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THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. JOB MARKET
Introduction: Tom Frisbie, SMA President.
Speaker: Edward E. Gordon, author of The 2010 Meltdown:
Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis (Praeger). Mr. Gordon
will discuss his book which indicates how technology, globalization,
and a major demographic shift will drastically change the U.S.
workforce and explores promising models for implementing change.
Mr. Gordon's website: www.imperialcorp.com.
Where: Chicago Athletic Assn., 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
When: 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. program, Tuesday,
Reservations NOT needed. Public invited. Reception
and presentation $5 for nonmembers. SMA members and teachers
and students with ID free. Snacks and cash bar.
Other Coming Events
to Get Your Book Reviewed." Introduction: Tom Frisbie,
SMA President. Panel Moderator: Tom Ciesielka of TC Public Relations.
Panel: Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune (tentative);
Cheryl Reed, Chicago Sun-Times.
Bradbury Chronicles and the Life of Ray Bradbury.' Introduction:
Tom Frisbie, SMA President. Speaker: Sam Weller, winner of the
SMA's 2006 biography prize for his biography of the noted Ray
Bradbury science-fiction writer.
literature, details to come.
and Writing Biographies of Dead Artists." Introduction:
Tom Frisbie, SMA President; Jim Schwab, Program Chair. Speaker:
Gerry Souter, president of the Midwest Writers Assn. and author
of 31 books, including adult biographies on artists: Frida Kahlo,
Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Diego Rivera and Mark Rothko.
Mr. Souter's web site: www.avril1.com.
details to come.
Annual Banquet and
By Carol Jean Carlson
What's a Poke?
Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories (Houghton Mifflin,
2006) by Barbara Gregorich is a humorous book for early readers
(7-10 years) designed to explain the meaning of three common
English language idioms. In the title story, Waltur, a bear,
and his best friends, Matilda and Darwin, learn the wisdom behind
the saying, "Don't buy a pig in a poke."
The book continues
in the same vein with "Waltur Counts His Chickens Before
They Are Hatched" and "Waltur Leads a Horse to Water."
the author of many storybooks, activity books and filmstrips
for children. Her best known adult book is Women at Play:
The Story of Women in Baseball (Harcourt, 1993).
She also conducts
workshops on writing adult fiction, adult nonfiction and children's
retired sports writer for the Chicago Sun Times, just
signed a contract with Sports Publishing in Champaign for his
third book, The Tom Lemming Story. Tom Lemming is a nationally
recognized college football recruiting expert.
The book is
due out in September 2007. His second book, Glory Days: Illinois
High School Basketball, also with Sports Publishing, made
its appearance in September. That book is a result of conversations
with Bell by 50 of the state's best high-school basketball
players. The players not only relive their days on the court,
but also share what happened to them after that.
Bell, Glory Days grew out of his first book, Sweet
Charlie, Dike, Cazzie and Bobby Joe: High School Basketball
in Illinois (University of Illinois Press, 2004).
For the uninitiated,
the title characters are Sweet Charlie Brown, Dike Edelman,
Cazzie Russell and Bobby Joe Mason. Bell's research for
that book included 350 interviews with coaches, administrators,
family members and fans.
Room at the Table
18, The Poetry Center of Chicago debuted the first CD from the
Center's Audio Archive project at a benefit in the ballroom
at the School of the Art Institute.
the event were readings by SMA's Mark Perlberg and two
Pulitzer Prize winners, Yusef Komunyakaa and Lisel Mueller.
the author of four books of poems: The Burning Field,
The Feel of the Sun, The Impossible Toystore and
the upcoming Waiting for the Alchemist.
He is a past
president of the Poetry Center and currently serves as a director
More from the Poetry Center
Center invites regional poets to submit their unpublished work
for consideration in the 13th Annual Juried Reading.
will be selected to read at an award ceremony at the Chicago
Public Library on April 29, 2007.
One poem by
each finalist will be published in a chapbook and on The Poetry
Center's website. The Juried Reading is open to all poets
residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota
Details at www.poetrycenter.org.
Coup by Third World Press
to Haki Madhubuti, poet, college professor, political activist
and owner of Third World Press, for the Press's release,
The Covenant with Black America, reaching the top of
The New York Times paperback bestsellers list.
The book is
the first nonfiction book by a Black publisher to achieve that
of the 2005 State of the Black Union symposium, The Covenant
with Black America is "a national plan of action to
address the primary concerns of African-Americans today from
health to housing, from crime to criminal justice, from education
to economic parity."
of essays by black scholars and professionals was edited by
Tavis Smiley, PBS broadcaster.
Scholarships for Homeless Teens
writer Sara Paretsky participated with the Chicago Coalition
for the Homeless at an event at Women & Children First bookstore,
5233 N. Clark St., where $2,000 scholarships were awarded to
Chicago teenagers who are succeeding despite their homelessness.
invited because her "writing shows a sensitivity toward
people experiencing homelessness, and her famed detective, V.
I. Warshawski, is a progressive woman who shares these sensitivities,"
according to Laurene Heybach, director of the Law Project at
The event fell
on Warshawski's fictional birthday, so the event included
coffee and cake.
A Goat and a Curse
In the summer
of 1934, a baby goat fell off a truck and limped into a Chicago
tavern owned by a Greek immigrant, William Sianis, and the rest
and his goat were once evicted from Wrigley Field, a curse is
said to explain lack of success by the Chicago Cubs.)
The Billy Goat
Inn became a watering hole and gathering place for newspaper
reporters, policemen, politicians and the like.
The tavern and
its owner and host, "Billy Goat" Sianis, the famous
curse and "Cheezborger, Cheezborger! No fries
the subjects of Rick Kogan's latest book, A Chicago
Tavern: A Goat, A Curse and the American Dream (Lake Claremont
Life After Death?
turn of the 20th century, philosopher and psychologist William
James and his colleagues in the Society for Psychical Research
in America risked ridicule and loss of reputation to pursue
the paranormal, trying to close the gap between faith and science
as the theory of evolution and a new scientific thought process
Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof
of Life After Death (Penguin Press, 2006), Deborah Blum
presents the history of these seekers of truth and their research,
unveils the passion of their friendships and debates and exposes
of their efforts were attempts to expose charlatans, the strange
and unexplainable stepped forth.
Blum, who was
nominated for a Los Angeles Times book award for Love
at Goon Park, provides a vivid and moving account of this
group, achieving poignancy rather than making them the objects
The Book Bus
If you saw
a highly decorated bus that wasn't a bookmobile parked
near a library in late May or early June in the Chicago area,
it was most likely the Book TV Bus promoting C-SPAN2's
weekend programming of nonfiction books and authors.
customized bus has a traveling TV studio, complete with an interview
set in the first half of the bus that includes two chairs, three
camera units, TV monitors, and a plasma screen with live C-SPAN
year's Wheeling, Ill., stop, C-SPAN2's Anne Haller
taped an interview with Mount Prospect writer Candace Fleming,
author of a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt: Our Eleanor:
A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life
(Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2005).
book was a runner-up in Children's Nonfiction in this year's
SMA Literary Competition.
Zubro's mystery, Everyone's Dead But Us (St.
Martins Minotaur, 2006) is the latest in his Tom & Scott mystery
Tom Mason and
Scott Carpenter are partners in crime and in life. Tom, a teacher,
and Scott, a professional baseball player, take a trip to an
expensive resort catering to a gay clientele on an island in
the Aegean. (In Here Comes the Corps, Tom gave Scott
a yearly visit to this resort as a wedding present.)
they arrive they find a dead man in their rooms. The killing
continues and a catastrophic storm cuts off all contact with
the rest of the world. A frantic attempt on the part of the
heroes to find the villain ensues.
from teaching earlier this year. He began his Tom and Scott
series in 1987. Zubro also has a series featuring the openly
gay Chicago police detective Paul Turner. He is currently entertaining
thoughts of translating his books to the screen.
OTHER MEMBER NEWS
Replaces Stan Freberg on Radio
who has kept the "Golden Age of Radio" alive on Chicago's
airwaves for more than 35 years, will replace satirist Stan
Freberg as host of When Radio Was," a syndicated
nightly showcase of old-time radio shows airing in more than
200 markets nationwide.
I've been trying to take things easier during the last few years
or so, I just couldn't pass on the offer to do a national program,"
Schaden told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's the one
thing I haven't done in the world of old-time radio, so it becomes
the frosting on my career cake."
to host Those Were the Days, now in its 36th year on
the air, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays on the College of DuPage's
Ghost Writer Who Isn't
Norman has three new books out this fall. Haunted Homeland
( Forge Books/Tom Doherty) is the latest installment in his
popular Haunted America series of true ghost stories.
have included Haunted Heartland, Haunted America,
Historic Haunted America and Haunted Heritage.
A separate collection of ghost stories north of the border,
Canadian Hauntings, was published by Scholastic Canada in
2004. He writes that all his titles are still in print.
year he co-authored WordWise: A Vocabulary Guide to Enhance
Your Real-World Conversations with Carol Roecklein. It's
a set of two vocabulary enrichment books published by MindWare,
a leading publisher of educational materials.
Norman is scheduled
to be in the Chicago area in early October for a series of readings
and book signings. His website: www.michaelnorman.us.
Recalls 1960s Chicago
has just finished another book about Chicago's history. Chicago
in the Sixties: Remembering a Time of Change. Life in Chicago
was a continuation of the 1950s until around 1965, he says..
as if a tornado roared through the area, the period from 1965
and throughout the 1970s shifted dramatically in its social,
economic and political directions. The city's residents became
more aware of a changing city and national and international
events like Southeast Asia and the Civil Rights Movement."
"Best Small Publisher" Profiled
Dee has been described by the Washington Post as "one
of the country's best small publishers of serious books."
Profiled recently in the Chicago Sun-Times, he said:
"We get things that in older days used to go to places
like Knopf and Viking, even Basic Books, but they are much more
commercially minded now."
editor of Quadrangle Books, Dee stayed in Chicago when The
New York Times bought Quadrangle. He launched his own publishing
house in 1988. Although he sold it to Rowman & Littlefield in
1998, he remains in charge.
Speaking of Fiction
Raleigh will be speaking on fiction writing at the Barrington
(Ill.) Writers Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 10.
He'll also be giving a seminar on novel writing at the
Newberry Library in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 to
Three Poets for Price of One
Free Lunch poetry journal presented three poets on Sept.
17 in its ongoing series of programs at the Wilmette (Ill.)
Public Library. Nina Corwin, Molly Meacham and Idris Goodwin
demonstrated examples of performance, slam and hip-hop poetry.
Beginning of Checkered End
Why do they
wave a checkered flag at the end of an auto race? Why not a
gasoline can or a tire pump or maybe an old hubcap? That question
troubled Fred R. Egloff, who is a a motorsports enthusiast as
well a historian and award-winning author of several other books.
So he researched
it and produced a new book, The Origin of the Checker Flag,
published by the International Motor Racing Research Center.
aren't giving the whole story away, but Egloff did learn
that a Packard Motor Car Co. employee in 1906 had the idea of
using a checkered flag at "checking stations" to help
prevent speeding along the route of an early rally.
Egloff is noted
for his extensive writings on the American West.
Good and Evil
Albright has been named Visiting Professor of Religion and Science
at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She and her husband,
physicist John R. Albright, will co-chair a seminar entitled
Evil: Perspectives from Theology and Science at LSTC
in Spring, 2007.
speakers will cover themes of good and evil, not only from traditional
sources but also in myth and even pop culture (think computer
Added to the
mix will be insights from the sciences--including physics, evolutionary
theory, ecology, primatology, psychology, sociology and medical
science--tracing the co-mingling of causes and outcomes.
The series will
conclude with some insights for our time. The seminar will be
offered for graduate credit through seven Chicago area schools
of theology, and will also be available to auditors and visitors.
For more information,
call the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, 773/256-0670.
has edited, authored or co-authored four books and numerous
articles on the interplay between religion and the sciences.
How to Talk and Travel Free
author of The Procrastinator's Handbook, The Procrastinating
Child and The Clutter-Busting Handbook, has been
selected as an "Expert Coach" on AOL. This means that
Rita's books and web site (RitaEmmett.com) will be featured
on the AOL "Welcome Page."
Also, Rita has
been invited by a major cruise line to speak on her books' topics.
She just returned from a cruise to the Scandinavian countries,
plus Russia, Poland, Estonia and Germany. Last year she spoke
on cruises to Hawaii and through the Panama Canal.
cruises in exchange for free trips might be something that other
members would like to explore, she says.
Science Fiction Analyzed
A film maker,
writer and teacher, Dan Dinello recently published his first
book Technophobia! - a critical analysis of science
fiction visions of 21st
Dan also directed
several episodes of the Comedy Central TV show Strangers
With Candy as well as making a number of award-winning short
films, including Wheels of Fury (starring Amy Sedaris
and Paul Dinello) and Shock Asylum (starring Stephen
Colbert as a mad doctor and Paul Dinello as a normal guy whose
psychological exam goes horribly awry).
Dan also runs
a web site - shockproductions.com - and writes about pop culture
and science for the Chicago Tribune and Salon.com.
A faculty member
in the film and video department at Columbia College, Chicago,
Dan received a M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
He will do a lecture/presentation on "Mad Scientists"
at the November Chicago Humanities Festival. Currently, he's
writing a horror/thriller novel.
President Clinton Update
writes: " I've just signed a contract with William
Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, to write a book about President
Bill Clinton since he left the White House. I have less than
a year to do all the interviewing, research and writing because
the publisher wants it out in the fall of 2007 or winter of
2008 to catch the interest in the primaries, etc.
written several biographies; my subjects have included Katharine
Graham, Alice Roosevelt Longworth and S.I. Newhouse, Jr. I have
also written many profiles for Chicago magazine, among
them pieces on William Daley, Donald Rumsfeld, Ann Landers,
Roger Ebert and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
past two years, I have taught a nonfiction writing class at
the University of Chicago."
Chicago History Republished
edition of Irving Cutler's Chicago: Metropolis of the Mid-Continent,
written under the auspices of the Geographic Society of Chicago,
has been recently published by Southern Illinois University
Cutler is also
the author of the award-winning Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl
to Suburb and four other books.
He is the retired
chairman of the geography department at Chicago State University
and now gives talks and bus and boat tours about the Chicago
RECENT NEW MEMBERS
By Thomas Frisbie
New children's book writer Andrea Beaty is author of When Giants Come to Play (Abrams, 2006). In the book, a pair of giants come to play with a girl named Anna "only when the sun shines just so and the wind blows like this and that on its way to somewhere else."
One of six children, Andrea Beaty grew up in southern Illinois. She now lives in Naperville.
Karen Coates is author of Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War (McFarland). She is an award-winning journalist and editor with more than a dozen years of experience.
She is a correspondent for Gourmet Magazine and a
regular contributor to publications around the world, including
National Wildlife, Archaeology, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Wildlife Conservation, Kyoto Journal
She and her husband, Jerry Redfern, frequently collaborate on projects examining post-conflict countries, as well as travel stories on obscure and tantalizing places.
Ann Durkin Keating.
Ann Durkin Keating is an associate professor of history at North Central College in Naperville.
She was previously a research associate for the Public Works
Historical Society of Chicago. She is author of Building Chicago: Suburban Developers and the Creation of a Divided Metropolis and is co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago.
Linda Hoffman Kimball
A columnist for the Webby Award-winning online
interfaith magazine, Beliefnet.com, and Exponent II, an LDS
women's quarterly newspaper, Linda Hoffman Kimball is also the author of two humorous novels for LDS adults, Home to Roost and The Marketing of Sister B. She lives in Evanston, Ill.
Willis Regier is director of the University of Illinois Press. He previously was director of the
University of Nebraska Press from 1987-1995 and the Johns Hopkins
University Press from 1995-1998, and was a visiting scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.
He is author of The Book of the Sphinx (University of Nebraska, 2004). He edited and wrote the introduction for Masterpieces of American Indian Literature (Bison Books, 2005). He lives in Champaign, Ill.
Daniel T. Parker
Daniel T. Parker, who has more than 400 works of African, African-American and Caribbean art in his Chicago home, is author of African Art: Beyond the Diaspora.
He is a professor emeritus of African-American studies at Olive-Harvey College.
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