Event Report: Feral Nights & Eternal: Zachary’s Story Tour in Chicago & Madison

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

What an fun, inspiring, amazing week I just had, talking about reading, writing, Feral Nights (Book 1 in the Feral series) and Eternal: Zachary’s Story, illustrated by Ming Doyle (Tantalize series)(both Candlewick) with booksellers, writers, teachers, librarians, students and other enthusiasts in the Chicago and Madison metropolitan areas.

Huge thanks and cheers to all (including my publisher, Candlewick Press, especially Erika) who had a hand in making the tour such a success!

Sunny skies above Lake Shore Drive
Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory in the Hancock Building on Michigan Avenue
After my speech at Dominican University with Prof. Janice Del Negro (thank you, Janice!)
From the Signature Room at the 95th
Students writing at Carter G. Woodson Regional Library (thank you, Shannon!)
The storm came, and one evening event had to be cancelled due to road conditions.
At Glenbard West High School (thank you, Kathy!)
At Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
Thank you, Sulzer librarian Sharon Gissy!
Acting out Jingle Dancer at White Cedar Room Library
Jingle dancing
T7 Native Sisters drum and sing
Posing with the cast of the Jingle Dancer performance
I’m wowed by these smart, strong, warm, sweet readers-performers! (Thank you, Debra, Josie & T7 Native Sisters!)
Greg Leitich Smith soaking in the local culture in his childhood neighborhood.
The Book Cellar — a quick stop for a hot cup of tea in Lincoln Square
Breakfast with author Esther Hershenhorn at the Oak Tree Restaurant & Bakery
With author Sarah Aronson over sushi
With author Laura Ruby at The Book Stall
The crowd gathers at The Book Stall (thank you, Sarah, Carolyn & Robert!)
Georgia Beaverson, Judy Bryan, Pam Holz Beres, Jaqueline Houtman & Jamie Swenson at Ashman Library in Madison
Librarians Toni Streckert & Val Edwards, author E.M. Kokie & Greg at Monona Grove High School
E.M., Greg & Librarian Rebecca Fox-Blair at MG 21 Charter School in Monona
With Georgia, Judy & E.M. at Bucky’s in Madison — thank you, ladies, especially Emily, Katie & Chewy
Time to go home to Austin and get to work on that revision!

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Look for signed copies of my books at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court and Anderson’s Bookshop in suburban Chicago as well as at A Room of One’s Own in Madison! Also available at BookPeople in Austin and The Book Spot in Round Rock, Texas!

P.S. Thank you, SCBWI-Wisconsin!

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