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
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
Meet and discuss a new book, "Women in Late Life: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Age" with the author Martha Holstein. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Former Oak Park resident and attorney Wayne Hanson retired to Equador -- and what a story he has to tell! Books will be for sale and signing.
Facebook fans and readers of Elizabeth Berg requested her to put together a collection of favorite postings -- and she did. Join us for a reading.
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
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
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?
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.
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."
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.