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District 58 PTA invites community to Author Fest Book Sale and Signing

The Downers Grove Area District 58 PTA Council welcomes families and community members to the Author Fest Book Signing on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6:15-8 p.m. at the Downers Grove Public Library. This year’s featured authors will arrive at 6:30 p.m. All those present before 8 p.m. may have their books signed.

The event will feature four prominent children's authors – Bibi Belford, Jacob Grant, Natalie Rompella and Suzanne Slade. Bring a book to be signed and your camera to take a photo.

The book signing will conclude the 2020 District 58 Author Fest. The annual District 58 PTA-sponsored Author Fest event alternates each year among District 58 schools. This year, Belle Aire, Highland, Hillcrest, Lester and Pierce Downer schools will welcome the authors into their schools on Feb. 19-21. The authors will share fun, hands-on insights about the writing/illustration process with students.

Support Author Fest! Purchase an Author Fest author’s book at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove between Feb. 9-29, and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the PTA Council for future Author Fest expenses.

About the authors:

Bibi Belford is a Chicago-based author who writes books geared toward middle schoolers, including “Canned and Crushed,” “The Gift,” “Crossing the Line” and “Another D for DeeDee.” She is a former teacher who currently volunteers twice-weekly at Chicago schools.

Jacob Grant writes and illustrates elementary children’s books, including “Scaredy Kate,” “Little Bird’s Bad Word” and “Bear Out There.” He resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.

Natalie Rompella writes both fiction and nonfiction books for elementary and middle school students. In addition to the fiction middle grade novel, “Cookie Cutters & Sled Runners” and the nonfiction picture book “The World Never Sleeps,” Rompella has also written several non-fiction science workbooks and guides for children and teenagers.

Suzanne Slade is an award-winning author of more than 100 books. Her latest books include, “A Computer Called Katherine,” “Daring Dozen” and “Astronaut Annie.” As a mechanical engineer who used to work on rockets, Slade shares her passion for science in many of her books.

For more information about Author Fest, please contact Megan Hewitt, community relations coordinator, at 630-719-5805 or [email protected].


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