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Author Talk - BJ Hollars "Go West Young Man"

A Collaboration with the Chippewa Falls Public Library

  • Wed, Sep 1, 20217:00 pm Tickets

    No cost for admission. Concessions will be available for sale.

Book Title: Go West Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on The Oregon Trail

At the sound of the bell on the last day of kindergarten, B.J. Hollars and his six-year-old son, Henry, hop in the car to strike out on a 2,500-mile road trip retracing the Oregon Trail. Their mission: to rediscover America, and Americans, along the way. Throughout their two-week adventure, they endure the usual setbacks (car trouble, inclement weather, and father-son fatigue), but their most compelling drama involves people, privilege, and their attempt to find common ground in an all-too-fractured country. Join father and son team B.J. and Henry Hollars for a reading and conversation on their journey, their reckoning with our nation's founding, and their renewal of faith in America today.

BJ Hollars is the recipient of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Nonfiction, the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize, the Council of Wisconsin Writers' Blei-Derleth Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. He is the founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and the Midwest Artist Academy, as well as an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a columnist for The Leader-Telegram.

No cost for admission. Concessions will be available for sale.