Today's Inspired Latina: Life Stories of Scucess in the Face of Adversity

Today's Inspired Latina: Life Stories of Scucess in the Face of Adversity

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Gabriela Rodil, an Oak Park resident, writer, and contributor to "Today's Inspired Latina: Life Stories of Success in the Face of Adversity." Born and raised in Brazil, Gabriela has since lived or worked on extended assignments in more than 20 countries including Canada, Mexico, China, Belgium, France, Argentina, Guatemala, Italy and the US. She is fluent in speaking Portuguese, German, French, Spanish, Italian and English

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
NEA Big Read Author Event: Luis Alberto Urrea

NEA Big Read Author Event: Luis Alberto Urrea

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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. A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for
non-fiction and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is a
best-selling author, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and
essays.

Location: 
Offsite
Dominican University - River Forest
Barbara Brotman: "The Journalism of God"

Barbara Brotman: "The Journalism of God"

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Writer Barbara Brotman, formerly of
the Chicago Tribune, will talk about using journalism, which prizes documentable
facts, to explore such undocumentable subjects as people's relationships to God.
She will discuss using journalism techniques in stories ranging from the
decision of whether to become a priest to a man's crisis of faith in the face of
death.

Barbara was a writer and columnist at the Tribune for 38 years,
until she left the paper in November. She wrote news features and columns, most

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Julia Keller: "Sorrow Road"

Author Julia Keller: "Sorrow Road"

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Seventy-five years ago, three young men from a
small town in West Virginia were among the American forces participating in
D-Day, changing the fortunes of the war with one bold stroke. How is that moment
aboard a Navy ship as it barrels toward the Normandy shore related to the death
of an old man in an Appalachian nursing home?

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Nancy Nau  Sullivan: "The Last Cadillac"

Nancy Nau Sullivan: "The Last Cadillac"

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Life is crazy enough, but when Nancy Nau Sullivan suddenly finds herself caring for two children, grappling with her mother's death, and caring for her ailing father while navigating a contentious divorce and long-simmering sibling rivalries, she wonders how she can keep herself sane.  Learn how things got a lot more complicated for this Chicago  writer when her siblings accuse her of "kidnapping" their father and carting him -- and his Cadillac -- off to Anna Maria Island, Florida. And then came Hurricane Josephine.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Co-Editors William Ayers and Janise Hurtig: "Every Person Is a Philosopher"

Co-Editors William Ayers and Janise Hurtig: "Every Person Is a Philosopher"

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Learn about Hal Adams, a legendary radical educator who organized writing workshops with people who  had been written off during much of their lives, marginalized for reasons of race, gender, class, and caste. Co-editors William Ayers, Caroline Heller and Janise Hurtig share stories from their book, "Every Person is a Philosopher: Lessons in Educational Emancipation from the  Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams."

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author William Hazelgrove: "Madam President"

Author William Hazelgrove: "Madam President"

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join author William Hazelgrove to hear about his newest book, "Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson." After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, First Lady Edith Wilson began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years: yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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