As one of the programs of the fabulous Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Melanie McManus will speak about her adventures hiking Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Melanie McManus is a freelance writer and editor specializing in travel and fitness. Her debut memoir, Thousand-Miler, describes walking the 1,100 mile Ice Age Trail through Wisconsin’s forests, prairies, wetlands, farms, and small towns. This feat earned her the status as a Thousand-Miler, an elite group of people who have walked the entire Ice Age Trail. McManus has won a gold Lowell Thomas Award for Best Short Travel Article 2016. She has two other Lowell Thomas awards to her credit as well as an honorable mention for Travel Journalist of the Year in 2015. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers, Melanie has also worked as press secretary for the Wisconsin State Legislature. You can get her book Thousand-Miler through the MORE library system.