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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.

The event is free but advance registration is required at this link.

 

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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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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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You Go Girl?: Coming of Age at the Present Moment—A Conversation with Authors Renee Engeln and Megan Stielstra
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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Instead of Redface: From the Stage to the Supreme Court
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. 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.

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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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