Pilcrow Lit Fest
Pilcrow Lit Fest by its founder, fellow Chicago author Amy Guth.
The festival takes place over seven days (May 17th-23rd), at a number of very cool Chicago venues, and will feature panels with some of the best and brightest upcoming independently published authors in the US and beyond. Last year's festival drew around 80 authors from as far away as Switzerland.
I've been invited to sit on panels and participate in the Rebuilt Books Auction, where authors dismantle their books and remake them into some form of sculpture or art. Last year's festival raised something on the order of $4,000 for the effort to rebuild the New Orleans Public Libraries following the destruction of hurricane Katrina.
I encourage you to check out their website, and come to the events if you're anywhere near the midwest in May. It's my first time on an author's panel, too, so I'm pretty much guaranteed to stutter and sound nervous. Come and watch me squirm!