Upcoming Literary Events
Wilmette Public Library Auditorium
1242 Wilmette Avenue, WIlmette
'For the Kingdom and the Power' by author Dale Laackman
Book Talk and Author Q&A
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2:00-4:30 pm
Wilmette resident Dale Laackman’s new work, 'For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America', tells the fascinating, powerful, and previously untold story of the formation of the Ku Klux Klan. Based on original research, archival material never before published, Census records, and obscure books and letters, it’s the story of an emerging communications industry, an industry filled with potential and fraught with peril.
100th Anniversary of World War I
World War I Series
The Library continues a series on “The Great War.” Register for programs via the Library’s online calendar or call 847-256-6930.
'Storm of Steel' by Ernst Jünger
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium
'Storm of Steel' by Ernst Junger is a memoir of astonishing power and lyricism, which illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. The discussion will be facilitated by Paul Grasmehr, Reference Coordinator at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. Copies of the book are available at the Recent Arrivals Desk.
Myths and Realities of World War I
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2:00-3:30 pm, Auditorium
The Great War left a profound impression on the generation that fought it and those that followed. In the popular imagination, WWI consisted of repeated attacks by neat rows of infantry against trenches defended by barbed wire and machine guns, which resulted in the slaughter of a generation of young men. The reality of this war was far more complex. Thomas Mockaitis, Ph.D., Professor of History at DePaul, will examine both the nature of trench warfare and consider the significance of the war in historical context.
Fourth Monday Readers Explore Jane Austen
This series wraps up with an entertaining afternoon tea with Ms. Austen and two book discussions. Copies of the books are available in the Recent Arrivals area.
Afternoon Tea with Jane Austen
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2:00 pm, Auditorium
Jane Austen takes center stage when actress Debra Ann Miller portrays Austen at her most vibrant and hopeful time. Tea and refreshments served. Register via the online calendar or by calling 847-256-6930.
'Longbourn' by Jo Baker
Monday, Nov. 24, 7:00 pm
Baker takes readers below stairs in the Austen households. While the lords and ladies dine, the staff that serves them has a rich life of its own.
'Persuasion' by Jane Austen
Monday, Dec. 15, 7:00 pm
Austen’s last completed novel features an older heroine who navigates the complex social world of the landed gentry with a sadder, yet wiser, eye.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind to discuss his latest book, 'Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism' - Author Talk and Q&A
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:00 pm
Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette
The Library is proud to welcome Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind, who will discuss his latest book, 'Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism'. Mr. Suskind will be joined by his wife, Cornelia, to talk about the book. A book signing will follow their presentation, and The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka will have books available for purchase.
Known for his critically acclaimed book, 'A Hope in the Unseen', as well as four New York Times bestsellers about domestic policies and international affairs, Mr. Suskind has written his most personal work yet in 'Life, Animated', which describes his family’s 20-year journey to connect with their autistic son, Owen, through Disney films and characters. While 'Life, Animated' tells of one family’s remarkable story, the stunning and highly readable memoir also portrays the universal themes of hope, perseverance, and resilience, as well as the never-ending power of storytelling.
This is Mr. Suskind’s second time appearing before a Wilmette Library audience. In April 2007, he spoke to rave reviews to discuss his bestseller, 'A Hope in the Unseen', which was the selection for that year’s One Book, Everybody Reads program. This program is free and open to the public.
WPL Events for Youth:
Mother-Daughter Book Club
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:00-7:45 pm, WPL Youth Program Room
Grades 3-4 with an adult
Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Athena the Brain, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Registration required. Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.
K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
Wednesdays, Nov. 12 & Dec. 10, 6:00-7:00 pm, WPL Youth Department, Grades 1-5
Sign up for one 15-minute slot for November or December to read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only. Registration required. Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945 to register.