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September 2021

Peter L.W. Osnos, An Especially Good View in conversation with Jim Warren

September 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Peter L. W. Osnos is the author of An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen, published by Platform Books. He is the founder of PublicAffairs books and has a long and multi-faceted career in journalism and publishing, including being responsible for books by four U.S. Presidents.

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Joseph Scapellato

September 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Joseph Scapellato was born in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University.  His fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Post Road, PANK, Unsaid, and other literary magazines, and has been anthologized in Harper Perennial's Forty Stories, Gigantic Books' Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction, and &NOW's The Best Innovative Writing. Joseph is an assistant professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at Bucknell University.  His lives in Lewisburg, PA, with his wife, daughter, and dog.

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Aviya Kushner, The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible

September 12 from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Aviya Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking home in New York. She is the author of The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible (Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Finalist, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Religion Stories of the year, as well as the poetry chapbook Eve and All the Wrong Men (Dancing Girl Press,…

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Rebecca Morgan Frank

September 12 from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of four poetry collections: Oh You Robot Saints!, Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country; and The Spokes of Venus, all from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry), finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems, essays, and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Poetry Ireland, Crazyhorse, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The Slowdown podcast, and elsewhere. Her collaborations with composers have been performed and exhibited across the country. She is the recipient of the Poetry…

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Carrie Olivia Adams

September 12 from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago where she is the Promotions and Marketing Communications Director for the University of Chicago Press and the co-founder and poetry editor for the indie press Black Ocean. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections, Be the thing of memory (Tolsun Books  2021); Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015); Forty-One Jane Doe's (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013); and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009) in addition to the chapbooks  "Proficiency Badges" (Meeking Press 2020); "Grapple" (above/ground press 2017);…

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Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves in conversation with Raven Stubbs

September 12 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club and digital platform that promotes Black literature and sisterhood. She won the Innovator’s Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

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Christina Clancy, Shoulder Season in conversation with Christine Sneed and Candace Jordan

September 12 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Christina Clancy is the author of Shoulder Season, which is set largely at the former Lake Geneva Playboy Resort, circa 1981. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine and in various literary journals, including Glimmer Train, Pleiades and Hobart. Christine Sneed is the author, most recently of The Virginity of Famous Men and Paris, He Said. Her new story collection; will be published in November 2022. Award-winning media personality, author CandidCandace.com, Chicago Star…

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Christie Tate, Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life

September 12 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Christie Tate is a Chicago-based essayist and author. Her debut memoir Group was published Fall 2020 and was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick.

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Rick Perlstein, Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976-1980 in conversation with Micah Uetricht

September 12 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Eric S. Perlstein is an American historian and journalist who has garnered recognition for his chronicles of the 1960s and 1970s, and the American conservative movement. The author of five bestselling books, Perlstein received the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his first book, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. Politico has dubbed him "a chronicler extraordinaire of modern conservatism."

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Riva Lehrer, Golem Girl: A Memoir

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer, and curator who focuses on the socially challenged body, known for representations of people whose physical embodiment, sexuality, or gender identity have long been stigmatized. Lehrer’s memoir, Golem Girl (One World/ Penguin Random House) won the 2020 Barbellion Prize for Literature and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Represented by Regal Hoffman & Associates, and by Zolla/Lieberman Gallery.

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Zayd Dohrn: Playwright

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Zayd Dohrn is a playwright, screenwriter, professor, and Director of the MFA in Writing for Screen + Stage at Northwestern University. His plays include The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Outside People (The Vineyard Theatre/Naked Angels), Want (Steppenwolf First Look), Sick (Berkshire Theatre Festival), and Reborning (The Public/SPF). He is the recipient of the Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, and Theatre Master’s Visionary Playwrights Award, and is a…

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Carl Smith, Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City in conversation with Rick Kogan

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Carl Smith is Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Northwestern University. His books include Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920; Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman; The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City; and City Water, City Life: Water and the Infrastructure of Ideas in Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago. Born and raised and…

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Ben Austen, High Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Ben Austen, a journalist from Chicago, is the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. He is co-host of the podcast Some of My Best Friends Are…, and he is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction book about parole boards and the country's practices around crime and punishment.

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Tina Post

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Tina Post is an Assistant Professor of English and Theater and Performance at the University of Chicago, where she is also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Her first book project, Deadpan, examines expressionlessness and affective withholding in Black cultural production. Her scholarly work has appeared in Modern Drama, TDR: The Drama Review, International Review of African American Art (IRAAA), and the edited collection Race and Performance after Repetition (Duke University Press, 2020). Her creative work can be found in Imagined Theaters, Stone…

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Britt Julious

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Britt Julious is a writer, editor, essayist, and storyteller for publications like The New York Times, Vogue, Bon Appetit, Esquire, ELLE, Women’s Health, and others. She’s currently the music critic for the Chicago Tribune. As a creator, Britt’s work focuses on the intersection of art, culture, race, feminism, and politics, and she is a firm believer in the underground, the avant-garde, and the underdog. In 2019, Britt won the Studs Terkel award in journalism for her work spotlighting underserved communities.

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Evan F. Moore

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Evan F. Moore is a culture/entertainment reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, "Game Misconduct: Hockey's Toxic Culture and How to Fix It (Publication date is Oct. 12, 2021.) His work, which consists of the topics at the intersection of sports, media literacy, race, politics, violence, and culture, is featured in Rolling Stone, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, Chicagoist, DNAinfo, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and Bleacher Report. His work was featured in the 2019 edition of…

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Michael Phillips

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Michael Phillips has been the Chicago Tribune film critic since 2006. He joined the Tribune as drama critic in 2002, having previously written about theater, movies, arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times; the San Diego Union-Tribune; the Dallas Times-Herald; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and the Twin Cities weekly City Pages, where he started his career in the role of arts editor. He teaches in DePaul University’s College of Communication and directs the University of Illinois College of…

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Lori Waxman

September 12 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Lori Waxman has been the Chicago Tribune's art critic for the past twelve years. She is also the author of a book on the history of walking art, Keep Walking Intently, and a senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Tracy Baim, Windy City Times

September 12 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Baim is president and co-publisher of the Chicago Reader. She is co-founder and former publisher of Windy City Times. Baim received the 2013 Chicago Headline Club Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors. She is the author or co-author of 13 books, mostly on Chicago LGBTQ history.

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Victoria Noe, Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community

September 12 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Victoria Noe is an award-winning author, speaker and activist. Her Friend Grief series focused on a particular kind of grief. Noe's HIV/AIDS activism led her to write Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community, honoring women who changed the course of the epidemic.

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Rae Lewis-Thornton, Unprotected: A Memoir

September 12 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Rae Lewis-Thornton is an Emmy Award winning AIDS Activist, who received national acclaim for her cover story of living with HIV/AIDS in the Essence magazine December 1994 issue. She has been featured in Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine; Woman’s Day, Essence, Ebony, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. Rae has appeared on, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Dateline, BET, CNN, Vice News, HLN News. She is an ordained minister; an award winning blogger; an author; and tea connoisseur, with…

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Silvia Foti, The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was a War Criminal

September 12 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Silvia Kučėnaitė Foti, MSJ, MAT, MFA, is a journalist, creative writer, teacher, and mother. Silvia holds Masters’ degrees in Journalism, Education, and Creative Nonfiction, has been a journalist for twenty years, has published two mystery novels, and has been a high school English teacher since 2007. With a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University, Silvia has extensive experience in writing nonfiction, and has written for a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Southtown Economist, Southwest News Herald, Crain’s Chicago Business,…

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Michael Harvey, Pulse

September 12 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Michael Harvey’s eight best-selling crime novels include the Michael Kelly series published by Knopf and Brighton, published by Ecco/HarperCollins. Film rights to Brighton were optioned by Graham King, producer of The Departed and The Town.  His 2018 novel Pulse was optioned by 21 Laps Entertainment, producer of the Amy Adams thriller Arrival and Netflix’s Stranger Things.  His ninth novel, Moonlight Heist, is in development as a streaming series with NBC/Universal. Michael is also the co-creator, producer and executive producer of A&E’s documentary forensic series, Cold Case Files. Michael was born in…

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Libby Fisher Hellman, A Bend in the River

September 12 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago a long time ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. She soon began writing historical fiction as well. Sixteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a…

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Sandra Colbert

September 12 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Sandra Colber is a board member of Chicago Writers Association and the author of 3 collections of short stories – Chicago Bound, Chicago Bound 2,and Reflections and Echoes, as well as the Kate Harrison Crime series.

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