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Evanston Literary Festival

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  • Location: Various Locations

ELF 2019 poster

The fifth annual Evanston Literary Festival will be held May 11-19, 2019, at sites around Evanston to celebrate the city’s vibrant literary community and history. The festival will include dozens of events featuring fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children’s literature, storytelling, graphic novels, writing workshops, and much more, with prominent authors, many of whom live or work in Evanston. Admission to all events is free.

The Evanston Literary Festival—created in partnership with the Chicago Book Expo, Bookends & Beginnings bookstore, Northwestern University’s Creative Writing Program, Comix Revolution, and the Evanston Public Library—was founded by co-organizers Lynn Haller and John K. Wilson as a way of bringing attention to Evanston’s authors, independent bookstores, and literary culture.
For the full schedule of the Evanston Literary Festival, including times, venues, descriptions, and additional events, go to

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