Words + Wine on 57th Street

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Multiple Chicago Authors

Join us for an in-person gathering to celebrate Chicago authors and their recent releases! 57th Street Wines has worked to pair each book with a unique wine, which will be available for tasting at the event. Authors will be available for signings and meet and greet. Read more about the authors below!

Presented in partnership with 57th Street Wines

This is an in-person event and will take place at 57th Street Wines, 1448 E. 57th St. This event is free and open to the public, though registration is required. Guests participating in wine tasting must be 21+ and provide proof of vaccination.


About the authors: Cozbi A. Cabrera holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design. She has illustrated several books for children, including Me & Mama, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor and a Caldecott Honor for Illustration, Exquisite, and My Hair Is a Garden. She is also well known for her handmade cloth dolls. Cabrera lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Susanna Calkins is a writer of historical mysteries, including the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries and Speakeasy Mysteries. Susanna holds a PhD in history and lives and works in the Chicago area. She is also the current president of Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter.

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, Our Wayward FateRent a Boyfriend, and the upcoming When You Wish Upon a Lantern (spring 2023). When she’s not writing, you can find her with her husband on the curling ice or hiking the Indiana Dunes. After a brief detour as a dentist, she is now grateful to spend her days in fictional characters’ heads instead of real people’s mouths.

Tracy Clark, a native Chicagoan, is the author of the award-winning Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series, featuring ex-cop turned PI Cassandra Raines. Tracy, a proud member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, is a lifelong South-Sider and roots for every Chicago team with equal enthusiasm. She is currently busy writing her next book.

Kate Hannigan is a Hyde Park children's author.   Her latest novel, Boots, is the third of a three-book series with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin and blends graphic novel elements with historical fantasy. Kate is also the founder of the Hyde Park/South Side Chicago chapter of SCBWI, which provides engaging programming for the region's aspiring children's authors and illustrators. Her latest titles are nonfiction picture book biographies, including Blips on a Screen, about the inventor of video gaming.

Natalie Lund is the author of the young adult novels, The Wolves Are Watching (forthcoming 10/4/22), The Sky Above Us, and We Speak in Storms. She is a former middle and high school teacher and a graduate of Purdue University’s MFA program. Natalie is a member of SCBWI and is represented by Kristin Ostby of Greenhouse Literary Agency. She lives in Chicago with her family. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @nmlund.

Mia P. Manansala is a writer and book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture. Homicide and Halo-Halo is the sequel to Arsenic and Adobo, her debut novel and first in the Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery series.

Rosaria Munda studied political theory at Princeton and lives with her husband in Chicago. She is the author of Fireborne (Putnam, 2019) and Flamefall (2021), the first two books of the Aurelian Cycle trilogy.

Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago.

Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar® Award-nominated and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Death at GreenwayThe Lucky OneUnder a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She lives in Chicago, where she is co-chair of the mystery readers’ festival Midwest Mystery Conference (fka Murder and Mayhem in Chicago) and served as 2019-2020 national president of Sisters in Crime. She teaches creative writing for Northwestern Univesity’s School of Professional Studies.

Amy Timberlake’s novels for young readers have received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar Award, a Golden Kite Award, and the China Times Best Book Award. She grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin, but now calls Chicago home. Her latest titles are the read-aloud Skunk and Badger, which has been translated into fifteen languages and counting, and its sequel Egg Marks the Spot. Both are illustrated by Jon Klassen. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. You can find her walking on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail on cool, crisp fall days. 

Event Location: 
57th Street Wines
1448 E. 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637