James Swanson to speak on JFK assassination

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

Best-selling author  James Swanson will speak about his new book, End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in a Society of Midland Authors event at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago.

Swanson, a Chicago native, is also the author of 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 books Chasing Lincoln’s Killer and The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (both Scholastic).

In End of Days (HarperCollins), he reveals Lee Harvey Oswald’s history of violence and follows John and Jacqueline Kennedy’s swing through Texas and their fateful Dallas motorcade ride. Swanson also re-creates the last hours of the doomed assassin and the days of national mourning for the president that followed.

This talk will begin promptly at 6 p.m., followed by a book signing.

The Society of Midland Authors has more events coming up soon, including:

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS

Tuesday, Feb. 11
6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. panel discussion
Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago

The Chicago area has a thriving scene of small companies publishing books. Representatives of four local presses will talk about their craft and their business: Victor David Giron of Curbside Splendor, Emily Victorson of Allium Press, Sharon Woodhouse of Everything Goes Media and Ian Morris of Fifth Star Press. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m.  Admission is free, and no reservation is required.

A TRIBUTE TO LEON FORREST

Tuesday, March 11
6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. panel discussion
Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago

Chicago novelist Chicago Leon Forrest (1937-1997) is one of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s newest inductees. He also served as president of the Society of Midland Authors. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Donald Evans will present a panel discussion about Forrest’s life and literature. Details on the speakers taking part in this event will be announced later. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m.  Admission is free, and no reservation is required.

POETRY

Tuesday, April 8
6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. poetry reading
Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago

Details to be announced.