Margaret McMullan • Rich Lindberg • Donna Urbikas • David W. Berner

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the Harold Washington Library 

McMullan: Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss and Return

“McMullan has written a beautiful and heartrending account of her pilgrimage to Hungary in the hope of retrieving what she can of the story of a relative lost in the Holocaust. Written with her usual vividly realized, emotionally engaging prose, (this book) is a powerful testament of familial mourning as well as a vision of 20th century European history that is searing and uplifting.” — Joyce Carol Oates, Pursuit: A Novel of Suspense

Lindberg: Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family, My American Life

“Lindberg does not spare himself or his ancestors in this poignant, powerful memoir of his family’s entry to
the United States. He evokes the haunted landscape of poverty and superstition from which his ancestors fled
to America…only to suffer different demons in that new land.” — Harry Mark Petrakis, Collected Stories

Urbikas: My Sister’s Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile and Stalin’s Siberia

“This stunning, heartfelt memoir looks unflinchingly at the scars borne by one Polish immigrant family as
their daughter tries to become a normal American Girl in Chicago. …a must-read for World War II history
buffs.” — Leonard Kniffel, author of A Polish Son in the Motherland

Moderator, Berner: The Consequence of Stars: A Memoir of Home

“Reflective, engaging…Berner’s authentic storytelling takes you with him on his travels through the chapters of his life where in the end, he reveals connections to finding a place to be, his home under the stars.” — Nancy Chadwick, author of Under the Birch Tree

CAN-TV recorded this panel discussion about memoirs. Watch it here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAQ4MzsT8Dg