Calling All Bookworms

When the temperatures start to drop in the Fall, it feels like an especially good time to put on a comfy sweater and curl up with a good book. And Eau Claire bookworms don't have to have their fun restricted to the comfort of their own homes this fall. There are plenty of literary events in the area to enjoy. Here are the top 4 that you can't afford to miss.

Chippewa Valley Book Festival: October 15th-28th

For nearly two weeks in October, book lovers, authors, and aspiring writers take over the Chippewa Valley in a celebration of literature. The Chippewa Valley Book Festival is a bookworm's delight. There are a whopping 20 events to choose from over the course of the festival. You can partake in everything from dinner with author Tessa Fontaine (author of Recklessness, Obsession and Wild Abandon) at The Lismore, to a celebration of poetry at the Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary with Jesse Lee Kercheval and Karen Kovacik, to a talk by Kevin Young at UW-Eau Claire on about his bestselling book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News that's part of the campus Forum Series. There's a little something for everyone, and the festival takes place all over town, including the new Pablo Center.

Hogwarts After Dark: September 22nd

Back by popular demand, L.E. Philips Memorial Public Library will once again play host to a night that celebrates all things Harry Potter. Hogwarts After Dark will take place September 22nd beginning at 7 PM. There will be multiple ways to celebrate the popular literary franchise. There will be a trivia contest, Harry Potter-themed food/drink, a Horcrux Scavenger Hunt, "Magical" creatures courtesy of the Eau Claire County Humane Association, Local Artisans in Eau Claire's very own Diagon Alley, Transfiguration by TG Makeup & Hair, and much more! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Dust off your wand and other wizard attire for this unique event that is a must whether you're a witch/wizard/muggle.

AAUW Annual Used Book Sale: October 12-14th

The Eau Claire branch of the AAUW, which promotes advancing equity for women through advocacy, education, and research will once again be having a fall used book sale. It will take place at the Eau Claire County Expo Center October 12th-14th. It's a great way to stock up on books and support a good cause. After all, one can never have too many books. And if you want to donate some books to the event, look for donation boxes in local grocery stores beginning on Labor Day.

Healing a Dog, Facing My Fears, Reclaiming My Life: Patricia McConnell, October 20th

Listeners of Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets won't want to miss this event at the L. E. Philips Memorial Public Library featuring the show's former co-host. Patricia McConnell will be discussing her newest book, The Education of Will: Healing a Dog, Facing My Fears, Reclaiming My Life. McConnell is an ethologist who has consulted with pet owners for over 25 years. McConnell travels all over the world speaking about canine behavior and training. Her new book discusses healing from trauma in both humans and dogs. This book is a must for pet and book lovers alike. 

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Eau Claire's literary scene this fall. You can take in one or multiple events at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, embrace your love of Harry Potter at Hogwarts After Dark, get some new books and support a great cause at the AAUW used book sale, or enjoy a talk by ethologist/author Patricia McConnell on healing from trauma for pets and humans. 

This fall embrace your inner bookworm.