A literary festival for Evanston students in grades 6 through 8 will be held at the main Evanston Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The afternoon will feature authors of young adult literature who will talk about their books, the writing or illustrating process, and how they create books that reflect the many and varying realities of being a teen today.

Attendees will be able to speak directly with the authors and have their questions about books, publishing, and writing answered and explored.

Teens can also enjoy free swag bags, pizza, raffle prizes, and an “Author Blast” book signing.

Copies of the authors’ books will be sold on-site by The Bookstall of Winnetka.

Authors invited to participate include Natalie Anderson, Art Baltazar, B.A. Binns, Betsy Bird, Crystal Chan, Keir Graff, Mike Grosso, James Kennedy, Greg Neri, Ami Polonski, and Natasha Tarpley, among others.

The library holds the Lit Fest annually in partnership with the District 65 Library Department and The Bookstall.

Students may register for Lit Fest on the library’s website

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...