C V Book Festival Presents: The Great Believers: Where Fiction Meets History

October 26th, 2019
RCU Theatre

This is the 3rd Annual John, Elizabeth and Alison Morris Memorial Event, sponsored by Greg Morris and the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Foundation.

Come hear author Rebecca Makkai discuss her novel The Great Believers. This novel is critically acclaimed, being named a Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, winner of the LA Times Book Prize, winner of the Stonewall Award, and New York Times Best 10 Books of the Year.
 
Beginning in 1985, gallery owner Yale Tishman’s friends are dying one by one. As his art career  begins to take off, his personal life is consumed with loss—not to mention the looming fear of getting sick himself. Yale throws himself into a new project, helping the aunt of one of his late friends Nico unveil a collection of paintings from famous 1920s artists that she once knew.
 
The sweeping story of multi-generational trauma, Makkai's novel jumps between 1985 to 2015, beginning with the AIDS crisis in Chicago and moving to Paris, where in present time, the AIDS crisis is still experienced emotionally. Makkai does a wonderful job of weaving together these two timelines, revealing not only the urgency and devastation of the AIDS crisis as it was unfolding, but the lasting legacy for those who were touched by it.
 
A Chippewa Valley Book Festival Presentation.
 
Tickets are $10. 
Performances
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 7:30 pm