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Oswego Literary Festival, presented by Sourcebooks, brings 50+ local authors together

Meet writers, buy books and get them signed, raffle, live music, children’s activities and more!

Get ready for winter by cuddling up with a stockpile of books from local Illinois authors.

The Oswego Literary Festival is bigger and better than ever this year, with more than 50 authors from around Illinois scheduled to appear in Oswego on Sunday, Sept. 29.

This year’s Oswego Literary Festival is sponsored by Naperville-based publisher Sourcebooks, bringing to the festival additional opportunities to hear from local authors. Nic Joseph, author of suspense novel The Night in Question and Nancy Cavanaugh, author of several middle-grade children’s books, including Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, will both present from their books and share with readers what drives them to write.

As always, attendees will be able to meet authors representing dozens of genres, including mystery and horror, 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. Author announcements will be made throughout the month of September on and on the Oswego Literary Festival Facebook event page.

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

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, food available for purchase, and a children’s section with children’s authors, crafts, a bounce house, and more.

The Oswego Literary Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego. Entry is free. Books are available for purchase direct from authors. For more information and author announcements throughout the month of September, check out


Shop local in downtown Oswego

The morning of Sunday, Sept. 29, also features the final Oswego Country Market of the 2019 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. 29.

In addition to the Oswego Literary Festival and the Oswego Country Market, several downtown Oswego businesses will be open Sunday morning and afternoon. 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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