Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, discusses her new book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, with Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago law professor and the author of Sex and the Constitution.
This workshop, brought to you by CHI PRC's Wasted Pages Workshop, will challenge you to create written work by eliminating rather than adding words to the page. Materials provided. All skill levels are welcome! Led by Alison Thumel, whose chapbook of erasure poems won Salt Hill's Dead Lake Chapbook Contest. This event is free, but preregistration is required; go to https://writingbyerasing.eventbrite.com/ to preregister.
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. Bill Savage moderates. Professor Savage teaches English Lit at Northwestern University, where he regularly incorporates graphic novels into his course work.
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.
The event is free but advance registration is required at this link.
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.
Please join us for a special RHINO Poetry reading, featuring Annah Browning, Aricka Foreman, Faisal Mohyuddin, and David Welch, and RHINO editors, including Darren Angle, Naoko Fujimoto, Gail Goepfert, Beth McDermott, and Nick Tryling.
Annah Browning recently completed her Ph.D. from the Program for Writers at The University of Illinois-Chicago. She is the author of a chapbook, The Marriage (Horse Less Press, 2013), and her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and other journals. She is poetry editor of Grimoire, an online literary magazine of dark arts.
Aricka Foreman’s chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber was released by YesYes Books in 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Drunken Boat, Torch Poetry: A Journal for African American Women, Minnesota Review, Union Station Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, RHINO, shufPoetry, Day One, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin), among others. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Callaloo Writers Workshop, and is the Enumerate Editor for The Offing.
Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear, 2018), winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry, and The Riddle of Longing (Backbone, 2017). He teaches English at Highland Park High School and lives in Chicago.
David Welch is the author of the forthcoming collection, Everyone Who Is Dead, and of a chapbook, It Is Such a Good Thing to Be In Love with You. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cincinnati Review, Greensboro Review, Pleiades, Meridian, and RHINO. He teaches creative writing and popular literature at DePaul University, where he is Assistant Director of Literary Programs and Outreach.
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.
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).
A conversation on diversity in comics with Verzell James (Jeremiah Black), Jiba Molei Anderson (Horsemen), and LaMorris Richmond (Boots of the Oppressor). Howard Lee moderates. Howard co-owned Hep Cat Comics in Chicago during the 80's and is currently writing two books on being African-American in comics.
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 Journal, Canoe & Kayak, Shelf Awareness, Los Angeles Review, City Pages, among other media outlets. This tour is a collaborative effort between the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, the Freemans, and Milkweed Editions.
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 the NU College Democrats.
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.
What are the most important challenges to academic inquiry at Northwestern now? Which constituencies and/or bodies of governance (student, faculty) and administrative structures are crucial in protecting and bolstering such inquiry? How? A number of recent cases at Northwestern lead us to engage in a conversation about the status of academic inquiry on our campus and the challenges it faces. This roundtable event will feature 10-minute interventions by Professors Stephen Eisenman (Art History), Peter Kirstein (History, St. Xavier University), Andrew Koppelman (Law and Political Science), and Jacqueline Stevens (Political Science) responding to the prompts above. The event will also include a question-and-answer period with audience members, and will also include a discussion about organizing a chapter of the American Association of University Professors at Northwestern.
Daniel Borzutzky, the National Book Award-winning poet (The Performance of Becoming Human) will read from his new book, Lake Michigan, a series of 19 lyric poems imagining a prison camp located on the beaches of a Chicago that is privatized, racially segregated, and overrun by a brutal police force. Patricia Smith noted, "Borzutzky’s surreal and terrifying lakeside dreamscape—sparked by the real-world specter of the city’s infamous ‘blacksite’ interrogation warehouse—is deftly crafted and chilling in its proximity to the real.”
He will be joined by Peruvian poet and professor Margarita Saona, who will also be reading her poetry. She is head of the department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois. She has published numerous articles, two books on literary and cultural criticism, Novelas familiares: Figuraciones de la nación en la novela latinoamericana contemporánea (Rosario, 2004) and Memory Matters in Transitional Perú (Londres, 2014), two books of short fiction, Comehoras (Lima, 2008) and Objeto perdido (Lima, 2012). Corazón de hojalata/Tin Heart (Chicago, 2017) is her first book of poems.
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.
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.
This panel discussion with Angela Morales, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Alissa Nutting will explore their approaches to their writing.
We're thrilled to welcome National Book Award winner (and Evanston native) Charles Johnson for this rare local appearance in conversation with Tsehaye Hebert to celebrate 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 Hawks, Dr. King’s Refrigerator, Dreamer, Faith 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.
This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.
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.
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. This event, sponsored by The Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies (CINAS) and One Book One Northwestern, features playwright and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle.
Liam Heneghan (an Evanstonian and DePaul environmental science professor) talks with Betsy Bird, the Collection Development Manager at the Evanston Public Library, 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.
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 Niala Boodhoo, host of the statewide public radio talk show The 21st, conducts a fascinating interview with Kate Masur about the story of this book—a newly revived classic of African American history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Attention all Evanston book lovers! The 2018 Evanston Literary Festival Book Fair is a showcase for local authors, presses, and literary organizations. The book fair is a great chance to celebrate Evanston’s talented and diverse literary community and buy some books directly from authors and publishers. Participating vendors include:
- Brown and Proud Press
- Gibson House Press
- Highlights of Chicago Press
- Lark Sparrow Press
- Northwestern University Press
- Path Press
- Tortoise Books
Publications and Literary Organizations
- Chicago Publishers Resource Center
- Chicago Quarterly Review
- Evanston Magazine
- Hypertext Magazine & Studio
- Off Campus Writers Workshop
- RHINO Poetry
- Shorefront Legacy Center
- Steve Bellinger
- Thomas Benz
- Dina Elenbogen
- Linda Gartz
- Tiffany Gholar
- Carrie Goldman
- Susan Gundlach & Lea Basile-Lazarus
- Libby Fischer Hellmann
- Tim Jackson
- Allan Johnston
- G.W. Kennedy
- Laurie Lawlor
- Jane Mersky Leder
- Lisa Maggiore
- Faisal Mohyuddin
- Mary Elise Monsell
- John Paterson
- Keiler Roberts
- Jay Ryan
- J.R. Summers
- Don Terras
- Stephen Vick
- Patti Waldmeir
- Michele Weldon
- Joyce Burns Zeiss
This event is free and open to the public, and features free refreshments.
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 Rizzo and their creative decisions on how to both tell and show his fantastic world. Bill Savage moderates. Professor Savage teaches English Lit at Northwestern University, where he regularly incorporates graphic novels into his course work.