Reminder: Glen Ellyn Book Fest THIS Saturday!

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:

Here’s the basic schedule:

Time Event
8:30 – 9:30 Social Networking for Writers
9:30 – 10:30 “Kids Love Art Books” with Bob Raczka
10:00 – 11:00 Presentation and Book Signing:
Underground Railroad with Glennette Tilley Turner
10:00 – 11:30 Bagels at The Bookstore with Pamela Ferdinand
11:00 – 12:00 Children’s Writing Workshop with Rose Calkins
(ages 10-12, limited seating)
10:00 – 1:00 Book signings (Click for detailed brochure)
11:30 – 1:00 The Next Good Book Luncheon with Rebecca Vnuk
11:30 – 1:00 Claude and Camille Luncheon with Stephanie Cowell
11:30 – 1:00 68 Rooms Family Author Lunch and Art Event
1:30 – 2:30 Risky Business:  Writing about Literary Icons
1:30 – 2:15 Chillers – Be bold, be bold… with Marie Ringenberg
2:30 – 3:30 Watch – Listen – Perform
Poetry & Performance Slam
2:30 – 3:15 Zoos, Kazoos & Hullabaloos with Marie Ringenberg
3:00 – 4:00 Presentation and Book Signing: Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Berg
5:00 – 7:00 “Get Lit” with Authors J.A. Konrath
and Charlene Baumbich
6:00 – 8:00 Baseball Dinner with Billy Lombardo at Bells & Whistles

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:

I hope you can make it out and join us!

Cinqo de Mayo at The Bookstore!

So, hopefully by now most of you have heard me talk about my very favorite bookstore, an indie in Glen Ellyn, IL called The Bookstore. I found it originally by tweeting with two of the fabulous booksellers there, Sue and Margie, although all of the booksellers there are terrific. Ever since my first visit, I try to go at least once a month, although I tend to feel jumpy if it has been more than two weeks. It is my favorite place to go and have bookish talk offline. By the way, if you’re in the Chicago area, you should come and check out the Glen Ellyn Bookfest on June 19th, I’ll be there!

Me and Luis

On Wednesday, the wonderful people at The Bookstore organized a fantastic event with Luis Alberto Urrea. Luis has written, among other things, “Into the Beautiful North” and “The Hummingbird’s Daughter.” I own both of those books, but haven’t read either of them yet, although I did read his nonfiction work, “The Devil’s Highway” in preparation for this event. I took my Mother-in-Law with me, and she read “Into The Beautiful North,” which she is really liking, even though she has not yet had time to finish it.

The appetizers

And what an event it was! In addition to the awesome Luis, The Bookstore provided margaritas and a local Mexican restaurant, Chicks and Salsa (love the name!), provided appetizers.

But the real highlight of the evening was Luis’s talk. He was there partially to promote his new book – a graphic novel, “Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush, ” which is not yet officially on sale but which the publisher sent to The Bookstore for all of us to be able to buy. You’d better believe I picked one up.

Luis is amazing. he is just a fantastic storyteller (I know, I know, maybe why he is a successful author?). Not only that, but he has lived a really amazing life. He was born in Tijuana to an American mother and Mexican father but moved to the United States when he was young, although he returned to the Tijuana garbage dumps later in life to do missionary work. He talked at least briefly about all four of his full-length books and oh my GOSH did he ever make me want to read all of them! I mean, I guess that’s the point of something like this, but still. I was seriously tempted to throw all my obligations out the window when I got home and just binge on his work for awhile.

I also want to say, that both Luis and his wife Cindy seem like really sweet, awesome people. I wish them the best of luck on their upcoming book tour!

Luis during his talk

Showing off "Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush"

I received no compensation for this post, other than a great evening that was free for everyone – oh, and that book Sue lent me! I did spend a good deal on books while I was there, though.

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