March 2020

Mar 21

Keynote speech, LET'S JUST WRITE! writers conference

Saturday 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
I'll be delivering a keynote speech that will help get you going on writing. I'll share my journey to becoming a published author, give you insight into the writer's life, and offer some tips on how to use your own unique talents.

Mar 22

Fiction panel with Jackie Mitchard

Sunday 11:15 AM
This is part of Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference. I'll be part of a moderated, panel discussion.

Warwick Allerton Hotel
701 Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

April 2020

Apr 18


Saturday 1:00 PM
This is an author fest that celebrates local authors and connects them with others in their community. I'll be doing the pep talk! Please come, pompoms optional.

Wheaton Public Library
225. N. Cross St.
Wheaton, IL 60187

May 2020

May 1

Keynote, St. Patrick Women's Group, Lake Forest, IL

The theme is friendship, the reason is to fundraise for the Women's Group of St. Patrick's Church, and the speaker will be yours truly.
There will be a luncheon, raffle prizes and all kinds of good things!
More details to come.

May 17

Books in Bloom, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:55 PM
This is such a lovely event!
It's a free, afternoon-long festival held in the Conservatory and gardens of an historic hotel which overlooks the small mountain resort town of Eureka Springs. This is the fifteenth year of presenting authors who talk about a topic relating to their writing, career or other subject that would be of interest to their fans. My talk, "Good Reading for Bad Times" will be about what inspired my "Mason" books, the value of books and reading in general, and I'll share a sneak peek from my upcoming memoir called I'LL BE SEEING YOU. But wait, that's not all! I'll tell my parrot and lawyer jokes! Also, I'll share my recipe for best ever roasted chicken upon request. Isn't that recipe alone worth coming for?
If you don't live in the area, spring is a great time for a road trip! Spring will be in full bloom here, too.
Nightbird books will have titles of all the participating authors.

June 2020

Jun 1


Monday 7:00 PM
This is a terrific event to raise money for breast cancer.

September 2020

Sep 10

One Book, Two Villages, Winnetka, IL THE CONFESSION CLUB

Thursday 7:30 PM
One Book, Two Villages encourages community-building and conversation through a shared experience of reading an engaging book. I'm so happy to say that THE CONFESSION CLUB has been chosen to be that book! I'll be doing a talk about what inspired the book--as well as the other Mason books, THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV and NIGHT OF MIRACLES.
There will be time for Q&A, followed by s signing.

Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093

contact person: Emily Compton-Dzak