WBEZ | Harold Washington Library Center http://www.wbez.org/venues/harold-washington-library-center Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Anchee Min http://www.wbez.org/anchee-min-107007 <p><p><strong>Anchee Min</strong> discusses <em>The Cooked Seed: A Memoir</em>, in which she comes to America to find her way, her voice and her love. Min&#39;s new book is the eagerly awaited sequel to her bestselling book Red Azalea. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter, an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/99587/">chicagopubliclibrary.org</a>, or call 312-747-4050.</p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/anchee-min-107007 Authors @ the Library http://www.wbez.org/authors-library-107006 <p><p><strong>Dr. Judith Wright</strong> and <strong>Dr. Bob Wright</strong> discuss their new book <em>Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living</em>. This radical new book explores how individuals can achieve lifelong transformation in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Transformed! integrates cutting-edge findings across many fields with groundbreaking research. Transformed! profiles individuals who have attained deep fulfillment in every aspect of life and illustrates how anyone can achieve lasting, revolutionary transformation.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/100600/">chicagopubliclibrary.org</a>, or call 312-747-4050.</p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/authors-library-107006 Comedian David Misch http://www.wbez.org/comedian-david-misch-107005 <p><p>The Chicago Public Library welcomes <strong>David Misch</strong> for a discussion on his book <em>Funny: The Book &mdash; Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy</em>.</p><div>Ripped from the pages of his award-eligible book Misch presents &quot;<em>The History of Ha!</em>&quot; a some-holds-barred survey of absolutely everything funny that&#39;s ever happened. From ancient tricksters to modern family, Misch looks at what comedy is, where it comes from and where it&#39;s going.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/100534/">chicagopubliclibrary.org,</a> or call 312-747-4050.</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/comedian-david-misch-107005 Woman Made Gallery Poets Showcase at the Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest http://www.wbez.org/woman-made-gallery-poets-showcase-chicago-public-library-poetry-fest-106776 <p><p>For over twenty years, Woman Made Gallery has offered stimulating and educational programs with a focus on women artists, performers and writers who share an interest in the interaction of the arts in contemporary culture. Over the past few years, the poetry series has ventured into the community, with readings at Chicago Public Library and the Poetry Foundation&rsquo;s Printer&rsquo;s Ball.</p><div>Join us at the Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest for a group reading that offers a sampling of the diversity of women&rsquo;s voices, topics and writing styles that can be heard at the gallery. Featured poets include <strong>Yolanda Nieves</strong>, <strong>Robin Fine</strong>, <strong>Kelly Norman Ellis </strong>and curator <strong>Nina Corwin</strong>. In addition, we will present three younger poets from area schools: <strong>Nina Li Coones</strong>, <strong>Natalie Richardson</strong> and <strong>Jennifer Linstrom</strong>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/poetry_fest.php">here.</a></div></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/woman-made-gallery-poets-showcase-chicago-public-library-poetry-fest-106776 Breaking New Ground: Harold Washington and the 1983 Election http://www.wbez.org/breaking-new-ground-harold-washington-and-1983-election-106587 <p><p>2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Harold Washington&#39;s historic mayoral victory. Join us for a lively panel discussion about the 1983 election moderated by <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> Columnist and ABC-7 Chicago&#39;s Political Analyst<strong> Laura S. Washington</strong>.</p><div>Distinguished panelists include:</div><div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>Professor Timuel D. Black, Jr</strong>., historian and civil rights activist</div><div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>Helen Shiller</strong>, former Alderman for the 46th Ward and community activist</div><div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>Professor Dick Simpson</strong>, Political Science Department at the University of Illinois, Chicago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/103311/">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/breaking-new-ground-harold-washington-and-1983-election-106587 Mary Roach in Conversation with Rebecca Skloot http://www.wbez.org/mary-roach-conversation-rebecca-skloot-106494 <p><p>Acclaimed and bestselling science writers <strong>Mary Roach </strong>and <strong>Rebecca Skloot</strong> provide a fascinating discussion about Roach&rsquo;s new book <em>Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal</em> and the writing process associated with science-based literature. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of our insides. Ms. Skloot, the author of <em>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</em>, joins Ms. Roach for what is sure to be one of the season&#39;s most fascinating discussions. This program is presented in partnership with the Illinois Science Council.</p><p>More information on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/">here.</a></p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/mary-roach-conversation-rebecca-skloot-106494 Campbell McGrath http://www.wbez.org/campbell-mcgrath-106493 <p><p>MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, <strong>Campbell McGrath</strong> delivers this year&rsquo;s keynote reading for Poetry Fest 2013. In eight formally inventive collections, McGarth has established himself as a gifted inheritor of Whitman&rsquo;s impulse to explore the fullness of the American psyche and landscape. Wit and irony shaped his work, but so, too, does the sublime. Cosponsored by The Poetry Foundation.</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/campbell-mcgrath-106493 Thomas Dyja http://www.wbez.org/thomas-dyja-106490 <p><p><strong>Thomas Dyja</strong> joins us to discuss his new book&nbsp;<em>The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream</em>. Though today it can seem as if all American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago. Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop here, and this flow of people and commodities made it America&rsquo;s central clearinghouse, laboratory and factory.</p><p>More on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/">here.</a></p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/thomas-dyja-106490 William Friedkin http://www.wbez.org/william-friedkin-106489 <p><p>Join Academy Award winning director <strong>William Friedkin</strong> as he discusses his new memoir <em>The Friedkin Connection</em> with <strong>Adam Kempenaar</strong>, co-founder and host of the weekly film podcast and radio program<em> Filmspotting</em>. It takes readers from the streets of Chicago to the suites of Hollywood and from the sixties to today, with autobiographical storytelling as fast-paced and intense as any of the director&#39;s films.</p><p>More on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/">here.</a></p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/william-friedkin-106489 Neighborhood Writing Alliance http://www.wbez.org/neighborhood-writing-alliance-106488 <p><p>The Neighborhood Writing Alliance presents an evening of powerful readings by emerging writers from Chicago&rsquo;s dynamic literary scene, in celebration of the release of <em>When We Listen: JOT Writers on Body Wisdom</em>, the winter 2013 issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought.</p><p>More on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/neighborhood-writing-alliance-106488