The first of its kind, the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project seeks to promote talented self-published authors and to celebrate the importance and influence of libraries. Mary Hutchings Reed, the nominee of Mount Prospect Public Library, earned high praise as a finalist for Warming Up, a novel that sparks from an incident in which a creative runaway teen cons sixty dollars from a depressed musical actress. One hundred and three books were submitted for consideration, and a panel of over twenty librarians served as judges through a series of eliminations. The chosen winner was Joanne Zienty of Wheaton for The Things We Save.
Visit the Soon to Be Famous page for more information on the finalists, and watch the video below to hear each speak about the importance of story.