v26-2 "Soon To be Famous Author" Michael Peck of Edgewater

Vol. XXVI No. 2 - SUMMER 2015

Michael Alan Peck has written about subjects ranging from TV to restaurants to travel, but on Thursday, April 16, he was honored with the 2015 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project award for his urban fantasy novel The Commons Book 1: The Journeyman. A Chicago and Edgewater resident, Peck accepted the award in a ceremony held at the ILA (Illinois Library Association) headquarters in Chicago.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Peck has also lived in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He’s made his living writing about TV, its celebrities and its past. (He used to pen a column called “Ask the Televisionary” for TV Guide.com.) Writing restaurant reviews and travel pieces, and doing SEO and content strategy helped pay the bills, but storytelling is his true passion.

After the award ceremony, Michael commented, “Of any contest I’ve entered, the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project means the most to me. Libraries are where stories live, and librarians are the dedicated experts who guide us to our next magical read. This is the same feeling I have when absorbed in a great novel: I can’t wait to find out what happens next.”

Forty-three self-published adult fiction titles were nominated and eighteen librarians across the state served as judges. After a series of eliminations, the top 3 authors were selected and were all present at the ILA headquarters for the announcement. NYU professor Vinjamuri flew in from New York to introduce the authors and present the award to the winner. He challenged libraries to wield their collective influence to lift a self-published author to success to create a measurable indicator of the power of libraries and librarians to affect books and reading.