Library author events are free, open to everyone, and require no registration, unless specifically noted. Find more great events by library location and event type on our online calendar.

Jeanne Nolan: From The Ground Up

Wednesday, April 2, 7 pm, Main Library. Meet Jeanne Nolan, author of From the Ground Up: A Food Growers Education, in Life, Love and Movement that’s Changing the Nation. Nolan has designed and cultivated more than 650 farms and food gardens in and around Chicago. She is the designer and project manager for The Edible Gardens at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. The Book Table will sell books.

Matthew Algeo: Pedestrianism

Thursday, April 3, 7 pm, Main Library. Not many people know this, but in the 1870s and 1880s, America’s most popular spectator sport was competitive walking. Join author Matthew Algeo when he shares stories from Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport. The Book Table will sell books.

Michael Lotus: America 3.0

Wednesday, April 9, 7 pm, Main Library. Oak Park attorney Michael Lotus shares how America is making a transition to a new world with greater productivity and rapid technological progress. Lotus is the co-author of America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century—Why America’s Greatest Days are Yet to Come. Centuries & Sleuths will sell books.

Jack Bishop: The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook

Tuesday, April 22, 7 pm, The Carlton Hotel. Jack Bishop of America’s Test Kitchen shares successful gluten-free recipes with new ingredients and new techniques. Learn what works and how to successfully prepare lasagna, fried chicken, and fresh pasta in your kitchen. Admission is $29 to this ticketed event, and includes a copy of The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook. For tickets, visit

Iris Krasnow: Sex After...Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes

Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm, Main Library. How can a woman sustain intimacy through the many physical and emotional shifts of her life through the decades? New York Times best-seling author and Oak Park native Iris Krasnow interviewed ordinary women as well as sex researchers, gynecologists, oncologists, and therapists. With Sex After...Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes, she shares the the voices of 150 women, from waitresses to CEOs, ages 20 to 88. Born in Oak Park, Iris is a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School where she was awarded the coveted Tradition of Excellence Award. Sex After... is her sixth book. The Book Table will sell books.

Janis Johnston: It Takes A Child To Raise A Parent

Thursday, May 1, 7 pm, Main Library. Oak Park family psychologist Janis Johnston shares her book It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent: Stories of Evolving Child and Parent Development. Learn a step-by-step path to enhanced parenting and find renewal in your own potential along the journey. The Magic Tree Bookstore will sell books.


Plus, meet the authors of Curbside Splendor 

Words + Music: A Pop-Up Book Fair After-Party

Saturday, April 12, 6 pm, Main Library. Following the daytime Pop-Up Book Fair at Hemingway Museum, Curbside Splendor authors join us to read from their recently published and upcomings books, after-hours at the Main Library. Enjoy readings, live music, and bookish camaraderie at this 21+ event sponsored by Oak Park Public Library, Curbside Splendor Publishing, 826CHI and The Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.

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