8th Annual Vernon Country Reads with Jennifer Chiaverini

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8th Annual Vernon Country Reads with Jennifer Chiaverini

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Five public libraries in Vernon County are partnering with the Driftless Writing Center for the eighth annual Vernon County Reads adult reading program. Beginning Friday June 7, residents are encouraged to stop by their local public library to check out books by Wisconsin Author Jennifer Chiaverini. Jennifer is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-three novels, including critically acclaimed historical fiction and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. The latest addition to the Elm Creek Quilt Series “The Museum of Lost Quilts” was released in April of 2024.

In the spring of 1999, Jennifer Chiaverini captured everything she loved about quilting—the artistry, tradition, folklore, and, above all, wonderful community—in her debut novel, The Quilter’s Apprentice. Over the decades and twenty-one novels since, her Elm Creek Quilts series has gained an avid following for not only its devotion to a storied craft and memorable characters but also for its insights into the cultural and political tensions, social movements, and remarkable women that helped to shape America from the antebellum era to today. Chiaverini also wrote the novel “Canary Girls”, along with other standalone novels.

Vernon County Reads will conclude with a presentation by Jennifer Chiaverini on Thursday, August 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westby Performing Arts Center. Admission to the event is free of charge. Copies of the books will be available for purchase at the book signing immediately following the program.

In 2020, Chiaverini was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association for her novel Resistance Women. In 2023, the WLA awarded her the honor of Notable Wisconsin Author for her significant contributions to the state’s literary heritage.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned her MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She, her husband, and their two sons call Madison, Wisconsin home.


August 15
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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McIntosh Memorial Library
(608) 637-7151
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Westby Area Peforming Arts Center
206 West Avenue South
Westby, WI 54667-1349 United States
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