Come to The Book Stall to meet Lori Rader Day and
as a special bonus, another local author, Susie Calkins, will be joining
her for a lively conversation.
The Black Hour tells of how for Chicago
sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic - until a
student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's
back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem
with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why? All she wants is for
life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's
thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in
tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her
ex--whom she may or may not still love--has moved on. Enter Nathaniel Barber, a
graduate student obsessed with Chicago's violent history. Nath is a serious
scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's
death, and his father's disapproval. Assigned as Amelia's teaching assistant,
Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can't do. And
meanwhile, he's hoping she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he
came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet.
Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth
that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of
This event is free and open to the public.
Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea
Local author and sailor Graham tells the story of the 25-foot sloop called the Victura, purchased by the Kennedys in 1932, and what that one small sailboat taught the family about life, family, leadership, and winning.