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
Learn about Hal Adams, a legendary radical educator who organized writing workshops with people who had been written off during much of their lives, marginalized for reasons of race, gender, class, and caste. Co-editors William Ayers and Janise Hurtig, along with authors Anne Carlson and Mike Standenmaier share stories from their book, "Every Person is a Philosopher: Lessons in Educational Emancipation from the Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams."
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
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
Life is crazy enough, but when Nancy Nau Sullivan suddenly finds herself caring for two children, grappling with her mother's death, and caring for her ailing father while navigating a contentious divorce and long-simmering sibling rivalries, she wonders how she can keep herself sane. Learn how things got a lot more complicated for this Chicago writer when her siblings accuse her of "kidnapping" their father and carting him -- and his Cadillac -- off to Anna Maria Island, Florida. And then came Hurricane Josephine.
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 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.