What would we do without the authors of the world? We’d miss the fantastical epics of our George R. R. Martins, the clever whodunits of our Agatha Christies, the dark nightmares of our Stephen Kings, and the daring, poignant poetry of our Maya Angelous.
We at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library definitely know the value of the people who write our favorite books. That’s why, year-round, we invite authors to visit the library to meet their readers and talk about their work. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, not only about the stories they tell, but their writing process, what they think about the state of publishing, how they got started and who they love reading.
This fall we have two novelists stopping by. Elizabeth Blackwell is the author of “While Beauty Slept,” a blend of fairy tale and historical fiction that re-imagines Sleeping Beauty into a more concrete, realistic story from a servant’s point of view as she ascends within the hierarchy of the castle’s help and learns to navigate the murky world of royal schemes and politics. Elizabeth will be talking to us about her book, as well as her experiences in the publishing world Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
On Nov. 18 also at 7 p.m., we’ll be hosting the first Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project winner Joanne Zienty. Joanne’s debut novel “The Things We Save,” tells the story of a family that is falling apart and their intimate struggle to put what remains back together, sharing provocative questions about the nature of love, the effects of guilt and the limits of forgiveness. Joanne will give us a lighthearted look at the libraries she has known and loved, and will read from and discuss her award-winning book.
We also have great resources for aspiring writers looking to hone their craft, find places to submit their work, or network with other writers. This fall, we’re hosting a brand new local writing group called the Western Springs Writer’s Society, founded by Marie Gerken and Jim Swinehart. Their introductory meeting is Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., and is open to interested writers of all levels and genres. Our librarians can also help you access style and writing guides, information on publishers and literary magazines, or even show you how to submit your own book reviews to our Western Springs Reads blog.
Rachel Hoover is an Adult Services librarian At the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs