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Thank you in advance for spreading the word about the festival. We are an organization run entirely by volunteers so we greatly appreciate the support from our community.
Tessa Fontaine Interview, Kirkus Review Feature
When a Stroke Felled Her Mother, This Author Ran Away to the Circus, The New York Times
The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine, Southern Living
Review: 'The Electric Woman,' by Tessa Fontaine, Star Tribune
New York Times Editor's Choice
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, Summer 2018
An Amazon Editor's Best Books of 2018
Books Favorites, May 2018
2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction
The Truman Capote Award
On my seventh day with the World of Wonders crew,” she writes, “all my fellow performers’ eyes are on me, the new snake charmer, to see what I do with this beastie around my neck. I will be bold. I touch the snake’s body with my hand. My eyes crest with tears. My chest heaves. I can hardly breathe. I’m trying to tell myself not to be scared, that there is no reason to think the snake might hurt me, that people look far greater terror in the face every day, people who are even at this minute standing very close to me.
—Tessa Fontaine, The Electric Woman.
Honest and emotionally vulnerable . . . In this memoir that seamlessly balances grief, loss and wild-eyed determination, Fontaine makes a compelling case for using fear as an unexpected gift.
Click here to view the updated schedule for the 2018 Chippewa Valley Book Festival.
Quote from co-coordinator Judy Dekan:
How does this year compare to previous years?
Once again there is a fantastic line up of authors. There will only be two meal events this year. Like in the past most all events are free. There will be a small fee for the Fraser event at the Pablo, as a way to raise funds for the book fest.
This fall will be the first year for an evening to meet the school authors. The public is invited to meet the authors the night before they present in the schools. Each writer will give a brief talk. Their books will be for sale with an available author signing.
Logo + Brand Graphics
August 27, 2018 - Tickets Now on Sale: Book Festival Hosts Fire-Eating Author!
June 21, 2018 - Book Festival Announces Pulitzer Winner for 2018 Festival
June 4, 2018 - 19th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival unveils new brand
Publicity About the Festival
Best-selling author to read Oct. 22 from forthcoming novel, University of Wisconsin-Stout News Center