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.
Steve Paul, a longtime journalist and Hemingway student, introduces his new book, Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend (Chicago Review Press). The book covers the extraordinary period when Hemingway's
self-invention and transformation began-from a "modest, rather shy and
diffident boy" to a confident writer who aimed to find and record the truth
throughout his life. Hemingway at
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.
Test your knowledge of black history facts, events, and historic sites at this fast-paced quiz show party!
Learn more about the library's More Than a Month initiative.
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.