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. Learn more at oppl.org/ballinger.
Meet Oak Park author Jeremy Falcon and hear about his new novel, "The Book of Wisdom." The Book of Wisdom is a journey from
the ancient Near East to yesterday's Dublin, a hunt for the very first song, and
a quest to rediscover the bonds between religion and superstition, between
history and myth, between art and reason, between love and hate.
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.
Meet Bonnie Jo Campbell, 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 Michele Weldon for the launch of her newest book, Escape Points: A Memoir. Deftly lacing heartbreak with humor and insight, Weldon provides a potent antidote to the crazy, harried single-mom stereotype. With the help of family, friends, and the local high school wrestling coach, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years she spent raising three growing sons alone in the face of cancer, with an ambitious career, and in the shadow of her ex-husband.
Michele Morano and Tom Montgomery
Fate, contributors and alumni of the Iowa Writers' Workshop Nonfiction Writing Program, will read and discuss their work.
Meet some female Oak Park Creates authors and hear about their books and writing styles. Panelists include
Meet River Forest author Jane Morocco and see vintage photographs from her book, Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe.
The Italianate mansion that is now Trailside Museum was built in 1874 by Abraham Hoffman, a Chicago businessman. Four years later, the Hoffmans established a ladies' seminary for upper-class young women; the mansion later became a boarding school for wayward boys.
Oak Parker Michael Taylor of Holy Goat Percussion shares his love of djembe drumming by giving hands-on instruction and talking about how he came to his craft. Participation is encouraged and questions are welcomed.
Taylor's Remembering How to Drum: A Study of Traditional Djembe Technique DVD is part of Oak Park Creates, the library's special collection of works by local creators. Learn more about Oak Park Creates.
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.