Explore how William Shakespeare filled his plays, poems and sonnets with scriptural sentiments and imagery from the Bible that 16th century audiences would have easily understood. Author Maisie Sparks, a former Oak Park resident, explains that Shakespeare lived in a biblical culture where children grew up learning to read the Bible and shoppers on the London Bridge stopped to watch traveling actors perform plays based on Bible stories.
An Italian immigrant who spoke little English and struggled to scrape together a living on her primitive family farm outside Chicago, Sabella Nitti was arrested in 1923 for the murder of her missing husband. Within two months, she was found guilty and became the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago. Journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi leads readers through Sabella's sensational case, showing how, with no evidence and no witnesses, she was the target of an obsessed deputy sheriff and the victim of a faulty legal system.
Meet Jeff Ferdinand, author of "Austin Boulevard: The Invisible Line between Two Worlds," and hear the history of this street dividing Oak Park and Austin Village, located just across Austin Boulevard on the West Side of Chicago.
Meet Beth Kaplan, an Oak Park mom whose son Jacob was diagnosed with Autism before the age of two. Jacob is now 12 years old and learning to self-advocate. "Silence 2 Success: A Mother's Journey with Autism," is Kaplan's personal story which begins with a difficult pregnancy and a heart-wrenching diagnosis to a successful, thriving young boy.
Citizen-advocate George Swimmer spent 20 years investigating the causes behind railroad collisions. What he discovered is a tangled mess of both inadvertent and intentional mismanagement. Celebrate Railroad Safety Week. Meet George Swimmer and hear his findings reported in "Railroad Collisions: A Deadly Story of Mismanaged Risk."
Meet Justin Gordon, author of "Holocaust Postal History: Harrowing Journeys Revealed through the Letters and Cards of the Victims." Gordonnotes that his book "represents a dual journey -- one into the childhood delight of stamp collecting and the other into the adult horrors of Holocaust history."
Meet Steve Bellinger, author of the science fiction/time travel novel, The Chronocar, and Joseph Rulli, self-proclaimed history nerd and author of The Chicago Haymarket Affair, who will share information about historical research in fiction and non-fiction. Designed for both readers and writers, their presentation will help researchers and writers learn to tell a fuller, more objective story of past events for the betterment of life today.
popular cozy mystery authors, Julia Buckley and Vicki Fee will be talking murder, mayhem and more.