Learn how American Doughboys fought across the battlefields of Northern France in the "war to end all wars" to the defeat of the German Kaiser. Hear about the events, people, and places of America's contribution to this war in this intriguing multi-media presentation.
Join co-editor Dennis Foley with writers Gary Johnson and Patricia Ann McNair to hear selections from "We Speak Chicagoese," a collection of stories, poems and more about our beloved Chicago.
In her new memoir/self-help book, Leaving the OCD Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing, author and business owner Kirsten Pagacz describes her OCD as "the meanest, wildest monkey running around my head, constantly looking for ways to bite me." Learn what Kirsten has experienced living for more than 20 years with her "monkey" and how she has worked her way towards healing. She will share insightful tips and techniques to help other sufferers and spread understanding of this debilitating disorder.
Join Oak Park author Robert Elder to hear stories from Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park is part time capsule, part biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author. This hardcover coffee table book features never-before-seen items such as family photos, teenage diaries, bullfighting tickets, love letters - even a dental x-ray. Hidden Hemingway is a chance for a new generation to discover a literary genius and for fans to see him as more than just the larger-than-life myth he created for himself.
Meet Geralyn Hesslau Magrady, local author of "Lines--," and 2016 winner of the "Soon to Be Famous" competition sponsored by Illinois Library Association. Hear stories of Chicago around the time of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The class struggles that were evident prior to the fire will be strengthened during the city's rebirth, and Livia Haas must find her own strength during the transition.
Former Oak Park resident and medical researcher Wayne Hanson and his wife Estee retired to Ecuador -- and what a story he has to tell! When the Hansons decided to retire and move from north Oak Park to Ecuador, their friends reacted with a mixture of amused disbelief, folded in with incredulity and a touch of anger by some. "Are you out of your minds" was a frequently voiced sentiment.
According to Wayne, the couple moved to Ecuador for climate and adventure -- and to escape Oak Park's high taxes.
Meet Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "Into the Beautiful North" and 15 other books. Learn how this acclaimed writer uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore themes of love, loss, and triumph.
How should the United States act in the World? Americans cannot decide. In "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire," best-selling author Stephen Kinzer recounts an angry struggle among prominent Americans at the dawn of the 20th century, when the U.S. first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans; it horrified others. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge and William Randolph Hearst pushed for American expansion. Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint.
Join Chicago authors and journalists Bill Dal Carro and David Anthony Witter to mark the 100th anniversary of the first jazz record, an historical American achievement noted in their book, Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience. Written by Dal Carro and Witter, this 383-page book notes the recording of "Livery Stable Blues" in February 1917 by New Orleans cornetist Nick LaRocca and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, recognized by music historians as the first jazz record.
Join members of the Oak Park Writers Group which meets bi-monthly at the Main Library to hear selected writers read from new work. This annual celebration of writing offers residents the opportunity to hear emerging local writers. Refreshments will be served.