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Glen Ellyn's BookFest 2013 is a literary celebration for book lovers of all ages

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 3:34 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:50 a.m. CST
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Local author Marjorie Sullivan Lee, with son Kevin.

GLEN ELLYN – Literary enthusiasts are invited to attend BookFest 2013 in Glen Ellyn to celebrate the world of books and see what authors from the Chicago area and beyond have to offer.

This is the fourth year for the literary festival, which is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Public Library and downtown Glen Ellyn businesses The Bookstore and Bundles of Books and Gifts.

“I always tell people who are coming into the library for the first time, this is a curious community,” said Adult Programming Librarian Amy Franco. “They come to learn. They come with questions.”

The Sept. 28 event will feature a “PitchFest” and Author Trade Show of local writers, as well as special presentations from children’s authors Matthew Cordell and Judith Fradin.

Glen Ellyn authors participating in BookFest include Christopher Freiler, Philip Moscatel and Marjorie Sullivan Lee.

A luncheon at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn will include discussions led by literary agent Joe Durepos and authors Bret Nicholaus, Amy Sue Nathan and Ayana Mathis, who is BookFest’s keynote speaker.

Tickets cost $20 for the luncheon, but all other BookFest events are free to the public.

New York Times bestselling author Mathis will discuss her acclaimed debut novel, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” during her keynote address at the library after the luncheon. The novel was chosen to be part of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

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