Meet Oak Park author Indya Mcgrone and see her new children's book, Zoey and Cloey's Big Fruit Juice Adventure. Mcgrone is an accomplished writer who has been featured in seven different poetry anthologies and previously wrote A journal written with love. She taught at a preschool for several years. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Meet Derek Cressman, author of When Money Talks. After the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010, many Americans want to know how they can fight back against the use of special-interest money in political campaigns. In his book, Cressman provides the tools, both intellectual and tactical.
Learn important tips from three authors who have self-published books:
- E. C. Diskin self-published her first mystery, The Green Line, in 2014. Her second novel, Broken Grace, was published in 2015 by Thomas & Mercer.
- Jeremy Falcon self-published his novel, The Book of Wisdom, the first in a planned series titled The Harmony of the Spheres.
- Indya Mcgrone illustrated and wrote her children's book, Zoey and Cloey's Big Fruit Juice Adventure, and self-published it via Amazon.
Join Oak Park author Gerald Butters and hear about his book, From Sweetback to Super Fly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago's Loop. Local film historian Doug Deuchler will have a conversation with Gerald Butters about the racial politics and capitalism that were the foundation of an entertainment boom that sought to attract African-American audiences.
Today's headlines imply that conflict between police and African-Americans is news. The reverse is true. Meet author Maggie Kast, whose debut novel, A Free, Unsullied Land, reveals the seeds of the Civil Rights Movement in 1931.
On March 25, 1931, nine young African-American men were accused of raping two white women. They were convicted and sentenced to death just two weeks later. In response, black and white marched together to protest the unfair Scottsboro Boys trials and convictions.
Meet eight female authors and hear about their books and writing styles. All have written and published new books within the past year. Panelists include:
--Muriel Adams, author of I Love You More
--Joan Bard-Collins, author of Honor Above All
--Julia Buckley, author of the newly released The Big Chili
--E.C. Diskin, author of The Green Line and the brand-new Broken Grace
Meet River Forest author Jane Morocco and see vintage photographs from her book, Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe.
The Italianate mansion that is now Trailside Museum was built in 1874 by Abraham Hoffman, a Chicago businessman. Four years later, the Hoffmans established a ladies' seminary for upper-class young women; the mansion later became a boarding school for wayward boys.
Join Michele Weldon for the launch of her newest book, Escape Points: A Memoir. Deftly lacing heartbreak with humor and insight, Weldon provides a potent antidote to the crazy, harried single-mom stereotype. With the help of family, friends, and the local high school wrestling coach, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years she spent raising three growing sons alone in the face of cancer, with an ambitious career, and in the shadow of her ex-husband.
Oak Parker Michael Taylor of Holy Goat Percussion shares his love of djembe drumming by giving hands-on instruction and talking about how he came to his craft. Participation is encouraged and questions are welcomed.
Taylor's Remembering How to Drum: A Study of Traditional Djembe Technique DVD is part of Oak Park Creates, the library's special collection of works by local creators. Learn more about Oak Park Creates.
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.