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Events

Upcoming Events:   

Saturday, November 28, 2020 - Small Business Saturday in your Jammies!

All Day at dottersbooks.com

It's our favorite day of the year and we are so sad that we won't be able to invite you into our shop for coffee, treats, Story Time, music, and all the other festivities we've come to enjoy so much.  Like most everything this year, things will be a little different.

Here's what won't be different: 

  • We have tons of books in stock for everyone on your shopping list (including you!). Need a little help with what to buy? We put together gift guides for you to peruse - or, send us an email at dottersbooks@gmail.com and we'll be very happy to help with recommendations. 
  • We have art prints, greeting cards, and other holiday gifts!
  • The first five people to spend $25 will receive a free tote bag. (This only applies to orders made on our website - not special orders made via email)
  • Everyone who makes a purchase, from sunup to sundown, will be entered to win a basket of books and other goodies. (This only applies to orders made on our website - not special orders made via email)

We hope that you'll choose to invest in our community by shopping local all day. The Chippewa Valley is so fortunate to have so many incredible small businesses. Please know that when you choose to shop with us, in your community, you directly contribute to the culture of your city and make it possible for us to stay in business during a very challenging time. We're so grateful to you all and cannot wait to welcome you through our doors again. 

Happy Holidays!

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Past Events: 

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Used Book Sale & Banned Books Week 

From 9:00 - 3:00pm, come find us at 512 Garfield St. in Eau Claire. 

Dotters Books will host a new & used book sale as part of the Third Ward Thrift Sale. Browse a limited selection of new titles, used art books, at least one signed first edition novel, and our sale bin of 25 cent books! We’ll also celebrate Banned Books Week by featuring a curated selection of challenged or banned titles. 

 

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Tables of Content Book Fair

From 12:00 - 4:00pm, come find us at the Oxbow Gallery, 516 Galloway St.

Dotters Books will join the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, the Local Store, Twig, Red's Mercantile, and local authors for a family-friendly book fair. This is the first time the Chippewa Valley Book Festival will host the book fair. At The Local Store & Volume One Gallery, you can browse books, meet authors during signings, and snack on some food from Bomb Tacos. Receive 15% off your purchase at The Local Store when you purchase a book from the book fair! Twig will host a zine-making table at the Oxbow Gallery, and Dotters Books will hold a pop-up at Red's Mercantile. Fun for the whole family! 

 

Small Business Saturday Pop Up with Avalon Floral

Saturday, November 25, 9am - 1pm 
506 Water St., Eau Claire, WI

For the holiday season, Dotters Books will have a carefully curated selection of new and used books for adults and children. Catch co-founders Elizabeth de Cleyre, Jill Heinke Moen, and Margaret Leonard at Avalon Floral for Small Business Saturday, November 25th from 9am - 1pm. Avalon Floral has 50% off holiday decor items, and samples of Honest Roast Coffee will be available. Purchases and special orders for gifts can be made in person, online at dottersbooks.com, or by emailing dottersbooks@gmail.com

 

Dotters Books / Northbound Supply Pop Up 

Saturday, December 9, 10am - 4pm
215 North Barstow St., Eau Claire, WI

Independent booksellers Dotters Books will have a selection of new and used books for adults and children available for purchase at Northbound Supply. Enjoy wintery drinks from the espresso bar, curl up with a book in the store’s cozy window seats, and find great reads for the book lovers in your life. Purchases and special orders for gifts can be made in person, online at dottersbooks.com, or by emailing dottersbooks@gmail.com
Dotters Books / Avalon Floral Pop Up
9am - 3pm Saturday, Dec. 16, 504 Water Street
Our Small Business Saturday pop up at Avalon Floral was so much fun we decided to do it all over again! Avalon has 50% off gifts and goodies for you and yours. December 16th is the last day to place special orders with us for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. Purchases and special orders for gifts can be made in person, online at dottersbooks.com, or by emailing dottersbooks@gmail.com.  

Dotters Books / Northbound Supply Pop Up 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 : 10am - 4pm
215 North Barstow St., Eau Claire, WI

Independent booksellers Dotters Books will have a selection of new and used books for adults and children available for purchase at Northbound Supply. Enjoy wintery drinks from the espresso bar, curl up with a book in the store’s cozy window seats, and find great reads to last you through the winter. Special orders can be made in person, online at dottersbooks.com, or by emailing dottersbooks@gmail.com

Palentine's Day Artist Market
Saturday, February 17, 2018 : 6pm - 9pm
Kgam Studio, 515 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire, WI

Hosted by Odd, Twig, and Midwest Feminist, the artist market will include love haikus and books from Dotters Books. There will be other awesome artists and vendors in attendance, as well as spoken word, food bites, a resource fair, and donation drive for Bolton Refuge. 

 

Dotters Books in Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado
Sunday, February 25, 2018 : 7pm
Pop Up Shop 12 - 4pm @ the Gallery at the Oxbow Hotel

Dotters Books will host a video conversation with National Book Award Finalist Carmen Maria Machado, author of 'Her Body and Other Parties.' Readers, writers, fans of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, and members of the Chippewa Writers Guild are encouraged to attend.
Independent booksellers Dotters Books will have a selection of new and used books for adults and children available for purchase from 12-4pm, and after the 7pm event. Special orders can be made in person, online at dottersbooks.com, or by emailing dottersbooks@gmail.com

Independent Bookstore Day Pop-Up Shop at Shift

April 28 from 9:30am-2pm

Dotters Books is turning O N E!

We're celebrating our first anniversary and Independent Bookstore Day with a pop-up at our new favorite coffee shop! We'll be spending our day at Shift (615 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire), hanging out with the ladies of Odd Brand and Twig, and selling books to book lovers of all ages. Stop down and support your local, independent bookstore! The first 15 shoppers will receive a free gift with their purchase, plus we're doing an exciting giveaway for our first birthday!

 

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Reading with Andrea Swensson, author of Got To Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound, at Kgam Studio

Andrea Swensson is an author, radio host, and music journalist. She hosts a weekly program about the Minnesota music scene, The Local Show, at Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current and contributes to the Local Current Blog. Prior to joining MPR, she was the music editor at City Pages, where she founded the AAN AltWeekly Award-winning Gimme Noise music blog.

Got To Be Something Here won the Minnesota Book Award for Minnesota Nonfiction. 

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 2-8pm - Family Day in Downtown Eau Claire

While you're enjoying a fun-filled afternoon at Family Day, stop by Dotters Books to stock up on reads for the little bookworms in your life. We'll have plenty of books for kids of all ages: babies to teenagers. Plus, we'll have a selection of books for adults - parents have to read, too!

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Dotters Book GRAND OPENING - 1602 Hogeboom Avenue

Dotters Books will officially open at for business on Saturday, 10/6 at our Grand Opening Party! Join us for story time at 10:30am with BJ Hollars and at 2pm with Jake Lindgren! SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar will be selling coffee and waffles in the afternoon from 2-5pm, and there will be live music from 3pm onward. Stop in anytime during our Saturday hours 10am-6pm and snack on yummy treats while browsing our diverse selection of books. We can't wait to talk books with you!

 

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 4-6:30pm - The Big Little Party on the East Hill

A Little Free Library Crawl on the East Hill! 

Grab your library card from one of the participating Little Free Libraries, collect a stamp at three or more libraries, and turn your card in at Dotters Books for a chance to win a Dotters Books Gift Certificate. 

Participating Little Free Libraries:
1602 Lyndale Avenue
1917 Lyndale Avenue
622 Culver Street
1523 Hoover Avenue
1928 Ohm Avenue
1604 Laurel Avenue
1430 Lee Street

Dotters Events at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival - October 15-25

Young Writers Showcase - Sunday, October 21 at 1pm at the Grand Theater
We'll have a selection of Children's books, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books available. Any child participating in the Showcase will be given a voucher for a free book.

Little Faith Reading and Background with Nickolas Butler - Monday, October 22 at 6:30pm at Memorial Student Center Ballroom, UW-Stout
We'll be selling Nickolas Butler's previously released books - Shotgun Lovesongs, Beneath the Bonfire, and Hearts of Men - PLUS you'll be able to pre-order the new book, Little Faith, out in the spring.

Prairie Fires: The True Story behind Laura Ingalls Wilder's Prairie HouseBooks with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Caroline Fraser - Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm, RCU Theater at the Pablo Center at the Confluence
We'll be selling a selection of books that we feel is representative of our curated collection at the shop.

Dine with the Author | The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story with Mai Neng Moua - Wednesday, October 24 at noon, Chippewa Valley Museum
Margaret will be introducing Mai Neng Moua and enjoying a delicious lunch. Let's try to sit together!

 

Shane Leonard & Humbird Solo Acoustic at Dotters Books - October 29 at 8pm

Producer, all-purpose studio musician and songwriter Shane Leonard has packed a lot of music into his modest thirty three years.  Having grown up playing jazz with musicians generations older than him, dropped out of music school to become an English teacher, and left that to study fiddle and banjo with Appalachian elders, Shane's writing and playing comes from all kinds of angles. With a resume including acts such as Field Report, Kalispell, and many others, Shane is set to release his debut solo album early next year.

Creating music out of a mosaic of influences like Joni Mitchell, Bon Iver and Bill Frisell, Humbird weaves it all together with powerful lyrics and a stubborn pursuit of the sound of the North.

This will be an intimate show with limited seating. Get your tickets fast! BYOB.

 

Small Business Saturday - November 24, 2018 

10am-6pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau Claire

Support small businesses all over Eau Claire next Saturday! Join us for Small Business Saturday. We'll have delicious goodies for sale from Baker & Son, a local mother-son team baking cookies and serving hot chocolate, all to raise money for a school trip to Costa Rica. Every customer that comes in on Saturday will receive a special gift with their purchase, plus, for every $25 that you spend, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a basket full of galley copies, bookmarks, and a few surprises. Get your holiday shopping started and SUPPORT LOCAL! 

Reading & Book Release - Plum Season: A Collection of Works from Ukraine by Mary Shaw - December 8, 2018

7:00pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue

"I have only come in the season of plums and gooseberry. I have only known the air to be warm and sweet with summer."

Join us for the release of Mary's collection of works titled "Plum Season" made during her time with family in Ukraine. Her poetry, prose, conversations, and photography act as an exercise in reflection on what changes and what stays the same in the familial spaces that we cherish. Space is limited, so come early!

 

Baker & Son Pop.Up AND Hanukkah Story Time - December 8, 2018

10:30am at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom

We'll have delicious goodies for sale from Baker & Son, a local mother-son team baking cookies and serving hot chocolate, all to raise money for a school trip to Costa Rica. While you're enjoying your cookies, Heather Rigby will be joining us for a very special Story Time. She'll be reading some of her favorite Hanukkah books, so come early and get a good spot!

 

Red Letter Grant Holiday Pop.Up

November 3-December 27 - 325 East Madison Street, Eau Claire

Dotters Books will have books, cards, prints, and journals available at the Red Letter Grant Holiday Pop.Up space this holiday season. We're honored to be a part of the space, which also houses beautiful goods from fellow Red Letter Grant winners Hive & Hollow, Giizhig Design Company, Moonrise Aerials, and Odd Brand Strategy. Stop down to meet all of these wonderful, boss women and get some of your holiday shopping done! 

OPEN Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm & Sunday 11am-3pm

 

February 9, 2019 - Ask the Sexpert

7:00 - 8:30pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau Claire

When it comes to sex, it seems like the more you learn, the more there is to learn. Do you have a question or three about sexual health or pleasure? Wanna get an honest answer and a couple of good laughs? Sexuality educator, Lucky Tomaszek, will collect anonymous questions from the audience, and then answer them right there! These events strive to combine honesty and humor, while providing accurate, up-to-date information to anyone with questions.

Lucky Tomaszek is a sexuality educator, recently relocated from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to her current role as education coordinator at The Tool Shed, Cream City's education-based, mission-driven sex toy store, she has a long background as a birth worker and parenting columnist. She is the author of the semi-monthly column "MKE SEX", published by Milwaukee Record, and is a contributor to "The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood" by Madison Young. Most mornings you can find her balancing her cat and her keyboard in her lap, doggedly trying to make the world a smarter, safer place for people of all genders, orientations and relationship groupings.

All donations collected will be given to The Bolton Refuge House - Light refreshments and sparkling water will be available - feel free to bring any and all beverages of your choice

 

February 14, 2019 - Fersk Floral Pop-up 

2:00 - 6:00pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau Claire

Pick up some flowers from Fersk's Pop-up Flower Bar along with a thoughtful card and book for your Valentine! Dotters Books is your one-stop Valentine (or Galentine, or Palentine) shop! 

 

March 4, 2019 - Little Faith Release Party

Noon-4pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau

Stop in to celebrate the release of Nickolas Butler's new novel, Little Faith. Nick will be here to sign books, chat, and enjoy delicious cupcakes from Just Dessert. If you've pre-ordered the book, it will be reserved for you. If you haven't, we've ordered lots of extra copies. You don't want to miss this book - it's wonderful!

 

March 21, 2019 - Walk the Walk, Camp the Camp, Bird the Bird Release and Reading with Steve Betchkal

7:00pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau Claire 

Steve Betchkal is a proud environmentalist, an ornithologist who is fluent in bird, and the Eau Claire-based author of All of This & Robins Too,  Make Birds Not WarWisconsin Birding Trails, & Cat Tales. In his 30 years as a professional journalist he produced 11,000 TV stories, and is the only journalist in Chippewa Valley history to win five Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

He writes books in an attempt to express both his love for nature and its cohort wilderness, and his dismay for  the self-centered policies that disdain that kind of love.  

Steve will read a short excerpt from his new book and gleefully signing purchased copies.

 

March 23, 2019 - Katherine Schneider at a Very Special Story Time

10:30-11:00am at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau Claire

Katherine Schneider will share her book, Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold, at our weekly Story Time event.

Getting through life is pictured as a treasure hunt in this book for young children with and without disabilities.  Realities of having a disability like working extra hard, being teased, and asking for, accepting, and giving help are pictured.  Constructive ways of dealing with the frustrating parts of having a disability are featured as well as techniques for building a positive self image that includes the disability. Although obstacles are squarely faced, this book emphasizes that each child can find both small and big treasures on his/her life’s treasure hunt.

This book is written for children ages four to ten. After reading from her book, Kathie (a retired clinical psychologist blind from birth) will answer children’s questions and introduce them to her Seeing Eye dog.

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April 13, 2019 - Kelly R. Samuels Reading & Release

7:00pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau Claire

Kelly R. Samuels is celebrating the release of two chapbooks with a reading at Dotters Books. She'll be reading from her new collections: Words Some of Us Rarely Use and Zeena/Zenobia SPEAKS. She'll leave time for questions and have copies of both of her books for sale. 

Kelly R. Samuels is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Salt Hill, The Carolina Quarterly, Sweet Tree Review, Kestrel, Permafrost, Heron Tree, and SWWIM. She lives in the upper Midwest. 

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April 27, 2019 - INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!

10am-6pm at Dotters Books, 1602

Come celebrate the 5th Annual Independent Bookstore Day! We've got exciting things planned all day long:

10am-1pm: Coffee and Waffles available from Shift Cyclery & Coffee Bar
10:30am: A Very Special Story Time with Tina Agnes, author of The Resting Tree
 2pm-5pm: Ice Cream available from Ramone's 

We'll also be doing a raffle for a basket full of books, bookmarks, and other goodies. For every $25 you spend, you'll be entered to win. We're so proud to be your Local, Independent Bookshop. Come down and celebrate with us!

April 27, 2019 - A Very Special Story Time with Tina Agnes

10:30am at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue

Tina Agnes is celebrating the release of her new children's book, The Resting Tree, with a Very Special Story Time at Dotters Books. She'll be reading her book, answering reader questions, and signing books.

About the book:
Tommie, like many of us, struggles to find where she belongs. The world of school and friends can be a little overwhelming. Enter the magic of nature, and, like Tommie, with an open heart, you might just find that true friends and happiness can be found right in your backyard.
About the author:
Tina grew up just outside of Eau Claire, in rural Wisconsin where she was able to freely wander through farm and woodland. Drawing since she could hold a pencil, Tina carries her grandmother’s name, Agnes. Grandma was a fiercely strong and stubborn woman. The older Tina gets, the more she recognizes these as great strengths within herself. Tina’s writing is based on her wild, deep connection to her family’s farm and animals. She currently lives in Eagan, MN and works with deaf and hard of hearing preschoolers. She loves to paint and teach art classes; and to tell stories! She hopes this one will spark your own childhood inspirations and the gentle lessons they give us.
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May 10, 2019 - Spin. Style. Soar.: A Digital Branding Cheat Sheet

5:30-7:30pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue

Need to clarify your personal brand or increase the visibility of your side hustle? If you're not a digital influencer, it's time to become one! Learn how to connect with different media outlets (print and digital); the pros and cons of trending online channels; and insightful tools for how to start building those crucial connections on a local and national level by using effective self-promotion via social media, other web-based platforms and direct interactions in your community. 
 5 Key Objectives:
  • Identifying Your Target Audience (Crafting A Personal Brand Narrative...and figuring out who wants to hear it)
  • Creating Engaging Platforms and Posts (BIAS distorts REALITY...and how to use this to your advantage)
  • Building Cross-Promotion (Finding Your Digital Tribe)
  • Working with the Media (How to Get Noticed..and what to do once you do)
  • Streamlining Self-Promotion (Distinguishing one's "after hours" gig from the company and/or entity you may also represent in your "day job")
Bio:
Rachel Werner is the Content Marketing Specialist for Taliesin Preservation—a National Historic Landmark and the home, studio, school, and 800-acre estate of Frank Lloyd Wright. She is also 2019 guest faculty at The Highlights Foundation; a 2016-17 national WomenRide4Change Ambassador; a 2018 We Need Diverse Books mentorship finalist; and a 2017 World Food Championship judge. Formerly the digital editor at BRAVA (a Wisconsin-based publication created by women for women), she enjoyed overseeing culinary, arts, style and live event coverage while working in the media in addition to previously having contributed print, photography and video content to Madison Magazine, Entrepreneurial Chef, Hobby Farms Magazine and Urban Farm. She eagerly awaits presenting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writer's Institute and "Write to Publish" at Portland State University, both taking place this April, on digital marketing and social media strategy for writers.
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May 11, 2019 - r.r. campbell Book Release & Reading
7-8:30 pm at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau Claire
Join Wisconsin author r.r. campbell to celebrate the release of his latest novel at this reading and signing event at Dotters Books!

r.r. campbell is an author, editor, and the founder of the Writescast Network, a podcast collective for writers, by writers. His novels include Accounting for It All, Imminent Dawn, and Mourning Dove.

Imminent Dawn debuted as the number one new release in LGBT science fiction on Amazon and has been likened to Game of Thrones and Black Mirror. Mourning Dove, the sequel to Imminent Dawn, is an evocative, sweeping symphony of love, revenge, and desperation in cacophonous times. It will debut on April 29, mere weeks before this event in Eau Claire.

The event will feature readings by the author, as well as a book signing and sale. r.r. will also take questions from attendees about his past, current, and future releases.

For more about Imminent Dawn and Mourning Dove, visit empathyseries.com.

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Saturday, June 29, 2017 - Very Special Story Time with Charlotte Sullivan Wild

10:30am at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom Avenue

Charlotte Wild Sullivan will be reading her debut children's book, The Amazing Idea of You, at a Very Special Story Time at Dotters Books. She'll have fun activities for the kids, answer questions from readers, and sign books.

About the Book:

Fans of Emily Winfield Martin will delight in this loving, gorgeously illustrated story that celebrates new life. Hidden inside every living thing is an idea. That idea can sprout, sing, wriggle, take wing . . . into something amazing! Exploring beginnings both small and great, The Amazing Idea of You bonds the human and natural worlds in a lyrical burst of celebration. So dig deep, fly high, look around, and find the extraordinary inside everything . . . including YOU!

About the Author:

Inside Charlotte Sullivan Wild was the idea of stories, long before she could write. So she told tales to her kindergarten teacher at the typewriter. Soon she read and wrote herself. So many stories (so many cross-outs). After years of teaching stories, and asking authors about their stories on the radio, and even selling stories in a bookstore—AT LAST, one of her ideas grew into this very book in your hands. Originally from Minnesota—land of sweet, crisp apples—she now scribbles her ideas in Texas amid clouds of dancing butterflies. Learn more at www.charlotteswild.com.

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Monday, August 12, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm - An Evening with Dusti Bowling

Visit Eau Claire Experience Center - 128 Graham Avenue, Suite 151, Eau Claire

Dotters Books and Family Conversation Kits invite you to a special evening with Dusti Bowling, author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. Dusti's book was the first pick for our FAMILY Book Club and we'll be Skyping with her about her book, as well as the forthcoming sequel, Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus. Does Dusti actually know a llama named Spaghetti? Was it one of her childhood dreams to grow up at a theme park like Aven? Bring the whole family - and all of your questions - down to Visit Eau Claire's beautiful Experience Center in The Pablo Center. 

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Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:30am - A Very Special Story Time with Eau Claire Folk Tapes

Dotters Books - 1602 Hogeboom Avenue, Eau Claire

Eau Claire Folk Tapes (ECFT) is an exciting new project founded by Sarah Olson, a public school music teacher here in Eau Claire. ECFT is a collaboration between musicians and authors (Nickolas Butler & BJ Hollars, to name a few) to create a new canon of folk music in order to connect people through song. We're excited to have Sarah and her friends here with us for a musical Saturday Story Time. 

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Wednesday, September 25 - Dotters Book Club in Conversation with Terese Marie Mailhot

6:00pm at Visit Eau Claire Experience Center - 128 Graham Avenue

We're Skyping with Terese Marie Mailhot and everyone is invited! Our Book Club is reading the New York Times bestselling Heart Berries: A Memoir in September. Mailhot's memoir was selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018 and was listed as an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, a Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, and was one of Harper's Bazaar's Best Books of 2018. We're so excited about this opportunity to speak with her and hope you'll join us for a fantastic discussion.

Terese Marie Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Pacific Standard, Granta, Mother Jones, Medium, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, the Electra Quinney Award for Published Stories, a Clara Johnson Award, and she is also the recipient of the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature. She teaches creative writing at Purdue University. 

Heart Berries will be for sale at the event.

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Tuesday, October 15 - Meet the School Authors - Book Sale & Signing

6:00 - 7:30pm at Visit Eau Claire Experience Center, 128 Graham Avenue

Students, parents and the entire community are invited to create lasting memories by meeting award winning authors presenting in area schools during the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.  Begin a collection of personally autographed books for yourself or a young person you love. They will be treasured for a lifetime!  And don’t forget your cameras!

6:00pm - Book sales begin (10% of sales will be donated to Authors in the Schools program)

6:30pm - Author introductions, comments, and signing session

Learn more here

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Saturday, October 26 - Halloween Story Time

10:30am at Dotters Books, 1602 Hogeboom, East Hill, Eau Claire

Everything you love about Story Time PLUS Halloween Costumes!

We'll have plenty of donuts from Roadside Bakery, coffee from The Coffee Grounds and spooky stories and songs from Josh Rizzo! Join us! 

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Thursday, July 30, 2020 - Book & Author Virtual Book Club - Angie Kim & Téa Obreht discuss Miracle Creek

7pm EST, 6pm CST on Crowdcast - Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/apocaxnl/register

Come join us! Sign up to participate in the next Macmillan’s Book + Author series: an exclusive book club event with author Angie Kim and her novel Miracle Creek, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. 

Dotters Books has partnered with Macmillan to bring this opportunity to book club members across the country, who can tune in to hear a discussion with fellow author Téa Obrecht and participate in the live Q&A.

Click here to read Margaret's review of Miracle Creek.

Need a copy of the book? Click here to purchase Miracle Creek. Click here to purchase Inland, Téa Obreht's latest novel.

 

Register through the link below.

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/apocaxnl/register

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 - Front Yard Pop-up Shop

From 10am-4pm - 1426 Emery Street, Eau Claire

We're doing a POP-UP! Saturday, September 12 we'll be having a pop-up book sale in Margaret's front yard - and probably on her porch too - from 10am to 4pm at 1426 Emery Street in Eau Claire.
Stop by to browse lots and lots of books for readers of all ages!
As we enter a new season, and the weather is beautiful, we're hoping to host quite a few of these over the next few weeks. The brick and mortar shop will most likely not open before the holiday season, so these pop-ups are a great opportunity to see some books in person before you start your holiday shopping.
We'll be outside on my front yard - weather permitting - and we'll do what we can to space books out well. We'll also have hand sanitizer available and will ask you to wear a mask. If it rains and the entire sale needs to move into the porch, we will limit the number of people who can browse at a certain time.
We cannot wait to see you all! For real! In real life! 
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - Wisconsin Book Festival: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan & Leila Chatti

7:00pm - Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/starling-days--deluge/register?utm_source=website&utm_medium=event-page

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Program in Creative Writing, this edition of Wisconsin Wednesdays features UW Alumnae Rowan Hisayo Buchanan for her new novel, Starling Days, and Leila Chatti for her new poetry collection, Deluge

About Starling Days: The moving new novel by the author of Harmless Like You, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and NPR Great Read. On their first date, Mina told Oscar that she was bisexual, vegetarian, and on meds. He married her anyhow. A challenge to be met. She had low days, sure, but manageable. But now, maybe not so much . . . Mina is standing on the George Washington Bridge late at night, staring over the edge, when a patrol car drives up. She tries to convince the policeman she’s not about to jump, but he doesn’t believe her. Oscar is called to pick her up. With the idea of leaving New York for London—a place for Mina “to learn the floorplan of this sadness”—Oscar arranges a move. In London, Mina, a classicist, tries grappling with her mental health issues by making lists. Of women who survivied—Penelope, Psyche, Leda. Iphigenia, but only in one of the tellings. Of things that make her happy—enamel coffee cups. But what else? She at last finds a beam of light in Phoebe, and friendship and attraction blossom until Oscar and Mina’s complicated love is tested. A gorgeously wrought novel, variously about love, mythology, mental illness, Japanese beer, and the times we need to seek out milder psychological climates, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Starling Days, written in exquisite prose rich with lightly ironic empathy, is a complex and compelling work of fiction by a singularly gifted young writer. 

About Deluge: In her early twenties, Leila Chatti started bleeding and did not stop. Physicians referred to this bleeding as flooding. In the Qur’an, as in the Bible, the Flood was sent as punishment. The idea of disease as punishment drives this collection’s themes of shame, illness, grief, and gender, transmuting religious narratives through the lens of a young Arab-American woman suffering a taboo female affliction. Deluge investigates the childhood roots of faith and desire alongside their present day enactments. Chatti’s remarkably direct voice makes use of innovative poetic form to gaze unflinchingly at what she was taught to keep hidden. This powerful piece of life-writing depicts Chatti’s journey from diagnosis to surgery and remission in meticulous chronology that binds body to spirit and advocates for the salvation of both. Chatti blends personal narrative, religious imagery, and medical terminology in a chronicle of illness, womanhood, and faith.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Book & Author Virtual Book Club: Katherine Center & Brené Brown Discuss Things You Save in a Fire

6:00pm CST/7:00 pm EST - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/2wq3jo2v/register

Join us for the next installment of Macmillan’s Book + Author series: a virtual book club event with prolific and acclaimed author Katherine Center for the paperback release of her bestselling book Things You Save in a Fire. We've partnered with Macmillan to bring this opportunity to book club members across the country, who can tune in to hear a discussion with Brené Brown and participate in the live Q&A. Register through the link above.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - Wisconsin Book Festival: Quan Barry, Anthony Doerr & Lysley Tenorio

7:00pm - Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-son-of-good-fortune/register?utm_source=website&utm_medium=event-page

Amy Quan Barry, Anthony Doerr, and Lysley Tenorio, all former UW-Madison Writing Fellows, discuss their latest works in a wide-ranging conversation with UW-Madison Professor, Ron Kuka. 

About The Son of Good Fortune: From award-winning author Lysley Tenorio, comes a big hearted debut novel following an undocumented Filipino son as he navigates his relationship with his mother, an uncertain future, and the place he calls home. Excel spends his days trying to seem like an unremarkable American teenager. When he’s not working at The Pie Who Loved Me (a spy-themed pizza shop) or passing the time with his girlfriend Sab (occasionally in one of their town’s seventeen cemeteries), he carefully avoids the spotlight. But Excel knows that his family is far from normal. His mother, Maxima, was once a Filipina B-movie action star who now makes her living scamming men online. The old man they live with is not his grandfather, but Maxima’s lifelong martial arts trainer. And years ago, on Excel’s tenth birthday, Maxima revealed a secret that he must keep forever. “We are ‘TNT’—tago ng tago,” she told him, “hiding and hiding.” Excel is undocumented—and one accidental slip could uproot his entire life. Casting aside the paranoia and secrecy of his childhood, Excel takes a leap, joining Sab on a journey south to a ramshackle desert town called Hello City. Populated by drifters, old hippies, and washed-up techies—and existing outside the normal constructs of American society—Hello City offers Excel a chance to forge his own path for the first time. But after so many years of trying to be invisible, who does he want to become? And is it possible to put down roots in a country that has always considered you an outsider? Thrumming with energy and at once critical and hopeful, The Son of Good Fortune is a luminous story of a mother and son testing the strength of their bond to their country—and to each other.

About We Ride Upon Sticks: From the author of the widely acclaimed She Weeps Each Time You’re Born, a comic tour de female force about a 1980s field hockey team. In the coastal town of Danvers, MA, home of the original 1692 witch trials, the 1989 Danvers Falcons will do anything to make it to the state finals — even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. In chapters dense with ’80s iconography–from Heathers to “big hair”–Quan Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective journeys of this enchanted team as they storm their way to the championship. Helmed by good-girl captain Abby Putnam (a descendant of the infamous Salem accuser Ann Putnam) and her co-captain Jen Fiorenza, whose bleached blond “Claw” sees and knows all, the DHS Falcons prove to be wily, original, and bold, flaunting society’s stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship.

Set during World War II, All the Light We Cannot See interweaves the lives of a young, blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and an orphaned German boy, Werner, whose paths collide as they try to survive the physical and emotional destruction of the war. When the book opens, Marie-Laure lives with her father, the lockmaster at the Museum of Natural History, in an apartment in Paris. When she becomes blind he creates a miniature model of the neighborhood, so that she can learn every house, every street corner, first with her fingers and then with her feet. As the German occupation begins, they flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast—carrying with them what might be the museum’s most fabled and valuable diamond—and live with Marie-Laure’s great-uncle in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In Germany, another world, Werner grows up an orphan with his beloved sister Jutta. A fascination with radios turns into a mastery of building and fixing the instruments, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and heinously brutal military academy for Hitler Youth, and then a special assignment to track the Resistance through their radios. Werner travels through the heart of Nazi Germany, to Russia, and finally to France, where his story converges with Marie-Laure’s. Throughout the novel Doerr returns to the themes of light and time, nature and war, the courage and frailties of the human heart, to brilliant effect. Like Pat Barker’s Regeneration or Michael Ondaatje’s The English PatientAll The Light We Cannot See is a sweeping, stunningly ambitious and lushly-written novel that will catapult its author’s name onto the short-lists of great novelists.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020 - Nonfiction Pop-Up Shop

10am-4pm - 1426 Emery Street, Eau Claire

Join us for the first in our series of themed pop-up shops. First up, Nonfiction! Stop by to browse memoirs, essays, and other nonfiction titles for readers of all ages. 

Weather permitting, we'll have books available to browse in Margaret's front yard and on her porch. If it's raining, books will be on Margaret's porch - 4 people will be allowed to browse at a time. We'll have lots of hand sanitizer available. Please wear a mask. 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - Wisconsin Book Festival: Elizabeth Ames Staudt & Meg Wade

 7:00pm - Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-others-gold-slick-like-dark/register?utm_source=website&utm_medium=event-page

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Program in Creative Writing, this edition of Wisconsin Wednesdays features UW Alumnae Elizabeth Ames Staudt for her new novel, The Other's Gold and Meg Wade for her new poetry collection, Slick Like Dark 

About The Other's Gold: An insightful and sparkling novel that opens on a college campus and follows the friendship of four women across life-defining turning points. Assigned to the same suite during their freshman year at Quincy-Hawthorn College, Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret quickly become inseparable. The leafy green campus they move through together, the idyllic window seat they share in their suite, and the passion and ferocity that school and independence awakens in them ignites an all-encompassing love with one another. But they soon find their bonds–forged in joy, and fused by fear–must weather threats that originate from beyond the dark forests of their childhoods, and come at them from institutions, from one another, and ultimately, from within themselves. The Other’s Gold follows the four friends as each makes a terrible mistake, moving from their wild college days to their more feral days as new parents. With one part devoted to each mistake–the Accident, the Accusation, the Kiss, and the Bite–this complex yet compulsively readable debut interrogates the way that growing up forces our friendships to evolve as the women discover what they and their loved ones are capable of, and capable of forgiving. A joyful, big-hearted book that perfectly evokes the bittersweet experience of falling in love with friendship, the experiences of Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret are at once achingly familiar and yet shine with a brilliance and depth all their own.

About Slick Like Dark: Fueled by questions of faith and desire, and steeped in the Southern Gothic, Meg Wade’s Slick Like Dark is a haunting examination of the Southern body and one woman’s survival in it. These poems burn in their intensity. With a menacing wink they trace a hard line through trauma’s wreckage and ask God who is to blame. They take us to the dark corners of honky-tonks and spin us wide around the room. Through the lyric, Wade gives us a voice piercingly honest and desperate for what’s real.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020 - Fiction Pop-up Shop

10am-4pm - 1426 Emery Street, Eau Claire

Join us for the second in our series of themed pop-up shops. Next up, Fiction! Stop by to browse novels, short stories, poetry, other fiction titles for readers of all ages. 

Weather permitting, we'll have books available to browse in Margaret's front yard and on her porch. If it's raining, books will be on Margaret's porch - 4 people will be allowed to browse at a time. We'll have lots of hand sanitizer available. Please wear a mask. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020  - Wisconsin Book Festival: Traci Brimhall & Lauren Russell

7:00pm - Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-come-the-slumberless-descent/register?utm_source=website&utm_medium=event-page

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Program in Creative Writing, this edition of Wisconsin Wednesdays features UW Alumnae Elizabeth Ames Staudt and Meg Wade for their new poetry collections, Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod, and Descent

About Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod: Written during the trial for a close friend’s murder, Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod exposes that the whimsical, horrible, and absurd all sit together. In this ambitious collection, Traci Brimhall corresponds with the urges of life and death within herself as she lives through a series of impossibilities: the sentencing of her friend’s murderers, the birth of her child, the death of her mother, divorce, a trip sailing through the Arctic. In lullaby, lyric essay, and always with brutal sincerity, Brimhall examines how beauty and terror live right alongside each other—much like how Nod is both a fictional dreamscape and the place where Cain is exiled for murdering Abel. By plucking at the tensions between life and death, love and hate, truth and obscurity, Brimhall finds what it is that ties opposing themes together; how love and loss are married in grief. Like Eve thrust from Eden, Brimhall is tasked with finding meaning in a world defined by its cruelty. Unrelenting, incisive, and tender, these poems expose beauty in the grotesque and argue that the effort to be good always outweighs the desire to succumb to what is easy. 

About Descent: In 2013, poet Lauren Russell acquired a copy of the diary of her great-great-grandfather, Robert Wallace Hubert, a Captain in the Confederate Army. After his return from the Civil War, he fathered twenty children by three of his former slaves. One of those children was the poet’s great-grandmother. Through several years of research, Russell would seek the words to fill the diary’s omissions and to imagine the voice of her great-great-grandmother, Peggy Hubert, a black woman silenced by history. The result is a hybrid work of verse, prose, images and documents that traverses centuries as the past bleeds into the present.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Wisconsin Book Festival: Aimee Nezhukumatahil

7:00pm - Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-world-of-wonders/register?utm_source=website&utm_medium=event-page

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Program in Creative Writing, this edition of Wisconsin Wednesdays features former UW Writing Fellow, Aimee Nezhukumatathil for her debut work of nonfiction--a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.  

As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted--no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape--she was able to turn to our world's fierce and funny creatures for guidance. "What the peacock can do," she tells us, "is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life." The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world's gifts. Warm, lyrical, and gorgeously illustrated by Fumi Nakamura, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Wisconsin Book Festival: Aria Aber & Elizabeth A.I. Powell

7:00pm - Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/hard-damage--atomizer/register?utm_source=website&utm_medium=event-page

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Program in Creative Writing, this edition of Wisconsin Wednesdays features UW Alumnae Aria Aber and Elizabeth Powell for their new poetry collections, Hard Damage and Atomizer

About Hard DamageHard Damage works to relentlessly interrogate the self and its shortcomings. In lyric and documentary poems and essayistic fragments, Aria Aber explores the historical and personal implications of Afghan American relations. Drawing on material dating back to the 1950s, she considers the consequences of these relations—in particular the funding of the Afghan mujahedeen, which led to the Taliban and modern-day Islamic terrorism—for her family and the world at large. Invested in and suspicious of the pain of family and the shame of selfhood, the speakers of these richly evocative and musical poems mourn the magnitude of citizenship as a state of place and a state of mind. While Hard Damage is framed by free-verse poetry, the middle sections comprise a lyric essay in fragments and a long documentary poem. Aber explores Rilke in the original German, the urban melancholia of city life, inherited trauma, and displacement on both linguistic and environmental levels, while employing surrealist and eerily domestic imagery.

About Atomizer: In Atomizer, Elizabeth A. I. Powell examines pressing questions of today, from equality and political unrest to the diminishing of democratic ideals, asking if it is even appropriate to write about love in a time seemingly hurtling toward authoritarianism. With honesty and humor, her poems explore fragrance and perfumery as a means of biological and religious seduction. Evoking Whitman's sentiment that we are all made of the same atoms, Atomizer looks toward an underestimated sense--scent--as a way to decipher the liminal spaces around us. Molecules of perfume create an invisible reality where narratives can unfold and interact, pathways through which Powell addresses issues of materialism, body image, and the physical and psychological contours of emotional relationships. A work of fearless social satire and humorous yet painful truth, Atomizer offers a cultural, political, and sociological account of love in the present moment.

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