We Need Your Support >> Donate, Volunteer, Present


Thank you in advance for supporting our book festival financially. 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 and secure its future in the Chippewa Valley. As part of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Foundation, we are a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible.

If you would like to submit a check through the mail, please make checks payable to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, noting
”Chippewa Valley Book Festival #2489” on the memo line.

Mail this form and your check to:
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Foundation
PO Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004


The Chippewa Valley Book Festival depends entirely on volunteers, so your support through offering your time is an invaluable donation.

We are organized into several committees: Authors and Events, Authors in the Schools, Fundraising, Hospitality and Volunteers, Marketing and Evaluation, and Young Writers. Additionally, volunteers host and introduce authors, assist with book sales, distribute marketing materials, and hand out and tabulate surveys. No matter your area of expertise or interest, there's a spot for you at the festival.

If you wish to help out in any way at the festival, please fill out a survey at a festival program or send us an email. Thank you in advance for taking the time to reach out. We look forward to having you as part of the team.


2020 Chippewa Valley Books Festival Application

Sincere thanks to all the organizers of this outstanding book festival. I have been many places and none compare for organization, communication, remuneration and on site hospitality. It was a lovely experience.
— A 2016 Author

The deadline to present at the 2019 festival has passed. If you are interested in being considered for the 2020 festival, please submit the application below by November 15, 2019. Authors may request to be involved in the authors-in-the schools and/or library or weekend programs. The committee handles orders and sales for invited authors.

To submit a book (or other material) along with your application, please use the address below. Please be aware that we will donate the books to local libraries after we complete our selections.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Attn: Isa Small, Book Festival Author Submission
400 Eau Claire Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701

All applicants for 2020 will receive a response from the planning committee no later than March 1, 2020.

2020 Author Application Form

Name *
Include speaking fee, supplies, and travel costs.