Celebrate the program's close with a special panel discussion featuring author and Columbia College professor emeritus George Bailey; journalist, Columbia College professor, author, and filmmaker Stan West; author and Chicago State University assistant professor of history Dr. Lionel Kimble; and Chicago Sun-Times columnist and Roosevelt University professor John Fountain.
Explore the interiors of some of the Chicago area's greatest buildings with Oak Park author Patrick F. Cannon and noted architectural photographer James Caulfield when they present a program on their new book, The Space Within: Inside Great Chicago Buildings.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will have copies of the book available for sale and signing.
For the first time, these interiors, designed by celebrated architects, are brought together and featured in truly stunning original photographs in The Space Within.
Meet accomplished mystery writer Kathleen Anne Fleming and hear about her latest thriller, Canary in the Coal Chute. This novel, which is interwoven with factual chapters of the Lizzie Borden trial of 1893, is a historical, feminist, and true-crime mystery novel. Here Fleming explores what drove Lizzie to murder her parents with a hatchet and how and why she was acquitted. It is a relevant historical study of a serious issue in American homes across the country that plagued the 19th century and persists into the present day. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Meet and discuss a new book, "Women in Late Life: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Age" with the author Martha Holstein. Magic Tree Book Store will have books available for sale and signing.
"Women in Late Life" explores thorny issues related to gender and aging, including ageism, cultural expectations, body image, caring at the end of life, chronic illness, Social Security, caregiving, and more. Blending personal narrative with current research, this interdisciplinary look at gender and aging is nuanced and beautifully written.
Meet Cameron Gearen, whose book of poems came out in March 2016 from Shearsman Books. Some Perfect Year includes a series on widowhood and another series on the seven deadly sins. Poet David Wojahn calls it "a debut collection of considerable distinction."
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.
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.
Meet author Tyra Manning, author of Where the Water Meets the Sand. Through a reading and short discussion, she will share her journey of recovery from alcoholism, bulimia, cutting, and depression--and the hope that made it all possible. Nina Allen, President and CEO of Thrive Counseling Center (Oak Park and River Forest's community mental health center) will join Manning to answer questions as well as share information about Thrive's programs and services available to the community.
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.
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.