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Fourth Annual Eau Claire Book Festival
Welcomes Well-known Authors Oct. 16-19

 MAILED:  Oct. 6, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — The Fourth Annual Eau Claire Book Festival will take place Thursday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct.19, at various locations around Eau Claire. Crossroad Books, in downtown Eau Claire, is the official headquarters for the festival.

Formerly known as the Festival of the Turning Leaves, the Book Festival features a variety of events for all ages and interests, including poetry slams, discussions, workshops, children’s storytelling, and presentations and readings by 17 writers of regional and national reputation.

Coordinated by the Literary Arts Committee of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council in cooperation with the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, the Chippewa Valley Museum, Crossroads Books and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the event is supported by a major grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with additional support from Jim Carter and Victoria Miller, Machgan Family Dental and many other business and individual contributors.

Beverly Soll, performing arts and special events coordinator for University Centers and Programs at UW-Eau Claire, said that six current or emeriti faculty and staff members from UW-Eau Claire worked with community members and the ECRAC committee to make this year’s event happen.

“This four-year-old festival is a fantastic example of a town/gown effort,” said Soll.

The festival will open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, with a Running Water Poetry Grand Slam at the Acoustic Café. The winners of several weeks of fall competitions will read their work.

Showcase events of the festival are the Friday and Saturday evening readings, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 at UW-Eau Claire’s Schofield Hall. Friday’s gathering will feature readings by poet and children’s author Michael Dennis Browne, short story author Peter Ho Davies and fiction writer Andrew Sean Greer. Saturday’s event will feature poet, translator and essayist Sam Hamill, who founded the “Poets Against the War” effort in January of this year and in March delivered to Congress 13,000 poems by 12,000 poets. He is also the editor of the Copper Canyon Press.

Following are other activities offered during the day on Saturday and Sunday:

Saturday, Oct. 18

Sunday, Oct. 19

All festival events are free. For more information, call Crossroads Books at (715) 831-9788 or the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library at (715) 839-5004.


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Updated: October 6, 2003