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april Monthly Meeting
"What it takes to be a Young-Adult Author"
Panel Discussion

Free and open to the public; cash bar, free appetizers

What:   Society of Midland Authors’ Monthly Meeting
When:  Tuesday, April 10, 2018
reception at 6 pm; panel discussion at 7 pm
Where:   Cliff Dwellers 200 S. Michigan, 22nd floor penthouse (terrace with a view!)


Januaaary meeting  All welcome
“Ali: A Life”
by Jonathan Eig

What:         Society of Midland Authors monthly meeting
When:        Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018; 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Where:       Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., Chicago


Muhammad Ali (1946-2016) was one of the most influential athletes in American history – a three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world who fought with his mouth and mind, as well as with his fists.

Ali called himself “The Greatest,” and many agreed. He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the brashest, the baddest, the fastest, the loudest, the rashest.

Now comes the first complete, unauthorized biography of one of the twentieth century’s most famous figures. It’s based on more than 500 interviews with most almost all of Ali’s surviving associates and enhanced by the author’s discovery of thousands of pages of FBI records and newly uncovered Ali interviews from the 1960s. Learn about this stunning portrait and about this man who became a legend and continues to fascinate us to this day.1


 Documentarian Ken Burns calls Eig a “master storyteller.”

Eig wrote five books, two of them New York Times bestsellers.

For more information, contact Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968;


“The Good Fight:
Life Lessons from a Chicago Progressive”
by Dick Simpson


What:           Society of Midland Authors monthly meeting
When:          Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Reception at 6 p.m.; presentation at 7 p.m.
Where:        Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan, 22nd floor penthouse (with a great view!)
Free, open to the public; cash bar, free appetizers

Dick Simpson played a large role in Chicago politics. He was 44th Ward Alderman 1971-79 and has served as a political consultant to Mayors Jane Byrne and Harold Washington and others. Simpson has written more than 20 books on political action, ethics and strategy.
In his new book, The Good Fight, this progressive politician and activist shares stories of his early life in Texas, his arrival in Chicago just in time for the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and moving accounts of his romances, marriages and divorces—all with great insight and candor.
Striking the perfect balance between historical context, autobiography and lessons learned, Simpson chronicles what worked, what didn’t and why.


1“Dick Simpson was one of those reform aldermen and political opponents who got under Boss Richard J. Daley’s skin.” - Studs Terkel








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