Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Auction

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Join the Chicago Writers Association for a special night to benefit the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame!

If you’re free on Thursday, January 7th, join us at Sheffield’s in Chicago for the Deck the Hall Auction and Raffle.

Acclaimed authors Bayo Ojikutu, Marcus Sakey and Don De Grazia will appear as a special guests of honor. Ojikutu’s first novel, 47th STREET BLACK (2003) received both the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award. Sakey’s first three works have all been optioned for film (Ben Affleck’s production company is developing a movie based on Sakey’s first novel, THE BLADE ITSELF, and Tobey Maguire has picked up the rights to his third book, GOOD PEOPLE).  De Grazia’s powerful Chicago epic American Skin has been hailed worldwide as an American classic . 

We’re kicking off our Deck the Hall auction a few days early by putting up some select items up for bid online. Items like professional manuscript evaluations by published authors, 1st edition signed books by Neil Gaiman and Audrey Niffenegger, theatre tickets, vintage fountain pens, your name in a book, a blogging consultation, a DVD set of Oliver Stone films, and books signed by sports and local celebrities.

The online auction opened on New Year’s Day. Check it out:
http://www.32auctions.com/view_auction?id=Nelson&pwd=Algren

This is a way to participate in the auction if you’re unable to attend Thursday’s benefit party at Sheffield’s, or to get a jump start on the competition if you are joining the party.  This auction will go live beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sheffield’s, where we will have more items that will be up for auction exclusively to party attendees.

If you’re planning on attending the party, we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance, as all tickets are $5 more at the door.  Get your tickets here: http://deckthehall.eventbrite.com/

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.

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