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.
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."
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.
Invited guest authors Cathy Park Hong, Aleksandar Hemon, and John Keene will talk about craft and process.
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.
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/.
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.
A reading by Aleksandar Hemon. Hemon is the author of The Book of My Lives, The 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 Bruno; Nowhere 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.
Book group discussion of Another Brooklyn: For August, running into a long-ago friend sets in motion resonant memories and transports her to a time and a place she thought she had mislaid: 1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything.
The League of Graphic Novel Readers book group will read and discuss The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew, a genre-bending work that depicts the life of a comic artist and the story of his native Singapore.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Please join Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books for a reading with renowned poets Toi Derricotte, Nikky Finney, Vievee Francis, Angela Jackson, and Patricia Smith. This extraordinary collective of luminous literary voices come together to read from their works and celebrate one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. Reception and book signing will follow. Generous support provided by the Poetry Foundation. Additional support provided by Northwestern University Libraries, Center for Writing Arts, Department of African American Studies, Department of English, Poetry and Poetics Colloquium, Women’s Center, Department of American Studies.