A week-long literary festival that celebrates contemporary storytelling alongside our centuries-old fascination with the printed word.


Rebecca Makkai and One Hundred Years of Chicago Arts
Friday, April 21, 7 PM 

How much do you know about Chicago’s arts scene? Rebecca Makkai discusses her award-winning novel The Hundred-Year House, set on the North Shore. Photos, stories, and the colorful, offbeat lives of artists. Book signing to follow. Register. Meeting Room.

Local Author Fair
Saturday, April 22, 2 - 4 PM

Barrington is full of amazing authors and storytellers.
Enjoy author meet and greets, book signings, and great conversation with these creative and talented individuals. The first 50 attendees to purchase a book will receive a free Author Fair messenger bag.

We'll post more details on the authors after the application deadline.


Raymond Benson and the James Bond Phenomenon  
Sunday, April 23, 2 PM

All things 007, straight from Raymond Benson, officially commissioned author of original James Bond novels. Explore the life of Ian Fleming, the history of the novels and films, and Benson’s experiences as a Bond author. Register. Meeting Room.


Meet The Author: Sonali Dev
Tuesday, April 25, 7 PM

Meet one of the most buzzed-about new romance authors! Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories in which she explores issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in happily ever after. Book signing to follow. Register. Meeting Room.


A Brief History of Bookmaking
Wednesday, April 26, 7 PM

Chicago book artist April Sheridan presents the history behind the book as object in this lecture and hands-on workshop. Try it yourself! Register. Meeting Room.


Meet The Author: Charlie Donlea
Thursday, April 26, 7 PM

Chicago area author Donlea found a hit with his first thriller Summit Lake. Hear about that project and help him launch his new book, The Girl Who Was Taken, due to be released on Tuesday, April 25. Book signing to follow. Register. Meeting Room.


Barrington Area Library Day
Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden
Friday, April 28, 2017

Did you know that the Chicago Botanic Garden has a gardening library? Come explore this hidden gem with us. Special program for BALibrary cardholders only - details and registration here.


Meet The Author: Robert Kurson
Saturday, April 29, 2 PM

Bestselling author Robert Kurson discusses his latest, Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship, as well as previous works Shadow Divers and Crashing Through. Book signing to follow. Register. Meeting Room.