Galena Public Library Hosts Fourth Annual LitFest

On Saturday, January 13, 2018 the Galena Public Library will host Galena LitFest, an all day event sponsored by the Friends of the Galena Public Library at the Desoto House Hotel. The schedule of events will include writers' workshops, a "Tea with Jane Austen," and the annual "Dining with the Authors," featuring this year's Soon to be Famous Illinois Author award winner, Daniel Rosenberg and the New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini.

The schedule of events will be as follows:

9 am: "Writing the Belden Boy Series" with P.J. Hartenaus
P.J. Hartenaus will describe the incredible and unexpected journey of writing the Belden Boy series. Find out what secrets Belden School, a one-room school house in the Galena Territory, unlocked for the author and how the series came to be what it is today - a four time award winning anti-bullying book series and writing camp for children. This is a free presentation.

11 am: "Thoughtful Observation: Reflecting on Internal and External Writing Environments" with Jessica Schreyer, Associate Professor of English at the University of Dubuque
This free workshop will allow participants to consider how to incorporate the power of observation into their writing. Jessica Schreyer will demonstrate how to utilize environmental literature or writing as a base and give participants time to write and share.

Schreyer has a Ph.D. in English specializing in composition and rhetoric. She teaches a variety of courses including Advanced Composition, Modern Grammar, and Environmental Literature at the University of Dubuque.

1 pm: "Tea with Jane Austen" (Ticketed event)
Debra Miller will portray Jane Austen. Drawing from Austen's letters, juvenilia, and novels, this presentation delves into the personal life of one of the most beloved and intriguing novelists of the 19th century.

Debra Miller is a professional actress currently living and working in the Chicago area with over thirty years of experience as a performer.

A light lunch and tea will be served during the performance. Ticket cost is $16/person.

3 pm: "The Many Forms of Point of View" with William Jablonsky, Associate Professor of English at Loras College
In this free workshop, William Jablonsky will present the many forms of point-of-view available to fiction writers, focusing on the less traditional approaches.

Jablonsky is the author of two fiction books. His short stories have appeared in magazines and literary journals. He teaches fiction writing at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

6 pm: "Dining with the Authors" (Ticketed event)

Opening speaker, Daniel Rosenberg is 2017's Soon to be Famous Illinois Author, an award given by the Illinois Library Association, and a professional journalist. His book, The Towers Still Stand, is a self-published fiction novel set around the events of September 11, 2001. His presentation will focus on his journey as a writer and writing alternative timeline fiction.

Keynote speaker, Jennifer Chiaverini, is the New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction novels including Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, Fates and Traitors, and Enchantress of Numbers as well as the Elm Creek Quilt series. She will present a discussion about her experiences as an author and read an excerpt from one of her bestselling novels.

Ticket cost for "Dining with the Authors" is $23/person.

New this year is a special offer:

5 pm: VIP Dining with the Authors (Ticketed event)

Meet and greet Daniel Rosenberg and Jennifer Chiaverini with a special VIP ticket. Complimentary books of both authors as well as the "Dining with the Authors" presentations are included in this offer. The cost of this ticket is $48/person.

For more information including how to purchase tickets for "Tea with Jane Austen," "Dining with the Authors," or "VIP Dining with the Authors," visit Tickets can also be purchased at the Galena Public Library.

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