Dandelions for Dinner

Join us in early December to engage with these four authors, and hear more about their published works. These free events will be held at the Main Library, require no registration and are open to everyone.

Author Peter Stamatis: Dandelions for Dinner

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 pm, Main Library

What happens to a family already on the brink of disaster when the world around them crumbles? Dandelions for Dinner: Greece at War and a Family’s Dreams of America presents a memoir set in the small town of Gargaliani, Greece, told through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy. To learn more and hear a podcast, visit the authors' website.

Author Melanie Kupchynsky: Strings Attached

Monday, Dec. 2, 7 pm, Main Library

Area resident, author and violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Melanie Kupchynsky will tell stories from Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations, the book she co-wrote with journalist Joanne Lipman. Strings Attached takes you on a journey that spans from Nazi Germany to the suburbs of New Jersey, from the thrill of the concert stage to the heartbreaking search for a missing daughter. To learn more, visit the authors' website and read the Wall Street Journal article "Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results" written by Lipman.

Author Jeanne Nolan: From The Ground Up

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7 pm, Main Library

Meet Jeanne Nolan, author of From The Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education, In Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation. Nolan has designed and cultivated more than 650 farms and food gardens in and around Chicago. She is designer and project manager for the edible gardens at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Learn more about Jeanne on her website, The Organic Gardener.

Author Joseph Berton: T. E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt

Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 pm, Main Library

Oak Park author and former District 97 teacher Joseph Berton will explore the fascinating life of T. E. Lawrence, the subject of David Lean’s classic movie, Lawrence of Arabia. Berton recently completed the illustrated biography T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt.

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