I can provide a guest room for authors who are willing, so I think we'd mostly need to raise funds for airfare. And of course, we can mix local writers with visiting ones, but surprisingly, Chicago doesn't actually have that many SF/F writers settled here, as far as I know.
There are various local groups who I'm hoping will be able to help out -- Think Galactic, WindyCon's folks, Twilight Tales. But any other thoughts people have on how best to go about this would be really helpful.
- should I partner it with a bookstore? An independent a little ways out, or one of the chains in downtown? (Does Barbara's count as a chain?)
- would a bar be better?
- any writers with books coming out who think their publishers would pay for airfare in the next year?
- any other thoughts?