Upcoming Events

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  Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm;     Panel discussion: 7-8 pm

Free, open to the public    Free appetizers, cash bar

Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22ndfloor penthouse­—with a terrific view of Millennium Park!

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

Writing, Publishing Children’s Books: April 14, 2020


Writing and Publishing Children’s Books

Tuesday, April 14, 2020;  Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm;  Panel discussion: 7-8 pm

at the Cliff Dwellers Club 200 S. Michigan Ave. 22ndfloor penthouse­—with a great view of Millennium Park!

Free, open to the public; Free appetizers, cash bar.


EstherHershenhorn,  Moderator,  S is for Story

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

EileenMeyer, 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