Michael Hingson, author of Thunderdog, returns from tour honoring 9/11

Michael Hingson, author of Thunder Dog, at Thayer Library

Michael Hingson, author of the NYT bestseller Thunderdog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, returned from an impressive tour this past September in honor of the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

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Pekin, IL Public Library to Host Author Laura McBride

Laura McBride, We Are Called To Rise

The Pekin, IL One Book One Community program is highlighting its 2016 selection, We Are Called to Rise, with a visit from author Laura McBride on Tuesday, October 25 at the Pekin Public Library. This is the third high-profile author event that Books In Common was able to help facilitate for the Pekin Public Library. […]

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Author Interview: Aimee Bender, The Color Master

The Color Master, Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender about her writing: “Mainly I think my writing offers a chance to discuss what resonated in a story, because the meaning isn’t immediately evident, and so my hope is that it’s ready and ripe for discussion.”

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Author Interview: Hillary Whittington, Raising Ryland

Raising Ryland, Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached

BIC: Can you speak to how your story is particularly relevant to the Campus and Community Reads audiences?  HW: I describe my final breaking point with Ryland, when he breaks down after years of trying to tell me that he is a boy. I describe those moments when he says, “I will wait for the […]

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A Look At: Highland Park Literary Festival

HP LitFest promoting Dave Eggers for Feb 2015 events=

Now in its 21st year, Highland Park Literary Festival is a seasoned community event, but brand new to working with Books In Common. We reached out to the event organizers to speak a bit about how working with BIC has helped them reach their goals.

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Book Review: Rachel Toor, On the Way to Find Out

On the Road to Find Out, by author Rachel Toor

Once a college admissions officer, author Rachel Toor brings us a new perspective on what is an increasingly high-stress, do-or-die mission for teenagers. When an unexpected failure in the college admissions race derails one high school senior’s plans, she learns to find fulfillment — not in competition and rankings, but in relationships, running, and becoming […]

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Book Review: Lori Ostlund’s After the Parade

After the Parade by Lori Ostlund

In her debut novel, After the Parade, she continues a slow revelation about how no matter where you settle in the world, where you came from is never far away. Ostlund’s open-hearted contemplation of how we grow up and move on is written with wit and bursting with vitality.

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Clear Goals Matter

Yogi Berra - If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up someplace else.

For event planners, having clear, thoughtful goals makes all the difference as they set out to create meaningful author events. With a new generation of savvy, demanding readers, it’s more important than ever to identify and isolate where we want our programs to go in order to create solid program branding, loyal audiences and ensure intuitional support for years to come.

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Celebrate Black History Month
with these Amazing Authors

In preparation for what will certainly be an emotionally charged African-American History Month (February 2017), consider these important author/speaker contributors to the black history conversation.

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Authors highlighted in “100 Must-Read Books About National Parks”

National Park Service 100th Anniversary

In celebration of the National Parks Service’s 100th Anniversary (today!), the online book retailer Book Riot posted a list of “100 Must-Read Books About National Parks” which included six authors Books In Common regularly works with. These authors were also featured in our NPS Anniversary LitBit.

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