall tale is a little bit of fact. Many fiction authors find their work is influenced by history or their knowledge of a “real” place.  Loretta Ellsworth, author of several young adult novels, will share the true history behind her first adult historical novel, Stars Over Clear Lake, which takes place at both The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, and the prisoner of war camp in Algona, Iowa.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Stars Over Clear Lake available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.

LORETTA ELLSWORTH grew up in Iowa and is a former teacher and a graduate of Hamline University with an MFA in Writing for Children. She is the author of four novels for younger readers, including In Search of Mockingbird, which won the 2007 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Honor Award in Children’s Literature, and was named to the 2008 New York Library’s Best Books for Teens list. Ellsworth’s first adult historical novel, Stars Over Clear Lake, is set in Clear Lake, Iowa during World War II. She currently resides in Lakeville, Minnesota.

www.lorettaellsworth.com

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Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

The Heart of Noir

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (map)
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Mindy Mejia

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This event is co-sponsored by L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Crime fiction readers, particularly readers of heartland noir, know that something lies beneath the typical “Midwestern nice” facade.  Some of the most seemingly innocent scenes can be rife with suspense; whether it is a blinding blizzard, peaceful pasture, or wandering woods, there is often no one around to hear you scream. Mindy Mejia will tell the tale of her journey into crime fiction, the inspiration for her books, and why she writes heartland noir.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Leave No Trace available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.

MINDY MEJIA’s internationally-acclaimed heartland noir novels have been translated into over twenty languages. She’s the author of The Dragon Keeper and Everything You Want Me to Be, which was a People’s Best New Books Pick and listed in The Wall Street Journal’s Best New Mysteries. Her latest novel, Leave No Trace, was nominated for the Barry Award and was a finalist for the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. A graduate of the Hamline University MFA program, she lives and works in the Twin Cities.

mindymejia.com | Facebook | Twitter

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A Verbal Feast of the Fest, served by ecWIT
Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

A Verbal Feast of the Fest, served by ecWIT

ecWIT (Eau Claire Women in Theater)

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The ecWIT gals are back by popular demand for a reader’s theater performance of adapted excerpts from a sampling of this year’s festival authors.  Without costumes or elaborate props, the stripped-down performance is sure to add a whole new dimension to the characters and stories.

ecWIT, composed of Debbie Brown, Beverly Olson, Sue Fulkerson, Kathleen Sullivan, Ann Pearson, and Sara Bryan, presents the art form of dramatic reader’s theater, enlivening literature in a variety of genres without sets, costumes, or props. Since the group’s inception in January 2016, they have become a local favorite, having received commissions to perform from Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement, the Waldemar Ager Association, and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, to name a few. 2019 will be the third year that ecWIT has participated in the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, providing a unique experience of adapted excerpts from the works of festival authors.

ecwit.weebly.com | Facebook

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Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Great Believers: Where Fiction Meets History

Rebecca Makkai

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Rebecca Makkai’s novel The Great Believers (a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award) deals in large part with the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago. In this talk, she will read from the book and discuss its origins, stemming from her own experience growing up as a Chicagoan child during the epidemic.  Makkai will also delve into the dearth of research on how AIDS affected the Midwest and talk about her approach to gathering personal stories from those who were hit hardest. 

TICKETS:
Check back in mid-summer for details about tickets for this event.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of The Great Believers available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.

REBECCA MAKKAI is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, a finalist for a 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and one of The New York Times’ top ten books for 2018. It was also the winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence from the American Library Association, the Stonewall Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and a short story collection, Music for Wartime. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. 

rebeccamakkai.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

From Where I Stand: Point of View in Novel Writing

Molly Patterson

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This event is co-sponsored by the Menomonie Public Library.

Going beyond simple distinctions of first- and third-person and using the author’s novel Rebellion as an example, this talk will illuminate the benefits of employing diverse perspectives in novel writing.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Rebellion available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.
 

MOLLY PATTERSON was born in St. Louis and lived in China for several years. Her work has appeared in several magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly and The Iowa Review. She was the 2012-2013 Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, Rebellion, was published by Harper (HarperCollins) in 2017.

www.mollypattersonwriter.com

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Transformative Power of Stories

William Kent Krueger

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This event is co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Join William Kent Krueger for a consideration of the importance of stories, how they shape our understanding of the world and inspire us to become the people we want to be.

WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER is the author of the New York Times best-selling Cork O’Connor mystery series, set in the great Northwoods of Minnesota.  His work has received numerous awards, including the Edgar Award for Best Novel for his 2013 release, Ordinary Grace.  He lives in Saint Paul, a city he dearly loves, and does all his creative writing in local, author-friendly coffee shops.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Desolation Mountain available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.

www.williamkentkrueger.com

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Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Enduring Appeal of the Flawed Protagonist


Patricia Skalka

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This event is co-sponsored by the Altoona Public Library.

When a character evolves from curmudgeon to hero, how do readers respond, and why?

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Death Rides the Ferry available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.
 

PATRICIA SKALKA won the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for Death in Cold Water, the third of her Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries. The series began with Death Stalks Door County, and continued with Death at Gills Rock, and, most recently, Death Rides the Ferry.

A former Reader’s Digest staff writer, Skalka is also the author of several nonfiction books. She is a member of The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Chicago and Door County.

www.patriciaskalka.com
 

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Little Faith: Reading and Background
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Little Faith: Reading and Background

  • Memorial Student Center Ballroom, UW-Stout (map)
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>>A World Premiere<< Nickolas Butler

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Dean of the College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Nickolas Butler will read from his forthcoming novel, Little Faith, and describe the research and personal journey that led to the book's publication.

NICKOLAS BUTLER is the internationally best-selling and award-winning author of Shotgun Lovesongs, Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men. His fourth book, Little Faith, will be published in 2019. Little Faith tells the story of a family in western Wisconsin dealing with the troubling magnetism of a fringe church.

www.nickolasbutler.com

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Prose and Poetry Alive
Oct
20
3:30 PM15:30

Prose and Poetry Alive

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (map)
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ecWIT (Eau Claire Women in Theater)

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This event is co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

ecWIT (Eau Claire Women in Theater) is: Debbie Brown, Kathleen Sullivan, Ann Pearson, Sue Fulkerson, Sara Bryan, and Beverly Olsonn—a group of area women with backgrounds in education, theater and performance, who use dramatic reading to share their love of literature. ecWIT’s programs include plays, essays, fiction and poetry presented with interactive characterization without props, sets or costumes. They are proud to be a part of the 2018 Chippewa Valley Book Festival where they will explore a variety of selections from this year’s outstanding authors. 

www.facebook.com/eauclairewomenintheater
www.ecwit.weebly.com

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Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

The Eide Family Trilogy

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (map)
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Peter Geye

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This event is co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

The author will discuss the evolution of his last two novels. He will also read from Wintering and the final installment of the Eide Family Trilogy, Northernmost, due out in 2020.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Wintering available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.
 

PETER GEYE is the award-winning author of Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering. Peter received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He is the author of three acclaimed novels set in a fictionalized northern Minnesota town of Gunflint. The most recent book in the series, Wintering, was awarded the 2017 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis and continues to live there with his wife and three children.

www.petergeye.com

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Oct
20
10:45 AM10:45

Authentic Appalachian Voices in Fiction

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (map)
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Leah Weiss

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This event is co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Leah Weiss explains her process of tapping into the cadence and rhythm of the remote mountain voices of North Carolina.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of If the Creek Don’t Rise available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.
 

LEAH WEISS is a best-selling author born in North Carolina and raised near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, released in August of 2017, was selected as an Indie Next, Southern Indie Booksellers' Choice Book for 2017 and Library Reads. Her short stories have been published in magazines and online magazines such as The Simple Life, Every Day Fiction, and Deep South Magazine. In 2015, she retired from a her career of twenty-four years as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She lives in Virginia with her husband and enjoys writing, traveling, hiking, and speaking to book clubs.

www.leahweiss.com

 

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Oct
20
9:30 AM09:30

Still Writing Short Stories After All These Years

  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (map)
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Miriam Karmel

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This event is co-sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

Author Miriam Karmel will make an unapologetic case for the short story as a form that is neither a novel in miniature, nor a prelude to something big.

>> Our book sales committee will have copies of Subtle Variations and Other Stories available for purchase at this event. Please join us for an autographing session following the presentation.
 

MIRIAM KARMEL’s stories have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Water~Stone Review, Passages North, Coe Review, Moment Magazine, and more. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Minnesota Monthly’s Tamarack Award for her short story, The Queen of Love. Her story, The King of Marvin Gardens was anthologized in Milkweed Edition’s Fiction on a Stick (2008).  Being Esther (Milkweed Editions), her debut novel, was published in 2013.

Subtle Variations and Other Stories (Holy Cow! Press), was published in October 2017. It was the winning selection in the inaugural First Fiction contest, sponsored by Holy Cow! Press of Duluth, Minnesota and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.

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Meet the School Authors: Book Sale &amp; Signing
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the School Authors: Book Sale & Signing

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This event is co-sponsored by Memorial High School.

Students, parents and the entire community are invited to create lasting memories by meeting award winning authors presenting in area schools during the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.  Begin a collection of personally autographed books for yourself or a young person you love.  They will be treasured for a lifetime!  And don’t forget your cameras!

6:00 p.m. - Book sales begin, please enter by Door #4 off of Keith Street
6:30 p.m. - Author introductions, comments, and autographing session


THE AUTHORS THAT WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT:

  • Sarah Ahiers

  • Lisl Detlefsen

  • Michael Hall

  • Beth Hautala

  • Alethea Kontis

  • David LaRochelle

  • Darcy Miller

  • Mitali Perkins

  • Mari Schuh

  • Caren Stelson


 
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Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Barstow & Grand: Issue #2 Release Reading

  • Rehearsal Room 321, Pablo Center at the Confluence (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Barstow & Grand seeks to fulfill a humble mission—to support the writers of the Chippewa Valley by offering an outlet for their creative writing, and to help them grow and professionalize their craft through the process of submission.

Issue #2 offers as broad and impressive a mix as Issue #1 did, with novice and professional writers, folks who have lived in the Chippewa Valley their entire lives and those who have joined our community from afar. The release party for Issue #2 will feature readings from the journal, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as commentary from the editors on the publication process and how the journal has grown in its second year. Stop down to hear some incredible writing, pick up an issue, check out the Pablo Center(!), and connect with the Chippewa Valley's community of writers.

www.barstowandgrand.com

 
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