Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir
Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists
Who’s growing our food these days? With consumers turning their attentions away from the manufactured to the local and organic, Katherine Leiner goes in search of how growing food in America is changing. What she finds is surprising: a highly educated generation – many of whom were not born into the life – is redefining agriculture. Her new book includes interviews, color photos, and many mouthwatering recipes, from young farmers and food producers nationwide who share a commitment to edible sustainability.
Join us for a reading by three luminous literary talents. Bonnie Jo Campbell’s story collection American Salvage was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. She is the author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals and also teaches writing. Jennifer Richter’s book, Thresholds, was chosen by poet Natasha Tretheway as the winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, and CALYX. In 2011, she’ll be a visiting writer at Oregon State University. Diane Seuss’s second collection of poems, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open was the winner of the Jupiter Prize for Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Press. She has published widely and is writer in residence at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
Nearly five years after her first novel, The Historian, became an instant bestseller, Elizabeth Kostova returns with a sweeping tale of historical intrigue spanning centuries and continents.
The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses brings lyrical storytelling to some of the most inspiring—and little known—tales in history, about real princesses who managed to do what few thought possible.
In her debut legal thriller, Michigan native and Harvard Law School graduate Allison Leotta introduces Anna Curtis, a newly minted prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, D.C.
Tonight we celebrate two new releases by local author Margaret Hawkins (A Year of Cats and Dogs). In her novel How to Survive a Natural Disaster, Hawkins uses multiple points of view to make astute observations about family dynamics; with unflinching honesty and dark humor she chronicles the unraveling of a dysfunctional family. In her memoir How We Got Barb Back, Hawkins recalls, with hard-earned wisdom, humor, and compassion, her struggle to bring her once vivacious and talented older sister back from the depths of severe, long-untreated mental illness. Hawkins teaches writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been an art critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than two decades.
As a state senate candidate in Illinois in 1996, Barack Obama said he favored gay marriage. As president, he is opposed to gay marriage but favors civil unions. In her new book, veteran Chicago reporter Tracy Baim takes an in-depth look at Obama’s record on LGBTQ issues through his state and federal elections and terms in office, including his first year and a half as president. Obama and the Gays includes interviews with Obama’s Chicago and national gay supporters and contributions by prominent gay activists, bloggers, and reporters, including Lisa Keen, Chuck Colbert, John D’Emilio, and Pam Spaulding.
An estimated 10 to 14 million children in the U.S. have at least one gay parent, and the number is growing every year.
Mary Catherine Bateson, sociologist, daughter of Margaret Mead, and author of the groundbreaking books Peripheral Visions and Composing A Life, sees aging today as an “improvisational art form calling for imagination and the willingness to learn.” Her new book is an ardent, affirming study of the experiences of men and women—herself included—who, upon entering the period she refers to as "Adulthood II," have found new meaning and new ways to contribute to society, composing their lives in new patterns. She challenges us to approach our later lives with the full force of our imagination, curiosity, and enthusiasm. She also speaks to us as members of a larger society concerned about the world that our children and grandchildren, born and not yet born, will inherit.
This captivating collection of new stories and essays by some of today’s best science fiction writers bears witness to the impact of the legendary writer Frederik Pohl. With stories ranging from traditional to cutting edge and from darkly serious to laugh-out-loud funny, Gateways is a must buy for science fiction readers of all tastes and a worthy homage to a pioneer of the genre. Tonight’s event will feature Pohl's wife (and Gateways' editor) Elizabeth Anne Hull, who is a Harper College professor and resident of Naperville, along with local contributors Phyllis and Alex Eisenstein and Jody Lynn Nye.
We’re having a party to celebrate the career (to date) of celebrated feminist cartoonist Nicole Hollander and the thirtieth anniversary of her most famous creation, the wise-cracking, irreverent social critic Sylvia. Nicole’s new book, The Sylvia Chronicles, looks at the formative years of our young artist as she works her way from painter to a cartoonist syndicated in hundreds of newspapers. We convinced Nicole to give us a PowerPoint presentation of her work—and then we’ll eat cake and drink champagne! We know Hollander’s friends and fans will be here; we also hope those who may not know about the iconic Sylvia will come for a slice of cultural history.
In her new book, Nigeria native Toyin Ayeni argues that her homeland is much more
than a producer of terrorists or con artists. Hoping to increase awareness of
the positive aspects of her West African country, Ayeni contends that the
problems associated with Nigeria are global in origin and that global problems
require global solutions. A past president of the Chicago chapter of
Toastmasters International, Ayeni hold a B.S. in microbiology from the
University of Ibadan and an M.S. in information systems management from Loyola
University Chicago. Join us for this special event celebrating the fiftieth
anniversary of Nigeria's independence.
Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Featuring Nikki Patin, Sissy Van Dyke, and DJ SpinNikki
$7-$10 sliding scale includes food and wine.
month’s installment of our monthly salon night for lesbians and their
friends features award-winning and internationally acclaimed spoken work
artist Nikki Patin. A teacher, activist, and artist, Patin has
performed on HBO’s Def Poetry Slam, was a member of Chicago’s 2001
Mental Graffiti National slam team, and received the gold medal in slam
poetry at the 2006 International Gay Games. Author of “The Phat Grrl
Diaries,” she also fronts the rock band, “Like A Hundred.” Joining Patin
will be writer, stand-up comic and punk rock musician Sissy Van Dyke.
As usual, Sappho’s house DJ SpinNikki will round out tonight’s show with
an eclectic array of pop, electronica, soul, world music, and dance
tracks. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.
Ordinary Women: Extraordinary Heroines – A New Paradigm for the Modern Heroine
She Writes reading featuring Audrey Niffenegger, Zoe Zolbrod, Teri Coyne, and others.
Hosted by She Writes and Teri Coyne.
Join author Teri Coyne (The Last Bridge) and authors from the ground-breaking web community She Writes (www.shewrites.com) for a special reading celebrating the extraordinary heroics of “ordinary” women; fresh female characters who are often flawed but willful protagonists who rely on intelligence, wit, and survival skills to find themselves or shake things up. She Writes is the leading online destination for women writers. Since June 2009, more than 10,000 women writers from more than 30 countries and all 50 states have signed on to share knowledge, support, and network.
Along with Coyne, Audrey Niffenegger and Zobrod, authors Amina Gautier and Emily Gray Tedrowe will be joining the reading. Gautier has been anthologized in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Best African American Fiction, and Tedrowe is the author of Communters.