Great news for hometown writers: For the second year in a row the Evanston Literary Festival (ELF) will feature a book fair where local authors can present their titles. The 2019 ELF Book Fair will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 11 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. It is intended to showcase Evanston authors, presses and literary organizations. Tables are provided free of charge.

Anyone wishing to apply for a table at the 2019 ELF Book Fair should complete the form found at Note that space is limited, and submitting an application does not guarantee a spot at the fair. All types of books (including books for all ages) will be considered, and authors, presses and literary organizations who apply will be selected based on the following criteria:

1) The significance of their connection to the Evanston community. For example, authors who live or work in Evanston, presses and organizations that are based in Evanston, and books about an Evanston topic will be given preference.

2) The ready availability of their books or services. Authors and presses offering print books and organizations currently serving the Evanston community will be given preference.

3) The publication date of their books. Preference will be given to books published after January 2018.

The deadline for applying is April 1. Applicants will be notified by April 15, if they have been selected for a spot at the fair. If selected, exhibitors are encouraged to sell their books at the event but will be responsible for handling all sales. They must also attend all three hours of the fair.

Know a local author? Let them know about our fair. This is a great way to buy local, meet writers and connect to the Evanston literary scene.

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library. She has been writing for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.