Author Program

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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Author Thomas Dyja: The Third Coast

Hear author Thomas Dyja share stories from "The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream," named on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013. While it seems today as if all American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago.

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Author Iris Krasnow: "Sex After. . ."

How can a woman sustain intimacy through the many physical and emotional shifts of her life through the decades? New York City author and professor Iris Krasnow has interviewed ordinary women as well as sex researchers, gynecologists, oncologists, and therapists to publish "Sex After. . .Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes." Her new book is filled with advice in the voices of 150 women, from waitresses to CEOs, ages 20 to 88.

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Author Michael Lotus with "America 3.0"

Learn how Oak Park attorney Michael Lotus believes that America is now making a transition to a new world with greater productivity and rapid technological progress. Lotus is the co-author of "America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century -- Why America's Greatest Days are Yet to Come."

Lotus holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and a JD from Indiana University-Bloomington.

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Author Janis Johnston: "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent"

Meet Janis Johnston, an Oak Park family psychologist, who will share ideas from her book,"It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent: Stories of Evolving Child and Parent Development." Learn a step-by-step path to enhanced parenting. Not only can children benefit from this approach, but parents can find renewal in their own potential along the journey.

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Jack Bishop: "The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook"

Meet Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen and learn about the cookbook that will revolutionize gluten-free cooking. Admission is $29 to this ticketed event. Each ticket holder will receive a FREE copy of "The How Can it Be Gluten Free Cookbook" at the event. See www.thebooktable.net for tickets and more information.

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Lego Club

We supply plenty of these popular building blocks so your kids can have creative fun making structures of all shapes and sizes! All ages welcome.

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Author Matthew Algeo: "Pedestrianism"

Not many people know this, but in the 1870s and 1880s, America’s most popular spectator sport was competitive walking. Join author Matthew Algeo when he shares stories from “Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport.” The Book Table will have books for sale and signing.

“Pedestrianism” is Alego’s fourth book. A previous book, “Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip,” was named one of the best books of 2009 by the "Washington Post."

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Author Program: "You Are Loved: An E-mail Memoir"

Former Oak Park resident Lisa Dalton Lucca and Mark Fiore will share tales of a 30-year friendship that turned into romance -- and a book!

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Local Author Kathryn Atwood: "Code Name Pauline"

Celebrate Women's History Month! Learn about one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters when local author Kathryn Atwood shares stories from the book, "Code Name Pauline." Pearl Witherington, age 29, parachuted into France to aid the French Resistance as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in September, 1943. Eventually, she rose to command 3,500 French Resistance fighters. This book contains never-before-published photographs from Pearl's personal collection.

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