Now in its fourth year, Aurora's Midwest Literary Festival typically features a slew of regional authors and nationally known scribes in all genres. Confirmed at press time were David Morrell (whose 1972 novel First Blood inspired the first Rambo film) and Elizabeth Kostova (The Historian). The festival includes workshops, panels, poetry slams, readings, and signings; upwards of an estimated 10,000 people have attended in years past. The MLF is offering for sale copies of books (many of them autographed) from past visiting authors, including big names like horror novelist Peter Straub and locals Elizabeth Berg (A Year of Pleasures), David Ellis (Line of Vision), and Andrew Winston (Looped); see the festival Web site for info on how to purchase. a Sat 9/16 and Sun 9/17, downtown Aurora, Illinois, 630-844-4731 or midwestliteraryfestival.com. Free.