Fourth Annual Galena LitFest

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Galena LitFest is back for a fourth year with even more great activities. Brush up on your skills at three FREE writers’ workshops. Have tea with Jane Austen. Come to dinner with award winning indie author Daniel Rosenberg and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini!

Ticketed Events:

1 pm: “Tea with Jane Austen”
Jane Austen will visit from the autumn of 1815. Her first three novels are published and “Emma” is complete. Drawing from her letters, juvenilia, and novels, this presentation delves into the personal life of one of the most beloved and intriguing novelists of the 19th century.

A light lunch and tea will be served during the performance.

Jane Austen will be performed by Debra Miller a professional actress currently living and working in the Chicago area with over thirty years of experience as a performer in front of live audiences.

Dining with the Authors

5pm: A meet and greet for VIP ticket holders
6pm: Buffet dinner, two presentations, and book signings

The opening speaker, Daniel Rosenberg, is 2017’s Soon to be Famous Illinois Author, an honor given by the Illinois Library Association, and a professional journalist. His book, The Towers Still Stand, is a self-published fiction novel set around the events of September 11, 2001 His presentation will focus on his journey as a writer and writing alternative timeline fiction.

The keynote speaker, New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Chiaverini, is the author of many historical fiction novels including Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, Fates and Traitors, and Enchantress of Numbers as well as the Elm Creek Quilt series. She will lead a discussion about her experiences as an author and read an excerpt from one of her bestselling novels.

Click the green “Tickets” button above for ticket options! Tickets can also be purchased at the Galena Public Library.

Free Workshops:

9 am: “Writing the Belden Boy Series” with P.J. Harenaus

P.J. Hartenaus will describe the incredible and unexpected journey of writing the Belden Boy series. Find out what secrets Belden School, a one-room school house in the Galena Territory, unlocked for the author and how the series came to be what it is today . . . a four time award wnning anti-bullying book series and writing camp for children. This is a free presentation.

11 am: “Thoughtful Observation: Reflecting on Internal and External Writing Environments” with Jessica Schreyer, Associate Professor of English at the University of Dubuque
This free workshop will allow participants to consider how to incorporate the power of observation into their writing. Schreyer will demonstrate how to utilize environmental literature or writing as a base and give participants time to write and share.

Jessica Schreyer has a Ph.D. in English specializing in composition and rhetoric. At the University of Dubuque she teaches a variety of courses including Advanced Composition, Modern Grammar, and Environmental Literature.

3 pm: “The Many Forms of POV” with William Jablonsky, Associate Professor of English at Loras College
In this free workshop Jablonskey will present the many forms of point-of-view available to fiction writers, focusing on the less traditional approaches.

William Jablonsky is the author of two books of fiction. His short stories have appeared widely in magazines and literary journals. He teaches fiction writing in many forms at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

Galena LitFest is sponsored by the Friends of the Galena Public Library, Inc. and the Galena Public Library. For more information please contact 815-777-0200 or

January 13 2018


Date: January 13
Time: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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DeSoto House Hotel

230 S Main St
Galena, IL 61036 United States


(815) 777-0090

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Galena Public Library and the Friends of the Galena Public Library, Inc.
Phone: (815) 777-0200
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