In Print writers organization launches downtown book fair Oct. 25

Staff Report

Who says print is dead? In Print writers are preparing to prove the adage wrong with an ambitious book fair in downtown Rockford. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 406 N. Main St.

More than 25 authors from Rockford, the Chicago area and other Illinois and Wisconsin communities will take part. Attendees can also look forward to live presentations from popular regional authors, including “Our City, Our Story” creator Pablo Korana, “Death by Children” humorist Bull Garlington, “Dedicated to God” author Abbie Reese and “Haunted Rockford” founder Kathi Kresol. Poets Christine Swanberg and Chris Sims will also perform.

Mickey Fisher, creator of the TV series Extant, starring Halle Berry, will be a special guest in the afternoon. He’ll join the fair via Skype to talk about how his work went from a screenplay to television.

Other events will include a Kids’ Zone, an open mic and live interviews with In Print Radio. There will also be a chance to win an iPad Mini.

I hope the event will spark an interest in the written word by connecting readers to many writers both local and regional,” said In Print President Sandy Colbert.

In Print is an organization of traditionally and independently published authors that has been active in the Rockford area for about four years. Its writers work in a variety of genres, from non-fiction to poetry, science fiction to magical romance, mystery to graphic novels. It is affiliated with the Chicago Writers Association.

In Print recently published its first book, Word of Art, released at the opening of an accompanying art show. It will be available at the fair. It has also produced weekly In Print Radio shows for the past year. Monthly meetings at the Mendelssohn include guest speakers and workshops on writing topics.

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From the Oct. 22-28, 2014, issue

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