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Ever Read YA Literary Festival

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Evergreen Park Community High School
9901 S. Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Evergreen Park Public Library and Evergreen Park Community High School are co-hosting the
Ever-Read YA Literary Festival.
The festival is free and open to all readers who love young adult literature.
The Ever-Read YA Literary Festival is made possible because of our generous sponsors.



Schedule Overview

10:30 - 11:00 am Registration
11:00 - 11:20 am

Opening Ceremony
Mayor Burke
The Gift of Carl Foundation
Evergreen Park Library Foundation
Evergreen Park High School Foundation
Illinois Arts Council Agency

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Writing Workshops
The Big Story Machine: How to Get Started with author James Klise

Fantasy and Sci-fi World-Building with author Myah Bawadi

Drawing Comics with artist and author Brian "BMAN" Babendererde 

12:30 - 1:15 pm All-Author Panel 
Moderator: Professor and Poet Tara Betts
 1:30 - 2:15 pm Breakout Sessions

Our Truth, Our Stories, Our Future.

In Conversation with Amanda Joy &
Arshay Cooper

Moderator: Professor and Poet Tara Betts


A Look at LGBTQ+  Literature Through a Historical Lens

James Klise & Kim Oclon

Moderator: Jenna Harte, Adult Services Manager, Evergreen Park Public Library


Growing Up! It's a Mess! 

Ali Alsaid & Rebecca Garner

(Bilingual Session)

Moderator: Carlos Ruiz, Spanish Teacher, Evergreen Park Community High School


Life is the Most Wonderful Fairytale

Liesl Shurtliff

(Middle School)

Moderator: Libby McArthur, Art Teacher, Evergreen Park Community High School


Fantastic Fantasy Fiction

Myah Bawadi & Zachary Jeffries

Moderator: Lena Smith, Evergreen Park Public Library Librarian and EPCHS Alumnae


Creating Heroes and Villians in Game Design and Comics

Brian "BMAN"  Babendererde

Moderator: Eric Kallenborn, Art Department Chair, Oak Lawn Community High School

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Book Signing

Visit Bookies of Chicago to purchase books in the LRC

Click here if you would like to be a sponsor.

Current Sponsors

We would like to thank the following generous sponsors:

Evergreen Park Public Library Foundation
National Author Sponsor

Gift of Carl Foundation
National Author Sponsor

Evergreen Park Community High School Foundation
National Author Sponsor

Super Generous Anonymous Patron
Local Author Sponsor

Kevin Hovorka
Local Author Sponsor

Margaret Murray
Writing Workshop Sponsor

Desmond & Ahern Associates
Writing Workshop Sponsor

Swag Sponsor

Mayor Kelly Burke

Senator Bill Cunningham

Commissioner John P Daley

Veronica Carberry

Core Fitness and Physical Therapy

The Donoghue Family

Patricia Durkin

Illinois Arts Council Agency

The Martinez Family

Jeanine and Mike Olson

Peace of Mind Professional Organizing

Author C.J. Rose

Ryan & Joyce Builders

Scannell & Associates

The Seidl Family

Elizabeth & George Vogel

The Vucsko Family

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