March 2018 Local Authors
Elmhurst food writer dishes up her debut novel
Every recipe tells a story, and writer Emily Belden, who grew up in west suburban Elmhurst and now lives in Chicago, has more than a passing familiarity with the downtown food scene. She started out in the hospitality industry, created a popular culinary blog, and is an unapologetic foodie. When she turned
her hand to fiction, it was a no-brainer to set her first novel in the food business.
Hot Mess is the story of a young woman thrust into Chicago’s restaurant scene when her recovering addict-turned-celebrity-chef boyfriend relapses — but only after persuading her to sink her life savings into his hip new restaurant. Left with nothing but a massive withdrawal slip and a Randolph Street eatery that absolutely must open in a matter of weeks, Allie Simon — a social media manager for a cotton-swab company — discovers that she can either crumble completely or fight like crazy for the life she wants and the love she deserves. With razor-sharp wit and searing insight, Belden serves up a deliciously dishy look behind the kitchen doors of Chicago’s hot foodie culture.
Hot Mess is Belden’s first foray into fiction. She is a Chicago-area food writer and the author of Eightysixed: A Memoir About Unforgettable Men, Mistakes and Meals, soon to be a digital comedy series, All for the Nope.
She first came to national attention on The Today Show, after local media heard how she had tiled her entire bedroom floor with 60,000 pennies — all heads-up for good luck.
LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS
by Samira Ahmed, formerly of Batavia
This debut novel for young adults is the coming-of-age story of an Indian-American teen struggling to cope with family expectations, Islamophobia and cultural divides. Maya’s world is rocked by a horrifying act of domestic terrorism that ignites fear and bigotry within the community she thought of as home. The rush of new love and the shock of old hatred threaten to alter the course of her life.
by James McGuire of Winfield
McGuire, who has worked with Winfield Historical Society for many years, uses an extensive collection of vintage photos to showcase life in early Winfield, dating back to the mid 19th century. The focus is on founding residents and the places they lived, worked and played. There are pictures of longtime staples like Schmidt’s Meat Market and Higgins Store, as well as stories of places lost to fire and the ravages of time.
RUNNING FROM DISASTER
by Aubrey Parr of Lisle
In this heart-gripping mystery, a predator is on the loose. Gabriella won’t let fear break her routine of taking sunrise jogs with her running group. When she meets Dylan, a man with a poor track record in relationships, not even her sense of self-preservation can stop Gabriella from falling. In a love story that doesn’t play by the rules, Parr deftly combines contemporary romance with dark suspense.
TINY AND THE BIG DIG
by Sherri Duskey Rinker of St. Charles
New York Times bestselling author of the picture book Mighty, Mighty Construction Site turns her pen to the tiny dog that is doing the digging. With charming, humorous illustrations by Matt Myers, the story delights toddlers and early readers. Duskey Rinker’s simple rhymes are designed to appeal to the littlest listeners and introduce them to a plucky pooch with paws that love to dig and the special boy who believes in him.Edit Module