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Folk singer songwriter Mark Dvorak performs in Dixon August 20

DIXON IL - Books On First welcomes folk artist and Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak back to the cafe stage on Saturday, August 20 at 6:30 pm.

“Mark is a Midwest treasure,” said proprietor Carolyn Dunphy. “He was with us last May and the evening was simply magical. We’re thrilled to have him back at the store.”

When the singer songwriter and author began his career in music he knew right away he’d be in it for the long haul. Thirty years later Mark is still writing, recording and on the road performing.

“At this stage of the game,” said the singer from his home outside Chicago, Illinois, “I feel like I’m doing my best work.” 

Dvorak is busy at work on his 20th CD release and fourth book of essays, 31 Winters. 

The Chicago Tribune has called him “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” Dvorak has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and was honored in 2013 with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 Rich Warren, long time host of The Midnight Special radio program named Dvorak “Chicago’s official troubadour.” 

Books On First was established by the late Larry Dunphy and is the premier independent bookseller and coffee house in the Sauk Vally.

There is no admission but a $10 suggested donation will be accepted. For information contact Books On First by phone at 815 285 2665 or on the web at Learn more about Mark Dvorak at

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