Join author William Hazelgrove to hear about his newest book, "Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson." After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, First Lady Edith Wilson began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years: yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs.
Wendy McClure is an author, a columnist, and a children's book editor. She is the author of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie,
Meet accomplished mystery writer Kathleen Anne Fleming and hear about her latest thriller, Canary in the Coal Chute. This novel, which is interwoven with factual chapters of the Lizzie Borden trial of 1893, is a historical, feminist, and true-crime mystery novel. Here Fleming explores what drove Lizzie to murder her parents with a hatchet and how and why she was acquitted. It is a relevant historical study of a serious issue in American homes across the country that plagued the 19th century and persists into the present day. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Former long-time Oak Park resident and artist, Pat Allen, will share stories from her novel, Cronation. Set in the near future, her book is populated by characters whose mission is to midwife the birth of a new era of creative partnership and community collaboration in gratitude, joy and celebration.
Meet and discuss a new book, "Women in Late Life: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Age" with the author Martha Holstein. Magic Tree Book Store will have books available for sale and signing.
"Women in Late Life" explores thorny issues related to gender and aging, including ageism, cultural expectations, body image, caring at the end of life, chronic illness, Social Security, caregiving, and more. Blending personal narrative with current research, this interdisciplinary look at gender and aging is nuanced and beautifully written.
Meet eight female authors and hear about their books and writing styles. All have written and published new books within the past year. Panelists include:
--Muriel Adams, author of I Love You More
--Joan Bard-Collins, author of Honor Above All
--Julia Buckley, author of the newly released The Big Chili
--E.C. Diskin, author of The Green Line and the brand-new Broken Grace
Meet River Forest author Jane Morocco and see vintage photographs from her book, Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe.
The Italianate mansion that is now Trailside Museum was built in 1874 by Abraham Hoffman, a Chicago businessman. Four years later, the Hoffmans established a ladies' seminary for upper-class young women; the mansion later became a boarding school for wayward boys.
Join Michele Weldon for the launch of her newest book, Escape Points: A Memoir. Deftly lacing heartbreak with humor and insight, Weldon provides a potent antidote to the crazy, harried single-mom stereotype. With the help of family, friends, and the local high school wrestling coach, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years she spent raising three growing sons alone in the face of cancer, with an ambitious career, and in the shadow of her ex-husband.
Oak Parker Michael Taylor of Holy Goat Percussion shares his love of djembe drumming by giving hands-on instruction and talking about how he came to his craft. Participation is encouraged and questions are welcomed.
Taylor's Remembering How to Drum: A Study of Traditional Djembe Technique DVD is part of Oak Park Creates, the library's special collection of works by local creators. Learn more about Oak Park Creates.
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.