White Oak Author Fest

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Crest Hill Branch
Meeting Room A/B

Event Details

On Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm the Crest Hill Branch of the White Oak Library District will host its third annual White Oak Author Fest. Our featured author this year is Jeff Mudgett, author of the book, “Bloodstains”, and great-great grandson of notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes.

Meet over 50 local authors at this annual event! Authors will be placed throughout the beautiful Prairie-style building that is the Crest Hill Branch Library in order to provide access to authors from a variety of genres who write for adults, teens, and children. Swag bags will be handed out to the first 200 people, and there will be raffles, including one tied to a scavenger hunt where the winning prize is a Samsung Galaxy Tab A generously donated by Overdrive!

Our speaker series is branded as, “Crime & Punishment”. While the Fest isn’t a true crime event, our featured speakers all have some kind of true crime background. Here’s the lineup:

10:30 - 11:30 am: Steven Lotz, Illinois State Police: Forensic Scientist – Firearms/Footwear/Tiretracks: What a Forensic Scientist Does

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Pete Wilkes, Head of the Criminal Division of the Will County State's Attorney's office, will give us insight into the prosecution of Tommy Crockwell, who murdered 19 year old Johnny Rouse.

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Jeff Mudgett: How he turned his book Bloodstains into a History Channel docuseries and major motion picture, with tips for self-published authors

Seating is first come, first served. We will being handing out numbers to Mr. Mudgett's talk at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 19th at the Crest Hill Branch Library. Number holders will have until 1:30 pm to hand in their number and take a seat. After that, we will open the doors to everyone.

The White Oak Library District, serving the communities of Crest Hill, Lockport, and Romeoville Illinois, is a community anchor, balancing stability and tradition with a continuous evolution of timely services, materials, and programming. By connecting people to a world of intellectual thought, accurate information, and reliable technology we promote literacy, lifelong learning, and personal success. As stewards of the public trust, we encourage community partnerships and fearlessly explore new opportunities. We strongly believe in the transformational power of our libraries and thus dedicate ourselves to preserve them for future generations.


Event Type(s): Author/Book Event
Age Group(s): Adults, Teens, Tweens, Seniors, Family, Children
Crest Hill Branch Adult Services
(815) 552-4280