Library events for writers

Mystery writers give would-be authors a clue
Libraries in Waukegan and Lincolnshire host mini-conferences for thriller fans and aspiring mystery writers

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL — October 14, 2011 — Fan of mysteries? Working on writing one of your own? Get a peek into the author’s thought process and gain insight into the business side of the writer’s life at a "Love is Murder" Mystery Mini-Conference at a local library next month—a well-timed opportunity for November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 

Each afternoon event features a panel of published mystery writers who will discuss the joys and challenges of publishing, their secrets of success, and their most recent novels. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A, and ample time to mingle with the guest authors and network with other attendees. Discussion will be followed by Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store. 

As a special bonus, one registered participant at each event will win a ticket to the "Love is Murder XIII" Mystery Writers' Conference to be held at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare in February 2012. The prize is valued at $275.

Writers Revealed: Mystery Writers Panel 
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Waukegan Public Library, 128 N County St, Waukegan
Featuring authors Andrew Grant ("Die Twice"), Shane Gericke ("Torn Apart"), Tasha Alexander ("And Only to Deceive"), and Luisa Buehler (Chicago-based Grace Marsden mysteries).

Love is Murder Mini-Con
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire
Featuring authors Raymond Benson (official author of the James Bond 007 novels), Michael Harvey ("The Chicago Way"), Jeffrey Small ("The Breath of God"), and Robert Goldsborough ("Three Strikes You're Dead"). The Vernon Area Library event will be preceded by an Agatha Christie presentation with actress Betsy Means of WomanLore at 1:00 p.m. 

The mystery writers events are free and open to all, but registration is required for raffle entry. Call the hosting library to register or visit their website.

About the Waukegan Public Library
Since 1898, the Waukegan Public Library has provided the community with opportunities to learn, gather, and be entertained. The main library is located in downtown Waukegan at 128 N. County Street, just north of the County Building; the Hinkston Park Branch is located at 800 N. Baldwin, in the Waukegan Park District Field House. The library houses one of the largest collections of materials in Lake County. Free parking with library validation is provided at the downtown branch in the City of Waukegan parking garage, at the corner of County and Clayton. For more information, call (847) 623-2041, or visit

About the Vernon Area Public Library District
The Vernon Area Public Library District serves a population of 41,000 within a 32-square-mile area that includes Lincolnshire, Prairie View, and parts of Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, and unincorporated Vernon Township. For more information about the library and its services, visit

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Press Contacts: 

Elizabeth Stearns, Assistant Director of Community Services
Waukegan Public Library

Catherine Savage, Head of Integrated Communications
Vernon Area Public Library


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