Meet Oak Park author Jeremy Falcon and hear about his new novel, "The Book of Wisdom." In the story, Jacob ben Honi is a scribe, the guardian of a sacred melody, who battles to save an ancient secret from the Roman legion as they descend to destroy Jerusalem in 68 CE.
Meet Bonnie Jo Campbell,the National Book Award finalist and author of "Once Upon a River," who will share stories from her dazzling story collection featuring ferocious mothers and scrappy daughters. The strong but flawed women of "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters" love and betray one another; their richly fraught relationships can act as anchors, lifelines, or deadly poison. These working-class protagonists are at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny, and they are always getting into, or out of, trouble.
Join author Joe Ziemba for a humorous look at the wacky early days of professional football, focusing on the NFL's oldest franchise, the Chicago Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals. Relive the rowdy, formative years of football through audience interaction, rare archival photos, and surprising insight into local historical figures such as Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, George Halas, and Al Capone.
Joe Ziemba is the award-winning author of the book "When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL."
Meet some female Oak Park Creates authors and hear about their books and writing styles. Panelists include
--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"
--Emma Gates, author of "Walking to Israel," "Detours," "Praying for Rain," and "Private Lines"
--Bridgette Lewis (pen name Blake Marie Kian), author of the novel "As Life Would Have It"
--Roberta Raymond, author of the children's books "Three Sea Tales" and "Amy and the Amaryllis"
Join Michele Weldon for the launch of her newest book, "Escape Points: A Memoir." Free and open to the public. Deftly lacing heartbreak with humor and insight, Michele Weldon provides a potent antidote to the crazy, harried, single-mom stereotype in Escape Points. With the help of family, friends and local high school wrestling coach, Mike Powell, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years as she raised three growing sons alone in the face of cancer, with an ambitious career and in the shadow of her ex.
Meet Oak Park Creates author Muriel E. Adams, a restorative justice practitioner and a Governors State University adjunct faculty member, and learn how she came to write "I Love You More! A Bedtime Story and Word Game."
Adams wrote the story, which follows a family's beloved bedtime routine, after her husband passed away. She wanted her sons, who were 6 and 10 when their father died, to remember him and the family the way it was, as a foursome.
DUE TO AN INJURY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. MARY ALICE MONROE'S PUBLISHER HOPES TO BE IN TOUCH VERY SOON WITH DETAILS FOR RESCHEDULING THIS EVENT.
Join former River Forest author Mary Alice Monroe for a reading and signing of her newest book. Summer is ending and Mamaw's beloved family estate, Sea Breeze, must be sold. Set in the seaside town of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, "The Summer's End" is the final book in Monroe's best-selling Lowcountry Summer Trilogy.
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.
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.
Former Oak Park resident Lisa Dalton Lucca and Mark Fiore will share tales of a 30-year friendship that turned into romance -- and a book!