Naperville Public Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60565
Have a book you’d like to promote? Naperville Public Library is establishing a Local Authors section. Contact Shoshana Frank at the above address. She can send you an intake form for your book, or the form is available at:

City Lit Bookstore, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. Chicago, IL 60647
On Thursday, July 6th, at 6:30-8:00 pm, Peter Booth, a Persian scholar and translator of the mystical poems of Hafiz, and co-author of the book Dante | Hafiz: Readings on the Sigh, the Gaze, and Beauty, will present Hafiz’s conceptions of the nature of God, how and why God brought about creation, and man’s ultimate state after passing through it.  He will quote extensively from his poetry in both Farsi and English showing how he has crafted his poems to be a spiritual awakener and guide.  Fereshteh Azad will also read from her own translations of Rumi’s poetry.

Highland Park Poetry
Bakul Banerjee appeared in HPP’s “Poetry Today” feature for July.  Link for the interview is:
Also, Highland Park Poetry announces its newest contest celebrating Highland Park’s rich collection of public art with almost 30 sculptures and art installations throughout the City.  Selected poems will be included in temporary displays adjacent to art work and on the Muses’ Gallery of the HPP website this fall as well as featured at the First Bank of Highland Park’s Ruth Fell Wander Community Wall in January 2018.  Submissions are due August 1.  Write for details.

Chicago Writers Association
Submissions are open now through August 1 for the 2017 Book of the Year Awards from the Chicago Writers Association, including for both fiction and nonfiction. Submissions are welcome from any Chicago-area authors. Further details are on their website.

Plainfield Public Library
Indie Author Day is October 14, 2017–a national event in which libraries all over the country host programs to support their local writing community. See info at the link above to participate in a variety of ways.