I am very happy to announce the author for the next WRITING MATTERS event, which will take place on June 20th  at 7pm at the Oak Park Arts Center and Hemingway Museum. This time, we're presenting Amy Krouse Rosenthal, one of the most positive and delightful human beings I've had the pleasure of meeting.  Here is her biography:

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things.

Some things she likes to make:

Children's books.   (Little Pea, Spoon, DuckRabbit)
Grown-up books.  (Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life)
Short films.   (The Beckoning of Lovely)
Guided journals.  (A Week in the Life of Me)
Salads.  (with homemade cornbread croutons)
Something out of nothing.  (see above)
Wishes.  (close your eyes and make one too)

Here is her website:

 Here is what Wikipedia says about her: 

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is an American author of both adult and popular children's books, a filmmaker, radio show host, and blogger. Rosenthal is best known for her memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, her children's picture books, and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely (the feature film The Beckoning of Lovely 11/11/11 was released on YouTube on November 11, 2011).[1][2][3][4][5] She is a prolific writer, having published 16 such kids' books between 2005 and 2011, and has at least five more in the pipeline through 2012.[2][3][6] She is the only author to have three children's books make the Best Children's Books for Family Literacy list in the same year.[7] She is a frequent contributor to Chicago's NPR affiliate WBEZ and to the TED conference.

 Don't you want to come see her????

   This event costs $10,  and any proceeds will buy books for children in need through Magic Tree Bookstore. You can buy your tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, link below. 

As with the other events we've done, this will feel like a real evening out, a night's entertainment. My wish is for you to be pleased, surprised, edified, galvanized, and inspired. The event space is quiet and very beautiful. There will be flowers everywhere.  There will be good food and wine. We will present our usual (very nearly patented!) warm up act: someone reading a very brief essay of their own composition about why books matter to them. There will be a surprise. It MIGHT be the appearance of my dog, Gabby. Finally, you will enjoy great comaraderie: our audiences tend to be a very lively and appreciative (also beautiful and intelligent and well dressed and classy) group. 

Oak Park is a great town to do this in, because there are so many good stores and restaurants here, so ostensibly you can make a day of it: come early, do some shopping and have dinner before or after the reading. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Oak Park Arts Club (Hemingway Museum)
200 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302