Rockford Public Library and WNIJ Present “Writing the Novel”

Meet writers from #WNIJ ReadWithMe Book Series on February 16 at the Nordlof Center

Rockford Public Library and WNIJ will present “Writing the Novel” featuring authors from the #WNIJ ReadWithMe Book Series on Monday, February 16, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Nordlof Center
J. R. Sullivan Theatre, 118 N. Main St. Join us to meet Katie Andraski, Charles Blackstone and G.K. Wuori to discuss their processes, inspirations and how they got their novels both written and published.

The event, free and open to ages 18 and older, is sponsored by Rockford Public Library and WNIJ. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing. A cash bar and snacks will be available.

About the Authors

Katie Andraski, author of the novel The River Caught Sunlight, teaches English composition at NIU, and her poetry, essays, and reviews have also been published widely. The River Caught Sunlight focuses on a woman in the Christian publishing industry who is challenged to re-examine her faith and relationships. Andraski worked for several years as a publicist in Christian publishing, where she convinced editors at Newsweek, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Moody, and Christianity Today to publicize her company and authors.

Charles Blackstone, author of the new novel Vintage Attraction, is the managing editor of the book review publication Bookslut, and he was named one of Newcity’s Lit 50 in its annual “Who Really Books in Chicago” feature.  His short stories have appeared in Esquire and other publications. Vintage Attraction features a college English instructor in Chicago who falls – glass first – into a love affair and the world of wine when he meets a celebrity sommelier. Blackstone was married to Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, former host of the WTTW show “Check, Please!” He currently lives in New York City.

G. K. Wuori, author of the new novella Infidelity, won a Pushcart Prize for his story “Afrikaan Bottles,” and he is an Illinois Arts Council Fellow.  Infidelity tells the story of a mid-life, mid-career trial lawyer whose world is shaken up by a murder defendant no other lawyer in his small town will take on, and Sophie, a widow with a teenage daughter and very few choices. Wuori is a DeKalb native and has published novels, short stories, and essays.

About the Library

The Rockford Public Library, founded in 1872 as the second library in Illinois, currently has seven facilities, including the Nordlof Center, Main Library and five Branch Libraries. The mission of the Rockford Public Library is to educate, inform, entertain and culturally enrich the people of our community.

Phone and Fax

Phone: (815) 965-7606

Fax: (815) 965-0866