Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life breaks bold new ground, revealing Muhammad Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world.
E. B. White said, "Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it." But White hadn't seen Al Gini's hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes.
Citizen-advocate George Swimmer spent 20 years investigating the causes behind railroad collisions. What he discovered is a tangled mess of both inadvertent and intentional mismanagement. During U.S. Rail Safety Week, meet George Swimmer and hear his findings reported in Railroad Collisions: A Deadly Story of Mismanaged Risk.
Meet Justin Gordon, author of Holocaust Postal History: Harrowing Journeys Revealed Through the Letters and Cards of the Victims. Gordon notes that his book "represents a dual journey-one into the childhood delight of stamp collecting and the other into the adult horrors of Holocaust history."
Meet local author William Farina and learn how the stylistic remnants of cabaret music from Weimar-era Germany are all around us. This presentation includes music clips and many vintage photos.
The greatest health crisis today is not cancer, not heart disease, obesity, or
diabetes. It's something much more common and far less often mentioned: poverty. Explore this issue with Dr. David Ansell, author of The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. The Book Table will have books available for sale and signing.
Ready to turn your writing hobby into a career? Or
brush up your business skills for even greater success? Join members of the
Independent Writers of Chicago as they guide you through the business basics,
opportunities and challenges of building a career as a freelance writer.
Presented by IWOC President Laura Stigler, Vice President Jeff Steele and IWOC
member Sally Chapralis.
This year's presenter of the Barbara Ballinger Lecture is award-winning poet, translator, and essayist Jane Hirshfield. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, the annual lecture features an accomplished author each year to recognize Ballinger, the former head librarian, and her many years of dedicated service to the library and to Oak Park.
Speak your mind at this spoken-word freestyle open mic hosted by More Than a Month. Your voice is your power!
Learn more about the library's More Than a Month initiative at oppl.org/more.
Donate blood and help safe a life! Successful donors will receive a $10 gift
certificate to spend at Target stores. Heartland Blood Centers will hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, Aug. 31, from noon to 4 pm. Heartland Blood Centers is the sole provider of blood products to Rush Oak Park Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA
Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and more than 40 other hospitals in
the Chicago metro area.