Just in case you live in the Chicagoland area and I haven’t already badgered talked you into coming to the Glen Ellyn Bookfest this Saturday, I thought I’d post a little information about what will be going down in the Western Suburbs this weekend.
This Saturday, June 19th, marks the first (annual? I hope so!) Glen Ellyn Bookfest. “Why do you care what is happening in Glen Ellyn when you live 30 minutes away?” you may be asking. Well, Glen Ellyn is the site of my favorite independent bookstore, The Bookstore. They, together with the Glen Ellyn downtown alliance have been planning this event for months and months now, and it is going to be awesome. I mean, Elizabeth Berg is the keynote speaker!
A bunch of authors whose books I have reviewed (and loved) are going to be there as well:
- Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been
- Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille
- Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
Here’s the basic schedule:
I am definitely planning on being at the bolded events above: Social Networking for Writers at 8:30, which is sort of a Tweet-up (in fact, I’m the cohost!), then at the lunch with Stephanie Cowell at 11:30, followed by the panel with Kelly O’Connor McNees and Melanie Benjamin entitled Risky Business: Writing about Literary Icons at the library. During my time between the social networking event and the luncheon I will probably be at The Bookstore, but I am available to meet up with anyone who is coming into town for the event. I can also meet up directly after Kelly and Melanie’s panel, although I will have to head home pretty soon after it is over. If you do want to meet up and talk books, please let me know.
There are also going to be author signings at a multitude of downtown businesses: