St. Charles Public Library to host virtual author series

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 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 at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 via Zoom. To register, go to scpld.libnet.info/event/5976117.

Her latest 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.

Illinois Libraries Present will feature an event with Jasmine Guillory in February. The bestselling, romance author has written six novels, including “The Wedding Date” and “The Proposal.” The virtual event with Guillory will take place Feb. 16.