Author Wayne Hanson: "You're Retiring to Ecuador? Are You Loco?"

Author Wayne Hanson: "You're Retiring to Ecuador? Are You Loco?"

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Former Oak Park resident and medical researcher Wayne Hanson and his wife Estee retired to Ecuador -- and what a story he has to tell! When the Hansons decided to retire and move from north Oak Park to Ecuador, their friends reacted with a mixture of amused disbelief, folded in with incredulity and a touch of anger by some. "Are you out of your minds" was a frequently voiced sentiment.

According to Wayne, the couple moved to Ecuador for climate and adventure -- and to escape Oak Park's high taxes.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Today's Inspired Latina: Life Stories of Success in the Face of Adversity

Today's Inspired Latina: Life Stories of Success in the Face of Adversity

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Gabriela Rodil, an Oak Park resident, writer, and contributor to "Today's Inspired Latina: Life Stories of Success in the Face of Adversity." Born and raised in Brazil, Gabriela has since lived or worked on extended assignments in more than 20 countries including Canada, Mexico, China, Belgium, France, Argentina, Guatemala, Italy and the US. She is fluent in speaking Portuguese, German, French, Spanish, Italian and English

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Barbara Brotman: "The Journalism of God"

Barbara Brotman: "The Journalism of God"

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Writer Barbara Brotman, formerly of
the Chicago Tribune, will talk about using journalism, which prizes documentable
facts, to explore such undocumentable subjects as people's relationships to God.
She will discuss using journalism techniques in stories ranging from the
decision of whether to become a priest to a man's crisis of faith in the face of
death.

Barbara was a writer and columnist at the Tribune for 38 years,
until she left the paper in November. She wrote news features and columns, most

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author William Hazelgrove: "Madam President"

Author William Hazelgrove: "Madam President"

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Event Type: 
Mystery Author Kathleen Anne Fleming: "Canary in the Coal Chute"

Mystery Author Kathleen Anne Fleming: "Canary in the Coal Chute"

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Pat Allen: "Cronation

Author Pat Allen: "Cronation

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Oak Park Creates Presents: Women Who Write

Oak Park Creates Presents: Women Who Write

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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 

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Author Jane Morocco: "Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe"

Author Jane Morocco: "Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe"

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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