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Frances McNamara - Death at Chinatown (Wednesday, November 19 at 6pm)
We are pleased to welcome back bookstore favorite Frances McNamara
as she reads from the latest Emily Cabot mystery, Death at Chinatown. About Death at Chinatown: In the summer of 1896, amateur sleuth Emily Cabot meets two young Chinese women who have recently received medical degrees. She is inspired to make an important decision about her own life when she learns about the difficult choices they have made in order to pursue their careers. When one of the women is accused of poisoning a Chinese herbalist, Emily once again finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation. But, before the case can be solved, she must first settle a serious quarrel with her husband, help quell a political uprising, and overcome threats against her family. Timeless issues, such as restrictions on immigration, the conflict between Western and Eastern medicine, and women’s struggle to balance family and work, are woven seamlessly throughout this riveting historical mystery. Rich with fascinating details of life in Chicago’s original Chinatown, this fifth book in the Emily Cabot Mysteries series will continue to delight history buffs and mystery lovers alike.
Location: Street: 57th Street Books Additional: 1301 E. 57th Street City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Sapna Thottathil ~ India's Organic Farming Revolution (Thursday, November 20 at 6pm)
Thursday, November 20th at 6pm Seminary Co-op Bookstore 5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Should you buy organic food? Is it just a status symbol, or is it really better for us? Is it really better for the environment? What about organic produce grown thousands of miles from our kitchens, or on massive corporately owned farms? Is “local” or “small-scale” better, even if it’s not organic? A lot of consumers who would like to do the right thing for their health and the environment are asking such questions.
Sapna Thottathil calls on us to rethink the politics of organic food by focusing on what it means for the people who grow and sell it—what it means for their health, the health of their environment, and also their economic and political well-being. Taking readers to the state of Kerala in southern India, she shows us a place where the so-called “Green Revolution” program of hybrid seeds, synthetic fertilizers, and rising pesticide use had failed to reduce hunger while it caused a cascade of economic, medical, and environmental problems. Farmers burdened with huge debts from buying the new seeds and chemicals were committing suicide in troubling numbers. Farm laborers suffered from pesticide poisoning and rising rates of birth defects. A sharp fall in biodiversity worried environmental activists, and everyone was anxious about declining yields of key export crops like black pepper and coffee.
In their debates about how to solve these problems, farmers, environmentalists, and policymakers drew on Kerala’s history of and continuing commitment to grassroots democracy. In 2010, they took the unprecedented step of enacting a policy that requires all Kerala growers to farm organically by 2020. How this policy came to be and its immediate economic, political, and physical effects on the state’s residents offer lessons for everyone interested in agriculture, the environment, and what to eat for dinner. Kerala’s example shows that when done right, this kind of agriculture can be good for everyone in our global food system.
An advocate of sustainable food systems, Sapna E. Thottathil is currently a senior program associate for Health Care Without Harm/Physicians for Social Responsibility, where she promotes sustainable food purchasing by health care institutions and organizes medical professionals around environmental policy. A member of the board of directors for the San Francisco Women’s Environmental Network, she earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Presented by the Program on the Global Environment and cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, Southern Asia at Chicago and the Seminary Coop Bookstore.
Location: Street: Seminary Co-op Bookstore Additional: 5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Richard Flanagan - Man Booker Prize - The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Friday, November 21 at 6:30pm)
2014 Man Booker Prize Descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemens Land (later renamed Tasmania) during the Great Famine, Richard Flanagan
was born in his native island in 1961, the fifth of six children. He spent his childhood in the mining town of Rosebery and left school at sixteen to work as a bush laborer. He later attended the University of Tasmania, graduating with first class honours in 1982. The following year he was awarded a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University. He later worked as a laborer and river guide. He wrote four history books before turning to fiction. His first novel, the much celebrated Death of a River Guide (1994), tells the tale of Aljaz Cosini, a guide on the Franklin River who lies drowning as he relives his life and the lives of his forbears. It won major Australian literary prizes including the 1996 National Fiction Award and was described by the Times Literary Supplement as 'one of the most auspicious debuts in Australian writing.' His second novel, The Sound of One Hand Clapping (1997), set in the Central Highlands of Tasmania, tells the story of Slovenian immigrants. It was similarly critically acclaimed and has sold over 150,000 copies in Australia, an unprecedented figure there for a literary novel. It won the Australian Booksellers Book of the Year Award and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. Flanagan's first two novels, declared Kirkus Reviews, 'rank with the finest fiction out of Australia since the heyday of Patrick White.' His third novel, Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (2001), is set at the Macquarie Harbour Penal Station and is based on the life of Billy Gould, a convict artist who has a love affair with a young black woman in 1828. It won Best Book for the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize in the South East Asia & South Pacific Region. In addition to Australia and the USA, his novels have been, or will be, published in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Britain, Germany, Holland, and France. He directed an acclaimed feature film based on The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which had its world premiere in competition at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear for best film. His recent books include The Unknown Terrorist, (2007), set in contemporary Sydney, andWanting (2008), set in both nineteenth century Tasmania and Britain. Richard Flanagan lives in Tasmania with his wife and three children. He is a keen canoeist, having canoed the Franklin River thirteen times, and was a member of the first expedition to canoe the Jane River and Gordon Gorge (one of his nonfiction works is A Terrible Beauty - History of the Gordon (1985).
Location: Street: 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Sara Paretsky - A Discusson on Weiman's "Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives" - 57th Street Books (Tuesday, December 2 at 6pm)
Fourteen chilling tales from the pioneering women who created the domestic suspense genre
Murderous wives, deranged husbands, deceitful children, and vengeful friends. Few know these characters—and their creators—better than Sarah Weinman
. One of today’s preeminent authorities on crime fiction, Weinman asks: Where would bestselling authors like Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, or Tana French be without the women writers who came before them?
In Troubled daughters, twisted wives, Weinman brings together fourteen hair-raising tales by women who—from the 1940s through the mid-1970s—took a scalpel to contemporary society and sliced away to reveal its dark essence. Lovers of crime fiction from any era will welcome this deliciously dark tribute to a largely forgotten generation of women writers. About the interlocutor: Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. Paretsky is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel. The Winter 2007 issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection is devoted to her work. She is also considered the founding mother of Sisters in Crime, an organization that supports and promotes women in the mystery field. Paretsky was named 2011 Grand Master by the Myster Writers of America. She is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for Blacklist. She holds a PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Location: Street: 1301 E 57th Street City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Theordore Richards ~ The Conversions (Wednesday, December 3 at 6pm)
At the Co-op
“Life and death, love and loss, endings and new beginnings: all these entwine against the backdrop of disaster and social change, with each protagonist bringing to the table his own unique ethnic and social background and his own desires to find a different place in a much-changed world…It’s these diverse protagonists and their perceptions, journeys and interactions that add depth and dimension to The Conversions, making it a highly recommended pick for those who like end-of-world sagas with another level of psychology and insight than your usual American apocalyptic focus provides.”
—D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review The Conversions focuses on a group of people grappling with various forms of personal conversion and change in the midst of massive upheaval—a conversion on a planetary scale—brought about by the end of the age of oil. An Italian economist converts from capitalism to communism after the death of his wife and daughter; a nun becomes an open lesbian and begins to find god in natural world instead of the Church; a gay man converts to Christianity and works to “convert” others from their homosexuality; an African-American man becomes a Jew. Tying these characters together is Dante Kant, a young man living in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park, in the shadow of the University of Chicago, who lacks ambition or belief in anything. Prompted by a desire to get back at what he sees as the ignorance around him in the midst of his nation’s War on Evil, Kant decides to pretend to convert to Islam, entering him into a world of radical religious movements and shadowy, privatized government operatives. The Conversions deals with some of the most pressing questions at this moment in history: What kind of world can be created with the end of industrial civilization? What is truly at the root of the so-called clash of civilizations? What is the place for religion in the post-modern world? Is American identity only about defining and excluding the other? What does a government look like when everything, even education, is privatized? Theodore Richards is a poet, writer, and religious philosopher. He has received degrees from various institutions, including the University of Chicago and The California Institute of Integral Studies, but has learned just as much from practicing the martial art of Bagua; from traveling, working or studying all over the world; and from the youth he has worked with on the South Side of Chicago, Harlem, the South Bronx, and Oakland. He is the author of Handprints on the Womb, a collection of poetry; Cosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism, and the Birth of a New Myth, recipient of the Independent Publisher Awards Gold Medal in religion and the Nautilus Book Awards Gold Medal; the novel The Crucifixion, recipient of the Independent Publisher Awards bronze medal and the USA Book Award; and Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto, finalist for the USA Book Award. Theodore Richards is the founder of The Chicago Wisdom Project and teaches world religions at The New Seminary. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.
Location: Street: 5757 S University Ave. City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Kids' Picture Books Panel Discussion: Aaron Reynolds, Janet Nolan, Suzanne Slade, and Barb Rosenstock (Friday, December 5 at 6:30pm)
Just in time for the holidays, SCBWI Chicago's Hyde Park/South Side Network will be hosting four hugely talented Chicago-area picture book authors for a panel discussion plus Q&A. They will address the picture book market, breaking into the industry, finding and landing agents, connecting with an audience, understanding the latest trends (they're edging younger and younger), and much more. Authors will sign their books as well – making great holiday gifts for readers young and old! When: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, December 5th Where: 57th Street Books in Hyde Park 1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637 Cost: FREE Panelists are: Aaron Reynolds, author of Here Comes Destructosaurus! and Carnivores (Chronicle Books), the Caldecott Honor–winning Creepy Carrots (Simon & Schuster), and many more titles http://www.aaron-reynolds.com/ Janet Nolan, author of PB & J Hooray! Your Sandwich's Amazing Journey from Farm to Table (Albert Whitman) and The Firehouse Light (Tricycle Press), and more http://www.janetnolan.com/ Suzanne Slade, who has written more than 100 books for kids, including Friends for Freedom (Charlesbridge), With Books and Bricks(Albert Whitman), and The Soda Bottle School (Tilbury) http://www.suzanneslade.com Barb Rosenstock, The Streak (Calkins Creek), The Noisy Paint Box (Knopf) and The Camping Trip that Changed America (Dial), and many more http://barbrosenstock.com Please RSVP to Kate Hannigan email@example.com so we can have enough chairs. Come for the learning, stay for the brownies!
Location: Street: 1301 E 57th Street City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Teri Edelstein, "En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War 1" (Tuesday, December 9 at 6pm)
With 2014 marking the one-hundredth anniversary of the commencement of World War I, "En Guerre "offers a fresh, thought-provoking exploration of the impact of the Great War as viewed through the lens of French graphic illustration of the period. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of these illustrations at the University of Chicago Library's Special Collections Research Center, this catalog draws from illustrated books, magazines, and prints to present a wide range of perspectives on themes essential to a deeper understanding of the war in France: patriotism, nationalism, propaganda, and the soldier's experience, as well as the mobilization of the French national home front as seen through fashion, music, humor, and children's literature. With a text by noted historians Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein and featuring more than one hundred reproductions of the vivid and colorful work of French illustrators, "En Guerre" reaffirms the persuasive role that art can play in the service of political and military power.
Teri J. Edelstein is an art historian and museum professional. Her scholarly work has focused on the intersection of high art and popular culture. Most recently, she was editor of and contributor to Art for All: British Posters for Transport, Yale University Press.
Location: Street: 5751 S Woodlawn Ave City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60637-1507 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Charles Baxter (Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6pm)
, Harmony of the World
, Saul and Patsy
, The Feast of Love
, The Soul Thief
, Through the Safety Net
, First Light
, There's Something I Want You to Do
, The Would-be Father)Charles Baxter
is the author of the novels The Feast of Love
(nominated for the National Book Award), The Soul Thief
, Saul and Patsy
, Shadow Play, and First Light, and the collections Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. (added from Random House)… (more)
D. N. Rodowick, Elegy for Theory (Friday, March 13, 2015 at 6pm)
Russell H. Tuttle, Apes and Human Evolution (Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6pm)
Saskia Sassen, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3pm)