Illinois Libraries Present: Virtual Author Visits


These virtual events are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration. Illinois Libraries Present connects communities and audiences across the state through shared event experiences.

Upcoming Events

Save the dates for these great virtual author events beginning fall 2023! More information and registration coming soon.

Chills & Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones
Wednesday, October 4, 7:00-8:00pm

Join National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Stephen Graham Jones, in conversation with Illinois librarian, Readers’ Advisor and La Grange Public Library Board member, Becky Spratford, about his work and the horror genre.
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A Conversation with Grace Lin
Tuesday, October 17, 7:00-8:00pm
Children’s book author and illustrator, Grace Lin, discusses food, family, and folktales, along with a drawing demonstration
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Baking with Love with Maya-Camille Broussard
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00-8:00pm

Netflix’s Bake Squad star and owner of the Chicago-based bakery, Justice of the Pies, Maya-Camille Broussard shows us how to bake with love. Watch at home of join us for an in-person Watch Party, complete with treats from Justice of the Pies.
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Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00-8:00pm
Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and co-host of the “Dear Therapists” podcast, joins us for a thought-provoking conversation about mental health in anticipation of the winter holiday season. Gottlieb will share tools to help in everyday life and especially as you prepare for the holidays.
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  • January 11, 2024 – Sci-fi author, journalist, and activist, Cory Doctorow, and Hugo and Nebula award-winning author, Ken Liu, & New York Times bestselling author, Martha Wells, join us to speculate about our AI Future
  • February 6, 2024 – Meet American cartoonist and children’s book author/illustrator, Jerry Craft, to learn how to draw your own comics
  • February 20, 2024 –  #1 New York Times bestselling author, Julia Quinn, helps us feel the romance all month with a discussion about Bridgerton and all things romance
  • April 3, 2024 – Prominent speaker and professor, Dr. Temple Grandin, shares on the gifts of neurodiversity
  • May 7, 2024Kal Penn discusses his many lives: writer, producer, former White House staff member, starring actor of “Harold and Kumar” and much more