Author Program

Learn How Author/Artist Roberta Raymond Created “Amy and the Amaryllis”

Meet Oak Park author/artist Roberta L. Raymond and see her newly published children's book. “Amy and the Amaryllis” was written by Roberta L. Raymond and illustrated in light and lively watercolors with pen and ink. The book is designed by James Groll and is published by the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. Books will be available for sale and signing for $20.

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Author Dave Revsine: The Opening Kickoff

Meet Dave Revsine, lead studio host for the Big Ten Network, who will share stories from his book, The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation.

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Barbara Ballinger Lecture

Each year, the Barbara Ballinger Lecture brings an accomplished author to speak in Oak Park. Hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, this public event is free, honoring Ms. Ballinger and her 32 years of library service in Oak Park, including 24 years as head librarian.

2014 Presenter: Marilyn Johnson

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Author William Hazelgrove: Marketing Your Book in the Age of Social Media

There’s really only one way to sell your writing today: on the Internet. Best-selling novelist William Hazelgrove has used the power of social media to secure media and build sales for his six novels. William Hazelgrove will show what it takes to get started and how to put – and keep – your name in front of readers.

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"Italian Women in Chicago"

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.

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Local Author Book Fair at Oak Park Arms

The Oak Park Public Library and Oak Park Arms are teaming up to present a Local Author Book Fair at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Avenue. The Library and Oak Park Arms are seeking local Oak Park area authors who are interested in meeting local readers and selling their books.

Meet local authors and get a jump on holiday book shopping – we expect to have fiction, non-fiction, even some local history authors among the group. Self-published and e-book authors are also welcome to participate in this Book Fair.

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Oak Park Author Emma Gates: "Praying for Rain"

Meet award-winning Oak Park writer Emma Gates who will discuss her craft and read from her books. Learn how a serious novelist gets her ideas, maintains focus and gets published. Find out how the right writers’ group can help a writer grow and stay positive.

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Author Janis Kearney: "Sundays with TJ"

Meet presidential diarist, newspaper publisher and author Janis F. Kearney and hear stories from her newly published book, "Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories of Varner Road." Kearney writes of her father, Thomas James "TJ" Kearney, who grew up in rural southeast Arkansas in the early 1900s. His purpose-filled life included an impoverished childhood, early years as a drifter and vagabond traveling the country by train and foot, and then 70 years of working and raising 19 children on the 8-mile gravel strip called Varner Road.

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Author Robert Mueller: "The Men of Omaha Beach"

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Former U.S. Army Signal Corpsman Robert Mueller, author of "Fields of War: Battle of Normandy," shares stories and photos of that historic day, June 6, 1944. American soldiers stormed Omaha Beach and overcame German defenses. The Allied assault to liberate France from German occupation started with the invasion of the Normandy coast.

Mueller's previous book, "Fields of War: Fifty Key Batlefields in France and Belgioum" has received four national book awards including a Bronze Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.

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What's Cooking?

Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share.We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats! This month's selection is Pioneer Woman Cooks: A year of Holidays by Ree Drummond, and our recipe choice is My Favorite Pasta Salad. Copies of the book are available at Maze one month prior to the event.

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