WBEZ | Cliff Dwellers Club http://www.wbez.org/content/cliff-dwellers-club Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Poet Edward Hirsch http://www.wbez.org/poet-edward-hirsch-106235 <p><p><strong>Edward Hirsch</strong>, poet, critic and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, will speak at a Society of Midland Authors event on Tuesday, April 16, at the Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago. Booklist senior editor <strong>Donna Seaman</strong> will introduce Hirsch.</p><div>A native of Chicago, Hirsch has published several books of poems since 1981, including 1986&rsquo;s &ldquo;<em>Wild Gratitude</em>,&rdquo; winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book is &ldquo;<em>The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems</em>,&rdquo; published in 2011 by <strong>Alfred A. Knopf.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His prose books include the 1999 best-seller &ldquo;<em>How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love With Poetry</em>&rdquo; and &ldquo;<em>Poet&rsquo;s Choice</em>,&rdquo; a 2007 collection of essay-letters from the <em>Washington Post Book World</em>.</div><div>&ldquo;It takes a brave poet to follow Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton into the abyss,&rdquo; poet <strong>Dana Goodyear</strong> wrote about Hirsch in the <em>Los Angeles Times Book Review</em>. &ldquo;Hirsch&rsquo;s poems (are) compassionate, reverential, sometimes relievingly ruthless.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hirsch, who has a doctorate in folklore, has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but the Society will accept donations to defray the cost of programs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Society of Midland Authors was established in 1915 as an organization for published authors in the Midwest. For details on the group, visit www.midlandauthors.com.</div></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/poet-edward-hirsch-106235 Gregory Harms: "It’s Not About Religion" http://www.wbez.org/gregory-harms-it%E2%80%99s-not-about-religion-103391 <p><p>Foreign-policy scholar <strong>Gregory Harms</strong> will discuss his latest book on the Middle East, <em>It&rsquo;s Not About Religion</em>, in a Society of Midland Authors program Nov. 13 at the Cliff Dwellers Club.</p><div>Harms&rsquo; book, published by actor Viggo Mortensen&rsquo;s Perceval Press, aims to move the conversation about the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy forward in a more grounded and precise direction. Harms&rsquo; previous books are <em>The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction</em> and <em>Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East</em>. His website is <a href="http://www.gregoryharms.com">www.gregoryharms.com</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but the Society will accept donations to defray the cost of programs. For more information, see <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com">www.midlandauthors.com</a>.</div></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/gregory-harms-it%E2%80%99s-not-about-religion-103391 Mahmoud Saeed and Allen Salter http://www.wbez.org/mahmoud-saeed-and-allen-salter-102767 <p><p>Chicago author <strong>Mahmoud Saeed</strong>, a native of Iraq, will discuss his novel <em>The World Through the Eyes of Angels</em>, along with one of his translators, <strong>Allen Salter</strong> of Chicago.</p><div>Saeed has written more than 20 novels and short story collections, starting with <em>Port Saeed and Other Stories</em> in 1963. That same year, Iraq&rsquo;s first military-Baathist government seized two of his novels and imprisoned him for a year. After being incarcerated six times, Saeed left Iraq in 1985. He has lived in the United States since 1999, and he now teaches Arabic and Arabic culture at DePaul University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Saeed&rsquo;s first novel to be translated into English,<em> Saddam City</em>, was praised by a critic in <em>The New Yorker</em>, who wrote: &ldquo;For all the horror it details, this is a startlingly warm and humane book.&rdquo; His second novel to be translated into English, <em>The World Through the Eyes of Angels</em>, was published last December by Syracuse University Press, winning the King Fahd MEST Center for Arabic Literature Translation Award. The novel depicts a sensitive and loving boy assailed by the cruelty of life as he grows up in Mosul, Iraq, in the 1940s. Novelist Marina Lewycka calls it &ldquo;a lovely haunting book, full of innocence and nostalgia.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Salter has lived and traveled in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. He has worked as a teacher and translator. Under the pseudonyms Sam Reaves and Dominic Martell, he has published 10 novels.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They will speak at 7 p.m. at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but the Society will accept donations to defray the cost of programs. For more information, see <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com">www.midlandauthors.com</a>.</div></p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/mahmoud-saeed-and-allen-salter-102767 Historian Rick Perlstein discusses “The Rise of Ronald Reagan” http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-13/historian-rick-perlstein-discusses-%E2%80%9C-rise-ronald-reagan%E2%80%9D <p><p>Chicago author, political historian, and <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine columnist <strong>Rick Perlstein</strong> will discuss his upcoming book, <em>The Invisible Bridge: The 1970s and the Rise of Ronald Reagan</em>, in a Society of Midland Authors program at the Cliff Dwellers Club.<br> <br> Perlstein’s previous books are the critically acclaimed <em>Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America</em> and <em>Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus</em>. A former writer for <em>The Village Voice</em>, Perlstein wrote op-ed pieces last year in <em>The New York Times </em>about Hubert Humphrey and Betty Ford. During the current presidential campaigns, Perlstein began a regular column for <em>Rolling Stone</em>. Headlines on his recent columns include: “Obama at Halftime: How He Fumbled, Why He’s Recovering,” “Why Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Doesn’t Matter,” and “Ronald Reagan: Welfare Queen of Montana (or: Tax Tips for Mitt Romney).”<br> <br> Perlstein will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but the Society will accept donations to defray the cost of programs. For more information, see <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com">www.midlandauthors.com</a>.</p></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:51:09 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-13/historian-rick-perlstein-discusses-%E2%80%9C-rise-ronald-reagan%E2%80%9D Writing and Publishing Romance Novels http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-14/writing-and-publishing-romance-novels <p><p>Chicago authors <strong>Jennifer Stevenson</strong>, <strong>Sherrill Bodine</strong>, and <strong>Patricia Rosemoor</strong> discuss writing and publishing romance novels in a Society of Midland Authors program on Valentine’s Day at the Cliff Dwellers Club.<br> <br> Stevenson’s romance and fantasy novels include <em>The Brass Bed</em>, <em>Fool’s Paradise</em>, and <em>Trash Sex Magic</em>. Her website is <a href="http://jenniferstevenson.com">http://jenniferstevenson.com</a>. Bodine’s books include <em>All I Want Is You</em> and <em>A Black Tie Affair</em>, as well as books written under the name Leslie Lynn. Her website is <a href="http://sherrillbodine.com">http://sherrillbodine.com</a>. Rosemoor has written 86 books, including 50 for the Harlequin Intrigue series. As Patricia Pinianski, she teaches fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her website is <a href="http://patriciarosemoor.com">http://patriciarosemoor.com</a>. All three are members of the Chicago-North Romance Writers of America.<br> <br> A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The three authors will speak at 7 p.m.&nbsp; Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but the Society will accept donations to defray the cost of programs. For more information, see <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com">www.midlandauthors.com</a>.</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:50:57 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-14/writing-and-publishing-romance-novels Dick Simpson, Don Rose, and Constance A. Mixon discuss “Twenty-First Century Chicago” http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-10/dick-simpson-don-rose-and-constance-mixon-discuss-%E2%80%9Ctwenty-first-century-chicago%E2%80%9D <p><p><strong>Dick Simpson</strong>, <strong>Don Rose</strong>, and <strong>Constance A. Mixon</strong> discuss <em>Twenty-First Century Chicago</em>. This new book investigates the social, economic, political, and governmental conditions of Chicago in this century. The anthology includes speeches by politicians, newspaper stories, editorials by journalists, memoirs and biographies, and little-known research reports advocating change. Covering metropolitan Chicago as a whole, this volume underscores the city's efforts in recent years to establish itself as a global metropolitan region and highlights the most pressing issues Chicago faces in these challenging times.<br> <br> Published by Cognella, the book was edited by Simpson, a former Chicago alderman and head of the political science department at University of Illinois at Chicago, and Mixon, an associate professor of political science and director of the Urban Studies Program at Elmhurst College. Rose, an independent political consultant, is one of the contributors to the book. For more information on the book, visit <a href="https://titles.cognella.com/twenty-first-century-chicago.html">https://titles.cognella.com/twenty-first-century-chicago.html</a>.</p><p>Social hour begins at 6 p.m. The talk follows at 7 p.m.</p></p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:45:15 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-10/dick-simpson-don-rose-and-constance-mixon-discuss-%E2%80%9Ctwenty-first-century-chicago%E2%80%9D How's Rahm Doing? http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-02/hows-rahm-doing <p><p>Join friends and supporters of the Community Media Workshop for a unique panel discussion and reception reviewing Mayor Emanuel's first six months in office. Panelists will be:<strong> Richard Barnett</strong>, veteran West Side political organizer; <strong>Ricardo Muñoz</strong>, 22nd Ward alderman; and <strong>Don Rose</strong>, independent political analyst. The panel will be moderated by longtime City Hall reporter <strong>David Stewart</strong>, WLS-AM.</p><p>A reception will begin at 5 pm; the program starts at 6 pm.</p><p>Since 1989 Community Media Workshop has worked to diversify the voices in news and public debates by providing a unique mix of communications coaching for grassroots, arts, and other nonprofit organizations and sourcing grassroots and community news for journalists. Connecting the community with media, the Workshop promotes news that matters.</p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:25:27 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-02/hows-rahm-doing Greg Borzo Tells the Story of "The Chicago 'L'" http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-08/greg-borzo-tells-story-chicago-l <p><p>Discover the world-famous Chicago “L” in all its grit and glory. Travel through time on one of Chicago's most enduring icons, a working antique that has contributed mightily to the growth and development of the city and suburbs.</p><p>An award-winning journalist, <strong>Greg Borzo</strong> was editor of Modern Railroads Magazine and has been a health and science writer for the American Medical Association, Harcourt Brace, Field Museum, and the University of Chicago. He conducts <a href="http://www.TheChicagoL.com">public tours of the “L,”</a> local history and “The Devil in the White City” tours for the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Cycling Club, and other organizations. His most recent book is <em>Where to Bike Chicago: Best Biking in City and Suburbs</em>.</p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:25:20 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-08/greg-borzo-tells-story-chicago-l A Discussion on the Future of E-Books http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-11/discussion-future-e-books <p><p>Join us for a panel discussion on trends in electronic publishing with <strong>Dominique Raccah</strong>, <strong>Libby Fischer Hellmann</strong>, and <strong>Kelly Griffin</strong>.<br> <br> Raccah is the CEO &amp; publisher of <a href="http://www.sourcebooks.com">Sourcebooks</a>, a company she founded in 1987 that is now the country’s largest woman-owned trade book publishing company. Sourcebooks is known for its innovative e-books and mixed-media titles. She is the first-ever woman co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group, which recently released a national survey on the state of the book industry.<br> <a href="http://libbyhellmann.com"><br> Hellmann</a> is an award-winning author of seven crime-thriller novels, including the recent <em>Set the Night on Fire</em>. All her work is available digitally, and some of her books have been published first as e-books without print versions, including <em>Toxicity</em> and <em>The Last Page</em> (co-written with David Walker).<br> <br> Griffin is a member of the Chicago Public Library’s Collections Development Division, where she helps to develop the library’s e-book collection.</p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:16:38 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-11/discussion-future-e-books Poetry and Prose from Reginald Gibbons and Cornelia Maude Spelman http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-12/poetry-and-prose-reginald-gibbons-and-cornelia-maude-spelman <p><p>Married couple<strong> Reginald Gibbons</strong>, author of <em>Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems And Stories</em>, and <strong>Cornelia Maude Spelman</strong>, author of <em>Missing: A Memoir</em>, will present their poetry and prose. Gibbons has published nine books of poems, a novel, and translations from Spanish and ancient Greek. He is a professor of English, Classics, Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University. In <em>Missing</em>, Spelman reconstructs her mother’s life and untimely death, with the pacing of the mystery novels that her mother loved, and using everything from letters and interviews to the family’s quotidian paper trail—medical records, telegrams, and other oft-overlooked clues to a family’s history.<br> <br> A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 PM. Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but the Society will accept donations to defray the cost of programs. For more information, see <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com">www.midlandauthors.com</a>.</p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:33:21 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-12/poetry-and-prose-reginald-gibbons-and-cornelia-maude-spelman