Author Mark Adams: "Meet Me in Atlantis"

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Mark Adams, author of the new book, "Meet me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City." Did you know that people are out there looking for Atlantis right now? Or that the search for the city is so popular that it actually has a name "Atlantology." And its onw encyclopedia, the "Atlantipedia?"

Adams, a former Oak Park resident is the author of the previous best-selling book, "turn Right at Machu Picchu. It was featured on the "Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, the "New York Times," "National Geographic" and continues to be a big seller.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Michele Weldon: Parenting by the Book

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Just in time for the holidays, get an honest dose of parenting experiences turned to prose. Award-winning author and journalist Michele Weldon will read from her latest ebook, “Just Me and My Three Sons.” But there’s more! Writers of all ages and experiences are invited to submit their own 300-word story about your parents, your life as a parent or caring for your parents. Deadline for submitted stories is Friday, Nov. 21. Email your 300-word parenting story to Debby Preiser at dpreiser@oppl.org.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Sean Brennan: "Bridie's Boy -- A Memoir

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

You don't have to be from Chicago or Irish to fall in love with Bridie, the Gaelic-speaking, fresh-from-Eire heroine of "Bridie's Boy," by Sean Brennan. Sean's parents, Tom and Bridie Brennan moved to Oak Park and settled into a glorious Victorian on South Euclid Avnue. Born the 10th of 11 Brennan children, Sean began his writing career at the dining roo table in Pop's sewing room. Come hear his entertaining stories of growing up in Chicago and Oak Park in the 1950's and 60's. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Ina Pinkney and "TASTE MEMORIES: Recipes for LIfe and Breakfast"

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Ina Pinkney, author of "TASTE MEMORIES: Recipes for Life and Breakfast," and buy copies of her book. Ina was the chef/owner of The Dessert Kitchen Ltd. for 10 years and supplied private customers, restaurants, caterers and hotels with desserts.

She opened Ina's Kitchen in 1991, which quickly became Chicago's Premier Breakfast Restaurant and is now the Chef/Owner of INA'S, an American Food restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Chicago's trendy West Loop Market District.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Chuck McCutcheon: Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes"

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet Chuck McCutcheon, co-author of "Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech." McCutcheon explains that his book is a guide to the language of politics by two veteran observers, not only defining terms and phrases but explaining their history and etymology; who uses them against whom, and why; and revealing the most telling, infamous, amusing and shocking examples of their recent use.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

Author Lisa Paul: "Swimming in Daylight"

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet Lisa Paul,author of "Swimming in Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet Dissident, and the Gift of Hope." In the early 1968s, Lisa, a Wisconsin native, was a 23-year-old Catholic American college student who lived and worked in Moscow to study Russian first hand.

Her Russian tutor, Inna Meiman, was a Soviet-Jewish dissident and refusenik, who was repeatedly denied a visa to receive life-saving cancer treatments abroad.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Creativity after 70: Author/Artist Roberta Raymond

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet Robert Raymond and hear how she keeps her creative spark alive. The children’s book "Amy and the Amaryllis" was written and illustrated by the Oak Park author and artist. The book is designed by James Groll and is published by the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. The Magic Tree will have books available for sale and signing.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Casa Italia: Italian Women in Chicago

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Meet editors and contributors of Casa Italia's newly published book, "Italian Women in Chicago: Madonna mis! QUI debbo vivere? (You mean I have to live HERE)?” published by the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia.

Editors Dominic Candeloro, Kathy Catrabone and Gloria Nardini will share stories from the book. The spotlight on Italians in Chicago has always been on the men. This anthology is a preliminary effort to “write” that wrong. Dominic Candeloro, lead editor, recruited almost 50 contributing authors, including attorney/author Theresa Amato of Oak Park.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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