Past Events

Jill Long Thompson discusses The Character of American Democracy

Jill Long Thompson discussing her new book The Character of American Democracy: Preserving Our Past, Protecting Our Future

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020; Panel discussion: 7- 8:15 pm
with Richard Painter (invited) and Delmarie Cobb, moderator

WATCH VIDEO OF THE EVENT BELOW

Jill Long Thompson, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is a visiting scholar with the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington.  During the past five years she taught ethics at the IU Kelley School of Business and the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Richard Painter was chief ethics lawyer in George W. Bush’s White House and is now the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. His latest book is American Nero: The History of the Destruction of the Rule of Law, and Why Trump Is the Worst Offender.

Delmarie Cobb, a veteran journalist and political consultant, owns and operates The Publicity Works, a Chicago-based public affairs, political consulting and media relations firm. She writes a column, Chicago Colors, and is often sought out by the media for her political analyses.

The Character of American Democracy, just published Sept. 15, 2020, shows a bipartisan way forward in these troubling times, when the public is losing trust in our government and confidence in our democratic system. Thompson makes the case that democracy is an ethical concept, and that the process by which we adopt policy is as important as the policies we adopt. One week after the election will be a perfect time to analyze where we stand. Join us!

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For more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or gborzo@comcast.net

MIDLAND AUTHORS presents AWARD WINNERS, 2019

Iliana Regan • Tim Johnston • Chelsea Wagenaar • Heather Shumaker • David Treuer • Andrea Warren

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, 7-8:15 p.m.
Marlene Brill, moderator, Midland Authors Vice President and Awards Chair

WATCH VIDEO OF THE EVENT BELOW

Chelsea Wagenaar, The Spinning Place, a beautiful, intelligent, capacious book exploring a mother-child relationship.

Andrea Warren, Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment
Camp During World War II, a vivid narrative with plentiful, telling photographs that convey a tragic story from a child’s point of view.

David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present,a searing, multilayered, memoir and investigation of one of the least understood massacres in the history of American and Native American relations.

Heather Shumaker, The Griffins of Castle Cary, a delightfully written ghost story filled with mystery and humor.

Iliana Regan, Burn the Place: A Memoir, an original voice, as author seeks her sobriety, identity, passion and life partner.

Tim Johnston, The Current: A Novel, an intricately woven tale of crimes that plagued a small Minnesota town.

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For more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or gborzo@comcast.net

Character of American Democracy – Jill Long Thompson

Jill Long Thompson discussing her new book

The Character of American Democracy:

Preserving Our Past, Protecting Our Future

with Richard Painter (invited) and Delmarie Cobb,moderator

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020; Panel discussion: 7- 8:15 pm

Free, open to the public. No registration needed. Just join the meeting via Zoom: https://uic.zoom.us/j/9987216609

Jill Long Thompson, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is a visiting scholar with the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington.  During the past five years she taught ethics at the IU Kelley School of Business and the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Richard Painter was chief ethics lawyer in George W. Bush’s White House and is now the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. His latest book is American Nero: The History of the Destruction of the Rule of Law, and Why Trump Is the Worst Offender.

Delmarie Cobb, a veteran journalist and political consultant, owns and operates The Publicity Works, a Chicago-based public affairs, political consulting and media relations firm. She writes a column, Chicago Colors, and is often sought out by the media for her political analyses.

The Character of American Democracy,just published Sept. 15, 2020, shows a bipartisan way forward in these troubling times, when the public is losing trust in our government and confidence in our democratic system. Thompson makes the case that democracy is an ethical concept, and that the process by which we adopt policy is as important as the policies we adopt. One week after the election will be a perfect time to analyze where we stand. Join us!

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For more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or gborzo@comcast.net.

2019 Award Winners Discuss their Books

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, 7-8:15 p.m.

Free, open to the public.  No registration required. This meeting will be conducted by Zoom. Enter this URL in your browser: https://uic.zoom.us/j/9987216609

Marlene Brill, moderator, Midland Authors Vice President and Awards Chair 

These six authors won the Midland Authors Annual Book Awards in 2019. Hear them discuss their work. 

Chelsea Wagenaar, The Spinning Place, a beautiful, intelligent, capacious book exploring a mother-child relationship.

Andrea Warren, Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II, a vivid narrative withplentiful, telling photographs that convey a tragic story from a child’s point of view.

David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, a searing, multilayered, memoir and investigation of one of the least understood massacres in the history of American and Native American relations.

Heather Shumaker, The Griffins of Castle Cary, a delightfully written ghost story filled with mystery and humor.

Iliana Regan, Burn the Place: A Memoir, an original voice, as author seeks her sobriety, identity, passion and life partner.

Tim Johnston,The Current: A Novel, an intricately woven tale of crimes that plagued a small Minnesota town.

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For  more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or gregborzo@gmail.com

Rick Perlstein discusses Reaganland

NewYorkTimes bestselling author and Chicago’s own Rick Perlstein discusses his new book

Reaganland: America’s Right Turn, 1976-1980

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m

 

Free; open to the public. Join us via Zoom with this link: https://uic.zoom.us/j/9987216609 

Perlstein is the author of: The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of ReaganNixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications; and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history.

He’s a contributing editor and board member of In These Times magazine.

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For more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or gborzo@comcast.net

The World of Juliette Kenzie: Chicago Before the Fire March 10, 2020

eminent historian Ann Durkin Keating in conversation with Greg Borzo, Midland Authors Event Chair.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020  at the Cliff Dwellers

See the video here, recorded by CAN-TV

      Juliette Kinzie is one of Chicago’s forgotten founders. She arrived in Chicago in 1831 and not only witnessed the city’s transition from Indian country to industrial center, but was also instrumental in its development. The World of Juliette Kinzie offers a new perspective on Chicago’s early history and is a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman who was an astute observer of early Chicago, an influential contributor to the city, and even one of the first women historians in the United States. This book brings Kinzie to life.

Ann Durkin Keating, who teaches history at North Central College, is one of the foremost experts on 19thcentury Chicago. She has volunteered extensively with the Chicago History Museum, Illinois State Historical Society and Naper Settlement. The World of Juliette Kinzie was published by the University of Chicago Press (2019), as were Keating’s previous books, including her very well reviewed  Rising Up from Indian Country:  The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago.

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Mystery Writing Panel Feb. 11, 2020

MIDLAND AUTHORS presents:

Lori Rader-Day; Patricia Skalka; Tracy Clark; Sam Reaves

  The Mystery Behind Mystery Writing 

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020; Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm;  Panel discussion: 7-8 pm

Free, open to the public.    Free appetizers, cash bar.  at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave.