"Tilli's Story" News

Screenplay Written for Tilli's Story Film Project

(June 2013) -  A husband-wife screenwriting duo in Los Angeles has written a screenplay for "Tilli's Story." Jared Drake is an accomplished film director who is currently working on a movie starring Lily Tomlin. His wife, Julia Drake, is a book publicist with a master's in screenwriting who grew up in Germany.

Film producer Kathryn Lekan, who has worked on "Deadwood," "The West Wing," and other series, holds the film rights to "Tilli's Story." Lekan's production company, Barn 38 Pictures, is based in Los Angeles.

The Rockford Register Star covered the movie deal in its Dec. 22, 2010 edition.



  Polish Edition Now in Print

Marionetka Historii (Polish
            language version of "Tilli's Story")

The Polish translation of "Tilli's Story" is now available in Europe through publisher Videograf. The Polish title is: "Marionetka historii" ("Marionette of History"). Purchase information is here.

YouTube Video Now Available

In spring 2009, Tilli spoke to a Rock Valley College book club in Rockford, IL. That talk was recorded on DVD (click here if you are interested in purchasing it). The question and answer period has been uploaded to YouTube. It is in three sections (since YouTube caps videos at 10 minutes):

Section One
Section Two
Section Three

Movie News

The authors signed a new film rights option contract earlier this year with Hollywood producer Kathryn Lekan (co-producer of HBO series "Hung" and owner of Barn 38 Productions, an independent film company) to turn Tilli's Story into a movie. A screenplay is being written and negotations to secure financing and talent are proceeding.

Press Coverage of "Tilli's Story"

"Tilli's Story Reaches Milestone" - Oct. 13, 2009 column by Mike Doyle in the Rockford Register Star discusses Polish edition, movie progress, and DVD availability.

Sue Stephens, news director for Northern Public Radio (WNIJ, 89.5 FM), interviewed Tilli and Lorna on Nov. 30, 2005. Listen to the interview here.

Rockford Register Star columnist Mike Doyle wrote about the continuing success of "Tilli's Story" in his column on Nov. 10, 2005.

Sun City Herald reporter Kurt Begalka covered Tilli and Lorna's appearance at Sun City in Huntley, IL, in a two-page article on Nov. 2, 2005.

The Elgin Courier-News also covered the appearance at Sun City in Huntley, IL, on Nov. 2, 2005, with an article and column by reporter/editor Debbie Moore, which appeared on Nov. 9, 2005.

The Fort Myers News-Press wrote about Tilli on October 18, 2005. Click here to read it. Tilli and Lorna also appeared on the Tampa WB station newscast on Oct 17 at 10 p.m. and on the Fort Myers NBC and ABC affiliate newscasts on Oct 19.

Tilli and Lorna have been doing radio interviews at a variety of stations around the U.S., beginning Sept. 30, 2005. Stations in Boston, Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, Gainesville, St. Louis, Denver, upstate New York, and throughout Wisconsin aired interviews. Many of these interviews are posted on the Listen To Tilli page.

An article called "Telling Tilli's Tale," about Lorna's work on the book, appears in the fall edition of the Northern Illinois University alumni magazine, Northern Now.
The authors spoke to fifth graders in Wauconda, Illinois, last spring. The event was covered by the Wauconda Courier.

WREX-TV interviewed Tilli at an appearance before a Rockford, Illinois, grade school last year. Click here to watch.

Tilli's Story was excerpted in the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star from July 4, 2004, through Aug. 22, 2004.


"Tilli's Story" received an Independent Publisher Award in the 2006 IPPY competition.

"Tilli's Story" was recognized in the annual Independent Book Publishers Association IPPY awards program, receiving an honorable mention in the Autobiography/Memoir category.

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