October Events

I can’t believe October is almost here, but I’m loving this fall weather. If I can just pretend winter snows and cold aren’t right behind autumn, I can be a happy camper. I’m also happy about a couple of events I’m doing in October, three actually, though two of them are on the same day but in different places. Check these out.

Saturday, October 3
Oswego Literary Festival, 9:00 – 1:00
32 West Jefferson, Oswego, IL

The Village of Oswego Cultural Arts Commission along with the Oswego Public Library District will be hosting the 4th annual Oswego Literary Festival.  They will offer sessions, displays, and vendors, including me there selling some books.  I’ll be bringing the new Deb Donahue novel with me, too, so if you’re in the neighborhood and want one, come on by.  They are also raffling off all three books in my Street Stories series (Painted Black, Bend Me, Shape Me, and Box of Rain) and lots of other cool prizes. The library’s Oswego Campus features a beautiful, new addition. This will be the first major event in the new annex.

WOA2Word of Art 2/Fall Art Scene, 5:00 – 9:00
Celebration Gallery at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church
902 Third Ave, Rockford, IL

This is an extended showing of the Word of Art selections being shown in their gallery, and will include 5 minute readings during the first 30 minutes of each hour by In Print members.  My reading will be at the beginning of the 6:00 hour and I haven’t decided yet if I will read my award winning story Spare Change, or if I should read a scene from one of my novels, like Box of Rain.  What do you think?

Saturday, October 24

PPLPrinceton Public Library Author Fair, 10:00 – 2:00
698 E Peru St., Princeton IL

I am especially excited about this event, since this is the library where I work and I am involved with the planning, in addition to being one of the authors who will participate. We have over 30 authors lined up to bring their books for a chance to sell and sign them for readers. We hope to make this an annual event, and may add a few extras to the day like speakers and giveaways.  I’ll be sure to keep you updated if we do.

Upcoming Author Events

I’m excited to get spring off to a great start with three Author events scheduled already where I will have an opportunity to meet readers and other authors — and maybe sell a few books, as well.

Box of Rain should be in print by the end of March, so I will have copies of that, too, at these events.

1. March 28, I will be attending the Yorkville Library Author Fair in Yorkville, IL from 9-2

    There will be 21 authors present, with 4 of them doing children’s readings. Amy Logan, Kathy Elstad, Evelyn Sanders Walker, and Elizabeth Wheeler will be reading for approx. 10-15 min each in the children’s programing room starting at 11:00.

There will also be 3 breakout sessions going on during the day.

  • 11:00 – “Taking Recreational Writing to the Next Level” with Jennifer Gulbrandsen
  • 12:00 – “What Makes a Good Mystery – Plot, Place, or People” with Patricia Skalka
  • 1:00 – “Publishing vs. Self-Publishing?  That is the question” with Elizabeth Wheeler and Amy Logan

Fellow local author Tom Schwerbrock will also be attending The Evergreen Library event

2. April 18 I will be in Evergreen Park IL at the Evergreen Park Public Library from 9-3.

    They will also have special sessions:

3. Then on Sunday afternoon, June 7, I will again be present at the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Fest at the Chicago Writer’s Association tent.  More info on that when we get closer to the day.