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Check out local literary talent at Palatine library

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You may not realize it, but the Northwest suburbs are teeming with talented authors who specialize in a gamut of genres.

To get a glimpse into the area's literary riches, consider attending the Palatine Public Library District's Local Author Fair, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 700 N. North Court.

A panel discussion will take place the first hour featuring several authors, including Raymond Benson, who's written original James Bond novels, film novelizations, two "Tom Clancy Splinter Cell" books and other thrillers.

Also planning on attending is legendary science fiction author and Palatine resident Frederik Pohl, who, though I've been asked countless times, isn't a relative of mine. His works include "Gateway" and "The Boy Who Would Live Forever."

Rounding out the panel are authors Nancy Heggem, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Jody Lynn Nye and Tony Romano.

Additional authors including B.A. Binns, Steven Warren Hill, Susan Kaye Quinn, Mary Beth Sammons, Gerry Souter, Janet Souter and Christopher Tabbert will be on-hand, as well.

Phil Skeltis, adult programming coordinator, said the program gives the library a chance to celebrate emerging talents and well-established authors in the community.

All the authors live or work within 10 miles of Palatine.

At 2 p.m., there will be a meet-and-greet and an opportunity to purchase books, win prizes and get autographs.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Palatine Public Library, in partnership with the Barnes & Noble in Arlington Heights. For details, call (847) 358-5881 or visit

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