Bill Hillmann and Kathleen Rooney get lit

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Shelf of books

Shelf of books

Rick Kogan chats with authors Bill Hillmann and Kathleen Rooney about why they decided to get into writing and how they spent their weekend at Printers Row Lit Fest.

Hillmann is the author of “The Old Neighborhood.” From the publisher’s website: “The novel tells the story of teenager Joe Walsh, the youngest in a large, mixed-race family living in Chicago. After Joe witnesses his older brother commit a gangland murder, his friends and family drag him down into a pit of violence that reaches a bloody impasse when his elder sister begins dating a rival gang member. It’s both a brutal tale of growing up tough in a mean city, and a remembrance of the heartbreak of youth.” Click here to learn more about Hillmann and his book.

Rooney is the author of “O, Democracy!”. From her website: “Colleen Dugan works for a politician in a Chicago skyscraper that overlooks Lake Michigan, among coworkers with little to do but field calls from angry constituents while the future of the nation gets decided elsewhere.  In the coming weeks Colleen will navigate the perils of costumed protesters, thuggish union reps, vacuous interns, trifling bureaucrats, dirty tricks by the Senator’s Republican rival, and the unexpected discovery of a scandalous secret that will give her the power to change the course of the election and shape her own fate—though not necessarily for the better.” Click here to learn more about Rooney and her book.

Listen to the interview below.