Author Program

"Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till"

No modern tragedy has had a greater impact on race relations in America than the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. Meet author Simeon Wright who was with Emmett Till the night Emmett was kidnapped from his uncle's home in Mississippi.

A 14-year-old black boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955, Till was taken from his uncle’s home by two white men. Several days later, his body was found in the Tallahatchie River. This grotesque crime became the catalyst for the civil rights movement.

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Author Rachel Louise Snyder: "What We've Lost Is Nothing"

Author Rachel Louise Snyer, writer, professor and public radio commentator, once worked for the Oak Park Housing Center. Snyder will share stories from her novel based in Oak Park and titled "What We've Lost is Nothing." In this powerful fiction debut, Snyder sheds light on the gray area where idealism confronts reality. The Book Table will sell books.

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Peter Stamatis: Dandelions for Dinner

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.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - The Faith Club

The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding is a memoir of spiritual reflections in three voices. The authors wrestle with the issues of anti-Semitism, prejudice against Muslims, and preconceptions of Christians at a time when fundamentalists dominate the public face of Christianity. After hours of soul-searching about the issues that divided them, Ranya, Suzanne, and Priscilla grew close enough to discover and explore what united them. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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2013 Barbara Ballinger Lecture with John Searles

Critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author John Searles will present the 2013 Annual Barbara Ballinger Lecture.

Join us for an evening with the author of best-selling novels "Boy Still Missing" and "Strange but True". Searles, who has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show and CBS' The Early Show, is also the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Beast and other national publications.

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Al Gini: "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders

Meet River Forest author and long-time Loyola University Professor, Al Gini, when he shares stories from his new book, "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders." Co-authored with Ronald Green, this book
shows how an individual's character, and especially their virtue, is the defining factor. Without these 10 vital virtues, leadership becomes "misleadership." The authors, both renowned business ethicists, combine theory with fascinating biographical detail on exemplary leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Oprah Winfrey.

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Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond: "Powder Necklace"

Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond shares stories about her contemporary debut novel, "Powder Necklace," as well as her writing process. Far from the classic finding-your-roots story, this tale about a British teen’s return to her parents’ Ghana homeland is unsettling drama, with no clear coming home. That is what makes the wry, honest first-person narrative so memorable and so surprising, according to Booklist. Brew-Hammond draws on her own American Ghanaian identity to dramatize the hardship and the rich diversity of a multicultural heritage. AfriWare Inc. will sell books.

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Author Event: Doug Deuchler with "Legendary Locals of Oak Park"

Meet Oak Park author Doug Deuchler and see what local "stars" are included in his newly published "Legendary Locals of Oak Park" book.

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Author Robert Elder: "The Best Film You've Never Seen"

Academy award-winning films and giant blockbusters have been memorialized. But what about the movies on the other end of the spectrum: the box office flops, the overlooked gems, the lesser-known art films? In "The Best Film You’ve Never Seen: 35 Directors Champion the Forgotten or Critically Savaged Movies They Love" by Robert K. Elder, these oft-disregarded films receive all the praise they deserve from some of the biggest directors in Hollywood. Meet author Robert Elder, hear his favorite stories and see film clips.

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Christopher Kimball: "Science of Good Cooking"

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT. Christopher Kimball will discuss “Science of Good Cooking,” the new book from the editors at "Cook's Illustrated" Magazine. In this radical new approach to home cooking, the editors use science to explain what goes on in the kitchen. Unlike other food science books, they make a direct and practical connection between the science and the cooking.

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