Writers at Wright
Writers at Wright author lecture series
Bringing popular, cutting-edge authors to Oak Park, Writers at Wright is a collaboration between the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, The Book Table, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and Midwest Media.
Writers at Wright events are held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, unless noted.
Tickets are $10 (available online or at The Book Table, 1045 Lake St., Oak Park) and can typically be redeemed at the event for a discount off the cover price of the new book, unless noted.
Fall 2013 Writers at Wright line-up (now completed)
- Audrey Petty in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz
- Tavi Gevinson
- Stephen Kinzer
- Simon Winchester
- Thomas Cahill
- Alexander McCall Smith
- Amy Tan
- Christopher Kimball at The Arts Center of Oak Park
Previous Writers at Wright presenters
Isabel Allende, author of Maya's Notebook
Best-selling author Isabel Allende discussed her book, Maya's Notebook. This contemporary coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Allende is the author of Ines of My Soul, Zorro, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has also written a collection of stories; three memoirs, The Sum of Our Days, My Invented Country, and Paula; and a trilogy of young adult novels. Her books have been translated into more than 27 languages and have become bestsellers across four continents.
Christopher Kimball: The Science of Good Cooking
Christopher Kimball discussed the Cook's Illustrated endeavor, The Science of Good Cooking. In this radical new approach to home cooking, America's Test Kitchen uses science to explain what goes on in the kitchen. Kimball re-launched Cook's Magazine as Cook's Illustrated in 1993 and founded Cook's Country, and serves as publisher and editor of both magazines. He is also the host of and executive producer of public television cooking shows America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen.
Mark Z. Danielewski: The Fifty Year Sword
The nationally best-selling author of House of Leaves and Only Revolutions has crafted a powerfully chilling novella - a ghost story for grownup readers. This was a special theatrical reading of the novella, conducted by Danielewski, of The Fifty Year Sword. Danielewski's full-color artwork appears throughout the book, as well as his signature use of mulitcolored text. Born in New York City, Danielewski lives in Los Angeles.
Chris Ware: Building Stories
Oak Park’s own Chris Ware unveiled his graphic novel, Building Stories at a special author event hosted by Writers at Wright. Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building. Taking advantage of the absolute latest advances in wood pulp technology, Building Stories is a book with no deliberate beginning nor end, the scope, ambition, artistry, and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium, probably for good reason. Learn more about local author Chris Ware.