We hosted #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan in May 2017 as part of the Great Authors at the Library series.
SINCE 2016, the Great Authors at the Library series has brought 21 award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors to Champaign, where they have been welcomed by more than 4,250 community members.
Each author presents a public talk about their writing, signs books, and meets local readers. We often set up book giveaways in advance, sharing ”Read and pass along” copies of the author’s books with community members. For authors of children’s books and teen titles, we set up school visits so that area schoolchildren can meet these literary giants. We also provide books to our partnering Champaign Unit 4 School District libraries. And for the community’s youngest readers, we give out books at storytimes to help families build home libraries.
Acclaimed speakers in the Great Authors at the Library series have included New York Times bestselling authors Doris Kearns Goodwin, Terry McMillan, Lisa See, Eric Litwin, Scott Turow, Colson Whitehead, Lisa Scottoline, Jamie Ford, Nnedi Okorafor, Luis Alberto Urrea, Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Berg, and David Sheff.