Reading Group Choices & The Book Cellar are hosting a literary extravaganza! Come join us for this free event of author speed dating, fun book giveaways & delicious snacks!
Reading Group Choices is happy to partner with The Book Cellar during the ALA Annual Conference for a literary event to celebrate our readers. In our fast-paced world, reading groups can offer us the time to slow down, catch up with friends, and talk about wonderful books. We want to celebrate you the readers with a free evening of fun giveaways, delicious snacks, and rounds of author speed-dating with 9 terrific authors: J.L. and M.A. Powers, Lucy Knisley, Krystyna Poray Goddu, Sarah Shoemaker, Pénélope Bagieu, Jennifer Latham, Marguerite Abouet, and Alex Lyttle! You can read about the authors and their books below.
What’s “author speed-dating”? Readers will be in small groups. The authors will speed “date” with each group, but instead of telling readers about themselves, they’ll be telling readers about their new books! It’s a fun way to hear about new books straight from the authors who wrote them!
All readers are welcome! You do not have to be in a book group to attend! But after attending, you may want to start a group with your friends, or you may even meet a group to join at the event!
The event is FREE. There is not a ticket cost.
Date and Time
Saturday, June 24th
6:30pm Come early to browse and snack
7:00pm Author speed-dating
8:00pm Signings and Shopping
The Book Cellar (Chicago, IL)
4736 N. Lincoln Avenue
Across from Giddings Plaza and just north of the Chicago Brauhaus
Parking and Transit: Limited parking is available at the meters located along Lincoln Avenue, across the street from The Book Cellar. There are also two public parking lots with parking meters right around the corner. One is just outside the CTA Brown Line Western Station, and the other is across the street at the corner of Western and Leland. A third lot is a few blocks south on Lincoln Avenue, across from the Old Town School of Folk Music.
The Book Cellar is a block away from the Western CTA Brown Line Station at Western and Leland. Exit the station and head east toward Lincoln Avenue, then make a left. A number of bus lines pass through the area, many stopping at the Brown Line Western Station. The Book Cellar is also about a 15-minute walk from the Ravenswood Metra station, on the UP-N line.
The Featured Authors and Books
Authors will be available to sign their published books which you can purchase, and you can also enter to win copies of their upcoming books! The Book Cellar will offer a 10% discount during the event of all of the authors’ titles currently available.
J.L. and M.A. Powers, Broken Circle
Lucy Knisley, Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride
Krystyna Poray Goddu, A Girl Called Vincent
Sarah Shoemaker, Mr. Rochester
Pénélope Bagieu, California Dreamin’
Jennifer Latham, Dreamland Burning
Marguerite Abouet, Aya and Akissi
Alex Lyttle, From Ant to Eagle