Meet best-selling author Thomas Dyja at Dole Branch Tuesday, May 13 at 7 pm, when he shares stories from The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, a story of Chicago in its postwar prime and its profound impact on modern America, and the world. The Book Table will sell books.

About The Third Coast

Though today it can seem as if all American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago, then the nation’s central clearinghouse, laboratory, and factory. Between the end of World War II and 1960, Mies van der Rohe’s glass and steel architecture became the face of corporate America, Ray Kroc’s McDonald’s changed how we eat, Hugh Hefner unveiled Playboy, and Chess Records supercharged rock and roll with Chuck Berry. The outlaw novels of Nelson Algren, the poems of Gwendolyn Brooks, the gospel music of Mahalia Jackson, the urban blues of Muddy Waters, and the avant-garde jazz of Sun Ra all led toward the future. Studs Terkel’s innovative radio shows and the intimacy of the Chicago School of Television changed media, and Second City alumni are everywhere in entertainment.
Selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013, and a best book of 2013 by Chicago Tribune, who says “The Third Coast is deeply researched, thoroughly thought-out, exquisitely structured and beautifully written — an essential for every lover of Chicago and American History.” 

About Thomas Dyja

The author of three novels and two works of nonfiction, Thomas Dyja is a native of Chicago’s Northwest Side, and now lives in Manhattan. To learn more, visit the author's website.