Brown Bag - Murder as a Fine Art

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

An artist of death prepares himself for his greatest creation—the gruesome slaughter of a young shop owner and his family. East Londoners hadn’t seen such horrific murders since a man named John Williams also killed a shopkeeper and his family in a nearby neighborhood. The new crime finds Detective Inspector Shawn Ryan assigned to this case. In his investigation, he considers Thomas De Quincey a suspect. An opium addict and author of the essay, “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts,”De Quincey glorifies in horrific details the Williams killings as sublime art.

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Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Brown Bag - The Copenhagen Connection

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Elizabeth Jones works at a publisher's publicity department hoping to impress her bosses with her own writing. Taking a vacation to Copenhagen from her publishing PR job, she meets her idol the infamous Countess Margaret Rosenberg, Nobel Prize-winning historian/novelist/feminist. Once in Copenhagen, things take a turn for the bizarre, with Margaret’s weird and crazy behavior. Elizabeth is introduced to Christian, Margaret’s son, who is as uptight and snobbish as his mother is a free spirit.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Read & Reflect: One Book, One Oak Park's Moonwalking with Einstein

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Science journalist Joshua Foer’s best-selling title "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything" was named one of the best books of 2011 by Amazon.com, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Amazon says it “recounts Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top mental athletes. He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

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