Author Program

Author Thomas Dyja: The Third Coast

Hear author Thomas Dyja share stories from "The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream," named on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013. While it seems today 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.

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Beautiful Butterflies

Join us for a discussion of the butterfly's essential role in our environment. Learn about the needs of different species, investigate some specimens, and craft your own butterfly habitat. For kids entering grades K-5. Register beginning May 28.

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Author Robert Mueller: "The Men of Omaha Beach"

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Former U.S. Army Signal Corpsman Robert Mueller, author of "Fields of War: Battle of Normandy," shares stories and photos of that historic day, June 6, 1944. American soldiers stormed Omaha Beach and overcame German defenses. The Allied assault to liberate France from German occupation started with the invasion of the Normandy coast.

Mueller's previous book, "Fields of War: Fifty Key Batlefields in France and Belgioum" has received four national book awards including a Bronze Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.

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What's Cooking?

Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share.We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats! This month's selection is Pioneer Woman Cooks: A year of Holidays by Ree Drummond, and our recipe choice is My Favorite Pasta Salad. Copies of the book are available at Maze one month prior to the event.

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Author Iris Krasnow: "Sex After. . ."

How can a woman sustain intimacy through the many physical and emotional shifts of her life through the decades? New York City author and professor Iris Krasnow has interviewed ordinary women as well as sex researchers, gynecologists, oncologists, and therapists to publish "Sex After. . .Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes." Her new book is filled with advice in the voices of 150 women, from waitresses to CEOs, ages 20 to 88.

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Author Michael Lotus with "America 3.0"

Learn how Oak Park attorney Michael Lotus believes that America is now 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."

Lotus holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and a JD from Indiana University-Bloomington.

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Author Janis Johnston: "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent"

Meet Janis Johnston, an Oak Park family psychologist, who will share ideas from 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. Not only can children benefit from this approach, but parents can find renewal in their own potential along the journey.

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Jack Bishop: "The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook"

Meet Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen and learn about the cookbook that will revolutionize gluten-free cooking. Admission is $29 to this ticketed event. Each ticket holder will receive a FREE copy of "The How Can it Be Gluten Free Cookbook" at the event. See www.thebooktable.net for tickets and more information.

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Lego Club

We supply plenty of these popular building blocks so your kids can have creative fun making structures of all shapes and sizes! All ages welcome.

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Author Matthew Algeo: "Pedestrianism"

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 have books for sale and signing.

“Pedestrianism” is Alego’s fourth book. A previous book, “Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip,” was named one of the best books of 2009 by the "Washington Post."

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