Upcoming Events

How and Why To Write and Publish a Memoir

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Join us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.) for a free presentation by three authors discussing their experiences behind these successful memoirs.

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

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

Mystery Writing Panel Feb. 11, 2020


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. — 22ndfloor penthouse­, with a terrific view of Millennium Park!

Lori Rader-Day:  The Lucky One

Lori Rader-Day has been leading a “life of crime” since age seven, when she wrote a piece of Beverly Cleary fan-fiction. Today she’s co-chair of the mystery readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and the national president of Sisters in Crime, a 4,000-member crime writers organization.

Patricia Skalka:  Death By the Bay

Patricia Skalka is the award-winning author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries, which pit a former troubled Chicago cop against a roster of clever killers in northern Wisconsin. She’s the immediate past president of the Chicagoland Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Tracy Clark:  Borrowed Time

Tracy Clark, a native Chicagoan, is author of the critically acclaimed Chicago Mystery series, which features Cassandra Raines, a former Chicago homicide cop turned intrepid private investigator. She’s a member of the national board of Boucheron, the annual world mystery convention.

Sam Reaves, moderator:  Homicide 69

Sam Reaves has written crime novels including the Cooper MacLeish series, the Dooley series and the stand-alones Mean Town Bluesand Cold Black Earth, as well as a true crime memoir Mob Copwith Fred Pascente. He’s a polyglot who has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East and has worked as a teacher and a translator. And Reaves is a board member of Midland Authors.

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