Author Kory Stamper: "Word by Word - The Secret Life of Dictionaries"

Author Kory Stamper: "Word by Word - The Secret Life of Dictionaries"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Kory Stamper, lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, and hear how Kory cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography -- from the agonizing decisions about what and how to define, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language.

Kory's a rock star among word mavens, with her own Facebook Fan Club and "Ask the Editor" video series. The book is less of a memoir and more of a tell-all about how words are defined and dictionaries get created, told through Kory's hilarious and distinctive voice.  The Book Table will sell books.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Robert Elder: "Hidden Hemingway -- Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park"

Author Robert Elder: "Hidden Hemingway -- Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park"

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Oak Park author and journalist Robert Elder to hear stories from "Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park," which is part time capsule, part biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author. 
This hardcover coffee table book features never-before-seen items such as family photos, teenage diaries, bullfighting tickets, love letters, and even a dental x-ray. "Hidden Hemingway" is a chance for a new generation to discover the literary genius and for fans to see him as more than just the larger-than-life myth he created for himself. 

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Janis Johnston: "Midlife Maze- A Map to Recovery and Rediscovery After Loss"

Author Janis Johnston: "Midlife Maze- A Map to Recovery and Rediscovery After Loss"

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Janis Clark Johnston, EdD, psychologist and author of "Midlife Maze: A Map to Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss."  While no one wants to experience loss, there is tremendous learning to be had from grieving -- whether from the loss of a job, loved one, a home, or one's own hopes and dreams. "Midlife Maze views loss and change during midlife as "fertilizer" for new dreams. Through first-hand stories and practical exercises, Janis Johnston leads readers through the midlife maze to a place of recovery, purpose and peace.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Chicago authors and journalists Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter to mark the 100th anniversary of the first jazz record, an historical American achievement noted in their book, Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience. Written by Dal Cerro and Witter, this 383-page book notes the recording of "Livery Stable Blues" in February 1917 by New Orleans cornetist Nick LaRocca and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, recognized by music historians as the first jazz record.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Oak Park Writers Read!

Oak Park Writers Read!

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Hear selected members of the Oak Park Writers Group read from new work. This annual celebration of writing offers residents the opportunity to hear emerging local writers. Refreshments will be served.

The Oak Park Writers Group meets on the first and third Thursday evenings of each month in the Main Library. For more information, email Oakparkwritersgroup@yahoo.com.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Stephen Kinzer: "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire"

Author Stephen Kinzer: "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire"

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

How should the United States act in the World? Americans cannot decide. In "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire," best-selling author Stephen Kinzer recounts an angry struggle among prominent Americans at the dawn of the 20th century, when the U.S. first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans; it horrified others. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge and William Randolph Hearst pushed for American expansion. Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Geralyn Hesslau Magrady: "Lines--" and Gint Aras: "The Fugue"

Author Geralyn Hesslau Magrady: "Lines--" and Gint Aras: "The Fugue"

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

Meet local Historical Fiction Writers Geralyn Hesslau Magrady, author of "Lines--"  and Gint Aras, author of "The Fugue." Magrady is the 2016 winner of the "Soon to Be Famous" competition sponsored by Illinois Library Association. Hear stories of Chicago around the time of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 from her novel, "Lines--."  She'll tell of the class struggles that were evident prior to the fire which were strengthened during the city's rebirth. Livia Haas must find her own strength during the transition.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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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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