Celebrate Illinois Authors at IWPA's November Book Fair
If you think you have seen it all before, you're wrong! This year, IWPA has gone all out to celebrate books written by Illinois authors. The fair, to be held in the Chicago Cultural Center on November 19, will offer a new format. In lieu of a luncheon, refreshments will be available for purchase at various locations during the day throughout the Randolph Café and the Visitor's Information Center. Guest emcee, Diantha Parker, news correspondent for Chicago Public Radio, will help you "Meet-the-Authors" from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. From 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., guest speaker and author-editor June Skinner Sawyers shares her experiences on writing books and getting contracts. Hear her adventures in publishing, including the time one of her publishing houses burned to the ground on New Year's Eve causing her manuscript to go up in flames and when another house went bankrupt on the eve of her book being published. Despite the problems, she has written or edited 15 books.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June Skinner Sawyers has written extensively about music, travel, history, religion, and popular culture. She is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle and lectures on the humanities at the Newberry Library. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Racing in the Street: the Bruce Springsteen Reader (Penguin) and Celtic Music: a Complete Guide (DaCapo Press), and has edited several literary anthologies, including Dreams of Elsewhere: the Selected Travel Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson, The Greenwich Village Reader, and The Road North: 300 Years of Classic Scottish Travel Writing. She has also written Chicago Portraits: Biographies of 250 Famous Chicagoans (Loyola Press). Sawyers co-wrote the Chicago Arts Guide (Chicago Review Press), contributed to two essays in The Encyclopedia of Chicago (University of Chicago Press), one on the Scots in Chicago and other on the English in Chicago. She has been a former acquisitions editor (at Loyola Press) and book publicist (at Ivan R. Dee). In between book contracts, she is a freelance proofreader and indexer.
Sawyers is currently editing About a Lucky Band that Made the Grade: The Beatles Together-And Apart (Penguin) and will soon start writing Tougher than the Rest: 100 Best Springsteen Songs (Omnibus Press/Schirmer Books).
You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear Sawyers and Chicago Public Radio's Diantha Parker, to meet other Illinois authors, and to network with old and new friends.
Plan to join us on November 19.
Illinois Women's Press Association Book Fair
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meet the Authors - Diantha Parker, Celebrity Emcee
Reservations: Reservations are not required.
Cost: There is no charge for this event. Refreshments may be purchased at concessions throughout the Center.
Travel: The Cultural Center is directly above the Randolph Street entrance to the Metra Electric and South Shore train lines. It is two blocks east of the Washington stop on the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line; two blocks east and one block south of the CTA Green, Orange and Brown lines at State and Lake Streets. It is three blocks north and nine blocks east of Union Station and one block north and nine blocks east of the Ogilvie Transportation Center, accessible by the eastbound No. 20 (Madison) CTA bus ($1.75 exact fare).