Celebrate the program's close with a special panel discussion featuring author and Columbia College professor emeritus George Bailey; journalist, Columbia College professor, author, and filmmaker Stan West; author and Chicago State University assistant professor of history Dr. Lionel Kimble; and Chicago Sun-Times columnist and Roosevelt University professor John Fountain.
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.
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
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
Meet author and activist Ashton Applewhite and find insight from her book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely and has written for Harper's and Playboy. In 2015, she was included in Salt magazine's list of the world's 100 inspiring women who are committed to social change.
Learn about the making of Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun
Also Rises," the outsize personalities who inspired it, and the vast
changes it wrought on the literary world when Lesley Blume comes to the Main
Library on Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Blume is the author of "Everybody
Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also
In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of raucous companions
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."