Meet Authors at the In Print Book Fair

Author J. Eric Booker

Author Justin Eric Booker

The In Print Book Fair is on Saturday, October 25th at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford, Illinois.  The book fair begins at 11:00 and runs until 4:00.  Everyone is invited to attend!

More than thirty authors are expected to attend.  One of the featured authors is Justin Eric Booker.  Mr. Booker has been an avid writer since January of 2000.  To date, he has four books published and has several more stories he wants to get published.

The book fair will also have a Kids’ Zone in the morning, poetry readings, interviews with the authors for In Print Radio, and much, much more!

WaR Review – Ordinary Grace

On Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, the In Print Writers as Readers Book Club met to discuss William Kent Krueger’s Edgar Award-winning novel Ordinary Grace. It was our first anniversary and the first time that everyone liked the assigned book. We agreed that Krueger’s writing was clear and straight-forward with convincing dialogue and wonderful visuals. A few of us saw the similarities between this book and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Body by Stephen King (which was made into the movie “Stand by Me”).

Ordinary Grace is set in:

“New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.” (Book Synopsis)

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Walter Perkins to Speak at September Meeting

Walter Perkins

Walter Perkins

Walter Perkins is a Chicago-based journalist. He is the founding editor of the One Hundred Magazine and has interviewed people from Rosa Parks to Quincy Jones. His work has been featured in The Quill and the Harvard Business Review. Perkins has also taught journalism and media law courses at three universities in the Chicago area at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His first book detailed the history of Groove Phi Groove, a social fellowship started in 1962 as an alternative to mainstream Black fraternities.

His second book – Write Right, Right Now – walks people through the process of writing a book from initial idea creation to budgeting financial resources. Perkins brings his thirty years of experience to bear on questions like conducting interviews, putting a book proposal together, marketing and distribution. Through his company, Information Plus Professional Services, Walter conducts seminars on improving writing skills, making executive and corporate communications more effective, and publishing books, magazines and newsletters.

Walter will be conducting a “Write Right” seminar at the September meeting of In Print. The meeting will be held at the Mendelssohn Center in Rockford on Saturday, September 13, at 1:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

Authors and Artists Team Up for Word of Art

Small Samples of the Artwork for Word of Art

Small Samples of the Artwork

Over a hundred poems, essays and short stories were submitted by more than fifty writers for Word of Art. Artists selected thirty of them to serve as inspiration to create a canvas using the medium of their choice.  The words and artwork will be published in a beautiful hardcover, full-color book.

All lovers or art and the written word are invited to the Word of Art Exhibition and Book Release Reception held Friday, September 5, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in the Celebration Room of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (920 Third Avenue, Rockford).  The event is sponsored by In Print with cooperation with the Center for Arts and Spirituality and Art@Emmanuel.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet authors and artists, see the original artwork on display and listen as the writers read their pieces.  There will be a vote on Best in Show.  Appetizers and soft drinks will be served.

Please contact Mary Lamphere for more information (  Copies of the book will be on sale at the event ($15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members).



Chaira Talluto to be on In Print Radio

Eddie Resner and Chiara Talluto

Eddie Resner and Chiara Talluto

In Print member Eddie Resner spoke with author Chiara Talluto at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois.  They discussed her current novel, Love’s Perfect Surrender, along with her upcoming projects.

Chiara also read excerpts from Love’s Perfect Surrender.  The readings and the interview will be aired as parts of future episodes of In Print Radio.

Mare Swallow to be Featured on In Print Radio

Sandy Colbert and Mare Swallow

Sandy Colbert and Mare Swallow

In Print member Sandy Colbert met author and public speaker Mare Swallow at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin, Illinois.  They talked about how she created the Chicago Writers Conference and the success it and the attendees have had in the past two years.  The interview will be featured in an upcoming episode of In Print Radio.

Dan Burns Returns to In Print Radio

Sandy Colbert and Dan Burns

Sandy Colbert and Dan Burns

In Print member Sandy Colbert caught up with author Dan Burns at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin, Illinois, to talk about Dan’s latest book, No Turning Back.  They talked about the design of the book, including the cover produced by graphic artist Hugh Syme who has worked on many of the album covers for the band Rush.

Their interview will be featured in a future episode of In Print Radio.

In Print Challenge – August

“Back to School” may be dreaded words to some, but there’s no denying it’s an opportunity to “fall” into a routine. Not to mention the cheap school supplies!
The In Print Challenge this month is twofold:

  1. Stock up on quarter notebooks and pens.
  2. Put them to use.

We don’t want to run into you anywhere and catch you empty-handed. Writers gotta write — and with stacks of paper and loads of pens, there’s no excuse for literary truancy.