Bestselling author doing virtual visit with Paris Public Library

Special to The Prairie Press
Posted 1/18/22

Paris Public Library is joining 200 libraries across the state in a new collaborative effort to bring virtual events with bestselling and esteemed authors to their communities.

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Bestselling author doing virtual visit with Paris Public Library

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Paris Public Library is joining 200 libraries across the state in a new collaborative effort to bring virtual events with bestselling and esteemed authors to their communities.

The collaborative effort named Illinois Libraries Present kicks off in January with an event featuring author Silvia Moreno-Garcia, a bestselling and award-winning writer.

Moreno-Garcia will discuss her new book, “Velvet Was the Night,” and her genre-defying mashups of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror. The event will be held virtually 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26.

     Her new book was included on The New York Times’ list of 100 notable books of 2021. “Velvet Was the Night,” takes place in 1970s Mexico City and revolves around a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer and the mystery of a missing woman they are both desperate to find.

Moreno-Garcia is also the author of critically acclaimed novels “Certain Dark Things,” “Gods of Jade” and “Mexican Gothic.”  She has also edited several anthologies and is a columnist for The Washington Post.

“We’re looking forward to working with Illinois Libraries Present to bring these events to our community,” said Paris librarian Teresa Pennington.

Author events are often a cornerstone of library programming, but that has become more difficult during the pandemic, although such programming does lend itself to a virtual format.

Illinois Libraries Present is a new format where libraries join together to host a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors and thought leaders that might not be possible for individual facilities due to budget constraints or production capabilities. By working together, libraries can bring an event to multiple and diverse communities, providing access for many library patrons to attend, while at the same time, expanding the platform for the author. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Silvia Moreno-Garcia as the first featured speaker.” said Kate Cundiff of the Algonquin Area Public Library District. “We saw ‘Mexican Gothic’ become a huge hit with readers and wanted to showcase the talent behind it and her body of work.”

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia will be joined in conversation for the event with author Gus Moreno, whose debut novel “This Thing Between Us,” was recently published.   

The next Illinois Libraries Present program features Jasmine Guillory — a bestselling romance author whose six novels include “The Wedding Date” and “The Proposal.” The date for Guillory’s program is Feb. 16.

An Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To register, visit www.parispubliclibrary.org. A confirmation email will include the link to view the event on Zoom.

For more information, visit www.parispubliclibrary.org or call 217-463-3950.