Authors After Hours


Saturday, April 27th


Free for all ages.

Young Adult Panel | Adult Panel | Youth Program | Win Free Stuff | Be a sponsor 

Young Adult Panel: 6pm-9pm

Listen to authors talk about their books, ask all your burning questions, then stay after to win free books & swag!

SA Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Secondary Ed., then joined the Peace Corps with her husband and went to Tanzania, East Africa. Her first picture book, Elizabeti’s Doll (written as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen) was published in 1998, followed by six other picture books.Her first YA novel written as S.A. Bodeen, the award-winning The Compound,came out from Feiwel and Friends in 2008. The novel count is up to nine, with the tenth releasing in 2018. She has lived in eight states, two African countries, and an insular possession. Currently, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two daughters.

Gloria Chao

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda and Our Wayward Fate (releasing October 15, 2019).

Her wayward journey to fiction included studying business at MIT, then becoming a dentist. Gloria was once a black belt in kung-fu and an avid dancer, but nowadays you can find her teaming up with her husband on the curling ice.

AMERICAN PANDA received four starred trade reviews, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and Indie’s Next Pick, and is a Seventeen MagazineBustlePopSugar, Chicago Public Library, and Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2018.

K. Ancrum

My name is Kayla. I’m a 27-year-old author from Chicago.  I’ve been writing books for about 14 years now. THE WICKER KING is my debut novel and I have a second novel called THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS coming out this March 19th.

Michelle Falkoff

I was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I pretty much spent my whole childhood reading and then went off to study literature at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After that, I attended Columbia Law School in New York and went on to be an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley. (My weirdest case involved a battle over the patent for the variant of blue-green algae that makes farm-raised salmon turn pink when they eat it.) I quit practicing law to study fiction writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and ever since then I’ve been teaching legal writing and fiction writing and writing novels. Right now, I serve as the Director of the Communication and Legal Reasoning program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and teach fiction on the side at the University of Chicago and elsewhere. I’m the author of QUESTIONS I WANT TO ASK YOU (2018), PUSHING PERFECT (2016), and PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD (2015), with more to come.

How to Win Free Stuff-For Young Adult Panel

This year there will be a prize auction. To participate in the auction, you must get points. To get points, you must:

  • Follow @zbteens on Instagram or Facebook-5 points
  • Post the badge or ticket you got at school or post about the event on Facebook or Instagram using hashtag #AAHGetLit-5 points
  • Wear a red shirt or red pants to the event.- 5 points
  • Bring one or more friends-10 points
  • Read a book by one of the authors. All books are available for check out at the library, or ask your English teacher-20 points
  • Become a VIP. (You must watch zbteens Instagram or Facebook to become a VIP. We will announce VIP signups sometime in April-20 points
    • To be a VIP, you must:
      • Take one picture of yourself in your free t-shirt on your Instagram or FB using the hashtag #AAHGetLit-You will receive a free t-shirt if you become a VIP
      • Post yourself on your Instagram or Facebook reading a book from one of the visiting authors using #AAHGetLit-You will receive a book if you become a VIP.
      • Agree to give tickets to friends.
    • As a VIP you also get front row seating and first in line to get your book signed, and extra extra points for the auction.

Adult Fiction Panel: 6pm-9:30pm

Signing and book purchasing to follow each speaker.

Raymond Benson

Raymond Benson is the author of nearly 40 published books, the most recent being IN THE HUSH OF THE NIGHT (May 2018) and THE SECRETS ON CHICORY LANE (October 2017). Among his several original suspense novels, he is the author of the acclaimed “Black Stiletto” saga that began with THE BLACK STILETTO in 2011 and continued with THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE (2012), THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES (2013), THE BLACK STILETTO: SECRETS & LIES (2014), and THE BLACK STILETTO: ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS (also 2014). He is mostly known for being the third–and first American–writer to be commissioned by the James Bond literary copyright holders between 1996-2002 to take over writing the 007 novels. In total he penned and published worldwide six original 007 novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories. An anthology of his 007 work, THE UNION TRILOGY, was published in the fall of 2008, and a second anthology, CHOICE OF WEAPONS, appeared summer 2010. His book THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION, an encyclopedic work on the 007 phenomenon, was first published in 1984 and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award by Mystery Writers of America for Best Biographical/Critical Work.

Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel The Apothecary’s Curse (Pyr Books), an imprint of Prometheus Books. She is also Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics Magazine (, an online magazine of pop culture, politics and more, for which she has also contributed nearly 1,000 essays, reviews, and interviews over the past decade. She published in-depth interviews with writers, actors and producers, including Jane Espenson, Katie Jacobs, Doris Egan, David Goodman, Jesse Spencer, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parilla, David Strathairn, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Elie Atie, Wesley Snipes, and many, many more.

AAH Storytime

Youth Program “Storytime with a Drag King”: 6:30pm – 7:15pm

Drag King Story Hour of Milwaukee will be presenting a storytime at the Author After Hours event on April 27th from 6:30-7:15 in the Youth Services department.  The presenters will read stories to children and showcase a special dance number!  Children are welcome to dress up in their most fabulous attire for the event-the sky is the limit on creativity!  This is geared toward children and their caregivers age 4-8 years old. Due to space restrictions, only adults accompanied by children will be allowed into the storytime program.

Storytime with a Drag King FAQ


Support literacy in our community! We are currently taking donations that will help finance the Authors After Hours event. Please contact Garnet Miller to learn more!

Phone: 847-872-4680, ext. 116.