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Three things I like: succulent gardens, exploitative reality TV shows, and making lists of threes.
Currently reading: Empire of the Summer Moon, by S C Gwynne.
Three things I like: music festivals, Hot Tamales, and any movie starring John Cusack.
Currently reading: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Essay Fiesta is
a monthly reading series that brings local authors together for a night
of first-person essays. All donations go to 826CHI, a nonprofit writing
and tutoring center.
Oh, and HAPPY ST. PATTYS DAY!! Drink merrily and be safe!
Join us for our monthly feature, Local Author Night, spotlighting the work of writers hard at work here in Lincoln Square and surrounding neighborhoods. This month we're featuring Chicago historian Patrick Butler whose two books, Hidden History of Uptown and Edwater and Hidden History of Ravesnwood and Lakeview, take a look at some of our city's most vibrant neighborhoods! And essayist Scott Jacobs stops by to read from his hilarious new collection, Famous Ski HIlls in Wisconson (And Other Delusions of Grandeur). It's going to be hilarious and insightful and fun fun fun!
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience!
This fall two veteran journalists, Ethan Casey of Seattle and Bill Steigerwald of Pittsburgh, will be telling their unique stories and promoting their American road books together at bookstores and libraries around the country. Casey’s “Home Free“ and Steigerwald’s “Dogging Steinbeck,” both serious works of nonfiction, are enlightening, provocative and lively first-person accounts of their separate coast-to-coast travels and their impressions of America and its people.
Home Free: An American Road Trip
In the fall of 2012 international journalist, editor, and author Ethan Casey rented a car in Seattle and hit the highway. His 3½-month, 18,000-mile adventure allowed him to see firsthand the country’s current political and social landscape and to meet and listen to a wide variety of Americans. “Home Free,” the account of his travels, is an entertaining and edifying work of personal reporting in the spirit of his previous travel narratives, “Alive and Well in Pakistan” (“Intelligent and compelling” – Mohsin Hamid) and “Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti” (“Heartfelt” – Paul Farmer).
First Bill Steigerwald used John Steinbeck’s classic “Travels with Charley” as a map for his own cross-country road trip in search of America. Then he proved that Steinbeck’s iconic travel book is so highly fictionalized and misleading that it doesn’t deserve to be called a work of nonfiction. Steigerwald’s spirited, lively and news-making book, which sets the record straight on “Charley,” is a feat of reporting and literary detective work. Its revelations have been praised by master travel writer Paul Theroux, featured in the New York Times, and discussed on C-SPAN.
Ethan Casey covered Asia for newspapers including the Boston Globe and The Globe and Mail of Toronto and has written books about Haiti and Pakistan.
Bill Steigerwald is a former newspaper writer and syndicated columnist from Pittsburgh who worked at the Los Angeles Times and two Pittsburgh dailies.
Join us at the Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall for a concert with Peggy Seeger and a free pre-concert book event at 6:30 p.m. with Ron Cohen, author of The Pete Seeger Reader.
Peggy writes, "It's silly, you know. When I lived in the USA I was homesick for the UK. Now I'm over here and homesick for friends and acquaintances and the audiences in the USA."
We're excited to present Eric Shonkwiler as he reads from his new novel, Above All Men.