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GREG bOZO: I partnered the Midland Authors with "Write Across Chicago," a program put on by the Illinois Writing Project, based at Northeastern University. This partnership generated a lot of interest among our members. Sixteen and counting members have written an essay about "Why I Write," and these essays can be read at:


BOSTON, MASS_(August 7, 2018) _ The 2018 New England Book Festival has issued a final call for entries to its 11th annual program honoring the best books of the holiday season.

The competition will accept entries in non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations/anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don't neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. Books published on or after January 1, 2015 are eligible.

Our grand prize for the 2018 New England Book Festival winner is a $1500 appearance fee and a flight to the awards ceremony.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel using the following criteria:
1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

FESTIVAL RULES: New England Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site ( Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries. Registration submissions in each category must be received by close of business on December 15, 2018. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

AWARDS: The New England Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the category eligibility of any project. # # #


Wed., June 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street

GeoFFrey Baer, who wrote the Foreword, Debra Shore, who wrote the Preface, Julia Thiel, who took the photographs, and Greg Borzo, who wrote the book, which is being published by Southern Illinois University Press (May 10, 2017)

Printer's Row LitFest Panel:
Saturday, June 11, 1917- Hotel Blake/Dearborn Room
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Long Story Short: Bonnie Jo Campbell and Amina Gautier in conversation with Christine Sneed
Amina Gautier


Sunday Salon Chicago

Chicago June 26 Reading

On Sunday, June 26 we’re kicking off summer with five fantastic writers: Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Kim Brooks, Amina Gautier, Rana B. Khoury, and Christine Rice. All of them will be sharing from their latest published works. We meet at Riverview Tavern in Chicago at 7 p.m.
Amina Gautier

Local Authors Night at The Book Cellar featuring
Amina Gautier, Mary Carter, Irene Helenowski, and Lorriane Boissoneault

Wednesday, May 17, 2016
7 PM
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60625

Craig Sautter 

April 21, 5-7,1916
Craig Sautter will participate in a symposium on Floyd Dell at the Newberry Library sponsored by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

For more iinformtion see:

Craig Sautter 

April 21, 5-7,1916
Craig Sautter will participate in a symposium on Floyd Dell at the Newberry Library sponsored by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

For more iinformtion see:

Amina Gautier

Author Reading and Signing
Thursday, March 10, 2016
6 PM,
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57TH STREET, CHICAGO IL 60637


Sunday, November 22, 2015
Noon-4 p.m.
Old Town Ale House
219 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60610

Billy McCarthy

Ferocious Drummers (The Documentary)

Kickstarter Campaign ( for documentary about famous drummers. McCarthy is directing and the trailer and the campaign are currently running live.

Margaret McMullan
Author reading and signing
June 3,2015
6:00-7:30 pm
Harold Washington Library, Chicago

James W. Graham, author of Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
10:30 a.m. book talk followed by book signing
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Road
Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. Campus
Northfield, IL  60093

James W. Graham, author of Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea

To truly understand the dynamics and magic of the Kennedy family, one must understand their intense relationship with sailing and the sea. Many families sail together, but the Kennedys’ relationship with Victura, the 25-foot sloop purchased in 1932 shortly after the family’s move to Hyannis Port, stands apart. Throughout their brief lives, Joe Jr., Jack and Bobby spent long hours racing Victura, joined by littlest brother Teddy when he grew old enough. Joe Jr. and Jack ranked among the best collegiate sailors in New England, but lack of effort in a race by one of his sons could infuriate their father, Joseph P. Kennedy. Likewise Eunice emerged as a gifted sailor and fierce competitor, the equal of any of her brothers.

Friday, April 4, 4pm
Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Avenue. $5 admission
Rosina Neginsky will present a theatrical reading, directed & performed by me the author, of selections from Juggler, a bilingual (English-Russian) collection of seven cycles of poems: Amore, Birth, Yearning, Juggler, Encounters, Mermaid, Ballads and from a forthcoming collection of poetry Island.  Poems will be performed to guitar accompaniment.


Come celebrate and learn about RAGBRAI (Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), the world’s largest, longest and oldest bicycle touring event.

Chicago Cycling Club’s Monthly Meeting (a FREE event)
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

Whether you’ve done RAGBRAI dozens of times, always thought about doing it, or are just curious…
come see why it’s so popular and on so many bucket lists. Experience RAGBRAI through a lavishly illustrated PowerPoint presented by:

l T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI Director, and
l Greg Borzo, author of the new book RAGBRAI, America’s Favorite Bicycle Ride.

Author of the popular Chicago “L” and Where to Bike Chicago, Borzo has gathered hundreds of stories that reveal the essence of RAGBRAI, which every year attracts hundreds of cyclists from Chicagoland. His book includes a rich collection of photographs (vintage and contemporary) that illustrate RAGBRAI’s kaleidoscopic character. The event will include a FREE RAFFLE that gives away:

$500 off any VBT Bicycling or Walking trip;
Tri-State Tour registration and return transportation;
very large Field Museum banner of A. Einstein biking;
The Chainlink wool jersey;
MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive registration;
one-year DIVVY membership;
official RAGBRAI Route Announcement beer glasses; and other great prizes.

For more information, visit 

On Thursday, March 13, Chicago Tribune senior writer/columnist and WGN radio host Rick Kogan will sit down with poet Kevin Young and discuss his forthcoming collection of poems, “Book of Hours," in which Young reflects on the grief he feels a decade after the sudden death of his father, what it means to be a father and what it means to be a son. Young is the author of seven books of poetry of his own, including “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels,” for which he won the 2012 American Book Award. He is a professor of creative writing and English at Emory University.

This Chicago Tribune Trib Nation event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tribune Tower, located at 435 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at the following link:

Book Launch at Harold Washington Public Library

Don't miss the Chicago River Bridges book Launch & Talk on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (Lower Lever) of the Harold Washington Public Library, 400 S. State Street in Chicago.  Author Patrick McBriarty will give a multimedia presentation on the evolution and history of Chicago as the Drawbridge Capital of the World.  Patrick will recount his journey into Chicago's bridges and this amazing topic of innovation, design, and major contributions to drawbridge technology by Chicagoans.

Greg Borzo
Book Launch at The Book Cellar
Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

The Book Cellar, one of Chicago’s best independent bookstores, is located at 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.

- Help celebrate the release of Chicago Cable Cars, by Greg Borzo (author of the popular book The Chicago “L”).
- Enjoy a PowerPoint presentation lavishly illustrated with more than 80 photos, some of which have never been published before.
- Learn about a forgotten time when Chicago had the largest cable car system in the world and sparked anationwide building-boom in cable cars. (Take that, San Francisco!)

Please RSVP to

Sandy Dickson
Event: Sandy Dickson, author of Return to Home will have a table for "book signing" at the Zion Area Chamber of Commerce "Get your Share of the Green" fundraiser.
Date: Friday, March 8, 2013
Time: Mixer begins 5:00; Dinner, Entertainment and Games 6:30-10.00
Location: 2723 Sheridan Road, Zion, IL
Price: $30.00 each, or 2 for $55.00; table $250.00; pay at the door $35.00 (1 free drink, 1 free raffle ticket, and Irish themed buffet dinner included with each ticket)

RSVP and send payments by February 28 to
Zion Area Chamber of Commerce
1300 Shiloh Blvd.
Zion, IL 60099
Questions: 847-872-5405 or

Michael Raleigh
Event: Reading from THE CONJURER’S BOY
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time: 7 PM
Location: Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, 4736 N Lincoln Ave  Chicago, IL (773) 293-2665)

The Chicago Way
Event: A new, free literary series
Date: Thursday, December 6, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Featured Guests: Chicago author Don Evans
Location: Hidden Shamrock (back room), 2723 N. Halsted St.
The format: The Chicago Way welcomes author and Chicago Literary Hall of Fame co-founder  Don Evans for a book release party to celebrate his new short story collection, "An Off-White Christmas," featuring a meet-and-greet, a short reading from the new book, a book sale and signing and an audience-interactive conversation with  Don and The Chicago Way co-host Mary Beth Hoerner.

The Chicago Way is hosted by Julia Borcherts (also the co-founder of the Reading Under the Influence reading series); fiction writer, essayist and playwright Mary Beth Hoerner (Atomic Honeymoon); and local writer and animator Quinn Stephens (Laser Dragon University).

Rich Lindberg will sign his book 
 "Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family My American Life," published by the University of Minnesota Press and a finalist for the Chicago Writer's Association non-fiction award this year.

The signing is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL  Phone: 847-446-8880.

SMA author Bill Yarrow will be the featured reader at

Sweet & Sour Poetry Hour
Friday, October 19, 2012
Let Them Eat Cake
5306 N. Damen
Chicago, IL
7:00-8:30 PM

Open mic before the feature. Signed copies of Pointed Sentences will be available.

cost: free; more information: or

SMA author Michael Raleigh will speak at the Villa Park Public Library on his book IN THE CASTLE OF THE FLYNNS and growing up in the 50s. The program is part of the TWO TOWNS AND A BOOK program between the Villa Park library and the Lombard Helen Plum library.

October 6, 2012         2 p.m.
To register: 630 – 834-1164, ext. 5

Michael will present a one-day seminar on mystery writing at the Newberry Library as part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars program.

October 13, 2012         10 – 4 p.m.
To register: (312) 255-3700.

SMA author Bill Yarrow will be the featured reader at Molly Malone's Reading Series and Open Mic and will read from his new book of poems Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX, 2012)

Monday, June 11, 2012
Molly Malone's
7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL
7:30-9:30 PM

Sign up for open mic: 7:00 PM
Open mic: 7:30 PM
Featured Reader: 9:00 PM

Signed copies of Pointed Sentences will be available.

cost: $5.00
more information:

Join Martha Miller, author of Retirement Plan: a Crime Story (a finalist in Lambda Literary Awards) for a reading with other Lambda finalists.

7:00 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Gerber Hart Library
(Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.)
Chicago, Illinois

translator ALLEN SALTER
and Humanities Center director JONATHAN GROSS

for an interview and discussion of Saeed’s literary life and work in Iraq and the U.S., including his influential novel, Saddam City


Gunter Nitsch Upcoming Appearances

Friday, November 4, 2011
7:30 PM
4740 N Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2013
Topic: "STRETCH: Coming of Age in Post-War Germany"

Friday, November 11, 2011
6:00 PM
Europa Books
832 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610-3326
Topic: "Eine lange Flucht aus Ostpreu?en"

Saturday, November 19, 2011
1 PM
Grohmann Museum
1000 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3110
Topic: "Weeds Like Us"

Robert Loerzel is speaking about his book Alchemy of Bones: Chicago's Luetgert Murder Case of 1897 April 28 and 29 at Ohio State University in Columbus. The Graduate Student Anthropology Association received a grant to present the lectures, which include one geared for anthropology students as well as a general talk about the book at 11:30 a.m.

April 29, 2011 in the Student-Alumni Council Room at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus.

Rosina Neginsky will give a poetry reading on Friday, October 29, at 1pm:

University of Chicago Bookstore
970 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-7712

Arnie Bernstein will be speaking about his book, Bath Massacre, and about creative nonfiction at Printers Row on Sunday, June 13 at 3:00 pm in the Digitally Lit Room I.

Midwest Writers Association invites writers, journalists, authors and editors to its Wednesday, June 16 dinner program to network and hear Daniel Hartman from LINKEDIN share his expertise on how the professional online networking site really works and how to improve your profile for the greatest impact. The meeting takes place in a conference room at Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Glenview, just west of Waukegan Road. Check-in begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30, and the program at 7:30. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
RSVP by June 14 to Janet Tabin at or Rachel Madorsky at

June 8, 2010:  Carol Felsenthal is one of four authors who will appear in a program titled "Write On...A Conversation with Lincoln Park Authors."

DePaul University's Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont, 60614
Reception 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00 p.m.
Admission is free

JOHN PAUL STEVENS: An Independent Life

SMA author, Bill Barnhart, is hosting a book-selling/book-signing event for his new biography of Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens. Visit for more information.

Thursday, May 20, 2010
6 p.m.
at the "Original Billy Goat Tavern"
430 N. Michigan Avenue (lower level)

"Justice John Paul Stevens combines a towering intellect with courageous independence. Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman combine their exhaustive research with insightful analysis to give readers a splendid biography of the Supreme Court’s most respected member."
        —Newton N. Minow, former Federal Communications Commission chairman

        —Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine

SMA author June Sawyers along with local actor Si Osborne will present "Life of Johnson" Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton; 312-255-3556; the reception will begin at 5.30 p.m., the presentation 6.15 p.m.; $9/$6.

Samuel Johnson was a bookseller's son from Lichfield, England. A poet, critic, essayist, and lexicographer, his most famous work is Dictionary of the English Language (1755). In honor of the 300th anniversary of his birth, Ms. Sawyers will offer a brief overview of his remarkable life and career, while actor Mr. Osborne will present an excerpt from Ms. Sawyers' one-man play, Dr. Johnson.

In addition, both Ms. Sawyers and Mr. Osborne will be guests on "The Milt Rosenberg Show" on WGN-AM, Tuesday, October 6, 2009, from 9 to 11 p.m.

Author Eric Dregni will be in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas this summer promoting his travel memoir In Cod We Trust.

Friday, June 26, 2009
7:30 pm
Minnekirken Lutheran Church, 2614 North Kedzie Boulevard, Logan Square, Chicago, IL 60647, 773-252-7335

Sunday, June 28, 2009
2:00 pm
Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211, 414-332-1181

Arnie Bernstein will be on Book TV this weekend on the C-SPAN 2 channel discussing Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing. This is a broadcast of the presentation from the Capital Area District Library two weeks ago in Lansing, MI. Quite an emotional event, particularly when Josephine Cushman Vail, a 96-year-old survivor of the tragedy, is introduced.

The show will be broadcast at 4:00 pm Central on Saturday, May 16, plus additional times throughout May. Check the schedule below; the show will also be archived at the Book TV web site.

Schedule       Book TV

'Slam the Radio: Today's Poetry'
Channel 163 XM/ 117 Sirius—Book Channel
Tuesdays 9:00 pm, Fridays 6:00 pm, and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

A weekly, hour-long show, hosted by Marc Smith (poetry slam founder), live from the Green Mill.

James L. Merriner, SMA president, will be interviewed on MSNBC on Wednesday, December 9, at 6:30 a.m. Chicago time about political corruption in Illinois.

June Sawyers —Book signing for The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Edinburgh and Glasgow
7 p.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago; (773) 293-2665

June Sawyers —Book signing and whisky tasting for The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Edinburgh and Glasgow
2-4 p.m., Sunday, November 30
Printers Row Wine Shop, 719 S. Dearborn, Chicago; (312) 663-9314.

Libby Fischer Hellmann, whose latest novel is "Easy Innocence," will appear with Sean Chercover at the Book Stall in Winnetka on Thursday, November 13, at 7 PM, 811 Elm Street Winnetka, IL

SMA member Laura Mazzuca Toops will be speaking at the LaPorte County Historical society about her historical novel, Hudson Lake, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 20. Hudson Lake is set in the summer of 1926 and is a fictionalized account of the Jean Goldkette band's summer at the resort.

The historical society is located at 2405 Indiana Avenue in LaPorte. For more information, e-mail or call 219-324-6767.

Events for Downtown Chicago in Transition, co-authored by Eric Bronsky and Neal Samors.
Published by Chicago's Books Press

Book Signings:
Sunday, October 28, 2P Barnes and Noble, Old Orchard
Saturday, November 3, 2P Bookstall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka
Sunday, November 4, 3-4:30 P Don Roth's Blackhawk Restaurant, Wheeling
Monday, November 5, 7P Indian Trails Library, Wheeling
Tuesday, November 6, 9:30-11 A Chicago Sun-Times Store
Tuesday, November 6, 12:30P Barnes and Noble, DePaul University, State & Jackson
Saturday, November 17, 1 P Burk es Books, Park Ridge
Sunday, November 18, 2P Borders, Wilmette
Wednesday, December 5, Noon Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago
Thursday, December 13, 7P Oak Park Library, Oak Park
Saturday, December 15, 1-3 P Read Between The Lynes Bookstore, Woodstock

Media Appearance:
Tuesday, November 6, 7-8 P Chicago Tonight, WTTW-Channel 11

Author Evelyn Johnson
Book signing Events
Barns of Old Mission Peninsula and Their Stories

Boyne Country Books
125 Waters St.
Boyne City, MI 49712
231-582-3180 Friday – August 17, 2007

Readers World
194 S. River Road
Holland, MI 49423
616-396-8548 Saturday – August 18, 2007

The Bookstore
330 Main St.
Frankfort, MI 49635
Saturday – September 1, 2007

Barnes & Noble, River Town Crossing
3670 28th St. SE
Kentwood, MI 49512
Saturday – October 13, 2007

August 20, 2007

Laura Mazzuca Toops
cost: Free
more information: Laura Mazzuca Toops
Book signing for Hudson Lake
-- a historical novel about the early days of jazz

Saturday, May 12, 2007
1 to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
4601 Grape Road, Mishawaka (near South Bend), IN

May 09, 2007

Sarah Roggio
cost: free
more information: SCBWI Illinois
Hi everyone,

Get ready for a productive summer with Sara Shacter\'s \"Back to Basics\" session this Thursday! It\'s our last meeting until the fall, so bring all your questions about getting started in children\'s publishing.

We meet at 7 p.m. at the Webster Place Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster (Webster/Clybourn) - 2nd floor. Parking is free on the second floor of the parking garage for the first 90 minutes (you must get your ticket validated). You have to pay to park in the surface lot.

Hope to see you Thursday!


Sarah Roggio
Chicago Network Representative
April 30, 2007

George William McDaniel

A Great and Lasting Beginning: The First 125 Years of St. Ambrose University chronicles the history of St. Ambrose University from its founding in 1882 through the current day. McDaniel – a St. Ambrose alumnus, priest, and history professor – integrates the history of the Catholic Church and Catholic higher education. More than a single school’s history, McDaniel situates St. Ambrose within the broader social contexts in which it grew. Throughout the book, McDaniel seeks to understand what the University founders and their successors understood a Catholic school to be and how they implemented that understanding through the curricular and other decisions they made.

This book tells the story of how the university grew and changed throughout the generations. McDaniel describes the founding of St. Ambrose Seminary in two-rooms of St. Marguerite’s Parish School, through its transition from serving predominantly “high school” boys to becoming a college. He details the growth and development of St. Ambrose College from an all-male through attempts to provide education for women, prior to becoming coeducational in 1967. World War II greatly impacted St. Ambrose with an influx of navy personnel during the war and veterans attending on the GI Bill after the war. The book concludes with the transition from St. Ambrose College to St. Ambrose University and its tremendous growth at the end of the 20th century.

George William McDaniel, PhD, a 1966 graduate of St. Ambrose, is currently professor of history at St. Ambrose. His book, Smith Wildman Brookhart: Iowa’s Renegade Republican, earned the Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa. He has lectured and published articles about St. Ambrose, including “Catholic Action in Davenport: St. Ambrose College and the League for Social Justice,” which earned the Throne/Aldrich Award as best article in the Annals of Iowa. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Iowa, including a term as president of the board. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association.

A Great and Lasting Beginning is published by St. Ambrose University and is available at the St. Ambrose University Bookstore and at the Davenport, Iowa Borders Books, or can be ordered online at

March 22, 2007

Laura Mazzuca Toops
cost: Free
more information: Laura Mazzuca Toops
Book signing for Hudson Lake
-- a historical novel about the early days of jazz

Saturday, May 12, 2007
1 to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
4601 Grape Road, Mishawaka (near South Bend), IN

May 09, 2007

Sarah Roggio
cost: free
more information: SCBWI Illinois
Hi everyone,

Get ready for a productive summer with Sara Shacter\'s \"Back to Basics\" session this Thursday! It\'s our last meeting until the fall, so bring all your questions about getting started in children\'s publishing.

We meet at 7 p.m. at the Webster Place Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster (Webster/Clybourn) - 2nd floor. Parking is free on the second floor of the parking garage for the first 90 minutes (you must get your ticket validated). You have to pay to park in the surface lot.

Hope to see you Thursday!


Sarah Roggio
Chicago Network Representative
April 30, 2007
cost: None
more information:
May 21, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm --Conference, \"Who Owns Your Body,\" at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams, Chicago,IL. Michael Crichton and Lori Andrews will speak.
March 12, 2007

Julie Phillips
Julie Phillips reads from James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago Friday, November 10, 7:30 pm

Alice Sheldon was born in Chicago in 1915, the daughter of two prominent Chicagoans: Herbert and Mary Hastings Bradley. Herbert Bradley was a lawyer and South Side developer who helped found the Brookfield Zoo. Mary Hastings Bradley was a prolific author of mysteries, travel books, and novels (including the Old Chicago series of historical novels) and past president of the Society of Midland Authors.

Alice longed to be a writer like her mother, but couldn't find her voice. Then, at age 51, she made a change of career.

“James Tiptree Jr.” began writing science fiction in 1967. His stories were fast-paced and hard-boiled, his letters funny, frank, and sensitive. No one had ever seen him. No one knew his true identity. It wasn't until 1977 that the cover was blown on his alter ego: Alice Bradley Sheldon, a complex woman with an unusual past.

Alice Sheldon's use of a male voice not only demolishes assumptions about writing and gender, it also speaks to the mystery of the writing persona. Why could she only tell the truth about herself when she became someone else? How can the daughter of a writing mother claim her own voice?
October 24, 2006

Cynthia J Olson
cost: 16.95
more information:
Third book in a series of stories about Foster kids and what they have to cope with in life was released Oct.`7,2006. Elaine lost both parents in the Twin Towers in NY and Tangles is her Old English sheepdog. More information is on my website: and includes dates for book signings and ordering information. I am a very excited author! Thanks everyone.
October 22, 2006

Carol Rausch Albright has been named Visiting Professor of Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She and her husband, physicist John R. Albright, will co-chair a seminar entitled "Evil: Perspectives from Theology and Science" at LSTC in Spring, 2007. Expert guest speakers will cover themes of good and evil, not only from traditional sources but also in myth and even pop culture (think computer games). Added to the mix will be insights from the sciences--including physics, evolutionary theory, ecology, primatology, psychology, sociology, and medical science--tracing the co-mingling of causes and outcomes. The series will conclude with some insights for our time. The seminar will be offered for graduate credit through seven Chicago area schools of theology, and will also be available to auditors and visitors. For more information, call the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, 773/256-0670. Carol Albright has edited, authored, or co-authored four books and numerous articles on the interplay between religion and the sciences.

LSTC is in Hyde Park, at 1100 E. 55th St. Free evening parking is available nearby at the University of Chicago parking structure at 55th and Ellis.
Click for directions and map.

August 1, 2006

Shanita Michelle
more information: Christian Book Fair International
Annual Christian Book Fair International brings together authors, publishers, others from across the US and other parts of the world for three days of networking, book marketing and sales, and free seminars/workshops. This year's event is August 4-6 in Dubuque Iowa. Visit or call Shanita at 3193519695.

June 05, 2006

Dina Elenbogen
Dina Elenbogen will be reading from and signing her poerty collections Apples of the Earth at Borders Books in Evanston
on Thursday May 18 7:30 PM.
April 30, 2006

The Center for Learning & Organizational Change public lecture

The Inner Life of a Leader

Dan McAdams, PhD
Director, The Foley Center for the Study of Lives

Monday May 1, 2006
6:00 - 7:30 PM, book signing and reception to follow
Pancoe Auditorium 2200
Campus Drive Evanston Campus
Cost: $10
Reservations can be made via an online payment page:
For more information, visit:

April 12, 2005

Join Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) for:
E-communication v. 2.0
Wednesday, April 19, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Members, $10 • Nonmembers, $15
Premium members, free • Students with ID, $10
Get a smart (and sassy) overview of the biggest trends in new media from Kirsten Osolind and Todd Allen of re:invention, inc. Take advantage of this short course on the buzzwords of the new media alphabet soup: blogs, RSS feeds, SEO, WebEx, and more. Explore the impact of these new tools on the publishing industry and related fields, and learn what every writer and editor needs to know when working on the Web.

Register at, call 773.508.0351 x2, or send a check payable to CWIP to P.O. Box 268107, Chicago, IL 60626.

April 05, 2006

Dina Elenbogen
Dina Elenbogen will be reading from her new poetry collection Apples of the Earth with Chicago poet Julie Parson-Nesbit, author of Finders, on Tuesday, January 17, at The Book Stall, 811 Elm Street Winnetka
7:30 P.M.
January 09, 2006

Michael Allen Dymmoch
more information: Author's web site
WHITE TIGER, A John Thinnes Jack Caleb mystery by MICHAEL ALLEN DYMMOCH, St. Martin’s Press, ISBN: 0-312-32302-6

“Just when you think everything possible has been said about the effects of the Vietnam War on the Americans who fought there, along comes this absolutely gripping story…” Dick Adler, The Chicago Tribune

Coming in March: THE CYMRY RING by Michael Allen Dymmoch
“A rountine request for extradition leads to a fantastic journey into the past . . . A captivating historical romantic adventure . . . “ Kirkus
FIVE STAR, 2006, ISBN: 1-59414-429-X

January 07, 2006

Michael Raleigh
cost: none
more information: Palatine Library Home Page
Michael Raleigh discusses his novel IN THE CASTLE OF THE FLYNNS, which has been chosen for the ONE BOOK, ONE PALATINE literary festival, at the Palatine Library, Feb.1 2006 at 7 P.M.
December 29, 2005

Billy Lombardo
cost: $6
more information: calendar of events
Billy will be reading from his book, "The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories," at the Green Mill's Uptown Poetry Slam, on Sunday, January 15, 2006. Open Mic @ 7pm, Billy @ 8pm.
December 28, 2005

Alan H. Neff
more information: Denlinger's Publisher, LTd.
Publication of "Blauser's Building," a dark and comic novel about lawyers in love (but not with the law).

December 12, 2005
cost: $25
more information: Steppenwolf Traffic
Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
In the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre

Billy Lombardo, Stuart Dybek and Alex Kotlowitz share their Chicago Stories in a one night only reading.  Billy Lombardo will read from The Logic of a Rose, his prize-winning short stories about growing up in Bridgeport.

December 06, 2005

Michelle True
cost: $13.95 pbook, $6.44 e-book
more information: In Katrina's Wake - poetry anthology
Announcing one of the first books to be published in response to hurricane Katrina - an anthology of 97 poems by 20 writers from across the United States. All profits from book sales will be donated to the American Red Cross.

The poems are filled with love, loss, despair, pain, comfort and above all, hope. "In Katrina's Wake" makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift for the holidays or any special occasion. It also will help provide a regular stream of donations to the American Red Cross so they may continue helping the victims, the survivors, of Katrina, Rita, Wilma, as well as earthquakes, floods and other disasters.

In Katrina’s Wake: An Anthology of Inspirational Poetry
ISBN 1-4116-5533-8
Release Date: 11-01-05

Help us keep this legacy alive and contributing for many years to come by forwarding this information to everyone you know!

Lulu site:

December 02, 2005

Shanita Eze
cost: $100 for authors; $150 for publishers, booksellers, others
more information: Mid-Western Christian Book Fair
Mark your calendar for the MID-WESTERN CHRISTIAN BOOK FAIR, October 1-2, 2004 at Robert Lee Recreation Center, Iowa City, Iowa. Major highlights include book sales and conferment of eight MCBF awards to deserving individuals and organizations, including three authors. You could be one of the award winners. SO BE THERE!!!
May 02, 2004

Gerolyn J. Hudson
cost: Free to the Public
more information: Loyola Library Book Club

Featured Guest:
Dick Whittingham

Wednesday, March 24, at 6 p.m.
Crown Center Auditorium
1001 W. Loyola Avenue

Loyola alumnus and prolific author Dick Whittingham will talk about his books, which include Boy Wonder of Wall Street:The Life and Times of Financier Eddie Gilbert and Martial Justice: The Last Mass Execution in the United States. He will also discuss his project with Loyola to write a history of the University. Refreshments will be served.

Book club events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit the Library Book Club website at or contact Geri Hudson at 312-915-6948 or via e-mail at

March 22, 2004

June Sawyers
cost: free
"Drive All Night: The Music of Bruce Springsteen"
Join SMA member June Skinner Sawyers on Wednesday, April 7, at 5.30 p.m. at the book release party for Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (Penguin). The party will feature a talk, slide show, and Springsteen music performed by local singer-songwriter Bucky Halker.
March 18, 2004

Midwest Living magazine
Jennifer Wilson at Midwest Living magazine would like SMA members to know that their book editor likes to review new books by Midwest authors with Midwest settings, especially fiction but also literary nonfiction and coffee table books.
Contact: Jennifer Wilson,

January 16, 2004

Alzina Stone Dale
Alzina Stone Dale and her co-author Barbara Sloan Hendershott are pleased to announce that all five of their MYSTERY READER'S WALKING GUIDES: LONDON, ENGLAND, NEW YORK, CHICAGO and WASHINGTON D.C. have been republished and are now available at through the Authors Guild's

January 08, 2004

Kathleen Long Bostrom
Storytelling and book signing at Crocodile Pie Children's Bookstore, Route 21 (Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville, IL; Thursday, December 18, 10:30-11:00

December 13, 2003

Laura Mazzuca Toops
cost: $100, plus hotel and meals
more information: Winter Writing Intensive Weekend: A Creative Retreat

Fri.-Sun, Feb. 20-22, 2004
Lakeside Inn
Lakeside, Michigan

A two-day intensive fiction or memoir writing workshop, including one-on-one manuscript analysis by Laura Mazzuca Toops, author and fiction teacher at College of DuPage.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE: $100 (includes all handouts, workshops and personalized manuscript analysis), payable by cash, check or money order to Laura Mazzuca Toops, 740 S. Spring Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525.

SPECIAL ROOM RATES (for two nights): $75 to $175. Contact hotel directly for reservations at 269-469-0600, Fax: 269.469.1914,

Workshop reservation deadline is Feb. 1.

Makes a great holiday gift for your favorite writer!

December 08, 2003

Wendell Mayo
cost: $50 Workshop Participation
more information: Open Workshops

The Open Writing Workshops are open to the public and designed for fiction writers and poets of all levels of experience. Writers in the workshops share their work in a professional studio setting and receive commentary on works in progress from nationally published writers. This year the workshops are offered in conjunction with the WINTER WHEAT conference on creative writing.

December 01, 2003

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