Galena LitFest Features New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Gudenkauf

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Festival showcases booksellers, publishers, book clubs, writers and more

It's a festival with something for everybody when the Galena Litfest blasts off Jan. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at The DeSoto House Hotel in Galena, Ill. Vendors and exhibitors include local authors, book sellers, publishers and literary organizations. Presentations begin at 11:30 a.m. with Mary Potter Kenyon, author of "Break Into Publication by Writing Shorts."

At 1 p.m., enjoy a very special production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" by the children of Galena, directed by Melissa McGuire. Next, New York Times bestselling author, Heather Gudenkauf will discuss her books and share the tale of her journey to becoming an author. A Q&A will follow her presentation, as well as a book signing.

Booksellers, publishers, book clubs, writers, writing groups and other literature-related groups are encouraged to participate. The application deadline is Jan. 2 and applications can be picked up at the Galena Public Library or by going online. For information, call 815.777.0200 or print an application at

Galena is home to one of "America's Best Main Streets" (Fodor's Travel)! Enjoy the Galena Litfest, presented by the Galena Public Library, then take advantage of a smoking hot deal on a skiing and snowboarding package. See for details.

For more information, go to or call 888.942.5362. While in town, stop by the Welcome Center in the Old Market House, 123 N. Commerce St., Galena IL 61036.

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