About Us

The Evanston Literary Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrates the literary culture of Evanston. In partnership with a variety of local cultural institutions and businesses, ELF brings a variety of free readings, workshops, and live lit events to Evanston. It is organized by the organizers of the Chicago Book Expo, a 501c3 that celebrates Chicago's literary community. 


Evanston Literary Festival cofounders Lynn Haller and John K. Wilson, Evanston Lit partners Nina Barrett and Jeff Garrett named to the 2017 Newcity Lit 50 list

Daily Northwestern article about the 2017 Mary Barr event

Chicago Magazine picks 2017 Evanston Literary Festival as top thing to do

Daily Northwestern article about the 2017 Robin Ellis/Chris Jones event

Daily Northwestern article about the 2017 Northwestern Spring Writers' Festival

Splash Magazine interview with Dina Elenbogan about 2017 Poets Resist event

Daily Northwestern article about 2017 Alex Kotlowitz/Jennifer Lackey event

Neil Steinberg recap of 2017 Bill Savage talk

Evanston Public Library blog post about Aozora Brockman

Daily Northwestern overview of the 2017 Festival

Splash Magazine about the 2017 Festival

Daily Northwestern article about the 2016 Festival

Chicago Review of Books interview about the 2016 Festival

Chicago Tribune community article

Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review

WBEZ (audio, Stuart Dybek interview)

The Daily Northwestern

WBEZ (audio, Margaret Plonsker interview)

Daily Northwestern coverage of Garry Wills reading

Daily Northwestern coverage of Julia Sweeney/Christine Sneed event