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We're excited to announce the first Friday of each month we'll have the wonderful Miss Jamie at The Book Cellar doing a musical storytime for kids of all ages!
Check out her website for more info: www.missjamiesfarmparties.com
Essay Fiesta comes to The Book Cellar once again for an evening of Live Lit. Show starts at 7 pm, so get here early to grab a seat and a drink!
Don't forget the theme song!
All donations go to 826 Chicago.
Join us at The Book Cellar to see Anne K Ream as she discusses her book Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors.
About Lived Through This:
Part personal history of Anne Ream's own experience rebuilding her life after violence, part memoir of a multi-country, multi-year journey spent listening to survivors, Lived Through This is at once deeply personal and resolutely political. In these pages we are introduced to, among others, the women of Atenco, Mexico, victims of rape and political torture who are speaking out about gender-based violence in Latin America; Beth Adubato, a woman who was raped by a popular athlete and then denied justice when her college failed to fully investigate the attack; and Jenny and Steve Bush, a rape survivor and her father who are working together to share Jenny's testimony of surviving rape at the hands of a veteran in order to alter the US military's response to sexual violence committed by those in its ranks.
Writing with compassion, candor, and, at times, even much-needed humor, Ream brings us a series of stories and essays that are as insistent as they are incisive. Considered individually, her profiles are profoundly moving, and even inspiring. Considered collectively, they are a window into a world where sexual violence is more commonplace than most of us imagine.
The accomplished and courageous women and men profiled in Lived Through This are, in the words of the author, "living reminders of all that remains possible in the wake of the terrible."
About Anne K Ream:
She is the Founding Co-Chair of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition to end human trafficking. The author of “Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors” (Penguin/Random House), the critically praised memoir of her multi-year, multi-country journey spent listening to the stories of victims of sexual violence and trafficking, Ream’s writing has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications.
A passionate believer in media as a tool that can create social change, Ream is the cofounder and workshop facilitator for “The Stories We Tell,” North America’s first testimonial-writing program for survivors of gender-related violence, a founding board member at Art Works for Change, which produces contemporary art exhibitions that address issues such as social justice, human rights, gender equity, and environmental sustainability, and a national co-chair of CounterQuo, a US-based initiative created to challenge legal and media responses to violence against women. Ream also serves on the advisory council of the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States, RAINN.
Ream is the recipient of numerous awards for her work on behalf of women and girls, including the Susan Estrich Courage Award, the End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award, Soroptimist International’s “Women Making a Difference” Award, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Council’s Visionary Voice Award, which was presented to her at a 2011 Clinton Presidential Center Ceremony. Ream has been named one of People Magazine’s “ Heroes Among Us,” and was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of “Chicago’s Top 40,” in an a article that highlighted the leaders and opinion shapers who "make the city great" while doing work that makes an impact on a national and international level.
We will be selling books for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as they welcome Niall Ferguson and his book The Square and the Tower.
We will be selling books at the The Chicago Council of Global Affairs as Yascha Mounk presents her book The People vs. Democracy.
The future of liberal democracy is in peril, believes Yascha Mounk. With populist movements gaining prominence across the world, faith in democratic institutions has fallen to an all-time low, while openness to illiberal forms of government is on the rise. In this climate of disillusionment, liberal democracy’s guiding principle of majority rule with minority rights is increasingly threatened, with dire implications for civil liberties. Why do growing numbers of citizens in America, and across the western world, no longer believe that democratic government can address their concerns or aspirations? Can liberal democracy be saved?
It's our monthly Local Author Night featuring Pam Canington (I Went, I Saw, I Shared), Greg Hickey (The Friar's Lantern), Kirk Landers (Alone on the Shield), Jean Iversen (Local Flavor) and Tony Romano (Where My Body Ends and the World Begins).
About I Went, I Saw, I Shared:
"Let's go on a few trips together. I'll take you on planes, trains, boats, and cablecars. Out to sea; to Europe; around the United States. I bring you my travelogues and hope you enjoy reading the adventures and getting to know my family and me."
About Pam Canington:
Pam and her husband Darren and have been married since 1989. She is a legal secretary for a large Chicago law firm; he is a retired Navy sailor. They have two grown kids. She enjoys writing about the trips and vacations she takes with family and friends. After twenty years worth of saved travelogues, she felt it was time to combine them. She hopes to make them feel as though they are on each and every journey with her.
About The Friar's Lantern:
You may win $1,000,000. You will judge a man of murder. An eccentric scientist tells you he can read your mind and offers to prove it in a high-stakes wager. A respected college professor exacts impassioned, heat-of-the-moment revenge on his wife's killer-a week after her death-and you're on the jury.
About Greg Hickey:
Greg is an actor, screenwriter, and blogger. He loves sharing stories while staying busy with the other facets of his life. He is a forensic scientist by day and endurance athlete and author by nights, lunches, weekends and any other spare moments. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.
About Alone on the Shield:
I hope you get drafted, I hope you go to Vietnam, I hope you get shot, and I hope you die there. Those words, spoken in the anger of youth, marked the end of the torrid 1960s college romance of Annette DuBose and Gabe Pender. She would marry a fellow antiwar activist and end up immigrating to Canada. He would fight in Vietnam and come home to build an American dream kind of life--a great career, a trophy wife, and a life of wealth and privilege. Forty years later, they have reconnected and discovered a shared passion: solo canoeing in Ontario's raw Quetico wilderness. They decide to meet again to get caught up on old times, but not in a restaurant or coffee shop--they agree to meet on an island deep in the Quetico wilds. Though they try to control their expectations for the rendezvous, they both approach the island with a growing realization of the emotional void in their lives and wonder how different everything might have been if they had spent their lives together. They must overcome challenges just to reach the island, then encounter the greatest challenges of all--each other, and a weather event for the ages. Alone on the Shield is a story about the Vietnam War and the things that connect us. It is the story of aging Baby Boomers, of the rare kinds of people who paddle alone into the wilderness, and of the kind of adventure that comes only to the bold and the brave.
About Kirk Landers:
Kirk's professional writing career was launched in the US Army, later entering the special-interest and trade magazine worlds. The magazines won more than a hundred awards for journalistic excellence. Kirk is a member of the Construction Writers Hall of Fame, and lives in the suburbs of Chicago.
About Local Flavor:
Local Flavor explores iconic restaurants in eight Chicago neighborhoods, telling their little-known stories and tracing how local cuisine shaped the cultural history of the area.
About Jean Iversen:
Jean Iversen is the author of BYOB Chicago, a resource for Chicago's dining community. She has written for publications including Crain's Chicago Business, Time Out Chicago, and the Daily Herald.
About Where My Body Ends and the World Begins:
On December 1, 1958, a devastating blaze at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago took the lives of ninety-two children, shattering a close-knit Italian neighborhood. In this eloquent novel, set nearly a decade later, twenty-year-old Anthony Lazzeri struggles with survivor’s guilt, which is manifested through conflicted feelings about his own body. Complicating his life is a retired detective’s dogged belief that Anthony was involved in the setting of the fire. Tony Romano’s delicate handling of Anthony’s journey is deeply moving, exploring the complex psychological toll such an event has on those involved, including families...and an entire community. This multi-faceted tale follows Anthony’s struggles to come to terms with how the events of that day continue to affect him and those around him. Aided by a sometime girlfriend, a former teacher, and later his parents—after long buried family secrets are brought into the open— he attempts to piece together a life for himself as an adult.
About Tony Romano:
Tony Romano was born in San Salvatore Telesino, Italy, and moved to Chicago when he was eleven months old. His collection of short stories If You Eat, You Never Die (Harper, 2008), and his novel When the World was Young (Harper, 2007), were both finalists in the Society of Midland Authors awards in the Adult Fiction category. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Sou’wester, Whetstone, and Italian Americana. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three daughters.