Crime and Poetry: Researching and Writing the Improbably True Story of Matt Rizzo
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

Crime and Poetry: Researching and Writing the Improbably True Story of Matt Rizzo

Matt Rizzo was a distant father, blind poet, convicted felon, and cellmate of the infamous Nathan Leopold. The Hunting Accident spins the true story of this fascinating Chicagoan. Writer David Carlson and artist Landis Blair will be on hand to discuss their research on the historic Rizzo and their creative decisions on how to both tell and show his fantastic world.

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Evanston Literary Festival Book Fair
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Evanston Literary Festival Book Fair

Attention all Evanston book lovers! The 2018 Evanston Literary Festival Book Fair is intended as a showcase for local authors, presses, and literary organizations.

For Evanston book lovers, the book fair is a great chance to celebrate Evanston’s talented and diverse literary community.

For local authors, presses, or literary organizations who are interested in exhibiting, please submit a 2018 Evanston Literary Festival Book Fair Application by April 20, 2018. Since space is limited, submitting an application does not guarantee a spot at the fair, but all applicants will be considered based on the criteria outlined on the application form.

 

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Writers Resist 2018--From Paralysis to Protest: Mobilizing Resistance
May
12
6:00 PM18:00

Writers Resist 2018--From Paralysis to Protest: Mobilizing Resistance

Be a part of non-violent action. Join us as we gather again this year at Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston to offer our voices in resistance to the current state of local, national, and global affairs that threaten to pull us apart and even set us against each other. The world is on fire! Bring your voices and hearts to this singular event, as you hear authors and activists read from original works expressing their thoughts and opinions based on this year's theme. 
Our reading lineup is (not in order):
Nina Kavin (activist and founder/writer of Dear Evanston) 
Rachel Jamison Webster (poet/writer/Director of Creative Writing in the Department of English at Northwestern University)
Dan Stolar (writer)
Liana Wallace (ETHS student) 
Jerry Brennan (author/editor of Tortoise Books)
Liz Radford (writer/co-founder Women's March Chicago)
Dina Elenbogen (poet/event host)
Ema Wallace (student)
Natania Rosenfeld (poet/writer) 
Faisal Mohyuddin (writer, artist, educator)
Ignatius Valentine Aloysius (writer/event host)

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Motherhood in Comics
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Motherhood in Comics

Ditch the brunch and celebrate Mother’s Day with award-winning Evanston cartoonist Keiler Roberts. Roberts’ acclaimed book Sunburning and her long-running series Powdered Milk unflinchingly depict her complicated life as an artist and mother to young children. Join us for an intimate conversation with Roberts as she discusses her personal journey as mother and comics creator.

Co-sponsored by CAKE -- The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo -– and moderated by fellow parent and cartoonist Jeff Zwirek.

 

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Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife With Pamela Bannos
May
13
4:00 PM16:00

Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife With Pamela Bannos

In this special talk for Mother's Day, Northwestern professor Pamela Bannos’ discusses her new biography of Vivian Maier, Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife. Her book reveals how the story of the nanny savant has blinded us to Maier’s true achievements, as well as her intentions. Bannos contrasts Maier’s life with the mythology that strangers—mostly the men who have profited from her work—have created around her absence.

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Do Not Submit Evanston
May
13
5:30 PM17:30

Do Not Submit Evanston

Tell your story! We give you 7 minutes and thunderous applause. You tell your story any way you want--off book, from paper, from your phone, from the signal from your fearless leader. Just want to listen? Sure, come and hear stories. You might get tempted to sign up...and we're ok with that. Sign up starts at 5:30. Stories start at 6:00.

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Northwestern Spring Writers Festival: Alissa Nutting
May
14
5:30 PM17:30

Northwestern Spring Writers Festival: Alissa Nutting

A reading by Alissa Nutting. She is the author of the novels Made for Love, a New York Times editor's choice selection, and Tampa, the film version of which is in development at HBO, as well as the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, an expanded/revised version of which is being rereleased in Summer 2018 as part of Ecco's "Art of the Story" series. A nonfiction book of her comedic essays is forthcoming from Ecco in 2019. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as Tin House, BOMB, Elle, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, and many others. She is currently at work on two television projects--one animated in development with Cartoon Network, the other based on her recent novel and being co-written with Dean Bakopoulos for Paramount Studios. She is an assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence at Grinnell College.

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John E. Washington’s They Knew Lincoln: Kate Masur in Conversation with Niala Boodhoo
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

John E. Washington’s They Knew Lincoln: Kate Masur in Conversation with Niala Boodhoo

Originally published in 1942, the book They Knew Lincoln is part memoir and part history, an account of author John E. Washington’s childhood among African Americans in Washington, DC, and of the black people who knew or personally encountered Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. On publication, a reviewer noted that the “collection of Negro stories, memories, legends about Lincoln” seemed “to fill such an obvious gap in the material about Lincoln that one wonders why no one ever did it before.” Yet after its first printing sold out almost immediately, the book was never reprinted and has remained difficult to obtain—until its republication this year by Oxford University Press in an edition edited by Northwestern history professor Kate Masur. Join us as Illinois Public Radio reporter Niala Boodhoo, conducts a fascinating interview with Kate Masur about the story of this book—a newly revived classic of African American history.

 

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Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature With Liam Heneghan and Betsy Bird
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature With Liam Heneghan and Betsy Bird

Betsy Bird, the Collection Development Manager at the Evanston Public Library, talks with Liam Heneghan (an Evanstonian and DePaul environmental science professor) about his book Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children’s Literature (University of Chicago Press).

Liam Heneghan is professor of environmental science and studies at DePaul University. He is a Dubliner, an occasional poet, a tin whistle player, and a father of two grown children to whom he read every night of their early years.

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library, and the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library. She reviews for Kirkus, served on the 2007 Newbery Award committee, and her children's literature blog, A Fuse #8 Production, is hosted by School Library Journal. She is the author of the picture book Giant Dance Party (Greenwillow, 2013) illustrated by Brandon Dorman, and a co-author on the nonfiction book Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature (Candlewick, 2014) which she wrote with fellow bloggers Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta.

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May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Instead of Redface: From the Stage to the Supreme Court

Law is based on narrative, and narratives come from the stories we tell ourselves. It is not surprising, therefore, that we live in a country where the highest court, the Supreme Court, still cites cases that declare American Indians to be racially inferior "heathens" and "savages" because our most prestigious theaters, on and off Broadway, still produce more plays that feature dehumanizing performances of redface than plays by actual Native playwrights. "Instead of Redface" is a movement created by Native artists to encourage American theaters to produce stories that are written by and feature actual Native artists.

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Northwestern Spring Writers Festival: Angela Morales
May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Northwestern Spring Writers Festival: Angela Morales

A reading with essayist Angela Morales. She is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, Harvard Review, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, The Los Angeles Review, Arts and Letters, The Baltimore Review, The Pinch, Hobart, River Teeth, Under the Sun, and Puerto del Sol, and The Indianola Review. She is the winner of the River Teeth Book Prize, 2014, and is a MacDowell Fellow.  Her book is the 2017 winner of the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Currently she teaches composition and creative writing at Glendale Community College and is working on her second collection of essays. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband Patrick and their two children, Mira and Leo.

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An Evening With Charles Johnson
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Charles Johnson

We're thrilled to welcome National Book Award winner (and Evanston native) Charles Johnston for this rare local appearance in celebration of his latest book Night Hawks. This masterful story collection, thirteen years in the making, showcases the incredible range and resonant voice of this American treasure.

Charles Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher, cartoonist, screenwriter, and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. A MacArthur fellow, his fiction includes Night HawksDr. King’s RefrigeratorDreamerFaith and the Good Thing, and Middle Passage, for which he won the National Book Award. In 2002 he received the Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Seattle.

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Northwestern Spring Writers Festival: Ricardo Rowan Phillips
May
16
5:30 PM17:30

Northwestern Spring Writers Festival: Ricardo Rowan Phillips

A reading by poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips. He is recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author of Heaven, which was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award, and The Ground: Poems, for which he received a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award, the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Granta, and many other publications, and he has written about soccer and basketball for The Paris Review. The author of the influential critical volume When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, Philips is also the translator of Salvador Espriu’s story collection Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth as well as numerous other works from Catalan, Spanish, and Italian. 

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Branding Quality TV: Race, Gender, and Representation
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Branding Quality TV: Race, Gender, and Representation

How do representations of black women/women of color "brand" TV networks and/or film/TV studios? Join professors Aymar Jean Christian and Miriam Petty as they watch clips of recent critically acclaimed cable and TV shows like Insecure and Queen Sugar and discuss how they fit into strategies of major film and TV brands. This screening will also include the screening of a Chicago-made indie TV series developed by Christian with a Q&A with the creator focused on their artistic and marketing goals.

Free RSVP here.

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

You Go Girl?: Coming of Age at the Present Moment—A Conversation with Authors Renee Engeln and Megan Stielstra

A great notion about Female Empowerment is suddenly sweeping the publishing industry. The shelves at Bookends & Beginnings are swelling with books like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Rad Women Worldwide, Strong is the New Pretty, and Feminist Baby. Not since the 1970s has the country seen such an exuberant literature of female assertiveness—and yet, is really getting easier to be a girl? Are there downsides as well as upsides to all this exhortation to girls to be bad and rad and brazen? Join us for a spirited discussion of contemporary girls’ coming-of-age with Renee Engeln, author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women, and Megan Stielstra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays. The conversation will be moderated by Bookends & Beginnings owner Nina Barrett, whose essay “Mind-Body Story,” about female coming-of-age, appears in the Great Books Foundation anthology Her Own Accord: American Women On Identity, Culture, and Community.

 

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It’s Time To Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Defeat Trump and Build a Lasting Majority
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

It’s Time To Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Defeat Trump and Build a Lasting Majority

The election of Donald Trump showed how the American electoral system is clearly falling apart. In It’s Time To Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics, Roosevelt University political science professor David Faris offers accessible, actionable strategies for American institutional reform. Faris will discuss his ideas with John K. Wilson, author of President Trump Unveiled: Exposing the Bigoted Billionaire (trumpunveiled.com).

Presented in conjunction with NU College Democrats.

 

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A Year in the Wilderness: Help Amy & Dave Freeman Bike to Washington to Save the Boundary Waters
May
18
5:30 PM17:30

A Year in the Wilderness: Help Amy & Dave Freeman Bike to Washington to Save the Boundary Waters

Please help us welcome author/activists Amy and Dave Freeman who are stopping at the Bookends & Beginnings during their 1,750 mile book tour by bicycle from Ely, Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They are sharing their new book, A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters (Milkweed Editions), and continuing their efforts to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the threat of proposed copper mining. They will arrive at the store around 5:30 pm, towing their canoe behind their bikes, and then give a presentation about the year they spent living in the Boundary Waters. From listening to a wolf pack run through their campsite as the lakes were freezing around them in the late fall, to watching the loons return as the ice melted in the spring, the Freemans’ engaging presentation is designed to transport audiences into the wilderness and inspire them to help protect this national treasure for future generations. Afterwards, attendees can sign the canoe, which is serving as a petition showing popular support for protecting the Boundary Waters!

The Freemans have delivered more than 700 presentations to a wide range of audiences. They've been featured on The Today Show, in Outside Magazine, NPR, Sierra Magazine, and in 2014 were named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. A Year in the Wilderness was named one of 20 Big Indie Books of Fall 2017 by Publishers Weekly and was featured in the Wall Street JournalCanoe & KayakShelf AwarenessLos Angeles ReviewCity Pages, among other media outlets. This tour is a collaborative effort between the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, the Freemans, and Milkweed Editions.

 

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Comix Revolution Micro Comic-Con
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Comix Revolution Micro Comic-Con

Evanston breeds great cartoonists: Lynda Barry, Jessica Abel, Gahan Wilson, Emil Ferris, and many more acclaimed artists were born, lived, or currently reside in the city. Meet up with the next generation of Evanston creators now working in comics. The next great graphic novelist might be under your very nose!

Featuring Markisan Naso (Voracious), Gene Kannenberg Jr. (Qodèxx), Jeff Zwirek (Burning Building Comix), Verzell James (Jeremiah Black), and Leo Mancini (Sharkman).

 

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Type-In
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

Type-In

Join us for Evanston's first-ever Type-In, a get together for people interested in typewriters. Write a letter, bang out some instant poetry, try some speed typing, and admire different kinds of beautifully made typers. Have your own typewriter? Bring it! If not, we'll have several for you to try out. 

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The Shape of Water With Daniel Kraus and Christa Desir
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Shape of Water With Daniel Kraus and Christa Desir

Evanston author Daniel Kraus will discuss and sign his novel, The Shape of Water. Based on an original idea by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, The Shape of Water has been developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release—one story interpreted by two artists, as an Oscar-winning film directed by del Toro and a new novel written by Kraus. He will be joined in conversation by Christa Desir, author of five YA books, including Fault Line and Bleed Like Me.

 

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Writing Your Personal Story Workshop—Memoir Writing and Personal Essay
May
20
1:00 PM13:00

Writing Your Personal Story Workshop—Memoir Writing and Personal Essay

Everyone has a story to tell—learn how to tell it well in a workshop conducted by the former Ernest Hemingway Writer-in-Residence, award-winning author and memoirist, and WBBM Radio Reporter—David W. Berner.

Whether it’s a short personal essay, a mini-memoir, or a book length manuscript, writing the stories of our lives is a dream for many. This workshop is your chance to find that story and discover how best to tell it no matter where you are in the process. Whether you’re only thinking about the writing, just beginning the storytelling, or you’ve already put down words, this workshop will help you find your narrative.

The workshop will focus on styles of personal story, on the craft of storytelling, issues of privacy, and will offer exercises to help guide you toward your best writing.

 

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Bizarre Collaboration: Creating With Your Better Half
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Bizarre Collaboration: Creating With Your Better Half

Both renowned creators in their own fields, Chicago novelist Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife) and Scottish cartoonist Eddie Campbell (From Hell) began creating comics together in 2014 and, after a long distance relationship, married this past year. Bizarre Romance, their new project, provides thirteen stories set in a variety of situations and styles written by Audrey and illustrated by Eddie. They’ll discuss the book and the intricacies of working with your partner on collaborative art.

 

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2017 Chicago Book Expo
Oct
1
12:00 PM12:00

2017 Chicago Book Expo

Buy local and read local at the 6th annual Chicago Book Expo (chicagobookexpo.org) on Sunday, Oct. 1, noon-5pm at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash. This free celebration of Chicago’s literary community features 20 programs and workshops with local authors, plus 75 exhibitors selling books from local presses and literary organizations. Presenting authors this year include Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Eve Ewing, Nate Marshall, Jac Jemc, Wendy Pearlman, Fred Sasaki, Liesl Olson, Pamela Bannos, Donna Seaman, and many more. All programs are free and open to the public. 

This year, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, we also feature the first Chicago Architecture Book Festival, with a variety of architecture book exhibitors and programs about architecture and public art.

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Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston

Clemson professor Mary Barr discusses her book about local racial segregation, Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston. Northwestern sociology professor Al Hunter moderates the discussion with audience members about racism in Evanston, past and present. This Illinois Speaks program is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

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Kevin Coval
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval is a poet and community builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians. He is the author and editor of 10 books, and will read from his new book, A People's History of Chicago (Haymarket Books). Coval writes, “A People’s History of Chicago flips to the b-side of history in the tradition of Howard Zinn, Ida B. Wells, and other narrators who counter american terror and mainstream whitewashing. The country employs erasure to the histories of People of Color, and seeks to revise the progressive and radical history of the working class in america. I'm out to set the record straight—to remix it and dig in the crates; to rescue and retell some of the best and most radical and real and celebratory and difficult parts of our Chicago story we oftentimes forget or didn't know in the first place."

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Northwestern Spring Writers' Festival: John Keene
May
11
5:30 PM17:30

Northwestern Spring Writers' Festival: John Keene

A reading by John R. Keene. Keene was born in St. Louis in 1965. He graduated from the St. Louis Priory School, Harvard College, and New York University, where he was a New York Times Fellow. In 1989, Keene joined the Dark Room Writers Collective, and is a Graduate Fellow of the Cave Canem Writers Workshops. He is the author of Annotations and Counternarratives, both published by New Directions, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark. A member of the Dark Room Collective, Keene received an award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and fellowships from Cave Canem, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New York Times Foundation, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Pan-African Literary Forum. He has taught at Northwestern University and Rutgers University and served as the managing editor of Callaloo. He divides his time between Chicago and New Jersey.

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Debt Dialogues: Student Debt in the American University
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Debt Dialogues: Student Debt in the American University

How did student debt become so central to the modern university? How might accruing financial debt be affecting students' experience of learning? What other kinds of debt might students leave college with? Join a discussion with Morton Schapiro, President of Northwestern University, and expert on financing college education, and Bruce Carruthers, Director of the Buffett Institute, and expert the history of credit and debt. There will be a moderated discussion led by Franke Graduate Fellow Casey Caldwell, followed by an audience Q&A.

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The Pulse Armed With a Pen: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Pulse Armed With a Pen: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat

Part storytelling, original research and rare sound archive, artist Dario Robleto’s The Pulse Armed With a Pen: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat will weave together topics as diverse as the earliest attempts to record the heartbeat as sound and image, the heartbeat and brainwave recordings currently on a probe heading for the edge of the Solar System, pre-Edison sound recordings, and recent developments in the history of the artificial heart. The result is a creative intertwining of multiple histories of human exploration, in both outer and inner space. Dario Robleto's work is on view in the Block Museum exhibition If You Remember, I'll Remember. This program is organized by the Block Museum of Art; RSVP for this free program at https://www.facebook.com/events/424064227940828/.

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Poldark Star Robin Ellis on Making Poldark and Making Great Food - In Conversation with Chris Jones, Chief Theater Critic for the Chicago Tribune
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Poldark Star Robin Ellis on Making Poldark and Making Great Food - In Conversation with Chris Jones, Chief Theater Critic for the Chicago Tribune

Bookends & Beginnings Bookstore invites you to an evening with actor Robin Ellis, who starred in the original 1970s Masterpiece Theater series Poldark as the brooding, irresistibly attractive Captain Ross Poldark and is the only actor from that cast who also appears in the current BBC remake (now playing Reverend Halse). His memoir, Making Poldark, focuses mainly on the making of the original series, but has just been updated with photos from the new one. This event is a rare opportunity for Poldark fans to catch him in a U.S. appearance, where he will be interviewed by the Chicago Tribune's chief theater critic, Chris Jones. Tickets are $20 plus service fee and include a copy of Making Poldark. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Northwestern Spring Writers' Festival: Aleksandar Hemon
May
10
5:30 PM17:30

Northwestern Spring Writers' Festival: Aleksandar Hemon

  • Hilton Orrington, Hinman Auditorium (map)
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A reading by Aleksandar Hemon. Hemon is the author of The Book of My LivesThe Making of Zombie Wars, and The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. He has published three collections of short stories: The Question of BrunoNowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.

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Northwestern Spring Writers' Festival: Cathy Park Hong
May
9
5:30 PM17:30

Northwestern Spring Writers' Festival: Cathy Park Hong

A reading by Cathy Park Hong. Cathy Park Hong is the author of Translating Mo'um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002); Dance Dance Revolution (W.W. Norton, 2007), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; and Engine Empire (W.W. Norton, 2012). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the NEA, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her writing on politics and her reviews have appeared in the Village Voice, the Guardian, Salon, Christian Science Monitor, and New York Times Magazine. She is an associate professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Kristy Woodson Harvey: Life By Design
May
9
5:00 PM17:00

Kristy Woodson Harvey: Life By Design

Meet Kristy Woodson Harvey! Kristy is the author of Dear Carolina (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2015), Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2016) and the forthcoming Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple (Gallery/ Simon & Schuster, 2017). She blogs daily to more than 130,000 followers on Design Chic, about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life.

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The Chicago Trilogy Stage Reading
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Chicago Trilogy Stage Reading

Sandra Seaton brings to life the world of Cyrus Colter. Experience the 1960s and the frustrations and triumphs of black life on Chicago's South Side in this powerful adaptation of Colter's prize-winning short stories. This stage reading of Seaton's trilogy of one-act plays is directed by Tim Rhoze, artistic director of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre. This event is cosponsored by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, the Guild Literary Complex, and Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre.

Cast: Keith Williams as Spivey/Fritz; George Shirley as Ford; Darren Jones as Dave; Mardra Thomas as Mildred/Anita; Joi Anissa Russell as Thelma/Mrs. Adams/Eunice

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In Celebration of the Short Story With Christine Sneed and Juan Martinez
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

In Celebration of the Short Story With Christine Sneed and Juan Martinez

Two locally based fiction writers and Northwestern creative writing professors, Juan Martinez and Christine Sneed, will read from their new story collections, Best Worst American and The Virginity of Famous Men, and discuss what they see as the rewards and pleasures of reading and writing short-form fiction. 

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Jihad of the Pen, Journal of the Soul: An Anthology of West African Sufi Writing
May
8
2:00 PM14:00

Jihad of the Pen, Journal of the Soul: An Anthology of West African Sufi Writing

  • Northwestern University, 620 Library Place, Room 106 (map)
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The study of Islam in Africa still pays too little attention to the words of scholars. Jihad of the Pen, Journey of the Soul, a book project under contract with the American University in Cairo Press, presents contextualized translations of seminal insights from some of West Africa’s most renowned scholars. Presenters: Zachary Wright (history and religious studies, Northwestern University in Qatar) and Rudolph "Butch" Ware (history, University of Michigan). Light refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by the Program of African Studies, the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) and Northwestern University in Qatar as part of NU-Q in Evanston Week.

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Poets Resist
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Resist

"During these dark times will there also be singing? Yes there will be singing about the dark times."

Throughout history poets have responded to atrocities through poetry. The very act of writing poetry is a form of resistance against silence, oppression, the status quo.

Evanston poets Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Virginia Bell, Dina Elenbogen, Mike Puican, and Eran Tzelgov will read their own resistance poems as well as the work of some of their favorite poets. 

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Tasting the Midwest with Beth Dooley, author of In Winter's Kitchen
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting the Midwest with Beth Dooley, author of In Winter's Kitchen

While farm-to-table has become something of a catch-phrase in foodie circles, what does it actually mean when you live in a tough climate like the Upper Midwest? That's a question Minnesota food writer Beth Dooley has spent the past 35 years exploring, getting to know foods like wild rice, cranberries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cheese and butter, as well as the farmers who grow them, the policies that govern production, and the cultures in which they have special meaning. Tickets for this special event, at which Beth discusses her book In Winter's Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland, which the Wall Street Journal calls "essential reading", include one paperback copy of the book, plus a light menu of nibbles and two signature cocktails specially created for the event by Found's chef (and Minneapolis native) Nicole Pederson. Tickets are $55 + service fee and can be bought here.

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Historic Self: Journaling as Self-Preservation
May
7
4:30 PM16:30

Historic Self: Journaling as Self-Preservation

  • Frances Willard House Museum & Archives (map)
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“Remember what it was to be me: that is always the point." - Joan Didion

Journals are beloved by scholars and historians as source material for gaining a more human understanding of the past, and we are living in historic times. In this workshop with Elizabeth O'Connell-Thompson, you are invited to explore journaling as an effective tool for making sense of the world around you, whether that means for yourself or future generations. You are an active participant in an exciting—if sometimes overwhelming—world; take a moment to find and listen to your own voice.

 

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Renee Rosen: Windy City Blues
May
7
4:00 PM16:00

Renee Rosen: Windy City Blues

Leeba Groski doesn’t exactly fit in, but her love of music is not lost on her childhood friend and neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offers her a job at his new record company in Chicago. What starts as answering phones and filing becomes more than Leeba ever dreamed of, as she comes into her own as a songwriter and crosses paths with legendary performers like Chuck Berry and Etta James. But it’s Red Dupree, a black blues guitarist from Louisiana, who captures her heart and changes her life. Their relationship is unwelcome in segregated Chicago and they are shunned by Leeba’s Orthodox Jewish family. Yet in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, Leeba and Red discover that, in times of struggle, music can bring people together. Join Renee Rosen—bestselling author of White Collar Girl and What the Lady Wants—for a discussion of her new novel, Windy City Blues, and a look back at the history of Maxwell Street, Chess Records, Chicago blues and the Civil Rights Movement. 

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Libby Fischer Hellmann: War, Spies, & Bobby Sox: Stories about World War II at home
May
7
2:00 PM14:00

Libby Fischer Hellmann: War, Spies, & Bobby Sox: Stories about World War II at home

War, Spies, & Bobby Sox is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s fourteenth work and fourth volume of historical fiction, set when the impact of World War II raging across Europe and the Pacific is rippling through communities in the heartland of America. A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two Germans soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp ... Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago ... And espionage surrounds the disappearance of an actress from the thriving Jewish community of Chicago’s Lawndale. In this trio of tales, Libby Fischer Hellmann beautifully depicts the tumultuous effect of war on the home front and illustrates how the action, terror, and tragedy of World War II was not confined to the front lines.

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Evanston Literary Salon: The Rhythm in the Words: How Music and the Beat Informs Books for Kids and Teens
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Evanston Literary Salon: The Rhythm in the Words: How Music and the Beat Informs Books for Kids and Teens

Musicians make music. Authors write books. And when musicians write books, the results can be eclectic. Join musicians Mike Grosso (I Am Drums) and Donovan Mixon (Ahgottahandleonit) as they discuss their latest books for children and teens with librarian Betsy Bird, and reveal how the influence of music, rhythm, and beat pervades their writing styles and works particularly well in books for young readers.

 

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Syrian Writer Osama Alomar: The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Syrian Writer Osama Alomar: The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1968 and now living in Pittsburgh after years as a Chicago cabdriver, Osama Alomar is the author of three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry. He is a regular contributor to various newspapers and journals within the Arab world. His latest book, The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories, reflects his highly acclaimed Kafkaesque style. He will read from and discuss his work with Knox College English professor Natania Rosenfeld. This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers. 

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LEGO Stop-Motion Animation!
May
6
11:00 AM11:00

LEGO Stop-Motion Animation!

Join David Pickett, author of The LEGO Animation book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies!, for a presentation and workshop on creating LEGO animation! Please bring a Smartphone for workshop use, if able. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a book at the end of the program. NOTE: Date and time have been updated. Grades 3-5. Registration required; register here.

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Free Comic Book Day at Comix Revolution
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Free Comic Book Day at Comix Revolution

Comic books, like Jazz, are a uniquely American art form created in the early days of the 20th century.  Come learn about this form of graphic literature by picking up free comics on Saturday at Comix Revolution.  They’ll have dozens of titles to choose from with something for every age and from beginners to veterans.  Choose from comics published from DC, Marvel, Fantagraphics, Image, Drawn & Quarterly, and many more. 

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Free Comic Book Day
May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Free Comic Book Day

In partnership with Comix Revolution, Evanston Public Library is celebrating all the awesome graphic novels and comics by giving away free comic books all day at all three of our locations! There will be tons to choose from like superhero comics and Dr. Who, or new series like Malika Warrior Queen and Attack on Titan! At the Main Library stop at Children's Desk or the Teen Loft, or drop by the North Branch or Chicago Ave. Main Street Branch to get your free comic, as well as Comix Revolution! All ages.

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The Quarterly Report with Dan Sinker, Jessica Hopper, Keidra Chaney, and Shawn Smith
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Quarterly Report with Dan Sinker, Jessica Hopper, Keidra Chaney, and Shawn Smith

Dan Sinker (The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel, Says Who Podcast) looks back at last quarter's portfolio performance. Joined by portfolio managers Jessica Hopper (The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, MTV News), Keidra Chaney (The Learned Fangirl), and visualizations director Shawn Smith (Shawnimals), this quarterly report will offer insights into the operating efficiencies of Q1 as well as offering outlook and guidance for future performance.

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Deborah Lipstadt: Holocaust Denial and Alternative Facts: The Continuing Assault on Truth
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Deborah Lipstadt: Holocaust Denial and Alternative Facts: The Continuing Assault on Truth

Northwestern Hillel is thrilled to present the internationally-renowned historian Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her book History on Trial:  My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier was the basis for the 2016 film Denial. This special event is cosponsored by the Office of the President, the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, the Buffett Institute, Medill, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Holocaust Education Foundation at Northwestern, the Department of History, and the Jewish Law Students Association. This event is free, but registration is required if you are not a Northwestern student, faculty, or staff member with a valid Wildcard. You may register here for up to two seats. We will do our best to accommodate everyone who registers, but please note that seating is limited, and priority will be given to Northwestern students, faculty, and staff members with a valid Northwestern Wildcard.

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Un-American With Richard Cahan
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Un-American With Richard Cahan

Join author and photo historian Richard Cahan as he discusses his new book Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. In 1942, the United States sent 109,000 residents of Japanese ancestry to live in detention centers for the duration of WWII and hired famed photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others to document the expulsion. Cahan's book—coauthored with Michael Williams—showcases 170 of these never-before-seen photographs, many of which were impounded by the U.S. Army.  Combined with primary source government documents and firsthand recollections of Japanese American survivors, Un-American was described by Booklist as "an intensely revelatory and profoundly resonant book of beauty and strength, history and caution."

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