Chippewa Valley Book Festival 2022 – The Spectator

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival – a celebration of the written word through readings, book signings, school tours and writing programs for writers of all ages – offers a hybrid calendar of in-person and virtual events this year.

Chippewa Valley residents and literature enthusiasts will have many opportunities to participate and engage, according to the Chippewa Valley Book Festival website.

The 2022 festival will host several authors of various literary genres and backgrounds and offer free events to the community.

Sara Meeks, Marketing Co-Chair of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival since 2018, said there are many wonderful things about the book festival.

“We love bringing together like-minded people who love to read,” Meeks said. “We value the opportunity to introduce new authors, new subjects, and new perspectives to our community of readers while challenging them to step out of their comfort zone.”

Meeks explained how the partnerships and sponsors that support the Chippewa Valley Book Festival are key to ensuring the events go through.

“There really is an event for all interests and ages as we try to attract people from across the Chippewa Valley,” Meeks said. “To make this happen, we partner with The Pablo Center at Confluence and The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Foundation.”

Meeks also noted that all events offered by the book festival are completely free and many do not require pre-registration.

Judy Dekan, president of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, explained that the book festival also works with the Eau Claire school district for the Authors in School Program. She said they were able to bring nine authors into the schools.

“They (the authors) each do three school presentations and reach a significant number of students,” Dekan said. “They also run an evening program where all nine authors show up at the library together.”

Dekan also stated and highlighted a particular event that the Chippewa Valley Book Festival is hosting this year.

“One thing the festival is offering this year is a book-making event for young writers from the Eau Claire region,” Dekan said.

Dekan explained that the bookmaking event will be led by a local artist and bookmaking instructor and will take place in the LE Phillips Memorial Public Library. bubble box Region.

Isa Small, Chair of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival Authors and Events Committee, said it was exciting to see readers interact and find new interests in the variety of genres the book festival has to offer.

“Reading can be a very solitary act, so it’s nice to have these opportunities for individuals to interact with the author during the writing process, as well as interact with other literature lovers” , said Small.

Small said the Chippewa Valley Book Festival is open to book suggestions and new committee members.

“If anyone would like to bring an author to the Chippewa Valley or sit on one of the committees to help plan these events, they can check out our website and contact us,” Small said.

For more details on the events offered at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, see the Event calendar or the printable schedule.

O’Brien can be reached at [email protected].

Angela C. Hale