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Great Authors at the Library

setup for Colson Whitehead author visit

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

SINCE 2016, the Great Authors at the Library series has brought 16 award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors to Champaign, where they have been welcomed by more than 3,000  community members.

Each author presents a public talk about their writing, signs books, and meets local readers. We 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 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, Colson Whitehead, Lisa Scottoline, Nnedi Okorafor, Gregory Maguire, Luis Alberto Urrea, Nikki Grimes, Jamie Ford, Javaka Steptoe, Elizabeth Berg, and David Sheff.

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

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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