Join us to celebrate our fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day celebration!
Independent Bookstore Day is a national holiday celebrated the last Saturday in April, to recognize everything that makes your local bookstore special.
This year, we will once again be bringing authors to talk all things bookish; but this year, we’re bringing out all new faces to a new location!
Author panel discussions will be held at Public Craft Brewing (628 58th St.) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’re so excited to host this portion of the day at an offsite venue to allow for more attendees in a comfortable environment. Authors will be discussing what it’s like in the publishing world, their writing process, and more! They will also be available to sign books and chat with excited readers. See below for author profiles.
Back at Blue House Books (5915 6th Ave A), the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for shopping, store specials, and gift with purchase (while supplies last). Come out and show your support to your local indie bookstore on our favorite day of the year!
11 to 4: Meet authors and listen to panel discussions about books and writing at Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St. Our panelists are all new to Blue House Books, and discussions will be led by some of our favorite returning authors, including Greta Kelly and Hannah Morrissey!
10 to 4: Simultaneously, stop by Blue House Books, 5915 6th Ave A, to shop during our favorite day of the year! We will have shopping specials, giveaways, and more!
Nghi Vo is the author of the novels Siren Queen and The Chosen and the Beautiful, as well as the acclaimed novellas When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain and The Empress of Salt and Fortune, a Locus and Ignyte Award finalist and the winner of the Crawford Award and the Hugo Award. Born in Illinois, she now lives on the shores of Lake Michigan. She believes in the ritual of lipstick, the power of stories, and the right to change your mind.
Rita Woods was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She received a BS in Microbiology from Purdue University before graduating from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed her training at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and currently serves as Medical Director of a Wellness Center that provides care for members of one of the largest Trade Unions in the nation.
Rita lives in suburban Chicago with her family, where she also serves as Trustee on her local library board. She loves magic, books, history, coffee and traveling, not necessarily in that order.
She is the author of the award-winning novel Remembrance. Her newest novel, The Last Dreamwalker, was published in September 2022.
James Klise’s acclaimed novels for teens include the Edgar Award-winning The Art of Secrets and the ALA Stonewall Honor-winning Love Drugged. His next book, I’ll Take Everything You Have, a queer coming-of-age crime novel set in 1934 Chicago, will be published by Algonquin Young Readers in February 2023. His shorter work has appeared in New Orleans Review, StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Mr. Klise lives in Chicago, and for the past two decades, he has overseen a very busy high school library.
Jamie Pacton is a Young Adult and Middle Grade author who grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee. She has a BA and MA in English Literature, and currently teaches English at the college level. While pursuing her dream of being an author, she worked as a waitress, pen salesperson, lab assistant, art museum guard, bookseller, pool attendant, nanny, and lots of other weird jobs in between. Her writing has appeared in national and local magazines, and she spent many years blogging for Parents.com. Currently, Jamie lives in Wisconsin with her family. Her YA contemporary books include Furious, Lucky Girl, and The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly. Her YA fantasy novels include, The Absinthe Underground and The Vermilion Emporium.
Daniel Kraus is a New York Times bestselling author. His collaboration with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, The Living Dead, was acclaimed by The New York Times and The Washington Post. His new novel, Whalefall, releases August 8th.
With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscan-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’ The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was names one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Books of the Year. Kraus has won a Scribe Award, two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler), is the three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist, and has appeared multiple times as Library Guild selections YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and more.
Annelise Ryan is the pseudonym for Beth Amos, author of the new Monster Hunter Mystery series, the first of which, A Death in Door County, was released in September 2022. The second book in the series, Death in the Dark Woods, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2023.
Beth is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is a registered nurse whose past work experience has included everything from birth (obstetrics) to death (hospice). She recently retired after 20 years in the ER and enjoys several side hobbies, including competitive Scrabble, working with stained glass, and gardening.