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Oswego Literary Festival moves indoors for rain

It’s a rainy fall day, which makes it perfect for curling up with a great new book from a local author. Stock up your bookshelves with fall reading for yourself and your young book lovers at the Oswego Literary Festival, today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Oswego Village Hall.

The event, initially scheduled to take place both indoors and out, has been relocated completely inside Village Hall. Because of the rain, the children’s activities, including the bounce house, have been canceled. Children will still get to meet children’s and YA authors, and hear a book discussion with Nancy J. Cavanaugh, author of the middle-grade book Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, at 12:30 p.m.

The Oswego Literary Festival will include about 30 authors from around Illinois, plus book discussions for adults and children, live readings from featured authors, live music, the Umbrella Azul food truck, and a book raffle.

Meet authors representing dozens of genres, including mystery, horror and ghost stories just in time for fall, plus sci-fi, romance, poetry collections, memoir and non-fiction on a variety of topics. Bring your young bookworms who will find everything from children’s picture books about airplanes to YA thrillers and fantasy.  Chat up authors, buy their recent releases, get your copy autographed, and take part in the literary process with activities like three-minute poems and more.

This year’s Oswego Literary Festival is sponsored by Naperville-based publisher Sourcebooks and will include book discussions from two Sourcebook authors. At 11 a.m., hear from Nic Joseph, author of suspense novel The Night in Question, and at 12:30 p.m. bring the kids for a discussion with Nancy J. Cavanaugh, author of middle-grade book Elsie Mae Has Something to Say.

Plus, aspiring writers will find resources to inspire their next book projects. Talk craft with other local writers in your genre, and meet representatives from The Republic of Letters, a new Fox Valley-based writers’ studio offering classes and editing groups.

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.

Books 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 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, check out

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