Events – Updated 11/11

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November 11, 2017

Just came home from the Books @ Benefit Writer Event. While I unfortunately don’t have any photos from this one, I can say that it was a great time, met lots of reader-writer type of folks and look forward to their next event.

There were four of us on the panel (the illustrator was not there) and we fielded all kinds of questions, everything from how we publish our work to the best way to send a query to a literary agent. There was food, books, an artist in another area, lots of volunteers — a wonderful free program supporting both local writers and readers.

Many thanks to Jackie Langhoff for being the point person in all of this. Lots of work went into the planning I’m sure! 🙂

Keep an eyeball peeled for the NEXT event!

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November 7, 2017

Press Release from Books 2 Benefit –

THIS SATURDAY from 1pm – 3pm – Come Join US!! 🙂

 

Books to Benefit Veteran’s Day Event,

Featuring Area Authors

On Saturday, November 11, from 1-3 p.m. learn how published authors and an illustrator broke into the publishing business during the Books to Benefit Writers Event at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal. The event is open and free to the public.

“I recently read that a writer who doesn’t read can never be an author,” shared Books to Benefit Board President Jackie Langhoff. “Good writers read. They study the language of the genre they are trying to master. Many of our patrons are aspiring authors so we asked area authors to participate in a Books to Benefit Writer’s Event to share their insights as another way to support literacy in our community.”

On Veteran’s Day, Books to Benefit will host a panel of area authors representing different genres, including: Army Veteran and horror/suspense writer Pete Altieri, inspirational author Dewhitt Bingham, romance novelist M. Piper, published illustrator Amy Orwig and suspense/horror novelist and blogger Sue Rovens. All of the panelists are avid readers and understand the importance of literacy in their own lives. The public is invited to bring their questions, purchase books and collect autographs.

During the event Books to Benefit offers patrons one final chance to stock up on winter reading at the $5 Used Book Lovers Bag Sale. Patrons purchase a paper bag from Books to Benefit, which they may fill with used books. Additional bags are available at $5 each. Author books, Special Collections and bundled books are excluded from the sale. Major credit cards are accepted. A convenience fee applies. Proceeds from the bag sale benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs. For more information visit http://www.books2benefit.com/special-event/, www.facebook.com/books2benefitBloomington/ or phone (309) 531-8320.

 

Books to Benefit is a local 501(C)3 nonprofit organization passionately working to support literacy. The proceeds of its semiannual book sales benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs, provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Award at Heartland Community College, encourage volunteerism through community service, and assure that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works.

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November 6, 2017

The Bloomington Public Library’s FIRST author event was fantastic. I want to thank them for hosting it and making all of us authors feel welcome. Carol Torrens, the Adult Services Manager, was a great, conscientious organizer throughout the day. I shared my table with Dewhitt L. Bingham, and we had quite a number of folks visit us during the two hours we were there.

The tables were spread throughout both floors of the building, so I really only was able to see folks on Floor 2, where I was “stationed”. From chatting with other authors, my takeaway was that everyone was pleased with the turnout and the event. I hope they continue to do this (and hope that I’ll be invited back!) 🙂

I want to give a few special shout-outs to new author friends! Pete Altieri (pictured below at the far left), Sylvia Shults (in the bottom photo), and Andy Zach (pictured below at the far right).

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Keep an eyeball out for the latest information on the Books 2 Benefit event, happening Saturday, November 11th from 1pm to 3pm!

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November 4, 2017

Tomorrow!

The Bloomington Public Library (Linky Here) is happening. A few posts down has all the authors that will be there, along with their genre of choice. Festivities start at 2pm and run until 3:30pm. If I remember correctly, I’ll be somewhere around the “adult section” — and I’m assuming that doesn’t mean what it does at the video store 😉

I’ll have all three books available for purchase — Track 9 (the newest novel), Badfish (my first novel), and In a Corner, Darkly: Volume 1 (15 short horror/suspense stories). All will be for sale for $10 (two dollars off the usual price). I’ll have some swag to pass out and I’ll gladly sign anything you wish!

Keep in mind that the holidays are coming up! Even if YOU don’t care for the suspense or horror genre, some of your friends, family, or co-workers might. These make great gifts! And, best of all, you’ll be supporting a LOCAL author.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

 

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October 27, 2017

The next event is already on the horizon! As stated in the previous entry, the Bloomington Public Library Author Event is coming up shortly. That will be on Sunday, November 5th from 2pm – 3:30pm.

The NEXT one, only days away from BPL’s event is on Saturday, November 11th from 1pm – 3pm. The link is HERE! For those not wishing to “link follow”, here’s all the information:

Working on your first novel? Books to Benefit will host a special Writers Event on November 11, from 1-3 p.m. at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal. Local published authors will answer questions and share their experiences in getting published. Free to the public.

During the event purchase books at the Book Lovers $5 Bag Sale. We supply the bag; you fill the bag with books. The bag sale does not include items in Special Collections.

 

Here is a photo from the previous Books 2 Benefit Author Event (early 2017)

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October 13, 2017

Okay, here it is – the complete info on the Bloomington Public Library Author Fair. I’ve highlighted my spot :), but take a look at ALL the different genres and ages represented:

Sunday, November 5
Local Authors Fair

• 2-3:30pm; All Over the Library
Celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Meet, talk with, and learn from local authors from Central and Northern Illinois. A variety of genres and reading ages are included in this drop-in book fair. Authors will sign their books and will have copies for sale. We’ll gather from 2-3:30pm in the Bloomington Public Library Community Room.

Featured Authors


Pamela Purnell
Normal, IL
Writing areas: Poetry, Self-Help, Self-Awareness, Children’s
Titles: Soul’s Worth, Memories of, Nana and Grand Bears Visit Egypt, plus others

Skye Malone
Champaign, IL
Writing areas: Paranormal Romance, Adult and Teen Urban Fantasy
Titles: Touch Me, Awaken, Kindling, plus others

Carrie Lowrance
East Peoria, IL
Writing areas: Poetry, Children’s
Titles: Lithium Dreams and Melancholy Sunrise, The Safety of Objects, Don’t Eat Your Boogers, plus others

Katherine Rose Kreher
Normal, IL
Writing area: Mental Health
Title: A House Divided: A Story of Survival

Indigo Skye
Washington, IL
Writing area: Children’s
Title: Where were We before We were Born

G. P. Ching
Bloomington, IL
Writing areas: Teen, Paranormal Romance
Title: Wager’s Price

Linda Lowery
Peoria, IL
Writing areas: Mystery, Humor, Family Stories
Titles: Murder in the Library, Stories in Sepia, Roasting Marshmallows on the Manifold

Randy Sharer
Normal, IL
Writing areas: Biography, Sports History
Title: Virgin Territory: The Story of Craig Virgin, America’s Renaissance Runner

Sue Rovens
Normal, IL
Writing areas: Suspense, Horror
Titles: Badfish; Track 9; In a Corner, Darkly

Laurie Larsen
Normal, IL
Writing area: Christian Fiction
Titles: Roadtrip to Redemption, Preacher Man, Sanctuary, plus others

Sylvia Shults
Pekin, IL
Writing areas: History, Paranormal
Titles: 44 Years in Darkness, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, Ghosts of the Illinois River

Kevin Wright
Morton, IL
Writing areas: Horror, Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Titles: The Knight of Cups, The Queen of Pentacles, The King of Swords

Dewhitt Bingham
Bloomington, IL
Writing areas: Contemporary Nonfiction
Title: Hope Deferred makes the Heart Sick

Elissa Daye
Normal, IL
Writing areas: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Titles: Taking Chances, Shadow Walker, Banished, plus others

T. M. Cromer
Eureka, IL
Writing areas: Romantic Suspense
Titles: Burning Resolution, The Trouble with Lust, A Love to Call Mine, plus others

Joe Chianakas
Peoria, IL
Writing Areas: Teen Adventure/Mystery/Thriller
Titles: Rabbit in Red, Burn the Rabbit, Bury the Rabbit

Pete Altieri
Heyworth, IL
Writing Areas: Horror, Suspense, Thriller
Titles: Creation of Chaos, The Dreadful Lives of Enoch Strange, Six

Andy Zach
Peoria, IL
Writing Areas: Urban Fantasy, Humor
Titles: Zombie Turkeys, My Undead Mother-in-Law

Aubrey Wynne
Watseka, IL
Writing areas: Romance
Titles: Saving Grace, Rolf’s Quest, Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies, and others

 

Because there was no “official book release” for Track 9 this year, you might not have had a chance to pick up your copy. This is a great opportunity for you to do so!

I usually put ALL my books at a sale price for events such as this one ($10 instead of the usual $12). So come on by! Lots to see!

 

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October 9, 2017

Bloomington Public Library (in Bloomington, Illinois), will be hosting a Local Author book signing and meet throughout the building in celebration of the beginning of NaNoWriMo (NaNoWriMo Link).

The event is free and open to the public! This is the information currently available on the library’s website:

Local Authors Fair

Celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Meet, talk with, and learn from local authors. A variety of genres and reading ages are included in this drop-in book fair. Authors will sign their books and will have copies for sale. We’ll gather from 2-3:30pm throughout the library.

Date:
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Time:
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location:
Community Room

I will post more information about this event as I receive it.

Also

Sunday, November 11, Books2Benefit will be holding their 2nd Annual Writers Event!

Books2Benefit Linky

Check the link out! Books2Benefit works for kids, readers, writers, the local community…it’s a win, win, win. If you can make the Writers Event, do so! 🙂

Their mission statement:

Books to Benefit is a local 501(C)3 nonprofit organization passionately working to support literacy. The proceeds of its annual book sales benefit local literacy programs, including STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs, provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship award at Heartland Community College, encourage volunteerism through community service, and assure that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works.

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September 29, 2017

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Here it is! My table at the Princeton Public Library Author Event last Saturday! Great fun – met lots of other authors and had a really nice time. Special shout outs to Victoria Noe, Danielle E. Shipley, and Joyce Zeiss, three Meet & Greet Authors!

 

My next event is going to be at the Bloomington Public Library on Sunday, November 5th. More details to come – so, keep the proverbial eyeball peeled to the blog!

 

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September 14, 2017

Princeton Author Fair Link!

The link above shows a fantastic breakdown of everyone in attendance. Photos and links to each author are provided.

 

Author Fair September 23

For our third annual Author Fair, we have over twenty authors and three author services companies participating. To visit their websites, CLICK HERE and click either their photos or book cover.

The list of attending are:

RETURNING FROM PREVIOUS YEARS:
Borys, Deb
Clark, Kay A.
Clark, Rey
Esther, Olivia (Kerber)
Gatch, Joseph
Hennings, Vincen
Lowery, Linda
Mays, Kay
McNeill, Amanda
Noe, Victoria
Powelson, Jannifer
Rovens, Sue
Sigafus, Kim
Smith, Jean-Michel
Stewart, Marydale
Swanberg, Roy
Todd, Christine

NEW THIS YEAR:
Campbell, Earlene
Kassebaum, Bartlet Lee
Kearney, Laura S.
Mueller, Jessica
Shipley, Danielle E.
Suppan, Heinz-Dietrich
Toohey, Jodie
Zeiss, Joyce Burns

 

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September 7, 2017

The Princeton Public Library Author Fair

Saturday, September 23rd      10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.

It’s official! I’ve received the list of authors who will be at the event, selling their wares. I was there last year, and it was a nice time. Lots of friendly folks, authors representing many genres, quiet nooks to sit in with a book. If you get a chance, make this a destination during your weekend.

***Some people on the list should look familiar. They have been featured in my Meet & Greet segment on the blog (their names are highlighted in color).

Debra Borys

Joyce Burns Zeiss

Earlene Campbell

Kay A. Clark

Rey Clark

Olivia Esther

Joseph Gatch

Vincent Hennings

Bartlett Lee Kassabaum

Laura S. Kearney

Linda Lowery

Kay Mays

Amanda McNeill

Jessica Mueller

Victoria Noe (upcoming feature author)

Jannifer Powelson

Sue Rovens

Danielle E. Shipley

Kim Sigafus

Jean-Michel Smith

Marydale Stewart

Heinz-Dietrich Suppan

Roy Swanberg

Christine Todd

Jodie Toohey

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August 31, 2017

Local Authors Fair!

November 5 – Bloomington Public Library (Illinois) is hosting an Author Fair in their community room. This will be a first for me (never having been there for ANY event). So any local folks (or those willing to take a drive), stop by and check out all the authors on hand. If I can scare up a list of who will be there, I’ll be sure to post it here – so, keep the proverbial eyeball peeled! 🙂

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August 15, 2017

Get ready for Princeton! Saturday, September 23, Princeton Public Library (Illinois) will be hosting an Author/Book Event from 10am to 2pm. (Link Here!)

I will be there with my wares (Track 9, Badfish, and In a Corner, Darkly: Volume 1), along with a number of other authors from around the state (and probably out of state too).

And while you’re here, save the date for Sunday, November 5thBloomington Public Library (Illinois) will be hosting their own Author Meet and Greet. Stay tuned for details on that event 🙂

I hope to see you at one or both!

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July 30, 2017

Princeton Public Library – Link Here

Princeton Public Library (Princeton, Illinois) will be holding their annual Author Book Fair on Saturday, September 23. I’ve just sent in my application to join the other numerous writers who will all be available to chat about their own works and will be selling their wares. The event will be held from 10am to 2pm and is free to attend. Come by, say hi, and check out the many great offerings of the day! More info on this as it gets closer.

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July 7, 2017

Upcoming Interview! Linky Here!

I’ve been offered the opportunity to be interviewed for In Print Radio. If you are not familiar with In Print (a Rockford, Illinois writing group), this blurb comes directly from their site:

In Print Radio features our members interviewing authors, editors, publishers, and others who have a story to tell writers. We read poems, short stories and excerpts from novels. We host round-table discussions on topics of interest to writers.  This is an Internet radio station, so you don’t have to live in the Rockford area to hear it.

So, later this month (July), I’ll be heading up north to chat with Isabell and Bob about writing, Track 9 (my newest book), Badfish (my first novel) and more! Check back for more information as to when the interview will go live.

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July 3, 2017

Wow! What a great time! Duncan Manor’s 1st Blues Bender was fantastic – great weather, comfortable set-up, terrific people, lots of vendors, and of course, incredible music ALL throughout the day.

I was there from about noon to right after 7pm, but things were still swinging long after I left. Dave and Randi Howell, the current owners of Duncan Manor, were on hand to meet and greet everybody, and from what I could see, everyone from little kids on up had a good time.

If you missed me and my wares and are interested in getting a SIGNED copy of Track 9, Badfish, or In a Corner, Darkly, feel free to contact me – either through this website or my email (srovens@yahoo.com). If you are a local (Bloomington/Normal/Towanda/Lexington area), we can still make that happen! 🙂

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