Local libraries to host best-selling author Silvia Moreno-Garcia Jan. 26

  • Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia will speak about her new book, "Velvet Was the Night," a mashup of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror, on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

    Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia will speak about her new book, "Velvet Was the Night," a mashup of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror, on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Courtesy of Martin Dee

 
 
Updated 1/14/2022 7:16 PM

The St. Charles Public Library is joining 200 libraries across the state of Illinois in a new collaborative effort, Illinois Libraries Present, to bring virtual events with bestselling and esteemed authors to their communities.

The collaborative effort kicks off in January with an event featuring author Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

 

Moreno-Garcia, the bestselling and award-winning author of "Mexican Gothic," will discuss her new book, "Velvet Was the Night," and her genre-defying mashups of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror.

The event will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, via Zoom.

To register, visit www.scpld.org.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of the critically acclaimed novels "Certain Dark Things," "Gods of Jade and Shadow," and "Mexican Gothic." Her newest book, "Velvet Was the Night," was included on The New York Times list of 100 notable books of 2021.

Taking place in 1970s Mexico City, the book revolves around a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of a missing woman they're both desperate to find.

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Author events are often a cornerstone of library programming.

Throughout the pandemic such events have continued, but in a virtual format.

As these events have flourished, libraries have joined together to host a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors and thought leaders.

Joining forces for such events allow libraries to bring speakers to their communities that might not be possible due to budget constraints or production capabilities.

And that's just the point of Illinois Libraries Present.

By working together, libraries are able to bring an event to multiple and diverse communities, providing access for many library patrons to attend, while at the same time, expanding the platform for the author.

Illinois Libraries Present will feature an event with Jasmine Guillory in February. The bestselling and romance author has written six novels including "The Wedding Date" and "The Proposal."

The virtual event with Guillory will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

The St. Charles Public Library is located at 1 S. Sixth Ave. in St. Charles. For more information, call (630) 584-0076 or visit www.scpld.org.

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