World War I and America Film: <em>Sergeant York</em>

World War I and America Film: <em>Sergeant York</em>

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Film historian Doug Deuchler screens and discusses films in a six-week series, part of the library's World War I and America program this October and November. Today, see Sergeant York, a 1941 film in which Gary Cooper, a southern sharpshooter, is drafted into World War I, despite his claims of being a pacifist, and ends up becoming a war hero. 134 minutes.

All films in the series are on Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm, in the Main Library Veterans Room.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
World War I and America Film: <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em>

World War I and America Film: <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em>

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Film historian Doug Deuchler screens and discusses films in a six-week series, part of the library's World War I and America program this October and November. Today, see All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the 1928 book by Erich Maria Remarque. Here, in the first major anti-war film made in 1930, a young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. 133 minutes.

All films in the series are on Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm, in the Main Library Veterans Room.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Authors Joyce Maynard & Jane Hamilton

Authors Joyce Maynard & Jane Hamilton

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet New York Times best-selling author Joyce Maynard and hear about her newest book, The Best of Us, a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss. Joyce will be joined by her friend Jane Hamilton, an Oak Park native, author, and Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Screening of <em>Not a Stranger</em> with Screenwriter Dennis Foley

Screening of <em>Not a Stranger</em> with Screenwriter Dennis Foley

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join screenwriter Dennis Foley to see and discuss the film Not a Stranger, set in Chicago. Completed in August 2015, Not a Stranger tells the story of three young boys who befriend a troubled, 50-year-old former high school teacher with a dark secret. They help him regain his life, but complications arise when the Chicago police suspect him of wrongdoing.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Author/Journalist Michelle Carter: <em>From Under the Russian Snow</em>

Author/Journalist Michelle Carter: <em>From Under the Russian Snow</em>

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

At age 50, married and the mother
of two children in their early 20s, Michelle Carter left her job as managing
editor of a suburban daily newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995 to
move to Russia for a year as a United States Information Agency
Journalist-in-Residence.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Author Jonathan Eig: <em>Ali: A Life</em>

Author Jonathan Eig: <em>Ali: A Life</em>

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Author George Swimmer: <em>Railroad Collisions: A Deadly Story of Mismanaged Risk</em>

Author George Swimmer: <em>Railroad Collisions: A Deadly Story of Mismanaged Risk</em>

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Justin Gordon: <em>Holocaust Postal History</em>

Author Justin Gordon: <em>Holocaust Postal History</em>

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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."

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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