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.

Second Floor - Veterans Room

2013 Barbara Ballinger Lecture with John Searles

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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.

Second Floor - Veterans Room

Al Gini: "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond: "Powder Necklace"

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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.

Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

Second Floor - Veterans Room

Christopher Kimball: "Science of Good Cooking"

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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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