CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)— The Chippewa Falls Public Library is encouraging the community to read and discuss a book.
This summer Chippewa Falls celebrated its sesquicentennial, and the Chippewa Falls Public Library celebrated its fiftieth year in the current library building. When a couple Friends of the Chippewa Falls Public Library read a new book, Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger, they decided it would be a good book for the entire community to read as the content seemed just right for a year in which 150 years and 50 years were being celebrated, respectively.
The setting of Virgil Wander is a small Minnesota town where the inhabitants are trying to give it some life. Virgil Wander, the town’s cinema owner, is the main character. He’s cruising along when his Pontiac flies off a bridge in Lake Superior. Virgil survives, but his language and memory are altered. He begins to piece together his own history and the story of his broken town with the help of some interesting locals, including: Rune, a pipe smoking, kite designing stranger who is investigating the mystery of his son’s disappearance; Nadine, the reserved wife of the vanished man; young Galen Pea, a waif trying to hook a killer fish; and prodigal son, Adam Leer, who might help revive the hard-luck town with his money.
The book is filled with humor as well as hope as the characters work to bring their town back to life. The library has ordered the book in several formats available for checkout. Country Treasures will be offering the hardcover books with a 20 percent discount, and Friends of the Library will be distributing free paperback books (while supplies last). Book discussion groups will take place at the library on Monday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m., Lucy’s Deli on Tuesday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m., and Bridge Street Brew on Wednesday, October 16, at 2:00 p.m. Books can be found in those locations as well as at 4:30 AM Coffee Shop.
The Chippewa Falls Public Library will feature kites created by local students and show movies that are mentioned in the book. Check the library website for dates and times.
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The grand finale will be a visit by the author, Leif Enger, on October 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Heyde Center for the Arts as part of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. Books will be available for purchase and signing.