Our upcoming events

The Society of Midland Authors announces its upcoming events. Admission is free to all of these programs, and no reservations are required.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m. sharp
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago

REVIVING THE RUST BELT

september

Three local authors discuss the future of the industrial Midwest and Chicago. The panel discussion will feature Edward McClelland, Larry Bennett and Edward Gordon.

Edward McClelland, author of Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland (Bloomsbury Press) — the story of how the country’s industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn, told through a propulsive blend of storytelling and reportage. McClelland’s other books include Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President.

Larry Bennett, author of The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism (University of Chicago Press), a look at how Chicago has transformed itself over the past two decades. Bennett calls contemporary Chicago, with its dramatically revitalized urban core, the “third city” to distinguish it from earlier incarnations: a sprawling industrial center and a Rust Belt town. Bennett is a political science professor at DePaul University.

Edward E. Gordon, author of Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis (Praeger), which looks at the “pervasive disconnect” between America’s job-career culture and today’s economic realities. Gordon, who is president of Imperial Consulting Corp., argues that the U.S. job market has stalled because our nation is failing to produce workers with the right skills.

Please note that this panel discussion will begin promptly at 6 p.m., followed by a book signing.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. panel discussion
Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago:

CHRISTINE SNEED AND ADAM McOMBER

october

Chicago novelists Christine Sneed and Adam McOmber discuss their fiction. Chicago magazine recently named Sneed’s novel Little Known Facts (Bloomsbury USA) the “Best New Book by a Local Author.” Sneed is also the author of the short story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry (Bloomsbury USA). McComber’s novel The White Forest (Touchstone), published last year, came out in paperback this summer. He is also the author of the short story collection This New and Poisonous Air (BOA Editions). He teaches at Columbia College and is an editor for the literary journal Hotel Amerika. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m.

 Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. talk
Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago.

ARNIE BERNSTEIN

november

Chicago author Arnie Bernstein will discuss his new book, Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund (St. Martin’s Press), which details the rise and fall of a pro-Nazi movement that swept the United States in the 1930s. Bernstein’s other books include Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing (University of Michigan Press) and Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100+ Years of Chicago and the Movies (recently published by Chicago Review Press in a new edition with co-author Michael Corcoran). The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m.

 Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 6 p.m. sharp
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago

JAMES L. SWANSON

january

A talk by Chicago native James Swanson, author of the best-sellers Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer and Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse (both HarperCollins), and the young adult book Chasing Lincoln’s Killer (Scholastic). His latest books (fall 2013) are End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (William Morrow) and the young adult book The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (Scholastic). This talk will begin promptly at 6 p.m., followed by a book signing.

February, March and April 2014 programs to be announced.