Calling all Bibliophiles! Buy local and read local at the Chicago Book Expo

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Rebecca Ciprus

Talents from the literary community will be display at the Fifth Annual Chicago Book Expo taking place this Sunday, Nov. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. at Columbia College Chicago (1104 S. Wabash Ave.).

The Chicago Book Expo is the city’s biggest fall literary event and features more than 70 exhibitors from Chicago-area publishers and literary organizations, plus 20 events with local authors on a wide range of topics.

This year’s Expo features 20 different programs including a tribute to Roger Ebert as a writer with Chaz Ebert emceeing a conversation and reading with Michael Phillips, Laura Emerick, and more about Roger’s work; a panel on books about Chicago music moderated by Jim DeRogatis, American music critic and co-host of Sound Opinion, with Steve Krakow, Sally Timms, and John Dugan; and other sessions about mysteries, poetry and protest, comics, Chicago history, diversity in publishing, Chicago novels, translation, drinking in Chicago, and more.

Authors at the event will include Bill Ayers, Gina Frangello, Neil Steinberg, Marnie Galloway, Bill Savage, Angela Jackson, Eve Ewing, Gint Aras, Jay Bonansinga, and Jody Lynn Nye.

New to the Expo this year, Myth-Ink—a club of more than 50 Columbia College Chicago students who write fantasy, science fiction, and horror—is hosting a special, all-day So You Want to Be an Author seminar. More details about that can be found here.

For a complete list of speakers or a schedule of the day’s events, please visit chicagobookexpo.org. The event is free and open to the public.

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