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 began his 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. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Meet Mark Adams, author of the new book, "Meet me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City." Did you know that people are out there looking for Atlantis right now? Or that the search for the city is so popular that it actually has a name "Atlantology?" And its own encyclopedia, the "Atlantipedia?"
Adams, a former Oak Park resident, is the author of the previous best-selling book, "Turn Right at Machu Picchu." It was featured on the "Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, the "New York Times," "National Geographic" and continues to be a big seller.
Just in time for the holidays, get an honest dose of parenting experiences turned to prose. Award-winning author and journalist Michele Weldon will read from her latest ebook, Just Me and My Three Sons. But theres more! Writers of all ages and experiences are invited to submit their own 300-word story about your parents, your life as a parent or caring for your parents. Deadline for submitted stories is Friday, Nov. 21. Email your 300-word parenting story to Debby Preiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn to set up your account and connect with other professionals in your industry. To attend: must have an email account.
Meet Ina Pinkney, author of "TASTE MEMORIES: Recipes for Life and Breakfast," and buy copies of her book. Ina was the chef/owner of The Dessert Kitchen Ltd. for 10 years and supplied private customers, restaurants, caterers and hotels with desserts.
She opened Ina's Kitchen in 1991, which quickly became Chicago's Premier Breakfast Restaurant and is now the Chef/Owner of INA'S, an American Food restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Chicago's trendy West Loop Market District.
Meet Chuck McCutcheon, co-author of "Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech." McCutcheon explains that his book is a guide to the language of politics by two veteran observers, not only defining terms and phrases but explaining their history and etymology; who uses them against whom, and why; and revealing the most telling, infamous, amusing and shocking examples of their recent use.
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.
Meet and greet Francisco Stork, author of 5 novels for young adults, including Marcelo in the Real World.
Meet Robert Raymond and hear how she keeps her creative spark alive. The childrens book "Amy and the Amaryllis" was written and illustrated by the Oak Park author and artist. The book is designed by James Groll and is published by the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. The Magic Tree will have books available for sale and signing.
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.