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Chippewa Valley Book Festival Sneak Peak

Posted September 17th, 2014

Mysteries, poetry, children’s books, China, canoeing, and the Romanovs are among the literary forms and subjects explored by the authors participating in the 15th annual Chippewa Valley Books Festival, October 13-23th. Among the authors scheduled to speak are Eau Claire Memorial alumnus Nickolas Butler (Shotgun Lovesongs), NY Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline (Orphan Train), popular mystery writer Victoria Houston (Dead Lil’ Hustler), and award-winning nonfiction writer Candace Fleming (The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia).

Josh Hanagarne (The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family) will read and speak at the annual Disabilities Forum on Thursday, October 16 on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Poets Dasha Kelly (Hershey Eats Peanuts ) and Roberta Hill (Cicadas: New and Selected Poems) will present Friday, October 17 at the annual Nadine St. Louis Memorial Poetry Reading, and novelist David Rhodes (Driftless, Jewelweed) will be the keynote at the Friday night festival gala.

In addition to the writers who will present during the Festival, nine children’s book authors and illustrators will visit area schools on Friday, October 18.

All author presentations are free and open to the public. A complete schedule and author roster is available on the Book Festival website.

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival is sponsored by the literary arts committee of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council. Volunteer committee members come from area communities, the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls school districts, Indianhead Federated Library System, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Contact: Chris Kondrasuk chris@chrisray.org