The 2016 Evanston Literary Festival is a wrap! Thanks so much to all who made this fledgling festival, only in its second year, such a resounding success, including:

*Our partners: Nina Barrett and Jeff Garrett of Bookends & Beginnings, Lesley Williams and Jill Schacter of the Evanston Public Library, and Rachel Jamison Webster and Jennifer Britton of Northwestern University–thanks so much for your hard work, your passion, and your vision.
*Our authors and speakers: Truly too many to name, but we were so honored to be able to feature such a wide array of gifted writers, from among our community and outside of it. Thanks so much for sharing your words and thoughts with us.
*Our sponsors: Chicago Writers Association, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, Creative Coworking, the Evanston History Center, Chicagoly Magazine, Design Evanston, the Evanston Print & Paper Shop, Sidetracked Studio, and Perspective Gallery.
*Our designer: the wonderful and talented Eileen Madden of Evanston Print & Paper Shop, who designed and printed our beautiful poster, our Chicagoly ad, and some of our bookmarks.
*Our venues and our hosts there: Again, too many this time to list them all, but special thanks to Angela Valavanis of Creative Coworking, Rory Coyne and Lauren Levato Coyne of Sidetracked Studio, Donna Spencer of Perspective Gallery, Kris Hartzell and Lori Osborne of the Evanston History Center, Louise Rosenberg of Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery, Jessica Donnelly of Unicorn Cafe, and Liz Bartlow Breslin of the Celtic Knot Public House.
*Additional cultural institutions not yet named who worked with our partners or who allowed their events to be part of our official schedule, including the Block Museum, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop, the Northwestern University Library, the FAN – Family Action Network, One Book One Northwestern, Medill – Northwestern University, and the Unitarian Church of Evanston.
*Additional thanks to Jack Weiss, Dina Elenbogen, Don Evans, Randy Richardson, Joe Coughlin, Lindsay Bosch, Ralph Hamilton, David Jones, Angela Narciso Torres, Tim Rhoze, Ellen Blum Barish, Lynn Sloan, Truthout, and Haymarket Books, as well as many others with whom we didn’t have direct contact but who helped so ably behind the scenes to ensure the success of all of our events.
*And, finally, our community! Thank you for supporting our work in so many ways–by spreading the word, by packing our venues, and by being such an intelligent and engaged audience.

If you like our work and would like to assist in next year’s (all-volunteer!) endeavor, please email us at evanstonlit@gmail.com, and stay tuned for our next event, the Chicago Book Expo, coming up in November (email us at chicagobookexpo@gmail.com to volunteer).

–Lynn Haller and John K. Wilson, Co-organizers, Evanston Literary Festival and Chicago Book Expo

The festival is a joint production of:

Chicago Book ExpoBookends & Beginnings bookstore, Northwestern University’s Creative Writing Program, and the Evanston Public Library.

Other prominent Evanston cultural institutions contributing to the festival’s offerings include the Evanston History Museum, Design Evanston, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University Library, and Piven Theatre.

Thanks to Eileen Madden of Evanston Print and Paper, who designed and letterpressed our wonderful poster: