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June 2019

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers and Rosellen Brown, The Lake on Fire in conversation with Donna Seaman

June 8 from 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Harold Washington Library Center: Multipurpose Room, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Rebecca Makkai is the author of The Hundred-Year House, The Borrower, Music for Wartime and The Great Believers, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize. Makkai is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.   Rosellen Brown’s newest novel is The Lake on Fire. Her ten other books include the best-selling novel Before and After, Civil Wars and Tender Mercies; three books of poetry…

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Bette Howland, Lost Chicago Genius, Found: A Celebration of Howland’s First Book in 30+ Years, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, With special guests: Frank Howland, Booklist’s Donna Seaman, her editors, Reginald Gibbons and Brigid Hughes

June 8 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Frank Howland is John W. Bachmann/Edward Jones Chair In Economics And Leadership at Wabash College. He is the co-author (w/ Humberto Barreto) of Introductory Econometrics. His current research project compares the thought of Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville on economic inequality and political economy.   Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of A Public Space. Previously, she worked at the Paris Review with George Plimpton, succeeding him as editor in 2003. She teaches at Columbia University. A graduate of…

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Fiction: Epic Storytelling: Deborah Shapiro, Frances de Pontes Peebles and Abby Geni in conversation with Thea Goodman

June 8 from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Multipurpose Room, 400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Deborah Shapiro's most recent novel is The Summer Demands. Her first novel, The Sun in Your Eyes, was selected as an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago.     Frances Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. Born…

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Susanna Calkins, Murder Knocks Twice and Renee Rosen, Park Avenue Summer

June 9 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Harold Washington Library Center: Video/Theatre Room, 400 South State Street
Chicago, IL
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Susanna Calkins writes historical mysteries--her first series is set in 17th c London, and her new Speakeasy Murders are set in 1929 Chicago. Holding a PhD in history, she is an educator at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lives outside Chicago now with her husband two sons. Renee Rosen is the bestselling author of historical fiction, including Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants & Dollface. She lives in Chicago and…

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