Author Sean Brennan: "Bridie's Boy -- A Memoir

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

You don't have to be from Chicago or Irish to fall in love with Bridie, the Gaelic-speaking, fresh-from-Eire heroine of "Bridie's Boy," by Sean Brennan. Sean's parents, Tom and Bridie Brennan moved to Oak Park and settled into a glorious Victorian on South Euclid Avnue. Born the 10th of 11 Brennan children, Sean beganhis writing career at the dining roo table in Pop's sewing room. Come hear his entertaining stories of growing up in Chicago and Oak Park in the 1950's and 60's.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Casa Italia: Italian Women in Chicago

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Lisa Paul: "Swimming in Daylight"

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet Lisa Paul,author of "Swimming in Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet Dissident, and the Gift of Hope." In the early 1968s, Lisa, a Wisconsin native, was a 23-year-old Catholic American college student who lived and worked in Moscow to study Russian first hand.

Her Russian tutor, Inna Meiman, was a Soviet-Jewish dissident and refusenik, who was repeatedly denied a visa to receive life-saving cancer treatments abroad.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Barbara Ballinger Lecture

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Local Author Book Fair at Oak Park Arms

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Location: 
Oak Park Arms
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Author Janis Kearney: "Sundays with TJ"

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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