The fifth annual Chicago Book Expo will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13, from noon-5p.m. at Columbia College (1104 S. Wabash in Chicago). This free event features 70 Chicago exhibitors selling books, literary nonprofits, 20 author events and workshops for writers, and free refreshments. See the full schedule and details at www.chicagobookexpo.org. Exhibitors will include the Chicago Public Library and the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project.
At 4 p.m. on Nov. 13, Book Expo is hosting an ALA-sponsored panel called Our Voices: Encouraging Diversity. The demand for diverse, quality books is great. Independent publishers have responded with an explosion of books by and about diverse people. The panel will discuss the issue of diversity in publishing and the work they are doing to promote and support diverse content. All are invited to come and add their voices to the discussion.
Panelists will include Curt Matthews, Founder and Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Review Press and Independent Publisher's Group; Jeff Deutsch, Director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, which includes 57th Street Books; Felicia Shakespeare, best-selling author and library media specialist; Joy Triche, Founder and Publisher of Tiger Stripe Publishing; and Jody Gray, Director of the American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books at Booklist, will moderate the discussion.
Facebook page for the ALA event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1900490126838834/