Keep warm this weekend with a good book

A cold front is moving in this weekend in this part of the country. Single digits on Friday, and not much better on Saturday. This weather is made for reading, though, so this weekend is the perfect time to head to the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin for the Elgin Literary Festival. And it’s free! But bring walking around money…

I’ll be signing copies of my novels, LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESH to the book sale from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. In the former, an unemployed suburban dad in a flagging marriage can walk through walls, only to discover his worst enemy–and in the latter, a nebbish teen discovers his house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters, but if you’re a regular reader of this space, you’ve probably already read them. (Thanks, Mom!)

But one author does not make a literary festival, especially not me.

star_wars_aftermath_coverRomance, memoirs, poetry–even comics … and horror? You, betcha! Rondo Hatton Award™-winning writer Justin Hamelin will be signing copies of his collection, THICKER THAN BLOOD–a little light reading that’ll lie heavy at night when the lights are off and your imagination is filled with the undead and monsters even more nameless and dread-inducing.

There’s panels and speakers all weekend, too, including New York Times bestselling-author Chuck Wendig on Saturday from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Wendig is the author of ZEROES, INVASIVE, the MIRIAM BLACK series and three of the novels in the STAR WARS: AFTERMATH series. That right there is worth the price of admission. (Careful readers will remember what the actual cost to get in is without re-reading the first paragraph.)

It’s killing you, isn’t it?

Well, be killed no longer.

The Elgin Literary Festival is free–thanks to the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, the Blue Box Cafe, Coffee Bar, and Deli, SideStreet Studio Arts, and Marquee Media. It’s easy to find, too: 45 Symphony way in downtown Elgin, Illinois. It may be bitter outside this weekend, but inside? The reads will be sweet! Plus, there’s food. Don’t forget food. Help keeps up the body temperature.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.
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