Berwyn’s Own Captures 2016 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project Award

The City of Berwyn would like to congratulate its native daughter, Geralyn Hesslau Magrady for capturing the 2016 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project Award for her debut novel, “LINES—.” Set in Chicago in 1871, the historical novel takes place during the Great Chicago Fire and is based on a character that is dear to Hesslau Magrady in real life—her great-great-grandmother. You can check it out at the Berwyn Public Library and purchase it at Amazon.

Here are some of the reviews:

“A story of love, perseverance, and fulfillment, Lines is a historical novel set in the post-Civil War period. The beautifully told story captures the struggles of ordinary people. It also describes the effects the momentous events occurring in Chicago during that time had on their lives…I highly recommend the book to those who enjoy historical fiction. Geralyn Hesslau Magrady may soon be a famous author, and not just in Illinois.”
– Taken from Janet Feduska Cole’s review @ Windy City Reviews

“Very well researched and written first novel! The historic detail reminded me of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Looking forward to more books by this author!”
– reviewer, Katherine Seavey

” It was magnificent! I want to brag on a job well done and publicly attest that I relished the twists and turns, especially, but also thoroughly enjoyed how it wrapped up. Put this one on your TBR list…”
–  Traci Nathaniel Walker, writer/blogger

An English teacher for almost 20 years, Hesslau Magrady grew up in Chicago and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Dominican University and Master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University.

The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is open to any self-published author in Illinois but authors must have their local library sponsor them as part of the selection process. The competition is coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (PLA), and Illinois Heartland Library System.

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