Announcing: My Kind of Book – A Celebration of Chicago Literature

Some of you may know this, due to some hints dropped here and there on Twitter, but I am planning to dedicate the entire month of October to a celebration of Chicago authors and literature.

Living in the Chicago area myself, I have been amazed over the last few years to realized just how many fantastic authors live in this area. I decided that I wanted to do something to support some of the wonderful authors that make the Chicago literary scene so rich.

Bonus for all of you: Chicago authors write a variety of different genres, books of interest to more than just Chicagoans. So even if you have absolutely zero interest in Chicago, you should be able to find lots and lots of books you are interested in. Those of you in the Chicagoland area, be on the lookout for the announcement of a special event at the end of the month!

If you’re curious about the title of my theme month, it comes from the old Frank Sinatra song about Chicago: “My Kind of Town.” The lovely Jill created a parody of that song just for this event:

Now this could only happen to readers like us
And only happen in a book like this
And so, dear author, if I may say without much fuss
This book of yours instills so much bliss

This is my kind of book, oh yes it is
My kind of book, oh yes it is
My kind of story, too
Characters who never leave you

Ev’ry time I read, this book is
Speaking to me, this book is
So good I’m spellbound
It’s my pleasure ground

This is my kind of book, oh yes it is
My kind of book, oh yes it is
With my kind of setting
The chores I be forgetting

And each time I finish, this book just
Doesn’t diminish, this book is
By Ms Paretsky, this book is
By Shel Silverstein, this book is
One book that’s worth another look
It’s my kind of book

So how can you help, besides coming back in October and checking out all of the Chicago authors I’ll be featuring?

Easy, let me know who your favorite Chicago authors are! I have quite a list already, but I will make sure to mention all published Chicago authors whose names I’m given, whether or not I have a chance to feature their work. Whether you are a reader, publicist, or author, go ahead and leave your suggestions in the Google Form below. If you have more than two suggestions, I will have to ask you to submit the form again. Thanks!

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