Join in on talks with New York Times bestselling authors from Illinois Libraries Present

Settle in this winter with a good book — and hear about it from the authors themselves. The Evanston Public Library has partnered with Illinois Libraries Present to bring high-quality discussions with best-selling authors to our patrons.

Jan. 26: An Evening with Silva Moreno-Garcia

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., best-selling author Silvia Moreno-Garcia discusses her newest book, Velvet Was the Night, and her genre-defying mashups of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror. She will be joined in conversation by author Gus Moreno (This Thing Between Us).

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels Certain Dark Things, Gods of Jade and Shadow and Mexican Gothic, which Vanity Fair called “[An] irresistibly dark feminist reimagining of the Gothic fantasy novel.” Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia has edited several anthologies, received many awards for her novels, and is a columnist for the Washington Post. Register now.

Feb. 16: An Evening with Jasmine Guillory

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., join us for a lively evening with bestselling author Jasmine Guillory. Dubbed one of romance’s brightest new voices, she’ll discuss her newest novel, “While We Were Dating,” and the modern rom-com. Author Morgan Rogers (Honey Girl) will join her in conversation.

Jasmine Guillory is a writer, lawyer and New York Times bestselling author of six romance novels, including “The Wedding Date,” “The Proposal,” and “While We Were Dating.” NPR called The Proposal, “Rollicking, charming, and infinitely zesty.” Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California where she has a towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.

Morgan Rogers a queer Black millennial. She writes books for queer girls who are looking for their place in the world. She lives in Maryland with her pets. “Honey Girl” is her debut novel.  Register now.

March 30: An Evening with Jenny Lawson

Join us on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m., for an evening with award-winning humorist Jenny Lawson as she discusses her most recent bestseller, “Broken (in the best possible way)” and her brilliantly funny body of work.

Jenny is an American journalist, author and blogger known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with mental illness. “The Bloggess” lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and was constantly “buying too many books” (“Not a real thing,” she insists), so she decided to skip the middleman and just started her own bookshop, which also serves booze because books and booze are what magic is made of. She has previously written “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” and “Furiously Happy,” both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. She would like to be your friend unless you’re a real a***hole. (And yes, she realizes this paragraph is precisely the reason she shouldn’t be allowed to write her own bio.) Register now.


All the events in this series are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration between public libraries offering high-quality events. Illinois Libraries Present is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email

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