Local Author Day

 

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

1 - 4 p.m.

95th Street Library
3015 Cedar Glade Dr., Naperville, IL 60564
Meeting Room A/B

Meet hometown authors and learn about the publishing world. Attend a panel discussion from 1 – 2:30 p.m., then afterwards, meet with over 20 local authors and have an opportunity to purchase signed copies of materials.

Local Author Day Panel Discussion

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Esteemed panelists will explore the many paths to publishing and discuss ways to reach audiences using different forms of creative media.


Stacey Ballis

Stacey Ballis

Stacey Ballis is the author of ten food-themed novels including, "Out to Lunch", "Recipe for Disaster", "Wedding Girl", and "How to Change a Life" as well as the digital cookbook, "Big Delicious Life". Her non-fiction food writings and recipes have appeared in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Bake from Scratch Magazine, and Plate Magazine, among others. Stacey is currently at work on a new full-length work of fiction.

Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev is an award-winning author who writes Bollywood-style love stories that explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging in a happily ever after. She has won the American Library Association's award for best romance, the RT Reviewer's Choice award for best contemporary romance, the RT Seal of Excellence and is a RITA finalist. Her newest novel, "Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors" was released in May.

Shana Drehs

Shana Drehs is the editorial director for Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark, the adult nonfiction and general adult fiction imprints of Sourcebooks, Inc., and an independent publisher located in Naperville. Books that she has acquired and edited have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and Indie Next and Library Reads Lists.

Melonie Johnson

Melonie Johnson

An award-winning author and a two-time RWA® Golden Heart finalist, she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin. Her debut series, "Sometimes in Love", launches in 2019 from St. Martin's Press with three back-to-back releases.

Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of five novels, including "The Good Girl", "Pretty Baby", "Don't You Cry", "Every Last Lie", and "When the Lights Go Out". Her first novel, "The Good Girl", was an Indie Next pick, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller. Mary's novels have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide.

Essence McDowell

Essence McDowell

Essence McDowell is a digital aesthetic specialist, communications strategist, and co-author (with Mariame Kaba) of "Lifting as They Climbed: Mapping a History of Black Women on Chicago's South Side". Essence started her career as journalist writing for national newspapers, before expanding into digital communications and broadening her portfolio to include media management projects, social media development and public programming. She works at the Social Justice Initiative as the digital media strategist and program manager and is on the board of Chicago Freedom School.

Individual tables will be held by

Sourcebooks