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Great Authors at the Library

3 author portraits, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Matt de la Peña, Lisa See, Great Authors series title

SINCE 2016, the Great Authors at the Library series has brought 17 award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors to Champaign, where they have been welcomed by more than 3,000  community members.

We are thrilled to announce the following authors:
• Sep 29,  An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin, 7 pm
• Nov 16, An Evening with Matt de la Peña, 7 pm
• Apr 6, 2023, An Evening with Lisa See, 7 pm

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 Terry McMillan, Scott Turow, Colson Whitehead, Lisa Scottoline, Nnedi Okorafor, Gregory Maguire, Luis Alberto Urrea, Nikki Grimes, Jamie Ford, Javaka Steptoe, Elizabeth Berg, and David Sheff.

Great Authors at the Library visits are made possible with support from the Library Foundation and Library Friends.

>> Great Authors books in our collection

setup for Colson Whitehead author visit

We hosted #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead in September 2018.

2022 Great Authors at the Library

Scott Turow portrait, 2 book covers, event info

2019 Great Authors at the Library

May 29, An Afternoon with Paula McLain

Aaron Reynolds portrait, book covers

2018 Great Authors at the Library

Nnedi Okorafor portrait, bookcovers

Luis Alberto Urrea promotion for Great Authors visit

Colson Whitehead portrait, book covers

Nikki Grimes portrait, book covers  

2017 Great Authors at the Library

Jamie Ford portrait, book covers

Gregory Maguire portrait, book covers

Javaka Steptoe portrait, book covers

Anthony Marra portrait, book covers

Phil Plait portrait, book covers

Terry McMillan portrait, book covers

Peter McCarty portrait, book covers

David Sheff portrait, book covers  

2016 Great Authors at the Library

Elizabeth Berg portrait, book covers

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