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Join Leading Edge partner with A Greater Good Foundation, and TRIUMPH facilitate a book Circle around Culture Vultures.
Historically, the barber has played an important role in American culture. Besides being the person who gives a fresh cut, he is often the confidant, listening ear, and even sounding board for his clients. Just imagine being a fly on the wall as one of America's most talented barbers interviews one of the most charismatic, controversial, and successful CEO's.
Culture Vultures is an inside look at the creative genius behind some of America's greatest talents and fashion lines. Through a series of candid interviews, Kenyatta Griggs asks compelling and insightful questions that help to shed light on the music mogul, the father, and the man better known as Damon Dash.
The Oak Park Library is excited to host Stephanie Shaw as our speaker about the life of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus. Stephanie Shaw is a Professor of Instruction in the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches Solo Performance, Directing and Scene Study among other subjects. She received her MFA from Columbia College’s Creative Writing Department and is the published author of two novellas; “Mademoiselle Guignol,” a theatrical romance with blood, is available in the Tattered Souls 2 anthology, by Cutting Block Press, and “Afterbirth” in the anthology Interfictions 2 by Small Beer Press. As a solo performance artist she has performed her original monologues in venues across Chicago and the Midwest, as well as The New York Fringe Festival and The New York Estrogenuis Festival. She is a founding member of the solo performance ensemble BoyGirlBoyGirl, and an alumni of The Neo-Futurists, where she wrote, directed and performed regularly for four years in the long running late night hit, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. As an actor she has appeared in numerous Chicago area theatres such as Live Bait, Stage Left, Lifeline, The Body Politic, Oak Park Festival Theatre and The Royal George; as well as writing as a theatre critic for The Chicago Reader. She has directed shows for Live Bait, The Neo-Futurarium, The New York Fringe, and Oak Park Festival Theatre. She is also a former Oak Park resident.
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley, tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. It was first published in 1818, and Frankenstein Fall, an Oak Park Public Library event series, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of this pivotal tome.
Stephen Jordan's fiction is inspired from living overseas combined with a passion for history. He grew up in the Napa Valley in the 1950s in a family of readers—conversations often centered on books. Stephen discovered art history at Stanford and considered a career in the arts. He opted instead for international banking—with assignments in Southeast Asia and Africa. His short stories have been published in Ireland and in online journals.
In Tatiana and the Russian Wolves, Alexander adores his mother, Tatiana, an exotic and magical woman. Tatiana’s imagination kept her past at bay until insanity—the Russian wolves—took her and unleashed Alexander’s own mental breakdown. Although Alexander inherited many of Tatiana’s gifts, he wonders if Tatiana’s bequest includes insanity. Alexander sees himself as fragile; confronting Tatiana’s past is a daunting task. Ignoring Tatiana’s gifts, Alexander has become an international banker and leads a comfortable life in San Francisco. However, he is blackmailed over an unconventional relationship and loses his job while piecing together Tatiana’s suicide and family secrets.
Join us and poet, educator, and artist José Olivarez as we recognize former head librarian Ms. Ballinger and her many years of dedicated service to the library and to Oak Park. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Books will be available for signing and sale from The Book Table.
Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Marketing Manager at Young Chicago Authors. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Conversation Literary Festival, and his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, and Hyperallergic, among other places. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, from Haymarket Books is out now.
Olivarez is a master teaching artist and the Lead Teaching Artist for the Teen Lab Program at the Art Institute in Chicago. He teaches and writes curriculum for Young Chicago Authors. He has also led writing workshops and diversity trainings for institutions such as Lincoln Center (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Studio Museum of Harlem (New York), The Adirondack Center for Writing (Saranac Lake, NY), Inside Out Literary Arts (Detroit) and many more community organizations and universities. He lives in Chicago.
Soaring skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza, and improv comedy may be what the city is best known for, but they are only the beginning of Chicago's story. It could take a lifetime to experience everything this one-of-a-kind town has to offer, suggests author Molly Page. The 100 adventures in this candid insider's guide promise an authentic taste of the Windy City. If you take a weekend-sized bite or stick around for the buffet of a lifetime, this book is for you.
You'll find seasonal and themed itineraries to make planning your explorations easier. Discover which blues club locals swear by. Pay a visit to a quiet green space hidden in plain sight. Dig in to an ice cream cone piled high with five different flavors!
Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes
Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the forty-second floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’s death was accidental—a direct result of vertigo—but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case. Richard Jury #23
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Chicago author Emil Ferris made her graphic novel debut with My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol. 1. Set in 1960s Chicago, the book follows 10 year old B-movie horror and pulp lover Karen Reyes as she looks into the death of upstairs neighbor Anka Silverberg, a Holocaust survivor.
At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles in a social atmosphere, and don't worry if you don't have time to finish the book, we're pretty chill! Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us.
Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion.
In Nova Jacobs' The Last Equation of Isaac Severy, Hazel, the owner of a struggling bookstore in Seattle, receives a cryptic letter from her famous mathematician grandfather and is charged with tracking down and protecting a dangerous equation before dangerous enemies can exploit it.
In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult & Teen Services Librarians. Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. Learn more about our monthly book discussions »
Meet Robert Horsey who has written his first novel, Gifted based on his work as a critical care registered nurse who has dedicated most of his 18-year career to the field of Organ Donation and Transplantation. He has held the positions of Interventional Organ Procurement Coordinator with Mid-America Transplant Services, located in St. Louis, Missouri, and many other transplant services.
Horsey has held national certification as a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) and a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator (CCTC), as awarded by The American Board for Transplant Certification. Robert received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (cum laude honors) from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Barnes Hospital College of Nursing.
Dodge City in the 1870’s was known as the most violent and turbulent place in the United States. Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson both had brothers who were lawmen, and were killed in Dodge City, so they returned to restore peace. The true story of their friendship, and the remarkable cast of characters they encountered along the way has gone largely untold until now.
In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.
Meet Oak Park author Alec Nevala-Lee and hear about his newly released book, Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
In this extraordinary cultural biography, Nevala-Lee tells the story of four men, John W. Campbell Jr. who was editor of the magazine, Astounding Science Fiction, for nearly four decades—from 1937 until his death in 1971, as well as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. He follows these four friends, and sometime, rivals, through the invention of modern science fiction in the thirties; their experiences in World War II, the dawn of Dianetics, in which Campbell's pivotal role is fully examined for the first time. The Book Table will have books for sale and signing.
Alec Nevala-Lee graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in classics. His novels include The Icon Thief, City of Exiles and Eternal Empire. His short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Lightspeed Magazine and The Year's Best Science Fiction. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, the Daily Beast and Longreads.
Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey
Two bodies in a canoe wash up on the Ghanaian coast, a prominent, wealthy, middle-aged married couple. Months pass and the rural police are unsuccessful in solving the crime, when federal police set in and find many motives for murder.
Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.
Meet Oak Park author Don Evans and hear stories from An Off-White Christmas, all set on or around Christmas, though with little to no clear religious emphasis. Instead, these stories explore life changes and choices and chaos in times of heightened drama, when family and friends and life partners merge to form cohesive units, happy or otherwise.
The stories range from a gambling spree in Las Vegas to a caravan traveling to Baraboo; from a teepee hotel in Kentucky to a retro movie theatre in Arizona; from a jolly Santa lookalike to a frustrated Dickensian actor; from students to retirees.
Christmas, in these stories, is a character as much as a setting—it acts upon and with plot to create tension, but each story is unique. It’s hardly all sugar plums and pure white flakes, but always there’s that hope. Just as the notion of a “white Christmas" evokes well worn traditions of the holiday, these dozen “un-white Christmas” stories introduce potential traditions that could expand and augment the Christmas spirit. The Book Table will sell books for autographing.
Donald G. Evans is the author of the novel, Good Money After Badz and editor of Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year. His short stories have been published in a variety of literary journals. He is the Founding Executive Editor of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, has been listed four times in the Newcity Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago feature, and received the Chicago Writers Association’s Spirit Award for lifetime achievement. He won a residency at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was an artist-in-residence at Cliff Dwellers Club. He lives just outside Chicago with his wife Margaret and son Dusty. Find more at donadgevans.com »
Hannah Jennings has designed and illustrated countless books, websites, and signs that interpret exhibits in zoos and museums. The focus of her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago was her artist’s books; she now teaches design at Dominican University. She is past president of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design. Her love of design, making images, and Christmas is apparent in her non-traditional online advent calendars; see them with her other illustrations at hannahjennings.com »