The Illini Union Bookstore will hold its second annual Off the Page Summer Book Festival from Friday, June 3 through Saturday, June 11, 2011. The festival will feature readings and book signings by several authors of new works of fiction and nonfiction:
- Friday, June 3, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tayari Jones will read. Jones is most recently the author of Silver Sparrow, a novel taking place in the Atlanta of the 1980s, of which the Village Voice wrote: “Tayari Jones is fast defining black middle class Atlanta the way that Cheever did for Westchester.”
- Monday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Maureen Holtz will discuss Allerton’s Paradises, co-authored with her husband Michael Holtz. Allerton’s Paradises, published by the News-Gazette, “showcases two extraordinary estates: Allerton park and Retreat Center near the town of Monticello, Illinois, and Lawai-Kai (also called Allerton Garden) on the southern end of the island of Kauai.”
- Tuesday, June 7, from noon to 1 p.m., Marianne Malone will present her first novel The Sixty-Eight Rooms, set in the real-life Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. Following Malone’s presentation, from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m., Graduate School of Library and Information Science student Lauren Chambers will give a presentation of summer reading recommendations for children.
- Thursday, June 9, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Adrian Burgos will discuss his new biography of Afro-Cuban-American baseball mogul Alex Pompez, Cuban Star: How One Negro-League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball. (You can also read an interview with Burgos, discussing Cuban Star, here.)
- The last author event of the festival will take place Friday, June 10, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Authors Ellen F. Steinberg and Jack H. Prost will discuss their new book From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways, a history of the heritage of Jewish cooking in the Midwest which includes dozens of sample recipes.
The festival concludes with a Sidewalk Sale, Friday, June 10 through Saturday, June 11, during which general books in stock at the Illini Union Bookstore will be priced at 30% off regular list prices.
The book festival will also feature a “What Are You Reading?” banner, on which guests may write the titles of their own favorite summer reading picks, as well as a gift basket giveaway.
The Illini Union Bookstore is located at the corner of Wright Street and Daniel Street. For more information on the Off the Page Book Festival or to keep posted on other Illini Union Bookstore events, please visit the Bookstore’s web page or Facebook fan page.