Upcoming Literary Events
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
847-256-6925 (Community Services)
One Book, Everybody Reads 2014
The 2014 One Book, Everybody Reads program features 'Claire of the Sea Light' by National Book Award finalist Edwidge Danticat. The novel tells the stunning and magical story of a 7-year-old Haitian girl who disappears on the night her father gives her away in the hopes of securing a better life for his only child. In telling the tale, the book explores the roles of parent, child, neighbor, and friend, as well as the themes of love, loss, and redemption.
Haiti: An Insider’s Perspective
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 pm, Auditorium
Griselda Garibay, Advancement Coordinator for the Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative, gives insight into Haiti’s past, present and future and describes how the organization empowers Haitians to create better lives for themselves.
'Claire of the Sea Light' Book Discussions:
Classics and Contemporary Book Group - Tuesday, April 8, 10:30 am
Fourth Monday Book Discussion - Monday, April 28, 7:00 pm
Trees That Feed: Making a Difference in Haiti and Beyond
Tuesday, April 22, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Auditorium
Local residents and founders of Trees that Feed, Mary and Michael McLaughlin, discuss the mission of their organization, which plants breadfruit trees in Haiti and other countries to feed people, create jobs, and benefit the environment. An Earth Day program, co-sponsored by Go Green Wilmette.
The Real Vodou: A Haitian Classical Music Concert
Sunday, April 27, 2:00 pm, Auditorium
Experience Haiti through music with Crossing Borders Music Collective, which will present string quartets by Haitian composers and, through narrative, images, and video, explore the rich culture of Haitian Vodou that has inspired their music.
A Taste of Haiti
Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Leonie’s Delice Bakery presents the flavors of Haiti with tastings of sweet and savory treats. Registration required by phone (847-256-5025) or via the Library’s online calendar.
Author Edwidge Danticat Visits to Discuss 'Claire of the Sea Light'
Sunday, May 4, 2:00, pm, Wilmette Junior High School Auditorium, 620 Locust Road
A book signing will be held following the program; books will be available for purchase on site from The Book Stall at Chestnut Court.
Tickets Required: Wilmette and Kenilworth residents may pick up a maximum of 2 free tickets at the Library’s Recent Arrivals desk beginning Saturday, April 26. Any remaining tickets will be available to non-residents beginning Thursday, May 1. Ticketed seats will be held until 5 minutes before the event; at that time, all unfilled seats will be open to the public.
'Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood' by Fatima Mernissi
Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 pm, Auditorium
The provocative memoir of a childhood behind the gates of a domestic harem.
Final discussion in the series moderated by Norma Claire Moruzzi, PhD., Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science, and Director of the International Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This discussion series is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.