A Little About our Children’s Authors

As part of this year’s BookFest event, The Bookstore in downtown Glen Ellyn will host some great locally-based children’s authors. Book-loving kids of all ages can spend the morning with Matthew Cordell, a Chicago-based illustrator and author of the children’s books Hello! Hello! and What Floats in a Moat? Matthew will read and sign his latest books. In the afternoon, Chicago-based author Judith Fradin will also appear at The Bookstore. Judy has written dozens of nonfiction children’s books including Tornado! and Stolen into Slavery, both published by National Geographic Kids. Fradin will perform an interactive reading from some of her favorite books.

Matthew Cordell at The Bookstore, 475 N. Main Street, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Judith Fradin at The Bookstore, 475 N. Main Street, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

BookFest Committee Announces Trade Show Authors


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The following local authors have been chosen to participate in this year’s BookFest Trade Show. Also participating are the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center, Author! Author!, and the Chicago Writer’s Association and the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. Please give a round of applause to our 36 wonderful authors and stay tuned for more BookFest information!

BookFest Author Trade Show: Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Name Title Pub.
George Banas Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure: In My Brother’s Place 2010
David W. Berner Any Road Will Take You There: A Journey of Fathers and Sons 2013
Karen Wojcik Berner Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two) 2012
Brian Walter Budzynski The Remark 2013
Rose Calkins Grammie is my Favorite Kind of Ice Cream! 2013
Janet Feduska Cole Cancelled: Stamps to Die For 2013
Norm Cowie Fang Face 2009
Karen DeWitt The Bunco Club 2013
E.C. Diskin The Green Line 2013
JoAnn Fastoff The Lie 2012
Kathryn Flatt The Changeling Kill 2013
Christopher Freiler A Star to Follow 2012
Kate Gingold Ruth by Lake and Prairie 2006
Garrett Glass Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders 2013
Annie Hansen Give Me Chocolate 2013
Gunter Kaesdorf Buried Truth 2013
Mary T. Kanak Ripples of Connections 2011
Scott Kenemore Zombie, Illinois 2012
Richard J. Keyworth Fires… Accidental or Arson? 2011
Jeannette C. Kielp Bigger than the Bogie Man 2011
Patricia A. Kieta Lenny Finds his Line 2012
Marjorie Sullivan Lee Bloom Where You are Planted 2012
Gerda Nothmann Luner Gerda’s Story: Memoir of a Holocaust Survivor 2002
Michael Matula Try Not to Burn 2012
M.E. May Perfidy 2012
Fiona McGier For the Love of his Life 2013
Lia Miller and Gina Dwyer Soul Journey 2013
Dr. Philip Moscatel Posture Core Wellness Made Simple 2009
Sue Mydliak Birthright 2011
Mike O’Mary The Note 2012
Helen Osterman Emma Winberry and the Evil Eye 2012
Jay Payleitner 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad 2010
Jennifer Rae Kessen’s Kronikles, The Adventures of a Cross Country Canine 2012
Patricia Rockwell Sounds of Murder 2010
Tisha Starr The Fear of Knowing 2013
Lee Williams In His Blood 2009

All about Volunteering


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Want to get involved in BookFest but haven’t published your book yet? Or, you have published your book but you missed the deadline to apply for the BookFest Trade Show?

The BookFest Planning Committee is always accepting volunteer applications. Volunteers commit to a few hours helping staff ensure that the event runs smoothly and might even get some behind-the-scenes experience with BookFest authors.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at BookFest, please visit www.bookfest.org/volunteer for an application. A volunteer coordinator will contact you shortly.

All about Luncheon Panelists


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So you’ve read all about Ayana Mathis and you’re excited for her arrival in Glen Ellyn. You finished her book, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, months ago. You’ve even bought your tickets for our panel lunch and told your friends about the event. But who are the three other fabulous panelists? Read on to find out about our guests for the event, moderated by GEPL’s own marketing coordinator, Anthony McGinn.

AMY SUE NATHAN lives and writes near Chicago where she hosts the popular blog, Women’s Fiction Writers. Her newest book, The Glass Wives, is the poignant story of two women who help each other preserve a family after a tragedy forces them to reconsider what matters most in their friendship. She has published articles in Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune and New York Times online among many others and is an editor for Backspace. Amy grew up in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She is the proud mom of a son in college and a daughter in college and a willing servant to two rambunctious rescue dogs.

Over the last 22 years, BRET NICHOLAUS has written 25 books, including two national bestsellers—The Conversation Piece and The Christmas Conversation Piece. He has been published by three of the top six New York houses and has also successfully self-published some of his works under his own company, William Randall Publishing. Altogether, more than one million copies of his titles have been sold. Bret has also served as a book-marketing consultant for various Chicago companies, including Loyola Press. He holds a degree in communication from Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

JOE DUREPOS has more than 35 years of experience in the book-publishing industry. As a literary agent, he sold more than 150 titles for his clients, and many of these books ended up on bestseller lists. Additionally, he worked as a publishing sales rep for Random House and as a general manager for Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. For the last 12 years, he has served as acquisitions editor for Loyola Press in Chicago, where he has acquired more than 200 books.

Writing and Publishing Panel Luncheon: Saturday, September 28 at 11:30
Tickets $20 and available at bookfest.org/tickets

What is PitchFest?


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PitchFest is a rapid-fire book-pitching master class hosted by Author! Author!, a Chicagoland marketing resource group for authors. Each participant will be given exactly one minute to share the elevator speech for his or her book with the audience in attendance. Experts from Author! Author! will then give feedback to help improve participants’ pitches. The event is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity for the public to preview books they are interested in purchasing later at the BookFest author trade show.

If you are an author interested in participating in this year’s PitchFest, be sure to line up at the second floor of the library before 9:30. Space for the master class is given on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to authors participating in the BookFest author trade show.

PitchFest: Saturday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Panel Luncheon Tickets Now Available!


The BookFest Planning Committee, featuring representatives from the Glen Ellyn Public Library, The Bookstore, and Bundles of Books, is pleased to announce this year’s luncheon at the newly-renovated clubhouse at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn. New York Times bestselling author Ayana Mathis, who will give the BookFest keynote presentation, will join literary agent Joe Durepos and authors Bret Nicholaus and Amy Sue Nathan in a panel discussion on how they got started in writing and publishing. For more information about the panel luncheon and to purchase tickets visit bookfest.org/tickets.

BookFest Committee Announces 2013 Program


The BookFest Planning Committee is comprised of representatives from the Glen Ellyn Public Library, Bundles of Books and The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn. We are proud to announce this year’s program featuring several events for readers and writers of all ages. Please visit the program page for full program descriptions.

This year’s event will open with a Pitch Fest moderated by Author! Author! Immediately after the Pitch Fest, authors who have been accepted into the program will have an opportunity to sell their books at our author trade show. Two local children’s authors will be visiting The Bookstore for interactive readings with young readers. A luncheon panel at the newly renovated Village Links Clubhouse will feature experts from the writing and publishing industry as well as our keynote speaker, Ayana Mathis, who will also give a short presentation and book signing at the library.

Just a reminder: authors have one more week to complete their applications to participate in the author trade show. Applications are available on the BookFest author page.

Keep checking back for more announcements and detailed descriptions of our programs and speakers. For more information about BookFest 2013 contact:

Amy Franco
Adult Programming Librarian, Glen Ellyn Public Library
(630) 790-6747
[email protected]

Author Applications for BookFest 2013 Now Available


Author applications for the 4th Annual BookFest on Saturday, September 28, 2013 are now available at www.bookfest.org/author. This year’s BookFest will feature an indoor event for authors to sell their books, network with other authors and market their materials. More information about programs will be announced as it becomes available. Authors are encouraged to submit a copy of their book(s) and any additional materials, such as a press kit, to complete their applications. Mail all materials to:

Amy Franco
Glen Ellyn Public Library
400 Duane Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

BookFest 2013 Committee Announces Keynote Speaker Ayana Mathis


The Glen Ellyn Public Library is proud to partner with The Bookstore and Bundles of Books to bring you the fourth annual BookFest: A Celebration of Books in Downtown Glen Ellyn on Saturday, September 28, 2013! This all-ages festival provides residents of Glen Ellyn an opportunity to come together and enjoy unique literary events throughout the community, featuring acclaimed and local authors.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the event: Ayana Mathis. Mathis, a graduate from the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop, recently published her debut novel to much critical acclaim. In The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.

Please stay tuned for more information about BookFest 2013. Come to BookFest in Downtown Glen Ellyn, IL this fall to meet a new favorite author, engage in conversation, get a book signed, and do some shopping.

Fore more information about BookFest 2013, contact:

Amy Franco
Adult Programming Librarian, Glen Ellyn Public Library
(630) 790-6747
[email protected]