Author Kathryn Atwood: Women of World War I

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Learn about World War I heroines from local author Kathryn Atwood. She'll share 70 archival photos, many of them included in her book, Women Heroes of World War I, and tell how women worldwide mobilized for the war effort in a variety of ways. In the process, these women became powerful symbols both in their government's propaganda efforts as well as the women's rights movements of their day. Atwood will define the concept of hero in both world wars while illustrating how some heroines of the World War I directly inspired those who participated in World War II.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Mary Alice Monroe: "The Summer's End"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join former River Forest author Mary Alice Monroe for a reading and signing of her newest book in the bestselling Lowcountry Summer Trilogy titled "The Summer's End." Set in the seaside town of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, summer is ending and Mamaw's beloved family estate, Sea Breeze, must be sold. Each book in the trilogy focuses on one of the three estranged half-sisters spending a final summer at their grandmother's home. A wild dolphin they name Delphine served as the trilogy's keystone and all their lives are changed by this creature.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Greg Archer: "Grace Revealed, A Memoir"

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Seventy-five years after Joseph Stalin's reign of terror across Eastern Europe, entertainment journalist Greg Archer takes a step back from Hollywood and examines his Polish family's mind-bending odyssey of the 1940s. In the process, he exposes one of the most under-reported events of the 20th Century: Stalin's mass deportation of nearly two million Polish citizens to the Siberian gulags and the life-shattering events that followed.

For more information, see gracerevealedbook.com

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Mark Adams: "Meet Me in Atlantis"

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Mark Adams, author of the new book, "Meet me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City." Adams, a former Oak Park resident, is also 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. The Book Table will sell books.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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 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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Ina Pinkney and "TASTE MEMORIES: Recipes for LIfe and Breakfast"

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

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

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