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2019-2020 Program Menu (PDF)

CWA Speakers Bureau Quick Fact:

Entering its 11th year, the Chicago Writers Association Speakers Bureau continues its run as a go-to resource for local venues seeking high-quality, spirited programs. This year’s Speakers Bureau menu features:

  • 67 original programs from 41 local presenters
  • 25 new programs touching on topics ranging from pop culture and writing to Chicago history

Programs on the CWA Speakers Bureau menu include key information to inform your programming decisions. Should you have interest in a particular program, please contact the presenter directly.

Program Topics

Have questions or comments about the CWA Speakers Bureau? Please contact Speakers Bureau Director Daniel P. Smith at smithwriting@gmail.com or (708) 717-6126.

Local Connections

“A Writer’s Journey: From Genealogical Roots to Award Winning Novel” by Geralyn Hesslau Magrady

After the Chicago Fire, protagonist Livia Haas experiences labor unrest and the Haymarket Riots. Her placement in history and personal turmoil from her first love, a deceased brother, and a sinister acquaintance who threatens her life are historically rooted in the novel LINES. Magrady, 2016 winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project, discovered her main character researching her own genealogy. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books).

References

Donna Raleigh, Gail Borden Public Library District, draleigh@gailborden.info, (847) 429-5981; Josephine Tucci, Berwyn Public Library, jtucci@berwynlibrary.org, (708) 749-6311

Website

www.ghesslaumagrady.com

Contact

g.magrady@yahoo.com, (773) 401-2220

“Chicago Genealogy 101” by Grace DuMelle

Learn insider tips on finding your Windy City relations from Grace DuMelle, author of Finding Your Chicago Ancestors and head of Heartland Historical Research. Discover geographic and government sources – fire insurance maps, probate cases, inquest records, and more – that can open a window into your ancestors’ world. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $195 with permission to sell books) 

References

 Anne Estabrook Driver, Chicago Public Library, (312) 747-4626

Website

www.hhrs1872.wordpress.com

Contact

hhrs1872@ameritech.net, (312) 842-8933

“Devils in the White City – and Beyond” by Richard C. Lindberg

True crime author Rich Lindberg presents a fascinating montage of Gaslight Era serial killers, scoundrels, and murderers. A veritable rogues gallery will pass in review, including H.H. Holmes (the original Devil in the White City), matrimonial swindlers, and murderers Johann Hoch and Belle Gunness plus the enduring mystery of Lizzie Borden of Fall River and Amy Archer Gilligan, the black widow who inspired the play and movie “Arsenic and Old Lace.” (Adults; 60-90 min; $140)

References

Chuck Freilich, Mather Lifeways, (847) 493-6757; Joan Waxman, North Shore Senior Center, (847) 784-6002

Website

www.richardlindberg.net

Contact

rclwriter@aol.com, (773) 631-3023

NEW! “When Football Was Football” by Joe Ziemba

Join author Joe Ziemba for a humorous look at the wacky early days of professional football, focusing on the NFL’s oldest franchise, the Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals. Relive the rowdy, formative years of football through audience interaction, rare archival photos, and surprising insight into local historical figures such as Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, George Halas, and Al Capone. All are part of the often-comical history of pro football. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $150)

References

Debby Preiser, Oak Park Public Library, (708) 697-6915, dpreiser@oppl.org; Xavier Duran, Lisle Library District, (630) 971-1675, duranx@lislelibrary.org

Contact

joe_ziemba@msn.com, (815) 953-1270

NEW! “The Bears and the Cardinals: The Forgotten History of the NFL’s Oldest Teams” by Joe Ziemba

Celebrate the National Football League’s 100th season with author Joe Ziemba, who offers an unusual program on the “forgotten” early history of the oldest teams in the NFL: the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals. These are the only original clubs from the 1920 inception of the NFL and their histories provide a multitude of entertaining stories to ensure a memorable evening for football fans and lovers of Chicago history. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $150)

References

Debby Preiser, Oak Park Public Library, (708) 697-6915, dpreiser@oppl.org; Xavier Duran, Lisle Library District, (630) 971-1675, duranx@lislelibrary.org

Contact

joe_ziemba@msn.com, (815) 953-1270

NEW! “Chicago’s Most Wanted” by Laura L. Enright

Chicago, when told it couldn’t do something, went ahead and did it anyway. Far from a toddling town, it was, and is a charging town, meeting challenges head on, losing big and winning bigger. From sports, to politics, to gangsters, to ghosts, Enright presents amazing facts from her book Chicago’s Most Wanted: The Top Ten book of Murderous Mobsters, Midway Monsters and Windy City Oddities. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books).

References

Anne Estabrook Driver, Chicago Public Library,  estabrook@chipublib.org, (312) 747-4626; Penny Blubaugh, Eisenhower Public Library, BlubaughP@EisenhowerPLD.org, (708) 867-7828

Website

www.laura-enright.com

Contact

lauraenright64@gmail.com

“Return to the Scene of the Crime” by Richard C. Lindberg

Chicago author and historian Rich Lindberg takes his listeners on a tour of famous and forgotten Chicago crime scenes spanning 150 years. Based on his locally best-selling book Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago, Lindberg, who has spoken to numerous membership groups, associations, libraries, and centers for adult education, shares his colorful anecdotes and stories about the Windy City’s lusty, colorful, and often notorious past. (Adults; 60-90 min; $140)

References

Dori Sullens, McHenry College Continuing Educations, (815) 455-8559; Joan Davis, Del Webb Sun City, joandavis@gmail.com

Website

www.richardlindberg.net

Contact

rclwriter@aol.com, (773) 631-3023

NEW! “The History of the Chicago Stockyards” by Richard C. Lindberg

Slide presentation and lecture about the history of the stockyards and its notable personalities, spanning its entire 106-year history. Presentation also covers Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and its impact on bringing much needed reform to the yards, improvements to sanitary conditions, and the tale of “Bubbly Creek,” the polluted waterway that has never fully recovered from the environmental damage of a hundred years ago. (All ages; 60-90 min; $140)

References

Kailey Schwartzhoff, Patty Turner Senior Center, (847) 940-4010; Gayle Weyland, Palatine Library (847) 358-5881 x114 

Website

www.richardlindberg.net

Contact

rclwriter@aol.com, (773) 631-3023

NEW! “Shadow over Chicago: Al Capone and the Windy City” by Robert I. Girardi

Al Capone was one of the most notorious gangsters in American history. His exploits left an indelible taint on the City of Chicago. Retired Chicago Police Detective Robert I. Girardi discusses the career and legacy Capone left on the city. (All ages; 60 min; $150) 

References

Kathy Hussey, Wilmette Historical Museum, (847) 853-7666, husseyk@wilmette.com; Bill Furry, Illinois State Historical Society, (217) 525-2781, wfurry@sbcglobal.net

Website

www.robertgirardi.com

Contact

(773) 319-3508, CvlWarGuy@aol.com

“Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair” by William Hazelgrove

This 80-slide PowerPoint presentation covers the second World’s Fair in Chicago, a time in which Al Capone had a hammerlock on the city during the years of the Great Depression. Readers of The Devil in the White City will recognize the same problems besetting the building of this small city on the lakefront with Sally Rand and the Skyride as the main attractions. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $200 with permission to sell books) 

References

Debbie Prieser, Oak Park Library, (708) 383-8200; Virginia Donahue, Algonquin Library, (847) 458-6060 

Website

http://www.williamhazelgrove.com

Contact

bhazelgrove@gmail.com, (708) 466-7601

“Chicago Roller Skating History” by Marcie Hill

Roll down memory lane with author and Chicago roller skating historian Marcie Hill as she discusses 135-plus years of Chicago roller skating history. Starting with the first rink in the 1880s, she highlights Chicago’s role in the great phenomenon, including: Chicago firsts; classism and racism; and the staying power of the world’s most popular sport and leisure activity. A recollection for some and a history lesson for others. (All ages; 60 min; $250)

References

Randy Richardson, Chicago Writers Association, info@chicagowrites.org; Nicholas Saunders, Chicago Public Library, (312) 747-3270

Website

http://www.marciewrites.com

Contact

msmarcie@marciewrites.com, (877) 570-5228

“The Chicago Cubs As Champions: Then and Now” by Charles Billington

Sports historian Charles Billington, author of Wrigley Field’s Last World Series, discusses the ramifications for the team’s new identity in light of their 2016 World Series championship. Billington details the team’s great success in its early years, continued dominance during the Depression, deep-seated futility in the last half of the 20th Century, and their recent return to supremacy. Billlington’s program includes rare film footage of the team through the years and also explores the cultural, economic, and social significance the organization has had through Chicago’s history. (Pre-teens through adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)

References

Christy Eyre, Brookfield Public Library, (708) 485-6917; Richard Dawidowicz, Knights of Columbus, (847) 478-9419

Website

www.charlesbillington.com 

Contact

(773) 351-5871, cnb1148@sbcglobal.net

“The Path to On the Job: Murder, Reflection, and Where TV Cop Shows Fail” by Daniel P. Smith

The relationship between the police and the public continues generating attention. On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police author Daniel P. Smith guides audiences into the closed-door society that is the Chicago Police Department. Sharing never-before-told stories of the tolls the job exacts on the officers, their families, and their lives while interweaving a discussion of Chicago’s criminal landscape, police department culture, and history, Smith discusses the unique personal experiences that led him to pen his debut work. (Adults; 75 min; $150-200 with permission to sell books)

References

Cindy Kline, Indian Prairie Public Library, (630) 887-8760, klinec@indianprairielibrary.org; Jeannine Kacmar, Palos Heights Public Library, jkacmar@phlibrary.org, (708) 448-1473 x104

Contact

smithwriting@gmail.com, (708) 717-6126

“Comiskey Park’s Last World Series: The Go-Go White Sox and the Pennant of 1959” by Charles N. Billington

The 1959 Chicago White Sox were the South Side’s first pennant winners in 40 years, but their success played in front of a tragic backdrop: one of Chicago’s first families locked in a bitter legal battle for control of a prized heirloom, the team itself. Sports historian Charles Billington delves into this history, which includes a film analysis of the 1959 World Series as well as a legal and business history of the 1950s-era baseball industry. (Pre-teens to Adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)

References

Nancy Kendzior, Bloomingdale Public Library, (630) 924-2735; Peggy Hamill, Glencoe Library, (847) 835-5056

Website

www.charlesbillington.com

Contact

(773) 351-5871, cnb1148@sbcglobal.net

“Wrigley Field’s Football Championship: The 1963 Chicago Bears and the Fall of the House of Halas” by Charles Billington

Author and sports historian Charles Billington discusses one of sport’s most dominant and colorful teams: the 1963 World Champion Chicago Bears. Playing at the start of pro football’s “modern age” under legendary owner/coach George S. Halas, the 1963 Bears put an indelible stamp on their profession; yet, their success sparked Halas’ eventual downfall. The Bears’ contribution to Chicago’s social and economic fabric is discussed along with the tragedies so many of the players would encounter. Billington also shares rare film footage of the 1963 season as well. (Pre-teens to adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)

References

Marci Buerger, Mt. Prospect Public Library, (847) 590-3215; Sara Adelphia, Hanover Township Senior Center, (630) 483-5600

Website

www.charlesbillington.com

Contact

(773) 351-5871, cnb1148@sbcglobal.net

“Chicago and the Memory of the Civil War” by Robert I. Girardi

The Windy City was a source of men, supplies, and transportation during the Civil War. The conflict made Chicago a major city. The men who fought the war came home to build and rebuild the town and, along the way, they erected museums and monuments. They presided over parades and Memorial Day services until a disinterested public swept them aside. Today, their legacy adorns Chicago’s landscape, but few remember their story. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Kathy Hussey, Wilmette Historical Museum, (847) 853-7666, husseyk@wilmette.com; Bill Furry, Illinois State Historical Society, (217) 525-2781, wfurry@sbcglobal.net

Website

www.robertgirardi.com

Contact

(872) 256-5773, CvlWarGuy@aol.com

“Silhouettes of the Past: Growing up in Chicago during the 1950’s and 1960’s” by Dr. Leslie K. Best

Author and educator Dr. Leslie K. Best discusses Chicago’s past, including historical data prior to and during the 1950’s and 1960’s that impacted her life as an African-American living on the South Side of Chicago. Dr. Best details her family’s journey through the Woodlawn, Hyde Park, and Chatham communities in the quest for a better life. They often had to break through discrimination, racial restrictions, and barriers; however, she found mostly pleasurable experiences that everyone can connect to. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Kelley Nicholas-Brown, Richton Park Library, (708) 481-5333

Contact

(708) 912-7018, besteducate@aol.com

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Life and Family

NEW! “Embrace Retirement” by Russ Fahrner

Russ Fahrner, co-founder and owner of Brussell, Inc. and author of Embrace Retirement, helps individuals create a retirement plan using a proactive seven-component guide. Fahrner not only shares his retirement story, but reviews what others are reporting and doing to rekindle old passions, accept life changes, and be receptive to new doors opening. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Adults; 90 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Jeffrey S. Lasky, CPA, (847) 564-0600; Marty Kearney, Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (retired), (847) 924-6177

Website

Welcome2retirement.com

Contact

(847) 341-0605, Brussell.retire@gmail.com

NEW! “Swedish Death Cleaning” by Jeanne Roppolo

“A loved one wishes to inherit nice things from you; not all things from you.” Give your family the gift of a clean, organized, and simple life. Join in the discussion as we discover how to downsize in a memorable and joyful way. Learn about fun projects that can be started at any age. Why wait? Begin today. (Adults; 60 min; $225 with permission to sell books)

References

Nina Kuzniak, Mather Lifeways, (773) 205-3306, nkuzniak@matherlifeways.com; Dina Sweet, DeKalb CUSD 428, (815) 757-8536, dina.sweet@d428.org

Website

www.grandmagoesto.com

Contact

(808) 987-4473, jeanneroppolo@yahoo.com

“Surrounded by Santa: Bring Meaning Back to Your Holidays” by Jerilyn Willin

Holidays used to be wonderful without breaking the bank. They can be again. “Santa” is an interactive program designed to help folks reclaim their holidays from the media and retail frenzy. Participants explore what is meaningful for them in holiday celebrations vs. expectations and pressures; examine their most remembered holiday experiences; and create traditions (new or vintage) that bring holiday meaning back to them and their families. Includes handouts. (Adults; 90 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

References

Diane Breulin, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, dbreunlin@sycamorechamber.com

Website

www.jerilynwillin.com

Contact

Jerilyn@jerilynwillin.com, (630) 924-8565

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Career & Professional Development

“Public Speaking for the Painfully Shy Author” by Victoria Noe

Are you happiest when you’re writing? Miserable when you’re asked to speak in public? Let author and former stage director Victoria Noe give you the confidence to face any audience by learning how to choose a reading, introduce yourself, and use a microphone. Bring a three-minute excerpt from your work. Up to three audience members will be chosen to show off what they’ve learned. (Adults; 75-90 min; $250 with permission to sell books)

References

Porter Anderson, Porter Anderson Media, porter@porterandersonmedia.com; Kim Bookless, publishing consultant, kim@kimbookless.com

Website

www.victorianoe.com

Contact

victoria@victorianoe.com, (773) 450-0391

“Become a Game-Changing Marketer in 30 Days: Follow These Seven Steps to Develop a Marketing Plan and Make Success Happen” by Debbie Fliehman

Accelerate your journey along a marketing plan learning curve with actionable steps you can implement today. You will learn how to organize a team, develop purpose statements, create a corporate identity, identify customer opportunities, select marketing activities, prepare a budget, and implement and evaluate your marketing plan. Designed for business owners and anyone in an organization who wants to favorably impact the marketing plan process. Includes workbook. (Adults; 60 min; $325 with permission to sell books)

References

Betty Aliko, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, (734) 838-3861, baliko@greatlakeswbc.org; Deb Loeser, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, (734) 838-3860, dloeser@miceed.org

Website

www.debbiefliehman.com

Contact

DebbieF@Creativetechresources.com, (847) 821-6723 x224

“How to Make a Presentation Without Passing Out” by Jerilyn Willin

Overwhelmed by butterflies when asked to speak in public? Public speaking is the #1 fear of adults, yet we present all the time. We give reports at work, pitch to agents/editors, interview, network, and make formal presentations. Can it get easier? Yes, it can! Learn tools and techniques to: help you better think on your feet, turn nerves into positive energy, confidently answer questions, and know what to do with your hands. Includes handouts. (Adults; 60-90 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

References

Jennifer Bombrake, Bridgeview Public Library, (708) 458-2880, jbombrake@bridgeviewlibrary.org

Website

www.jerilynwillin.com

Contact

Jerilyn@jerilynwillin.com, (630) 924-8565

“Eyes on the Prize: 5 Steps to Get Where You Want to Be” by Jerilyn Willin

Having a goal is just the first step to getting where you want to be. Goals don’t achieve themselves. They require attention and focus. Every day. This program shares steps to help you move toward the life and career outcomes you desire. You will learn how to: develop SMART goals, work toward them every day, get out of your own way, and develop an easy-to-remember roadmap of strategies. You will leave the workshop with next steps and a plan. Includes handouts. (Adults; 60-90 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

References

Juli Schatz, Author! Author!, Bibliocat36@gmail.com

Website

www.jerilynwillin.com

Contact

Jerilyn@jerilynwillin.com, (630) 924-8565

“It’s Never Too Late to Make Mid-Course Corrections” by Mary T. Wagner

From soccer mom to supreme court arguments; sneakers to spike heels; waitressing to award-winning author; the career path taken by When the Shoe Fits author and “Growing Bolder” blogger Mary T. Wagner has been varied – but never dull. Combining optimism, practicality, and a healthy dose of humor, Wagner offers hard-won pointers about personal growth, reinvention, and the importance of trusting your instincts. Includes readings, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

References

Pat Mahlendorf, Friends of the Mead Public Library, 01paddy@att.net; Annie Bahringer, W.J. Niederkorn Public Library, abahringer@esls.lib.wi.us

Website

www.marytwagner.com, www.runningwithstilettos.com, www.marywagner.growingbolder.com

Contact

(262) 573-7161, runwstilettos@yahoo.com

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Mind and Body

NEW! “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck: From Occupational Therapist to Patient and Beyond” by Janet R. Douglas

Be prepared to weep a little and laugh a lot as Douglas shares the lived experience of a devastating stroke as both therapist and patient. Douglas suffered a massive stroke at a wedding in her native England. She emerged from coma weeks later to find herself a patient in a Chicago hospital where she had once worked, her left side paralyzed and her memory and identity gone. Douglas tells the story of her quest to get back to 90 percent of who she was before. She falls short of that goal yet emerges a new and better version of herself. (Adults; 60 min; $125 with permission to sell books)

References

Roger Prosise, PhD, (847) 323-2317, rdprosise@gmail.com; Mitchell Goodman, PhD, (847) 577-3733, igloop@aol.com

Website

www.awonderfulstrokeofluck.com

Contact

jandouglas@comcast.net, (312) 925-5399

NEW! “Food Fallacies and Fake News: Determining What’s Real and What’s Media Hype” by Joan Davis

We’re constantly being bombarded with changing, contradictory nutritional headlines (“Eggs are in- Now they’re out” and “Avoid fat—Or Not”), it’s no wonder people are confused. How do you know what to believe? Nutrition expert Joan Davis will clear the confusion, helping participants discover practical approaches, recognize “red flags,” and practice analyzing food claims to develop confidence determining what’s fake and what’s real. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $ 150 negotiable)

References

Susan Riddle-Majica, Huntley Area Public Library, (847) 669-5386, sriddle-mojica@huntleylibrary.org; Dee McConnell, Harper College Lifelong Learning Institute, (847) 925-6875, Dmcconne@harpercollege.edu 

Website

www.plantbasedjoan.com

Contact

joanlarryd@gmail.com, (847) 802-4090

NEW! “Entering the Blue Zones: How to Increase Your Chances of Living VIBRANTLY into Your 90’s and Beyond” by Joan Davis

Grab your suitcase and detective hat to travel with registered nurse Joan Davis to the Blue Zones, coming back with secrets to living longer with better health. Follow in the footsteps of National Geographic adventurer Dan Buettner, best-selling author of The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer. This fast-paced interactive program will provide tips so you can successfully incorporate Blue Zone strategies into your own life. Includes handouts, Q&A. (60 min; $150 negotiable)

References

Susan Riddle-Majica, Huntley Area Public Library, (847) 669-5386, sriddle-mojica@huntleylibrary.org; Dee McConnell, Harper College Lifelong Learning Institute, (847) 925-6875, Dmcconne@harpercollege.edu

Website

www.plantbasedjoan.com

Contact

joanlarryd@gmail.com, (847) 802-4090

NEW! “Spiritual Awakening in America” by Robert Taub

Author, spiritual healer, and Sedona Journal contributor Robert Taub will read from his book, Awakening in America: An Adventure in Awareness, his blog, and other published work, and discuss the significance of the spiritual awakening now in America. Taub will demonstrate his unique abilities as well as the power, and potential, of an awakened human. Taub has presented his work to audiences since 2002 and conducted several thousand transformational healing and guidance sessions. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $300 plus travel expenses with permission to sell books)

References

Colleen Flynn, Client, (312) 909-1945, cef623@sbcglobal.net; Claudine Guertin, Client, (773) 485-3418, claudineguertin@yahoo.com

Website

www.awakeninginamerica.com

Contact

info@awakeninginamerica.com, (312) 565-0737

“I Can’t Be a Runner … Or Can I?” by Danny Smith

Go from the couch to the 5k finish line. Former Running Times contributing writer Danny Smith shows you how. Informative and inspirational, Smith presents a detailed and proven 10-week program that blends walking and running. Leave with a plan and the necessary knowledge to take charge of your health. A perfect program to pair with Chicago Marathon headlines or New Year’s resolutions. Partner with the local park district for added reach and impact. Includes handouts. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $175-200)

References

Cindy Kline, Indian Prairie Public Library, (630) 887-8760 x230, cindyk@ippl.info; Jeannine Kacmar, Palos Heights Public Library, jkacmar@phlibrary.org, (708) 448-1473 x104

Contact

turnleftcreative@gmail.com, (708) 717-6126

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History

“Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago” by Linda Gartz

Learn about the federal government’s lending policy that segregated America and its impact on the author’s community and family as recorded in long-hidden letters and diaries. Her landlord parents nurtured tenants and buildings on Chicago’s West Side from 1948-1994 all the while documenting their work-a-day world, the 1960s racial changes, riots, and aftermath. Features redlining maps, readings, archive images, and sample diary entries. Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $150-300 with permission to sell books)

References

Elizabeth Cummings, Newberry Library, (312) 255-3610, cummingse@newberry.org; Alia Poulos, Loyola University, alia.poulos@gmail.com, (631) 375-2584 

Website

 www.LindaGartz.com

Contact

linda@lindagartz.com, (847) 328-5647

NEW! “Tables Turned on Them: Jews Guarding Nazi POWs Held in the United States” by Dr. Michael J. Greenberg

A presentation describes the experiences of Jewish GIs assigned to guard, heal, and re-educate German POWs held in the United States during World War II. These GIs performed a verbal repair of the world despite the dangers of going into POW compounds unarmed and experiencing anti-Semitic taunts. With anti-Semitism now on the rise, these GIs become role models on positively responding to this threat. Q&A. (Adults; 60-90 min; $175-200 with permission to sell books).

References

Richard Reeder, Chicago Jewish Author’s Literary Series, richardreeder34@gmail.com, (847) 542-4624; Arnold Sandler, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, gdhndsman@aol.com

Contact

Tablesturnedonthem@gmail.com, (847) 714-6631

NEW! “History You Didn’t Learn in School” by Donna Urbikas

WWII and eastern Europe provide challenges for students of history and curiosity seekers and the history of that region leading up to and following WWII remains very complicated. Based on the author’s award-winning memoir, My Sister’s Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin’s Siberia, learn what is rarely presented in history classes and how regional and nationalistic ideologies influence current political events in eastern Europe, specifically in Poland. The program features an audio/visual presentation, including original reference materials, handouts, and Q&A. (Older teens and adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Cindy Kline, Indian Prairie Public Library, (630) 887-8760, x230, cindyk@ippl.info; Jim Dalbec, Ela Township Community Center, (847) 438-9160, jimd@elatownship.org

Website

www.danutaurbikas.com

Contact

donna@danutaurbikas.com, (312) 343-5454

NEW! “Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life before the Taliban” by Susan Fox

Explore the turbulent 1960s and 70s through the lens of the Peace Corps. Learn what it was like for the thousands of young men and women who left home to work in the poorest countries on the planet. Get to know Jo, a volunteer in Afghanistan who starts a nursing school for Afghan girls, and leaves a piece of her heart in the Hindu Kush mountains. Compare life in Afghanistan then and now, with an emphasis on women’s rights. Includes PowerPoint presentation, handouts, discussion, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Vicki Forquer, Kankakee Public Library, (815) 939-4564, vforquer@lions-online.org

Website

www.littlewomenofbaghlan.com

Contact

suefox.writer@gmail.com, (815) 954-4375

“The Journey of Mollie’s War from Inspiration to Publication” by Cyndee Schaffer

Author Cyndee Schaffer discusses women in the military during WWII and, in particular, her mother’s experiences as a member of the Women’s Army Corps. Mollie’s War is a memoir describing the life of a WAC who followed the troops into England, France, and Germany. Using excerpts from Mollie’s letters written home to her family, Schaffer takes you on the romantic and always frightful journey of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history. Presentation includes WAC recruiting movie, slideshow, photos, letters, medals, and memorabilia. (Teens and adults; 60 min; $150-$300 negotiable with permission to sell books)

References

Bob Conklin, Moline Public Library, (309) 524-2476, bconklin@molinelibrary.org; Denise Blaszynski, St. Charles Library, DBlaszynski@stcharleslibrary.org, (630) 584-0076 x240

Website

www.mollieswar.com

Contact

cyndeeschaffer@gmail.com, (847) 917-4125

NEW! “Wild Boar to Baconfest: Pigs in History and Popular Culture” by Cynthia Clampitt

Pigs were the first food animals to be domesticated and culinary traditions we still pursue (from sausage and bacon to hunting truffles) stretch back into antiquity. Pork was virtually the only meat available to most of Medieval Europe and if you ask for meat in China, you will get pork. It is the most commonly eaten meat in the world. However, pigs also present us with some challenges. (General audience; 60 min; $150 plus travel)

References

Anna Demitraszek, Wood Dale Public Library, (847) 766-6762, ADemitraszek@wooddalelibrary.org; Judy Bock, Geographic Society of Chicago, (847) 223-7627, judyil@aol.com

Website

www.worldplate.com

Contact

caclampitt@att.net, (847) 537-7915

“U.S.–Dakota War of 1862: A Forgotten Battle” by L. Sue Baugh

In Minnesota, August 1862, a smoldering conflict between the U.S. government and the Dakota Sioux finally erupted into war. The savage battle that followed forced President Lincoln to pull troops from the Civil War and send them to Minnesota to quell the uprising. In this multimedia presentation, award-winning speaker Sue Baugh explains how this forgotten conflict led to the largest mass execution in U.S. history and left a legacy that still haunts both sides of the conflict. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $100)

References

Ron Mantegna, North Shore Senior Center, (847) 784-6000, ron.mantegna@comcast.net; Kailey Schwartzhoff, Patty Turner Center, (847) 572-2653, kailey@pattyturnercenter.org

Contact

sue.baughws@gmail.com, (847) 902-4973

“The Codebreaker and the POW: A Family Legacy of WWII” by L. Sue Baugh

In this gripping family story, author Sue Baugh describes how her father, born in Manila, became a codebreaker for the U.S. Navy and helped crack Japanese codes before the Battle of Midway, while her grandfather fought on Corregidor Island and survived three years in a Japanese POW camp. This multimedia presentation reveals the heroic efforts it took to defeat Japanese forces and liberate the Philippines. Includes handouts, Q&A (Adults; 60 min; $100)

References

Mike Zimmerman, American Legion, (847) 971-3825, mikezimmerman3@gmail.com; Larry Sassorossi, American Legion, (847) 858-0740, larrysasso@gmail.com

Contact

sue.baughws@gmail.com, (847) 902-4973

“Gypsy Music Street: Genocide and a Daughter’s Journey to Her Mother’s Shattered World” by Roberta Dietzen

Following the death of her Holocaust survivor mother, Rezsi Lehrer, in 2007, Roberta Dietzen wrote her memoir, Gypsy Music Street, a story about irrevocable loss and the traumatic ramifications of the Holocaust that continue to resonate with following generations. Dietzen shares the rich Jewish culture of pre-war Eastern Europe and her memorable roots trip to Budapest and Ukraine. She stresses the importance of bringing awareness to the phenomenon of genocide. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60-90 min; $150-200 with permission to sell books)

References

Wendy Schoof, Carbondale Public Library, (618) 457-0354, wschoof@carbondale.lib.il.us; Richard Reeder, Chicago Jewish Author’s Literary Series, richardreeder34@gmail.com, (847) 542-4624

Website

wix.com/robertadietzen

Contact

rldietzen@comcast.net, (847) 204-7608

“How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else” by Cynthia Clampitt

About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass in Mexico transformed itself into corn – and then transformed the Americas, even before First Contact. After First Contact, it spanned the globe and drove westward expansion in North America, building cities and inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. Vampires, Henry Ford, time zones, Fritos, and the Chicago Bears are all part of this remarkable story. (General audience; 60 min; $150 plus travel expenses and permission to sell books)

References

Judy Bock, Geographic Society of Chicago, (847) 223-7627, judyil@aol.com; Debi Wolfe, Schaumburg Public Library, dwolfe@stdl.org, (847) 923-3391

Website

www.worldplate.com

Contact

caclampitt@att.net, (847) 537-7915

“The Rule of Rum” by Cynthia Clampitt

Even if you don’t drink rum, this is worthwhile history. Learn when rum arose and where, how pirates got involved, how rum helped unite the 13 Colonies, and how it became one of the issues that led to the American Revolution. From the Caribbean across the British Empire, from taxes to military rum rations, come discover how rum once ruled the world. Includes handouts. (General audience; 60 min; $150 plus travel)

References

Jan Oblinger, Fremont Public Library, (847) 918-3239, joblinger@fremontlibrary.org; Vicky Edwards, Chicago Area Mensa, AchicVic@aol.com, (630) 629-8385

Website

www.worldplate.com

Contact

caclampitt@att.net, (847) 537-7915

“The Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals in their Own Words” by Robert I. Girardi

The leaders of the Civil War armies came from all walks of life, amateur as well as professional. Many rivalries and jealousies were born of ambition or from personal animosities. The generals were not shy in voicing their opinions of one another, during and after the war. Award-winning author and historian Robert I. Girardi examines the incisive and insightful comments that Civil War generals wrote about each other. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Kathy Hussey, Wilmette Historical Museum, (847) 853-7666, husseyk@wilmette.com; Bill Furry, Illinois State Historical Society, (217) 525-2781, wfurry@sbcglobal.net

Website

www.robertgirardi.com

Contact

(872) 256-5773, CvlWarGuy@aol.com

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Pop Culture & Current Events

NEW! “Vampires: From Ancient Bogeyman to Romantic Heroes” by Laura L. Enright

Throughout time, the vampire has been both the sum of all our fears and the perfect scapegoat, yet has retained an allure that has carried its popularity across centuries. Author of Vampires’ Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Bloodthirsty Biters, Stake-wielding Slayers, and Other Undead Oddities; and To Touch the Sun and Ujaali: Books 1 and 2 in her “Chicago Vampire Series,” Laura Enright examines the evolution of the vampire in myth, literature, and media and how an ancient bogeyman, by turns, has become a romantic figure, superhero, and even a teen dream. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books).

References

Penny Blubaugh, Eisenhower Public Library, (708) 867-7828, BlubaughP@EisenhowerPLD.org; Laura Foutch, Messenger Library, lfoutch@messengerpl.org, (630) 896-0240

Website

www.laura-enright.com

Contact

lauraenright64@gmail.com

NEW! “Artificial Intelligence Promise & Peril” by Lance Erlick

Are you worried about automation? Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and other leading scientific names have expressed concern about the risks posed by AI. As author of the Android Chronicles trilogy, Lance Erlick has researched, written, and presented about AI. Come join a discussion of the promise of AI, myths, threats, and what we should know about changes coming to our world. Includes Q&A, handouts (Teens and adults; 60 min; $150 plus travel beyond 10 miles with permission to sell books)

References

Terri Campbell, Prospect Heights Library,  tcampbell@phpl.info; Cynthia Clampitt, MENSA presenter, caclampitt@att.net

Website

www.LanceErlick.com

Contact

finlee7@aol.com, (847) 202-8186

“From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran” by Jacqueline Saper

Jacqueline Saper, named after Jackie Kennedy, was born in 1961 in Tehran to Iranian and British parents. Her memoir, From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran, recounts her experiences in pre-revolutionary Imperial Iran and the post-revolutionary Islamic Republic of Iran. Using slides and real-life experiences, Saper explains Iran’s culture, people, and government and also discusses the restrictive policies imposed by the ruling clerics and the resulting backslash led by Iran’s Millennials. Saper’s opinion columns and articles regularly appear in national and international publications. (Teens and Adults; 60-90 min; $350 with permission to sell books)

References

Ribhi Salhi, Oakton Community College, (847) 635-1910, rsalhi@oakton.edu

Website

www.jacquelinesaper.com

Contact

jacqueline.saper@gmail.com, (312) 493-8161

“Hidden Figures for the AIDS Epidemic” by Victoria Noe

You won’t find their names in women’s history books or documentaries about HIV/AIDS. Based on the new book, Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Woman in the AIDS Community, Noe’s presentation reveals never-before-told stories. From famous women like Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana to nuns, debutantes, and activists, you’ll discover how they changed the course of the epidemic around the world. (Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Porter Anderson, Porter Anderson Media, porter@porterandersonmedia.com; Trudy Ring, journalist, Trudy.ring@advocate.com

Website

www.victorianoe.com

Contact

victoria@victorianoe.com, (773) 450-0391

“American Diamond: Baseball, Pop Culture, and Our National Myths” by James Finn Garner

Baseball is the National Pastime, not only on the field, but in all forms of entertainment. No other sport has inspired so much literature, poetry, film, music, and performance. In this rollicking, humorous presentation, Garner explores the historic and literary reasons that drive this American phenomenon and how the Internet continues the tradition today. Garner, best known for his NYT best-seller Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, also runs the fan-driven poetry/doggerel website, Bardball.com. (Teens and adults; 60 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Ray Thomas, Del Webb Sun Cityray.thomas@SCCAH.org; Kathleen Swan, Harper College, kswan@harpercolledge.edu

Website

www.jamesfinngarner.comwww.bardball.com

Contact

(773) 878-7450, velda@jamesfinngarner.com

“Evolution of the Modern Zombie” by Scott Kenemore

Join Scott Kenemore — best-selling author of Zombie-in-Chief: Eater of the Free World and Zombie Illinois — on a rollicking tour of the zombie’s origins in Haitian mysticism through its evolutions in pop culture to the ravenous zombies of today. Fun (and appropriate) for all ages! Kenemore has previously presented at numerous colleges and universities and at top fan conventions like San Diego Comic Con and Chicago Comic Con. (All Ages; 60 min; $250)

References

Brendan Riley, Columbia College, briley@curragh-labs.org, (312) 369-8817

Website

scottkenemore.com

Contact

scottkenemore@hotmail.com, (773) 799-7127

“The James Bond Phenomenon” by Raymond Benson

Everything you want to know about James Bond 007, straight from Raymond Benson, the third official continuation author – and first American – commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write original Bond novels (between 1996-2002). Slideshow presentation covers the life of Ian Fleming, history of the novels and the films, and Benson’s own experience as a Bond author. (Teens and Adults; 90 min; $250 plus travel expenses and permission to sell books)

References

Hanley Kanar, Love is Murder Writers Conference, hanleykanar@gmail.com, (847) 337-0603; Dann Gire, Daily Herald, danngire@gmail.com, (847) 650-4229

Website

www.raymondbenson.com

Contact

RBinPerson@comcast.net, (847) 217-0389

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Travel & Adventure

“Cultural Diversity from Around the World” by Jeanne Roppolo

Culture is defined as a behavior pattern specific to a national, ethnic, professional, organizational, generational, religious, ideological, political, or regional group. These learned values shape our identity. Travel around the world with author, storyteller, and motivational speaker Jeanne Roppolo and view over 150 of her personal photos. Broaden your knowledge and understanding of our fellow human beings as we peer into various traditions and find our common ground. (All ages; 60-120 min; $350-700 with permission to sell books)

References

Nina Kuzniak, Mather Lifeways, (773) 205-3306, nkuzniak@matherlifeways.com; Dina Sweet, DeKalb CUSD 428, (815) 757-8536, dina.sweet@d428.org

Website

www.grandmagoesto.com

Contact

(808) 987-4473, jeanneroppolo@yahoo.com

“Echoes of Earth: Finding Ourselves in the Origins of the Planet” by L. Sue Baugh

Journey with award-winning author Sue Baugh and her colleague, Lynn Martinelli, who traveled 54,000 miles by camper car, fishing boat, floatplane, and river raft to capture the power and beauty of the world’s oldest rock and mineral sites. Baugh’s multimedia show offers breathtaking images from Australia, Greenland, Northwest Canada, and the Grand Canyon, and reveals a startling connection between ourselves and our planet. Includes handouts, Q&A (All ages; 60 min; $100 with permission to sell books)

References

Cyndee Schaffer, American Association of University Women, (847) 917-4125, dcmaj5@aol.com; David Shamrock, Patty Turner Center, (847) 572-2652, david@pattyturnercenter.org   

Website

www.wildstonearts.com

Contact

sue.baughws@gmail.com, (847) 902-4973

“Inside Cuba” by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Author Libby Hellmann’s Havana Lost takes place in Cuba during the Revolution of 1958-59 and during Cuba’s Special Period in the early 1990s. In addition to visiting Cuba, Hellmann did extensive research on the country and its history. With Cuba capturing current headlines, Hellmann’s PowerPoint presentation, highlighted by many of her own photos, will deepen understanding of our neighbor only 90 miles away. (Adults; 60 min; $350 with permission to sell books)

References

Deb Hoffman, Gurnee Library, dhoffman@wnpl.info; Monique Flasch, Glenview Library, mflasch@glenviewpl.org

Website

www.libbyhellmann.com

Contact

(847) 441-9194, libbyfh@comcast.net

“Travelogues” by Jeanne Roppolo

Join Grandma Jeanne (author of the Grandma Goes to… series) on one of her true-life adventures. Through her photos, videos, and storytelling, travel to distant lands, meet fascinating people, and explore other cultures. Take advantage of this fun and unique learning resource. Includes one free book and Teacher Study Guide. (All ages; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

References

Nina Kuzniak, Mather Lifeways, (773) 205-3306, nkuzniak@matherlifeways.com; Dina Sweet, DeKalb CUSD 428, (815) 757-8536, dina.sweet@d428.org

Website

www.grandmagoesto.com

Contact

(808) 987-4473, jeanneroppolo@yahoo.com

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Youth

NEW! “Ideas that Changed the World (through Entrepreneurship!)” by Lowey Bundy Sichol

Named an “Education Expert to Follow in 2019,” Sichol’s lively program is inspiring kids to change the world with their ideas and, ultimately, entrepreneurship. Sichol’s inspiring presentation brings real-world business to a level that kids understand and enjoy. Each 45-minute session includes stories of how brands like Nike, Apple, Disney, American Girl, Hershey, and Ben & Jerry’s came to be, starting with its founder as a child. Sichol interweaves topics such as what an entrepreneur is, what makes a great idea, and why this is important stuff (hint...one in eight kids will grow up to be an entrepreneur!). (Educators, Children 8-12; 45-60 min; $1,000, which includes 100 free copies from the book series)

References

Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School and Skokie School, Winnetka, IL, toddburleson@winnetka36.org; Sarah Abercrombie, Greenwich Country Day School, Sabercrombie@gcds.net

Website

www.LoweyBundySichol.com

Contact

Lowey@LoweyBundySichol.com, (978) 335-0444

“Finnigan the Circus Cat” by Mary T. Wagner

Publishers Weekly called Finnigan the Circus Cat “a charming animal story” and Windy City Reviews found it “a perfect chapter book for reading out loud.” Learn the backstory of the real Finnigan, a tiny rescue kitten who inspired the book. Wagner pairs conversations about pets, drawing, and imagination with selected readings, and finishes with a “Let’s draw Finnigan!” exercise for youngsters. (Children 5-11 and adults; 60 min; $250 with permission to sell books)

References

Pat Mahlendorf, Friends of the Mead Public Library, 01paddy@att.net; Annie Bahringer, W.J. Niederkorn Public Library, abahringer@esls.lib.wi.us

Website

www.marytwagner.comwww.runningwithstilettos.com, www.marywagner.growingbolder.com

Contact

(262) 573-7161, runwstilettos@yahoo.com

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Writing, Research & Literature

NEW! “Finding a Story in Old Photos” by Linda A. Keane

Learn how a visit to a museum and a grainy 1912 photo of women demonstrating in front of a corset factory provided the inspiration for Linda A. Keane’s historical novel, The House on Lowell Street, which won the 2018 grand prize from its publisher Deep River Books. To tell this story of intrigue in a corset factory, the author covers verifying facts through historical research, drawing the line between fact and fiction, and creating both real and imaginary characters. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; travel expenses paid with permission to sell books)

References

Andy Carmichael, Deep River Books, andy@deepriverbooks.com; Fred Shafer, Chicago Novel Workshop, fredshafer3@gmail.com

Contact

LindaKeane@aol.com, (773) 334-3334

“Write Trauma Without Traumatizing Your Reader – or Yourself” by Lea Grover

Whether you’re writing memoir, fiction, or history, writing about traumatic experiences can be a challenge. Lea Grover, book coach, RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) Speakers Bureau member, and special projects associate for The Voices and Faces Project, provides tools to convey a difficult story to readers without exploiting yourself or your characters. (Adults; 120 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Sarah Fader, Stigma Fighters, (917) 699-9578, sarahfader@gmail.com; Sara McGovern, RAINN Press Secretary, (202) 544-5537, saram@rainn.org

Website

 leagrover.com

Contact

lea.r.grover@gmail.com, (312) 437-3724

“Storytelling as a Pathway to Transformation” by Raymond Wlodkowski

In this interactive workshop, participants will use techniques of creative non-fiction and memoir to arrive at a deeper meaning of their past decisions and actions with Raymond Wlodkowski, author of Living a Motivated Life. These literary forms have the potential to lead to a more “truthful” understanding of one’s life because they provide deeper access to critical self-reflection and intuitive insights, allowing the creation of new agency and personal transformation. Includes handouts. (Adults; 90-120 min; $250 with permission to sell books)

 

References

Paul Krajniak, Discovery World: The Center for Public Innovation, (414) 531-5361, krajniak@braintools.org

Website

www.raymondwlodkowski.com

 

Contact

rwlodkow@regis.edu, (720) 252-5441

NEW! “Dialogue, Plot, and Setting” by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Three critical elements of fiction are dialogue, plot, and setting. In this interactive workshop, award-winning crime thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann will explain and illustrate the basic principles of each. Exercises on dialogue and setting will reinforce the basics. Appropriate for all fiction writers, regardless of genre. Includes handouts. (Adults; 90 min; $400 with permission to sell books)

References

Deb Hoffman, Gurnee Library, dhoffman@wnpl.info; Monique Flasch, Glenview Library, mflasch@glenviewpl.org

Website

www.libbyhellmann.com

Contact

 Libbyfh@comcast.net

NEW! “Creating Characters” by Rebecca Johns

Aspiring writers will learn the art and craft of creating more complex, more dynamic characters by creating high personal stakes and layering narrative techniques from DePaul University creative writing professor Rebecca Johns, author of The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory and Icebergs: A Novel, a PEN/Hemingway finalist work. Includes handouts and exercises. (Adults; 90 min; $300 with permission to sell books)

References

Madeline Lehmann, Warren-Newport Public Library, (847) 244-5150

Website

www.rebeccajohns.com

Contact

 rebeccajohns1971@yahoo.com

NEW! “Say That Again” by Rebecca Johns

Aspiring writers will learn the art and craft of creating more complex, more dynamic dialogue with DePaul University creative writing professor Rebecca Johns, author of The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory and Icebergs: A Novel, a PEN/Hemingway finalist. Includes handouts and exercises. (Adults; 90 min; $300 with permission to sell books)

References

Madeline Lehmann, Warren-Newport Public Library, (847) 244-5150

Website

www.rebeccajohns.com

Contact

rebeccajohns1971@yahoo.com

NEW! “Start Strong, End Strong” by Rebecca Johns

Aspiring writers will learn the art and craft of creating fascinating beginnings and endings with DePaul University creative writing professor Rebecca Johns, author of The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory and Icebergs: A Novel, a PEN/Hemingway finalist. Includes handouts and exercises. (Adults; 90 min; $300 with permission to sell books)

References

Madeline Lehmann, Warren-Newport Public Library, (847) 244-5150

Website

www.rebeccajohns.com

Contact

 rebeccajohns1971@yahoo.com

NEW! “Build Your Author Platform” by Kelli Christiansen

Writers who hope to become published must be able to demonstrate to publishers that they have solid platforms – i.e., fans and followers from a devoted community who can be counted on to buy books. Too often, writers start much too late when it comes to building their platforms. Learn when, why, and how to build a winning author platform that grows your audience and shows publishers you’ve got what it takes to promote your book. (Adults; 60–75 minutes; $125 plus travel expenses)

References

Lisa Malvin, University of Chicago, lmalvin@uchicago.edu; Meghann Workman, Chicago Women in Publishing, president@cwip.org

Website

www.bibliobibuli.com

Contact

kelli@bibliobibuli.com, (708) 925-6493

NEW! “Pitch Your Book” by Kelli Christiansen

The query letter, synopsis, and book proposal serve as your first introduction to agents, editors, and publishers. These crucial components of your writing and publishing journey have to be well written: concise, compelling, detailed, and focused. Find out what it takes to present a winning pitch for your manuscript. Learn how to craft a book proposal that can help you get published. And recognize common errors authors make with their proposals, synopses, and query letters. (Adults; 60–75 minutes; $125 plus travel expenses)

References

Lisa Malvin, University of Chicago, lmalvin@uchicago.edu; Don Evans, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, dgevans@chicagoliteraryhof.org

Website

www.bibliobibuli.com

Contact

kelli@bibliobibuli.com, (708) 925-6493

NEW! “The Art of the Manuscript Critique” by Kelli Christiansen

The manuscript critique is a useful tool for authors who need feedback on a first draft and/or who desire another read-through. An in-depth manuscript critique serves as a barometer, helping authors identify strong points and weak points as well as next steps for rewrites. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of providing manuscript critiques, the editorial elements to be analyzed, and some tools for assessing fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. (Adults; 60–75 minutes; $125 plus travel expenses)

References

Lisa Malvin, University of Chicago, lmalvin@uchicago.edu; Lynn Haller, Chicago Book Expo, evanstonlit@gmail.com

Website

www.bibliobibuli.com

Contact

kelli@bibliobibuli.com, (708) 925-6493

“Write Trauma without Traumatizing Your Reader – or Yourself” by Lea Grover

Whether you’re writing memoir, fiction, or history, writing about traumatic experiences can be a challenge. Lea Grover, book coach, RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) Speakers Bureau member, and special projects associate for The Voices and Faces Project, provides tools to convey a difficult story to readers without exploiting yourself or your characters. (Adults; 120 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Sarah Fader, Stigma Fighters, (917) 699-9578, sarahfader@gmail.com; Sara McGovern, RAINN Press Secretary, (202) 544-5537, saram@rainn.org

Website

www.leagrover.com

Contact

lea.r.grover@gmail.com, (312) 437-3724

“Building Suspense” by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Do you write fiction? If so, you’ll probably want to build suspense somewhere in your story. The author of 15 crime thrillers, Libby Hellmann offers an interactive one-hour workshop on the techniques you’ll need to build suspense into your writing. Appropriate for all writers regardless of genre. Handouts included. (Adults; 60 min; $350 with permission to sell books)

References

Deb Hoffman, Gurnee Library, dhoffman@wnpl.info; Monique Flasch, Glenview Library, mflasch@glenviewpl.org

Website

www.libbyhellmann.com

Contact

(847) 441-9194, libbyfh@comcast.net

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