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News & Events: Illinois

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apr 5, 2010, 3:02 pm

List any news and events of special interest to Illinois members, including library or other venue events, bookstore readings, writing workshops or classes, academic lectures, television/radio or articles/reviews by or about Illinois writers, etc.

apr 5, 2010, 4:08 pm

I sure hope that hitting the red "X" in the main topic listing means that I'm not going to be seeing the whole damn list of states' events ... I'm tempted to just leave the group. What is the PURPOSE of all this crap, when one's local events is already built into the LT interface? I really don't care what the "news and events" are beyond a 5 mile radius that I'm likely to get to!


apr 5, 2010, 8:51 pm

Thanks for your note, Btripp. If anyone else has a problem with these discussion threads, I'll remove them. Until then, you can hit the red "x" and move the discussion to the bottom of the page. I thought the thread might introduce a community sense for our interests, but I could be wrong.

apr 7, 2010, 11:23 am

Wow, that seems a bit.... harsh...

I don't have a problem with the threads. I appreciate that LT Local gives me notice of immediate events in my area, but if there was a really great event in another part of my state (or a nearby state) this might be an opportunity for advance notice if someone else was really excited about it...

Different strokes for different folks, I guess. Yes, you can always "X" it if you don't like it but it seems a little rude to assume that nobody else will benefit from something just because it's not your cup of tea.

apr 14, 2010, 2:42 pm


Redigerat: apr 30, 2010, 8:31 pm

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I completely agree too....
And here is a local event coming up that I'm going to be a part of!

First Annual Glen Ellyn Bookfest
"Downtown Glen Ellyn Celebrates Books"
June 19th, 2010

Join us for Glen Ellyn’s First Annual BookFest, Saturday June 19, 2010. This event, sponsored by the Downtown Glen Ellyn Alliance, is designed to showcase local literary talent. To date our featured authors include Elizabeth Berg, Melanie Benjamin, Kelly O’Connor McNees, J.A. Konrath, Tony Romano, Stephanie Cowell and Charlene Baumbich (and M. Clifford!!). For more information about the day’s event, see the information below, become a fan on Facebook (Bookfest 2010: A Celebration of Books in Downtown Glen Ellyn) or follow us on Twitter (GEBookfest).

In addition to readings and workshops, many stores and restaurants in our historic downtown will host authors to sign and sell books from 10: 00am – 1:00pm.

** For anyone interested I (M. Clifford) will be attending the event as a featured author and will be stationed at Sign of the Whale Antiques to sell & sign copies of The Book and The Muse of Edouard Manet **

Sign of the Whale Antiques (next to Bundles of Books!!)
558 Crescent Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-4151

I hope to see many of you there!
M. Clifford

maj 1, 2010, 10:01 am

#6 - Oh cool, someone mentioned this event over in the Chicagoans group too!

jul 1, 2010, 6:44 pm

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Hey Everyone!
Reading from The Quickening at Barbara's Bookstore on South Halsted in Chicago at 7pm. Stop on by!
The Quickening

jul 1, 2010, 7:00 pm

7pm tonight?

jul 2, 2010, 1:53 pm

Oops. No, 7pm on August 6. Sorry about that.

jul 2, 2010, 4:30 pm

That's okay....I'm glad I didn't miss it!

sep 1, 2010, 11:05 am

Medlemmem har stängts av.

nov 6, 2010, 11:36 am

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Love is Murder Mini-Con
Saturday, November 20 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

An afternoon geared toward those interested in mystery/suspense/thrillers - whether as readers or writers. The afternoon features a panel of published mystery writers who will speak about their inspiration, ideas and creative process, and offer insight into the publishing business. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A, and ample time to mingle with our guest authors and network with other attendees.

Panel discussion will take place from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The authors are: Raymond Benson (“Dark Side of the Morgue”), Michael Allen Dymmoch (“M.I.A.,” “The Man Who Understood Cats”), Shane Gericke (“Torn Apart,” “Blown Away”), and Libby Fischer Hellmann (“Set the Night on Fire," "Doubleback”).

A book signing will follow. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store.

Bonus pre-panel activity at 1pm: Prior to the panel discussion, performers from Improv Playhouse will lead an interactive murder mystery. Follow the clues and solve the crime in their play, “Apartment 2B – or NOT To Be!”

Participants in this free mini-conference will be entered in a drawing to win a ticket to the Midwest regional mystery conference, “Love is Murder XII,” to be held at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare in February 2011. The prize is valued at $250.

The event is free, registration is recommended. Register online at or call 847-634-3650.

sep 10, 2011, 8:59 am

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I'm listing this in the Illinois thread because I actually live in SW Illinois, but St Louis is close by for many people in the area.

Come celebrate the publication of drug cartel expert and local author Sylvia Longmire's first book in style! Join us at Jive and Wail Dueling Piano Bar in downtown St Louis on September 29th, right after "Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars" hits the shelves.

You'll learn more about the book, meet the author, and have the chance to buy a copy that she'll sign on the spot. Better yet, a portion of the proceeds from book sales at the party will be donated to the Gateway Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. And you'll get to enjoy food, beverages, giveaways, and the best dueling piano entertainment around!

Please send RSVPs to

For more info:

okt 20, 2012, 5:52 pm

I wish someone would write about the Coliseum Ballroom that existed in Benld, IL from Christmas 1924 to last summer. It was built for $50,000 in 1924 and had a balcony, and a very large dance floor, rivaling St. Louis and Chicago. The grocer and his brother sold to the bootleggers and that was the source of funds. One got murdered when he was rumored to turn state's evidence. Big bands like Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo played there on the weekends. It is also on an original section of Old Route 66. Unfortunately, an electrical problem started a fire and it has since been leveled, but not forgotten. Benld had a colorful history in the 1950s. Need I say more?
You can find an unfinished DVD on U-tube. The producer's father was a teacher in Benld and recently passed away at 104?
A great subject for a book, you authors.