Connections: An Anthology of People and Land in North Central Illinois is hot off the press. Funded by the Severson Dells Education Foundation, the Smith Charitable Foundation, and the Rockford Area Arts Council, the 50-page anthology will be featured at Severson Dells from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. The various authors will read from their selections of essays, memoirs and poetry. Authors were selected anonymously by a committee of three. The anthology was the brainchild of Don Miller, coordinator and naturalist from Severson Dells. Pam Prescott, a one-time Pulitzer finalist who currently works at the Rockford Community Foundation, helped to choose and edit the selections. The artwork that threads throughout the anthology is by Mike Abbot. The general book design was created by Christine Swanberg. Authors live in the region and have a connection to the land itself. All of the works are nature-oriented. Authors included are: Olive Anderson, Carolyn Kent Bailey, Beverly Beebe, Dorothy Bock, Mary Bartlett Caskey, Olivia Diamond, Cindy Guentherman, Dan Johns, Elizabeth A. Johnson, Joyce Sandeen Johnson, Lori Johnson, Lynda Gibson Johnson, Kari Jo Kaaihue, Clifford E. Knapp (Ph.D.), Amanda McLaughlin, Carol Redmore, Wanie Reeverts, Michael Rhines, Barbara Santucci and Austin Smith. All have been invited to read their piece(s) at the Oct. 4 event. The event is open to the public and promises to be a well-attended reading and celebration. That evening, Pattian Rogers, world-renowned naturalist poet, will be featured at Memorial Hall in conjunction with Connections. The evening event begins at 7 p.m. Call Severson Dells, 335-2915, for more information on how to attend these events. Copies of the anthology are available at Severson Dells for a moderate price. The anthology will make perfect Christmas gifts for anyone who enjoys the beauty of this region. If you are a writer who wants to meet other writers, or if you simply enjoy fine naturalist literature, mark your calendar for these upbeat events that shed some positive light on north central Illinois.