Fourth Annual Literary Evening Downtown April 16

Local Rockford celebrities lead book discussions about their favorite titles

The Rockford Public Library Foundation and the Rockford Woman’s Club are sponsoring the Fourth Annual Literary Evening Downtown at the Main Library on April 16 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The event features notable members of the Rockford community moderating book discussions about some of their favorite titles. A silent auction, 50/50 raffle and prizes are also an exciting part of the evening. The funds raised will be used to benefit Rockford Public Library’s Youth Services projects, the Rockford Public Library Foundation and the Rockford Woman’s Club and its Reading Alive Project.

The Literary Evening is divided into two book discussion sessions with eight titles and moderators in each session to choose from. Guests are encouraged to read a title from each discussion session prior to the event, but it is not necessary to enjoy the lively discussions and fabulous company. The first session runs from 7:30-8:15 p.m.; The second from 8:45-9:30 p.m. In between book discussion sessions, guests can mingle and enjoy refreshments by Paragon on State.

The Rockford celebrities moderating book discussions always provide a great variety of titles, and this year is no exception. This year, all three mayoral candidates will be moderating titles. Mayor Doug Scott has selected Truman, a biography of Harry Truman’s presidency. Larry Morrissey selected Better Together: Restoring the American Community, a title that highlights locations where civic renewal is taking place today. Gloria Cardenas Cudia selected Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living Your Full Potential. Other interesting titles include Between Courses: A Culinary Love Story, moderated by its author, Karla Clark, Wicked, moderated by Linda Grist Cunningham, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, moderated by Dr. William Gorski, The Demon in the Freezer, moderated by Eric Wilson and Chance Ransom by Illinios’ new Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, moderated by Frank Schier. There are 16 titles and moderators in all.

Tickets for the Literary Evening are $35 per person and can be purchased by calling 965-7606, ext. 145 for reservations. If you have not received an invitation, make sure you request a discussion guide so you can review the selection of book titles prior to the event.

From the April 13-19, 2005, issue

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