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September 2021

Amelia Cotter

September 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Amelia Cotter is an author, award-winning poet, and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and folklore. Amelia has appeared on various radio and television programs, and regularly presents at conferences and events. Her forthcoming poetry collection, apparitions, will be released this winter by Highland Park Poetry Press.

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Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, Taught By Women: Poems As Resistance Language, New and Selected In Conversation with Dr. Kelly Norman Ellis

September 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Haki R. Madhubuti is an award-winning poet, one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement, an essayist, educator, founder and publisher (Emeritus) of Third World Press (1967) and Third World Press Foundation. He is the author/editor of over thirty-six books of poetry and nonfiction including Don’t Cry, Scream (1969), Run Toward Fear: New Poems and a Poet’s Handbook (2004), YellowBlack: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet’s Life (2006); Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1967-2009 (2009), Honoring genius,…

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Kate Masur, Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement from the Revolution to Reconstruction

September 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Kate Masur is an associate professor of History at Northwestern University. She has written extensively on race and politics in the nineteenth-century United States, including in her first book, An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, DC (2010). With Gregory P. Downs, she co-authored, for the US National Park Service, the National Historic Landmark Theme Study on the Era of Reconstruction (2017) and serves as co-editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era.

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Tamika Y. Nunley, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington D.C.

September 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Tamika Nunley is an associate professor of American history at Oberlin College. Her research and teaching interests include slavery, gender, 19th-century legal history, digital history, early America and the American Civil War. At Oberlin, she created the History Design Lab that allows students to develop scholarly projects that involve methodological approaches such as digital humanities, public history, creative nonfiction, and curatorial practices. Her book, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Self-making in Washington, D.C., which examines African American women’s strategies…

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Helen Frost, All He Knew

September 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Helen Frost has always loved poetry, and she especially loves sharing poetry with children through writing and teaching. She taught elementary school in Massachusetts, Vermont, Scotland, and Alaska, and now lives and writes in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is the author of eleven novels-in-poems and six picture books. She loves to travel, and has been to 48  states and 13 countries.

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Jack Shuler, This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America

September 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Jack Shuler is an author, independent journalist, and essayist. He’s the editor of Between Coasts and is associate professor of English at Denison University where he teaches American literature, Black Studies, and the Journalism program. With colleague Michael Croley he organizes and hosts the Between Coasts Forum at Denison University. Shuler holds a Ph.D. in English (Graduate Center – CUNY) and an MFA in Poetry (Brooklyn College). He is the author of Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights (Mississippi University Press,…

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Philip J. Metres, Shrapnel Maps

September 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Philip Metres was born in San Diego and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He earned a BA from Holy Cross College and both an MFA and PhD from Indiana University. Metres is the author of the poetry collections To See the Earth (2008), A Concordance of Leaves (2013), which won the Arab American Book Award, Sand Opera (2015), Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), and Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). He's also the author of numerous chapbooks, has edited the anthology Come Together: Imagine Peace (2008), and he has translated…

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Patricia Hruby Powell, Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

September 12, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Patricia Hruby Powell was formerly a dancer, storyteller, and librarian. Her four latest books are Junior Library Guild Selections and have all won numerous awards. Forthcoming are Cave of the Heart: The Story of Martha Graham (Chronicle Books 2023) and a Women’s Suffrage project (Chronicle 202x). She has been a mentor for a WNDB and SCBWI-MI. Patricia is married to Morgan Powell, composer and jazz trombonist. Together, they live with their Tree Walking Coonhound, Lil.

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Erica Ruth Neubauer, Murder at Wedgefield Manor

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Agatha Award-winning author Erica Ruth Neubauer spent eleven years in the military, nearly two as a Maryland police officer, and one as a high school English teacher, before finding her way as a writer. She has been a reviewer of mysteries and crime fiction for publications such as Publishers Weekly and Mystery Scene Magazine for several years, and she's a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Erica Ruth lives in Milwaukee, WI.

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Jonathan Foiles, (Mis)Diagnosed: How Bias Distorts Our Perception of Mental Health

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Jonathan Foiles is a lecturer at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. He is the author of "This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America" (Belt Publishing, 2019), and his writings on social justice and mental health have also appeared in Slate, Belt Magazine, The Chicago Review of Books, and Psychology Today.

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Susanna Calkins, The Sign of the Gallows

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Susanna Calkins holds a PhD in history and writes the award-winning Lucy Campion mysteries and Speakeasy mysteries set in 1920s Chicago. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two sons.

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Jonathan Alter, His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life in conversation with Rick Kogan

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Jonathan Alter is an award-winning historian, columnist and documentary filmmaker. An MSNBC political analyst and former senior editor at Newsweek, he is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies; The Promise: President Obama, Year One; and The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.

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Renee Rosen, The Social Graces

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Renee Rosen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces along with five other historical novels including Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues and What the Lady Wants. She lives in Chicago and is currently working on a new novel about Estee Lauder –coming from Berkley in the spring of 2023. 

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Gretchen Berg, The Operator

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Gretchen Berg was born on the East Coast, raised in the Midwest, and spent a number of years in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught English in South Korea and in Northern Iraq and has traveled to all the other continents. A graduate of Iowa State University, she lives in Chicago, Illinois. The Operator is her first novel.

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Lauren Margolin, The Good Book Fairy

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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My name is Lauren Margolin and as you probably know, because you’re here, I’m an avid reader. I get great joy in recommending books and sharing my love for the written word with other readers. I grew up in Potomac, Maryland, went to Indiana University, and for a few exciting years lived and worked in Chicago. Later, my husband and I moved to the northern suburbs of Chicago, where we planted our roots. We have two incredible kids, a daughter…

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Araceli Gomez-Aldana (WBEZ)

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Araceli Gómez-Aldana is a news producer and reporter at WBEZ in Chicago. Before joining WBEZ, Araceli was a reporter at Side Effects Public Media where she covered health and its impacts on place, policy and economics in the Midwest. In 2019, Araceli and her health beat colleagues were named Indiana Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. Previously, Araceli was a reporter and local All Things Considered host at WBOI in Fort Wayne. She started her radio…

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Michelle Duster, Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells in conversation with Bernard Turner

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Michelle Duster is an author, professor, and public historian. She has written, edited, or contributed to sixteen books including Tate and His Historic Dream, which she co-wrote with Bernard C. Turner.  Her most recent, about her paternal great-grandmother, is Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells. Bernard Turner is an author/publisher at Highlights of Chicago Press. His books include A New View of Bronzeville; Tate and His Historic Dream and Teacher Activity Guide, Exploring Our History…

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Roy Richard Grinker, Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness

September 12, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Roy Richard Grinker, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University and Editor-in-chief of Anthropological Quarterly. He is the author of Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness (NY: W.W. Norton, January 2021), among other books.

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Rachel Williams, Run Home If You Don’t Want to Be Killed: The Detroit Uprising of 1943 in conversation with Kevin Boyle

September 12, 2021 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
C-Span Stage, 731 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Rachel Williams, a native of Eastern North Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Florida State University. She is an Associate Professor of Gender Women’s and Sexuality Studies and Studio Art at the University of Iowa where she has worked since 1999.

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Rachel Swearingen, How to Walk on Water and Other Stories

September 12, 2021 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Rachel Swearingen is the author of How to Walk on Water and Other Stories, winner of the 2018 New American Press Fiction Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in VICE, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, Off Assignment, Agni, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.

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Alison Hammer, Little Pieces of Me

September 12, 2021 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Alison Hammer is the author of You and Me and Us and Little Pieces of Me, both published by William Morrow (HarperCollins). She is also half of the writing duo, Ali Brady. Their first novel, The Beach Trap, is coming June 7, 2022 from Berkley (Penguin Random House).

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Nancy Johnson, The Kindest Lie

September 12, 2021 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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A native of Chicago’s South Side, Nancy Johnson’s The Kindest Lie, has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Daily, Shondaland, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Chicago Tribune, and more. Nancy lives in Chicago and manages brand communications for a large nonprofit.

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Claire Luchette, Agatha of Little Neon

September 12, 2021 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Claire Luchette is the author of Agatha of Little Neon, a novel.

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

September 12, 2021 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, 2021 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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