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Catch more than 50 Illinois authors at the Oswego Literary Festival

The Oswego Literary Festival is larger than ever this year, with more than 50 authors from around Illinois scheduled to appear in Oswego on Sunday, Sept. 30.

This is the eighth year for the event, which is produced by the Oswego Public Library District and the Village of Oswego’s Cultural Arts Commission. Each year, it attracts more authors from around the region, and this year, the festivities will spill outdoors around the library, too, weather permitting.

Attendees can meet authors representing dozens of genres, including mystery, sci-fi, romance, and non-fiction on a variety of topics, plus children’s and young adult literature. Chat up authors, buy their recent releases, and get your copy autographed.

A sampling of this year’s authors include:

  • Mike Grosso, author of middle-grade novel I Am Drums, an Illinois Reads pick that Booklist called a “gripping emotional story” about a girl pursuing her passion as a drummer.
  • Dale Kaczmarek, author of Windy City Ghosts, and president of the Ghost Research Society, with several books available at the Oswego Literary Festival to make Halloween extra ghastly.
  • Heidi Radkiewicz, author of Honeymoon in Baghdad, a memoir of her and her husband getting called to serve in Iraq in the weeks after their wedding, and a new marriage beset by the horrors of war.
  • Shanna Simpson, Oswego resident and author of Payton is Afraid of Dirt, a children’s picture book that tells Payton’s story as he grows up with obsessive compulsive disorder and learns how to roar it away.

Books from these and other authors are for sale at the event directly from the individual authors. Cash is recommended although many authors accept credit and debit cards via Square. 

The Oswego Literary Festival also features raffles with a chance to win books from featured authors, plus live music from Fox River Academy of Music and Art, children’s activities and library scavenger hunt and much more!

For literary discussion and fun in a more causal setting, join the authors after the event for a post-Lit Fest social hour at Oswego Brewing Co. beginning at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy light snacks and a chat with the authors, plus find Oswego's hometown brew and lunch from Mama's Tamallis, both available for purchase. 

The Oswego Literary Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the downtown Oswego campus of the Oswego Public Library, 32 Jefferson St., Oswego. Entry is free. Books are available for purchase direct from authors. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Shop local in downtown Oswego
The morning of Sunday, Sept. 30, also features the final Oswego Country Market of the 2018 season. Make a morning of meeting local authors, then head to the market less than a block away to stock up on locally produced harvest-fresh produce, baked breads and sweets, meats and cheeses and handcrafted goods to enjoy all throughout fall. The Oswego Country Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.
In addition to the Oswego Literary Festival and the Oswego Country Market, several downtown Oswego businesses will have extended Sunday hours. Celebrate classic fairy tales at Forever After Finds, 67 S. Main St., with readings and a craft, and stop by Hudson Design House, 76 Main St., to meet Elizabeth Rago, author of The Modern Domestic Woman. 

From vintage finds for your home to unique pieces for your wardrobe, downtown Oswego offers everything you need for a festive fall season.

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