The Glen Ellyn Public Library, the Bookstore and Bundles of Books are excited to present the fourth annual BookFest: A Celebration of Books in downtown Glen Ellyn, on Saturday, Sept. 28.BookFest is a daylong literary festival packed with author events, book signings and interactive book-themed programming geared toward authors and book lovers of all ages.
This year’s BookFest Keynote Speaker is New York Times bestselling author Ayana Mathis, a graduate from the University of Iowa’s Writer’s workshop. She will discuss her highly acclaimed debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, which has been selected to Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Mathis will deliver her keynote address at 2:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Glen Ellyn Public Library with a book signing to follow. The event is free and open to the public.
BookFest activities kick off at 9:30 a.m. with PitchFest, located at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. PitchFest is a fast-paced program presented by Author! Author! that provides novelists 60 seconds to pitch their book and convince an audience to make it their next read. Authors with books to pitch should line up at the library before 9:30 a.m.
Book-loving kids can spend the morning with Matthew Cordell, a Chicago-based illustrator and author of the children’s books Another Brother and Trouble Gum, who will read from his latest books at The Bookstore, 475 N. Main Street Glen Ellyn at 10 a.m.
The Glen Ellyn community can meet their favorite PitchFest authors during the Author Trade Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Glen Ellyn Public Library meeting room. Local authors will be able to discuss their writing careers and share their books with interested readers.
Keynote Speaker Ayana Mathis, national best selling author Bret Nicholaus, literary agent Joe Durepos, and Glass Wives author Amy Sue Nathan will discuss their writing and publishing careers during the Author Luncheon Panel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn Clubhouse, 485 Winchell Way. Tickets for the luncheon cost $20 and will be available at bookfest.org/tickets. (Ticket price includes a salad, entrée and dessert).
After the Author Luncheon Panel, Chicago-based author Judith Fradin will appear at the Bookstore at 2 p.m. Judy has written dozens of nonfiction children’s books including Tornado! and Stolen Into Slavery, both published by National Geographic Kids. Fradin will perform an interactive reading from some of her favorite books.
Full details and complete ticketing information is available at bookfest.org.