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. During U.S. Rail 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. Gordon notes 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 local author William Farina and learn how the stylistic remnants of cabaret music from Weimar-era Germany are all around us. This presentation includes music clips and many vintage photos.
Ready to turn your writing hobby into a career? Or
brush up your business skills for even greater success? Join members of the
Independent Writers of Chicago as they guide you through the business basics,
opportunities and challenges of building a career as a freelance writer.
Presented by IWOC President Laura Stigler, Vice President Jeff Steele and IWOC
member Sally Chapralis.
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 nonfiction. 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.
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.
popular cozy mystery authors, Julia Buckley and Vicki Fee will be talking murder, mayhem and more.