Jo Fredell Higgins, author of the book Geneva, has a new book coming out about the village of Montgomery.
Higgins will host a signature-signing event of the newly-released book from 1 to 3 p.m. July 23 at Gray's Mill at 211 N. River St. in Montgomery.
Allison DeYoung of Geneva will play the cello as background music. Allison was just selected by the Elgin Children's Symphony for future performances. Light refreshments will be served. Door prizes have been donated by local merchants, including RiverView Restaurant, George's Restaurant, the MEDC and Buona Beef Restaurant.
Higgins is an internationally published and award-winning photographer, writer, essayist, historian and poet. Montgomery is her her sixth book. Four other titles have been released from Arcadia Publishing including Geneva, Naperville, DeKalb and Aurora.
Her Geneva title was released in 2003 with a welcome letter included in the book from Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. The signature signing event was held at the Geneva History Center and 82 copies of the book were sold of the 100 the History Center had ordered.
Higgins' novel A Song for Cecilia was released in June by Tate Publishing. Both books will be available for sale at the event. Hosts are Virginia and Ron Potter.
Montgomery Village President Marilyn Michelini has written the welcome to the Montgomery title and Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis has written the welcome for A Song for Cecilia.
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Information from this article is from a press release by Jo Fredell Higgins.