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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. Bill Savage moderates.  Professor Savage teaches English Lit at Northwestern University, where he regularly incorporates graphic novels into his course work.

 

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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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RHINO Poetry Reading
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

RHINO Poetry Reading

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.

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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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It’s Time To Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

It’s Time To Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics

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.

 

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Daniel Borzutzky and Margarita Saona
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Daniel Borzutzky and Margarita Saona

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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.

 

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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

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.

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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 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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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 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:

Presses

  • 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
  • Variant

Authors

  • 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.

 

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