Speaking Engagements

Sheila is available for book clubs and fundraising events in Chicago and some suburbs. Sheila is also happy to Skype or FaceTime for groups at longer distances.

Please see the Book Club & Reading Group Topics for Discussion page for more information.

  • Tue
    9:30 AM1702 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois

    Sheila will present her novel "East of Mecca."

    9:30 a.m. - Social

    10:00 a.m. - Program

    Members of The Woman's Club of Evanston and their guests are welcome. The fee is $10.00 each. More information is available at the The Woman's Club of Evanston's website

  • Sun
    4:00 PMEvanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, Illinois
    The event will be held in the Community Meeting Room on the First Floor. 
    Description from the EPL website: "Evanston author Sheila Flaherty reads from her first novel East of Mecca.  Drawn from her personal experiences while living in Saudi Arabia, her moving debut tells the tale of American expat Sarah's illicit friendship with a Saudi woman while offering an unflinching exploration of the true price of oppression.  Flaherty will take questions and sign books following the reading, and copies of East of Mecca will be available to purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to the YWCA of Evanston.

    Sheila Flaherty is a writer and clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.  In 2010 and 2013, she was awarded residencies at The Ragdale Foundation for her work in fiction, and she has placed in various screenwriting competitions including BlueCat, CineStory, and the Nicholl Fellowships.

    Part of the Muslim Journeys program and discussion series."

    More information available at the Evanston Public Library's website.   

  • Wed
    7:30 PMWomen & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640



  • Wed
    7:00 PMThe Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

    I'll be doing a book reading at The Book Cellar for a Local Author Night. I will be joined by Scott Miles (sharing his collection of stories, The Downriver Horseshoe) and Jessica Vealitzek (reading from her new book, The Rooms Are Filled). Please join us if you can! You can grab a bite to eat and something to drink from the cafe while you're listening.

    More information about the event can be found on The Book Cellar's website.

  • Tue
    7:00 PM811 Elm St, Winnetka, Illinois 60093

    Sheila Flaherty reads "East of Mecca" at The Book Stall


    I will read an excerpt from my novel East of Mecca and participate in an audience Q&A.

    Complimentary wine, cheese and crackers will be served at this event.

    More information about the event can be found on The Book Stall's website.

  • Sun

    Sheila presented and read from "East of Mecca" at the Sinai Temple of Michigan City.

    Here is how the Temple described the event on their Facebook:

    "Yesterday, Sunday, 11/5, when author, Sheila Flaherty, presented and read from her novel, EAST OF MECCA ... based on her real life experience in Saudi Arabia.

    First, Sheila is such a lovely lady. Relating the realities of her story very naturally reflected her truth, integrity, sensitivity, and talent ... all wrapped up in a poignant delivery. At times she brought the audience of women and men to pin-drop silence, and gasps of disbelief at learning more about gender apartheid in our world.

    We cannot recommend this book more highly. It is sold at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The story may not be easy to digest, tho written so well ... words painting "visual" art. The story, however, is excellent and necessary to hear for our growing consciousness ... to face life's toughest truths, and act toward change.

    Thank you Sheila! Thank you, Sharon Goodman, for bringing your friend to us. And thank you Sinai Sisterhood for arranging this wonderful community program. We look forward to many more quality events."

    There are additional photos and more information posted on the Temple's Facebook.