About Author’s Voice®
Book tours are expensive for publishers and exhausting for authors. Many authors do not tour at all. An Author’s Voice program might be your only chance to see your favorite author live.
The best part about seeing an author is the opportunity to get a signed copy of a potential classic. An author’s signature adds value and a personal connection, too. Order your signed books in the days before or even during the program, so you won’t miss the chance to add the title to your personal library. We will offer first editions, whenever possible. A new title or a re-released classic, our books will always be a welcome addition to your family bookshelf.
About a half hour before the program, a viewer will appear on your screen. Then, just sit back and enjoy the show. With our on-screen Ask A Question button, you can truly participate in the program. There’s also a button for ordering your own copy of the titles featured on that day’s program.
Currently, our line-up includes LadyBird & Friends, a program for young people, A House Divided-formerly Virtual Book Signing-is our Lincoln and Civil War program. Recently added are Solved! our thriller and mystery program, Signing Station our Sci Fi and Fantasy offering, and Lit With Love covers Romance.
Did you miss your favorite author on our program? Enjoy the program after it airs on our YouTube channel.
A House Divided, formerly, Virtual Book Signing, is focused on on Lincoln and Civil War books. The program was born at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, the world’s only book shop dedicated to Lincoln and the US Civil War. Often the show will feature an artifact related to the book. This allows you to see some of the best items available at the shop; a virtual visit! Spanning over 10 years and over 100 titles, the program launched in November 2005.
LadyBird & Friends is the young people’s book program on the Author’s Voice network. The show’s focus is family programming for book people. Parents, Young People, Grandparents, Caregivers, Educators—anyone who loves bringing reading to the lives of young people will enjoy watching—and interacting—with the LadyBird & Friends show. LadyBird & Friends always provides an entertaining and unique perspective on the world of books for young people.
Betsy Bird is our show host. She is an active member of the children’s reading community. Join us for LadyBird & Friends!
Lit with Love is the Author’s Voice program dedicated to books about relationships, hopes and fantasies, and of course – Romance. While the genre of Romance is difficult to pin down (ascribed as widely as Jane Austen to Daphne Du Maurier to recent leather-clad fan fiction) the one thing every book in the genre shares is an interest in the inner life of a character. Journeys are taken, hardships endured, and the heart holds out for that promise glimpsed in a stranger’s eye… Sigh.
Leading us through all of this is our host Sonali Dev. Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books lists. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance in 2014, is a RITA Finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence.
Signing Station is our Sci Fi and Fantasy program. Although scholars and devotees struggle to define the genre, tales like this have been with us since the first cave dweller looked up at the stars and wondered what was “out there.” This genre has grown far beyond its modern roots in mid-20th century tales of space exploration and alien invasions. This is not your father’s Star Trek.
Blake Hausladen, our host, brings the experience of being a writer to his program. He is the author of the ever-growing Vesteal Series. Blake has enjoyed a sixteen-year career in the shadowed back-office realms of the financial industry. He currently works in Chicago and writes in his free time.
Solved! is our Mystery and Thriller program. Why do we read mysteries and thrillers? We love to escape into brilliant prose and fascinating stories. We find ourselves instantly involved in the characters’ lives, and being there with them, feeling what they feel, seeing what they see, experiencing their emotional journey. Sometimes, we can even solve a puzzle, well before the lead character. How fun is it to be smarter than Adam Dalgliesh?
Solved! is hosted by best-selling author Libby Hellmann. Libby’s experience in the genre brings a uniquely razor-sharp perspective to her interviews.
Stranger than Fiction is the non-fiction branch of the Author’s Voice Network. Biographies, Autobiographies, Docudrama, Memoir, True Crime and other genres are great examples of the books featured on this program. Truth is indeed Stranger Than Fiction!
Stranger Than Fiction is hosted by Paul Berlanga. Paul is a Chicago native with duel careers in used and rare books; plus art and photography. His work emphasizes the writers and artists of Chicago.