Galena LitFest: An Evening with Casey McQuiston


Author Casey McQuiston will discuss their writing process and the inspiration for their stories at the Galena Public Library on Jan. 18, 2023.

The discussion will be moderated by Hollie Smurthwaite, a winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author contest.

McQuiston is the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop, Red, White, & Royal Blue, and I Kissed Shara Wheeler, as well as a pie enthusiast. Born and raised in Louisiana, they now live in New York City with Pepper, a poodle mix and semipro personal assistant.

If you have questions for McQuiston, please submit them in advance when registering for this event. Registration is required. To register visit, email [email protected], or come to the front desk of the library.

To learn more about McQuiston, visit If you’d like to purchase their books, please consider supporting our local bookstore, Galena Book & Paper,

Smurthwaite is a paranormal romantic suspense author of The Color of Trauma and The Color of Betrayal. The Color of Trauma was the 2020 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project winner in the adult fiction category. She lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and too few pets. She is active in the writing community as a member of the Off Campus Writers’ Workshop, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Alliance of Independent Authors, Chicago Writers Association, and a co-organizer for Just Write Chicago. To learn more about Hollie, visit

This event will be live on Zoom on Jan. 18, 2023, at 6 p.m. CST. Registrants will receive a link to the recording 3-5 days afterwards for on demand viewing. It will also be live streamed to the Galena Public Library Facebook page.

This event is part of Galena LitFest 2023. Be sure to check out the rest of the line-up. Galena LitFest is an annual literary festival organized by the Galena Public Library with generous support from the Friends of the Galena Public Library.