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Youth related events at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival

Posted September 17th, 2014

This year’s Chippewa Valley Book Festival includes events of special interest to young readers and writers; all are free and open to the public.

A pre-festival writing workshop day will be held on Saturday, September 27 at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, with several youth writing workshops. Classes sessions and instructors are:
10:30 am - 12:30 pm  Grades 6-8  Poetry:  Ken Szymanski – Eau Claire Room
11:00 am - 12:30 pm  Grades 3-5  Poetry Jan Carroll and Sara Dyrud Bryan  - Chippewa Room
1:00 - 3:00 pm  Grades 6-8  Fiction:  Allyson Loomis  -  Eau Claire Room
1:00 - 2:30 pm  Grades 3-5  Fiction:  Karen Hirsch  - Chippewa Room

During the Festival week (October 13-20) events include:

Saturday, October 18: Reading and discussion with Candace Fleming, author of many award-winning picture books and middle grade and young adult novels and nonfiction. She will be reading and discussing her newest work of nonfiction, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia. (9:30 a.m., L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St, downtown Eau Claire.)

Saturday, October 18: Family story time with author and storyteller Rappin’ Rob Reid, author of 16 books, including the picture book Wave Goodbye. (10:45 a.m. The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey Street, downtown Eau Claire.)

Sunday, October 19: Young Writers Showcase. Winners of this year’s Young Writers Contest will be announced and honored. (1:30 p.m. Grand Little Theatre, 102 W Grand Ave, Eau Claire.)

For more author information and a complete schedule of this year’s events, please visit the Chippewa Valley Book Festival website.

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival is sponsored by the literary arts committee of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council and by grants from Visit Eau Claire and the Wisconsin Arts Board, in addition to support from many area organizations and individuals. 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.