Past Events

Chicago Collections

Midland Authors presents

Jeanne Long, Executive Director, Chicago Collections

Collaborating, Preserving, Sharing… Chicago’s history and culture

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Presentation: 7-8 pm; Social: 8-8:30pm (Central)

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Chicago Collections (CCC) is a consortium of non-profit organizations that collaborate to preserve and share the history and culture of the Chicago region. Together, CCC preserves and shares Chicago’s rich history and culture by providing free and open access to its members’ archival collections.

  • Learn about Chicago Collection’s portal, a one-stop shop for research.
  • Discover “Ask Chicago Collections,” a reference desk spanning many institutions.
  • Hear case studies of how Chicago Collections helped authors conduct research.
  • Explore opportunities to give a presentation about your book.
  • Find out why authors say, “I wish I had discovered Chicago Collections long ago.”

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

Authentic Voices:

Midland Authors presents AUTHENTIC VOICES:

Three authors on representation, writing & diversity in literature

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Social: 6:30-7 p.m. / Panel discussion: 7-8:15 p.m. Central

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Claire Hartfield, moderator, YA nonfiction
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919.
Hartfield is the 2019 Coretta Scott King Author award winner for her account of the 1919 Chicago race riot sparked by racial inequities that remain central today.

Crystal Chan, middle grade fiction.
All That I Can Fix
Chan has written two starred review books featuring mixed-race protagonists growing up in the small-town Midwest.

Amina Gautier, adult short stories.
At-Risk: Stories
Gautier has received numerous prestigious awards for her three short story collections. She writes about the experience of African-Americans and Afro-Puerto Ricans in the northeastern United States.

Rita Woods, adult historical fiction.
Remembrance
Woods is a first-time author who has received much praise for her work that mixes history and fantasy to tell the stories of four Black women across 200 years.

Purchase panelists’ books via Semicolon: SemiColonChi.com

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

Writing Poetry Today

Midland Authors presents Writing Poetry Today

Tuesday, March 9, 2021; Panel discussion: 7- 8:00 pm

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Angela Jackson, Illinois’ Poet Laureate, Seems Like a Mighty Long Time
Jackson is a poet, playwright and novelist who grew up on Chicago’s South Side. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry and was named the Illinois Poet Laureate in 2020. Jackson’s forthcoming collection, More Than Meat and Raiment: Poems, will be published this year. “Poetry is life distilled,” she says.

David Radavich, Moderator, America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery
Radavich describes himself as a socially committed poet, playwright and essayist. His latest narrative collection, America Abroad: An Epic for Our Time, is a companion to his earlier America Bound: An Epic for Our Time. Recent lyric collections are Middle-East Mezze and The Countries We Live In. His plays have been performed across the United States and in Europe.

Grace Bauer, Unholy Heart: New and Select Poems
Bauer’s latest collection of poems is Unholy Heart: New and Selected Poems. She was the 2015 winner of the Society of American Authors Book Award in Poetry for her collection Nowhere All At Once. Bauer is the Aaron Douglas Emerta Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has long been known for the wide range of both her subject matter and poetic styles.

Lisa Fay Coutley, tether
Coutley is an Assistant Professor of Poetry & Creative Nonfiction in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She judged the Midland Authors’ Book Award for poetry in 2018 and 2019. In tether, Coutley “engineers both recovery and healing in poems that swerve emotionally between the landing bays of grief, longing and wonder,” said Major Jackson in a review.

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

The Loop: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

MIDLAND AUTHORS presents Patrick T. Reardon discussing his new book

The Loop:  The “L” Tracks that Shaped and Saved Chicago       

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

Presentation: 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Central Time) Followed by time to socialize: 8:00 – 8:30 pm

Free, open to the public.    No registration needed.  

Just join the meeting via Zoom: https://bit.ly/3qvYTcK

For more than three decades, Patrick T. Reardon was an urban affairs writer, columnist and editor for the Chicago Tribune. In 2000 he was one of a team of 50 staff members who won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He’sthe author of eight other books, including the poetry collection Requiem for David.

This book “tells the full and fascinating story of how Chicago built the ‘L’ and how the ‘L’ built Chicago. Read this book on the ‘L’ and you might miss your stop!” — Tom McNamee, editorial page editor of the Chicago Sun-Times

“Reardon’s thoughtful and reasoned research is both groundbreaking and long overdue. Not content with simply documenting the origin of the term (‘the Loop’), he also examines how this unique transit infrastructure has maintained its relevancy through changing times.” — Bruce G. Moffat, author of The “L:” The Development of Chicago’s Rapid Transit System, 1888-1932

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

Jan. 12, 2021 Children’s Literature

MIDLAND  AUTHORS presents

Writing and Publishing Children’s Books

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

Social half hour: 6:30-7 pm;  Panel discussion: 7-8:15 pm

Via Zoom: https://bit.ly/3qvYTcK

Free, open to the public; No registration required.

                                        

Kate Hannigan,  Moderator,  A Lady Has the Floor

Author and writing coach Esther Hershenhorn admits that S is for Storyis the book she wishes she’d owned as a little girl, dreaming of a writing career. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches Writing for Children at the University of Chicago’s Graham School’s Writer’s Studio and at the Newberry Library.

Claudia Guadalupe-MartinezNot a Bean

“Martinez reveals the hidden secrets of the legendary Mexican jumping bean in her picture-book debut. Much like the seed pod’s concealed cargo, this informational picture book packs plenty of facts and learning into a thoroughly entertaining package. Engaging and fun, as all learning should be.” — Kirkus Reviews

Patrick Mc Briarty, Drawbridges Open and Close

“As a kid, I always loved books that explained a concept I didn’t fully grasp when I first saw it. Drawbridgesis one of those books…a great book for those who want to understand the world they encounter.” — Michael Higdon, Retail Manager at the National Building Museum

Eileen Meyer, TheSuperlative A. Lincoln: Poems about our 16th President

“These 19 poems demythologize A. Lincoln. An excellent use of language and recognizable rhyme schemes make this title a wonderful teaching tool for the classroom. VERDICT: A good example of how poetry can also inform. Highly recommended for elementary schools and public libraries.” — School Library Journal

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For more information, contact Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968; gborzo@comcast.net

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

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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

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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