The Chippewa Valley Book Festival will take place from October 13-23. There are a number of great events to attend, including author readings and workshops. Check out http://www.cvbookfest.org/ to learn more about these fun events taking place in the community.
Tuesday, October 14, 4:30 p.m., Centennial 1204: Frank Bures is hosting the event Does the Midwest Matter? Thoughts on the Geography of Greatness, Travel and Home. Bures will discuss what defines a culture, how it gets that way, and how we know it.
Tuesday, October 14, 5:00 p.m., Davies Woodland Theater: In the Killing Us Softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity and masculinity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes that too often reinforce unrealistic and unhealthy perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality, thus challenging a new generation of students to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:00-5:40 p.m., Centennial 4308: Jon Bakos is presenting a Linguistics Colloquium, which will look at three Oklahoma dialect features—the Southern Shift, back vowel fronting, and the caught/cot merger. These have been observed previously in the state by researchers. This work examines their occurrence in the present day, with paired reading passage and wordlist data from each respondent.
Thursday, October 16, 4:00 p.m., Centennial 1415: Josh Hanagarne is a 6'7", 265 pound librarian, performing strongman, author, speaker, and (in his own words) twitchy giant with extreme Tourette Syndrome. The World's Strongest Librarian and other Challenges presentation is co-sponsored by the Schneider Disability Issues Forum of UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and it will feature Hanagarne as a speaker. Learn more about this author at http://joshhanagarne.com/.
Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium: Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009). The New York Times Bestseller focuses on the challenges facing women around the world, and how Americans are building direct connections with social entrepreneurs to help create solutions for women in the developing economy.
Thursday, October 16, 8:00-10:00 p.m., The Cabin: NOTA will be hosting an Open Read,featuring The Strips as the musical performance of the night. All are welcome, so come enjoy a great evening of free entertainment!
Friday, October 17, 12:00 p.m., Centennial Hall: Debra Monroe, author of the memoir On the Outskirts of Normal, will host the event Writing Non-Fiction: Getting from Undergraduate Study to being a Published Writer. She will discuss the process, roadblocks, and the gateways that lie ahead.
Friday, October 17, 1:00 p.m., Council Oak (260): There will be an informational meeting about the 2015-2016 National Student Exchange. There are nearly 200 schools participating in the NSE program, including schools in Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Students can study at one of those schools for a semester or a year, pay UW-Eau Claire tuition, and earn credits that count toward graduation requirements. Qualified students need to have completed at least 30 semester credits, be currently enrolled as a full-time student at UW-Eau Claire, and have a GPA of at least 2.5. At the meeting, the application process, requirements, timelines, and the placement process will be discussed and application packets will be distributed. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please attend!
Saturday, October 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium: Join us for the production of The Reign of Wazobia and to thank Dr. Tess Onwueme, an internationally recognized playwright whose plays have received accolades and been performed all over the world. She brings a global perspective to our lives here in Eau Claire and her work embodies the best of transnational feminism. A reception will follow where you can view the donated archival collection of her work that spans the playwright's almost 30-year career.
Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 p.m., Centennial 4th Floor: Come to the Sigma Tau Delta meeting. Get to know fellow students who are enthusiastic about English while learning about and participating in fun English events on campus and in the community. There are also a number of scholarship opportunities available to members. Contact Carey Applegate at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.english.org to learn more about this organization!
Wednesday, October 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Phillips Hall P007: The Departments of Biology, Art & Design, and English are sponsoring a showing of the film The Lost Bird Project. There will be free passenger pigeon origami and a Q & A with Dr. Chris Floyd. Visit www.lostbirdfilm.org for more information.
Thursday, October 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Fourth floor of Centennial: The Sigma Tau Delta Trick-or-Treating for Children's Books is a fun event where you can dress up in your favorite costume and collect books for local literacy programs. A potluck is scheduled to follow. Contact email@example.com if you would like to learn more about this event.
Friday, October 24, 5:00p.m., Dr. Turner's mailbox in Centennial 4105: Internship applications are due! If you would like the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a work environment and course credit, please consider applying for an internship (some of them are paid!). For information about available internships and how to apply, contact Dr. Stephanie Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) visit http://www.uwec.edu/English/internships/upload/How-to-apply-for-an-Internship-3.pdf.
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The Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) offers free one-on-one peer writing support for all UWEC students at any stage of any writing project. CWE writing assistants are recruited from across campus and work with students in every major. They can help you brainstorm topics for papers and multimedia projects, develop thesis statements, organize your sources, focus and revise your arguments, and avoid plagiarism by properly citing sources. They can also help with personal writing (resumes, graduate school applications). The CWE offers support in multiple locations around campus, including McIntyre Library, the Student Success Center in Centennial Hall, the Haas Fine Arts Center, and upper-campus dorms. Visit http://www.uwec.edu/writing for more information or to make an appointment.
Monday, October 13, 7:00 p.m., L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: P. S. Duffy will discuss her debut novel, The Cartographer of No Man's Land, at the event History and Story: Writing War Fiction. The novel is set in Nova Scotia and the Western Front during the First World War. It has been published in four countries and is soon to be published in its fifth. To learn more about the author and novel, visit http://www.psduffy.com/.
Tuesday, October 14, 11:00 a.m., Oakland Hills Retirement Living, 4316 Oakwood Hills Parkway, Eau Claire: Katherine Schneider will talk about and read from her book, Occupying Aging, a memoir that is a daily diary of a year's worth of activities and thoughts—from the value of procrastinating to the pros and cons of aging. The presentation will be captioned for the hearing-impaired.
Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m., Chippewa Falls Public Library: There will be a reading and discussion with Laurie Norlander, author of Mirror Images. Expect to hear some parts of a tale that reveals itself slowly, by various turns of plot and character development. Her book raises the central issue: what is real, what isn't? Norlander will talk about the way the book took shape and the journey she has been on to get this book into print. After the presentation, there will be a book sale and signing.
Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m., Volume One: The Local Store: Now is your chance to hear John Hildebrand lead a reading at Volume One. Hildebrand is an accomplished writer and professor at UW-Eau Claire who will talk about creating literary journalism and will read from and talk about his new book, The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac. A short description of his work may be found at people.uwec.edu/hildebjs/biography.htm. If you have questions about this event, call (715) 552-0457.
Tuesday, October 14, 8:00 p.m., Pizza Plus: Enjoy local talent (or share your own) at an "open mic" experience with an artist's touch. Savor cuisine from Pizza Plus' full artisan menu until midnight. Sign-up begins at 8:00 p.m. for a limited number of slots. First come, first serve!
Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m., Menomonie Public Library: Nickolas Butler will read from his critically acclaimed debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, and participate in a question and answer session. You can learn more about Butler at http://nickolasbutler.com/.
Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m., Altoona Public Library: Victoria Houston, author of Dead lil' Hustler (the thirteenth book in the Loon Lake Mystery Series), will talk about the process of writing mystery fiction and read briefly to illustrate her points. A veteran of 25 years in the book publishing business, Houston will also talk about how electronic publishing is changing our world. She will also comment on the dynamics of self-publishing. Visit www.victoriahouston.com to learn more about this author.
Friday, October 17, 4:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Gray St. and Farwell, Downtown Eau Claire: Roberta Hill is an Oneida poet, fiction writer, and scholar. Her published works include Star Quilt, Philadelphia Flowers, and most recently, Cicadas: New and Selected Poems, all from Holy Cow! Press. Dasha Kelly, an accomplished writer, artist, and entrepreneur, will also be reading selections of her own work. In addition to hearing some great poetry, there will also be a drawing for two free tickets to the Gary Wright concert/reading on Thursday, October 23, at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.
Friday, October 17, 8:00-9:00 p.m., Eau Claire Golf and Country Club: David Rhodes, author of books including Driftless and Jewelweed, is the feature author for this event that is free and open to the public. Rhodes will read from his work and talk about the way he has built his stories, how his personal questions and passions have helped him create and shape his fiction. He is interested in the response of his readers and will entertain audience questions and comments. Books and signings will be available before and after the presentation. There will also be a drawing for two free tickets to the Gary Wright concert/reading on Thursday, October 23, at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.
Saturday, October 18, 9:30 a.m., L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: Join B.J. Hollars as he reads two new essays, both of which seek to uncover the secret stories of Eau Claire's past through the objects left behind. In his search for the previous owners of an ancient typewriter and the wedding dress of a woman he never met, Hollars inadvertently finds much more; namely, a new way of seeing the city he loves.
Saturday, October 18, 10:45 a.m., L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: Christina Baker Kline is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and editor. She is an award-winning author who will be speaking out her novel Orphan Train. There will also be a drawing for two free tickets to the Gary Wright concert/reading on Thursday, October 23, at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.
Saturday, October 18, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Volume One: The Local Store: Rob Reid will present a lively storytelling and musical program guaranteed to make preschool through elementary-age kids and their parents laugh or your entire admission fee will be refunded. On top of that, the program is free. Book sales and signings will be available after the presentation.
Saturday, October 18, 1:00 p.m., L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: Miriam Karmel will read from her debut novel Being Esther. She'll talk about its origins and how it came to be published with Milkweed Editions. Aspects of novel writing and publishing will certainly come up in a discussion and Q & A that ensues after her reading.
Saturday, October 18, 2:15 p.m., L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: Matthew Batt, author of a memoir (Sugarhouse), a novel, as well as numerous short stories and essays, will read from his own work and discuss the process of taking events from "real life" and turning them into both fictional and nonfictional art.
Saturday, October 18, 3:30 p.m., L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: Debra Monroe will talk about writing nonfiction and will read from her memoir On the Outskirts of Normal. There will also be a drawing for two free tickets to the Gary Wright concert/reading on Thursday, October 23, at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.
Monday, October 20, 7:00 p.m., Volume One: The Local Store: B.J. Hollars will provide a 75-minute lecture and discussion on various techniques of the nonfiction form, and in particular, how these techniques might be applied to memoir writing. This workshop is limited to 20 registrants who sign up and pay the $10 fee. Registration and payment may be made online at www.eauclairearts.com, by telephone at (715) 832-2787, or in person at the ECRAC office (316 Eau Claire Street, Eau Claire) by no later than Friday, October 17. Payments should be made to the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.
Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., Volume One: The Local Store: Bruce Taylor will be putting on a poetry workshop during the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. It will last approximately seventy-five minutes, and it will serve as a boot camp and/or finishing school for master, manqué, and/or wanna-be poets who ought to know better and/or think they do. Bring some pieces in various stages. This workshop is limited to 20 registrants who sign up and pay the $10 fee. Registration and payment may be made online at www.eauclairearts.com, by telephone at (715) 832-2787, or in person at the ECRAC office (316 Eau Claire Street, Eau Claire) by no later than Friday, October 17. Payments should be made to the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.
Tuesday, October 21, 8:00 p.m., Pizza Plus: Enjoy local talent (or share your own) at an "open mic" experience with an artist's touch. Savor cuisine from Pizza Plus' full artisan menu until midnight. Sign-up begins at 8:00 p.m. for a limited number of slots. First come, first serve!
Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m., Volume One: The Local Store: Karen Loeb will conduct a 75-minute workshop related to fiction writing. While she will certainly make some comments about writing, the emphasis will be on creating stories from words and images. You should come prepared to participate aloud and to write. This workshop is limited to 20 registrants who sign up and pay the $10 fee. Registration and payment may be made online at www.eauclairearts.com, by telephone at (715) 832-2787, or in person at the ECRAC office (316 Eau Claire Street, Eau Claire) by no later than Friday, October 17. Payments should be made to the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.
Thursday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., Eau Claire Regional Arts Center: State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire Street, Eau Claire: Gary Wright, a 70s rock icon, has completed his autobiography entitled Dream Weaver. At this event, a pianist will accompany Wright as he performs material from his albums, some of which were produced alongside George Harrison. In between songs, he will highlight passages from his autobiography, and a slideshow will be shown with images and videos of both he and Harrison.Ticket prices are $15-$30 and can be purchased online at www.eauclairearts.com, by phone at (715) 832-2787 (Monday through Friday), or at the office (316 Eau Claire Street).
Friday, October 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m., The Volume One Gallery: There is a NOTA Appreciation Concert. Featured musical groups include Water Street Ramblers, Hannah Helb (Hemma), and Love Taxi. The cost to see performers is $5. Come for music and words by UWEC students and donate to help NOTA thrive!
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2nd Tuesdays 7–8:15 pm: Writers Read at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire, 715.839-1648, Featured Writers and "Themed Readings" Free and open to the public. ecpubliclibrary.info/index.php
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First Wednesdays 7–9 pm: OUTLOUD: Open Mike at the Acoustic Café: Free and open to the public. An open mike for original words: writers, poets, spoken-word, slammers, singer-songwriters, monologists; if you wrote it come share your short works with and listen to others. Come early for dinner, stay for dessert. Sign-up sheet at 6:30 pm. theacoustic.com/eauclaire/