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 Chuck McCutcheon: Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes"

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting 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

Creativity after 70: Author/Artist Roberta Raymond

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

Meet Robert Raymond and hear how she keeps her creative spark alive. The children’s 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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Janis Johnston: "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent"

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Peter Stamatis: Dandelions for Dinner

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

What happens to a family already on the brink of disaster when the world around them crumbles? "Dandelions for Dinner: Greece at War and a Family's Dreams of America" presents a memoir set in the small town of Gargaliani, Greece. Told through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy, the story unfolds from the end of the 19th century throuh the Greek Civil War of the 1940s. It is an epic tale of youth, family, poverty, war and unjust loss. "Dandelions for Dinner" is the surprising story of what remains when everything else is lost.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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