Events Calendar

Wed, Sep 29 6:30 PM 2021
Melanie Holmes at Evergreen Public Library
Event type: Lecture
Kindred Spirits and Stranger Than Fiction book clubs unite to read this month's selection:  A Hero on Mount St. Helens: The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston by Melanie Holmes. Ms. Holmes will join us in the library and via Zoom for the discussion.

Everyone is welcome to join the presentation in-library or via Zoom.

Serendipity placed Oak Lawn native David Johnston on Mount St. Helens when the volcano rumbled to life in March, 1980. Throughout that ominous spring, Johnston was part of a team that conducted scientific research that underpinned warnings about the mountain. Those warnings saved thousands of lives when the most devastating volcanic eruption in U.S. history blew apart Mount St. Helens, but killed Johnston on the ridge that now bears his name. Melanie Holmes tells the story of Johnston's journey from a nature-loving Boy Scout to a committed geologist. Blending science with personal detail, Holmes follows Johnston through encounters with Aleutian volcanoes, his work helping the Portuguese government assess the geothermal power of the Azores, and his dream job as a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Interviews and personal writings reveal what a friend called "the most unjaded person I ever met," an imperfect but kind, intelligent young scientist passionately in love with his life and work and determined to make a difference.

Wed, Oct 6 7:00 PM 2021
Jake Johnson at NYU's Center for Religion and Media
Event type: Ceremony/Service
Join Jake Johnson, author of Lying in the Middle: Musical Theater and Belief at the Heart of America for a virtual event with NYU's Center for Religion and Media.

Thu, Oct 14 12:00 AM 2021
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, The Poetics of Difference, Instagram Live with Harriets Bookshop
Event type: Other
Join Mecca Jamilah Sullivan for an Instagram live with Harriets Bookshop to celebrate her new book, The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora. 

Thu, Oct 21 7:00 PM 2021
Jenny Carson LAWCHA Book Talk
Event type: Lecture
Join Jenny Carson, author of A Matter of Moral Justice: Black Women Laundry Workers and the Fight for Justice for a book talk with LAWCHA. 

 

Tue, Oct 26 12:00 AM 2021
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan at the Well Read Black Girl Festival
Event type: Lecture
Join Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author of The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora for a book talk at the Well Read Black Girl Festival. 

Sat, Nov 20 1:00 PM 2021
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan at NWSA
Event type: Lecture
Join Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author of The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora for a book talk at NWSA. 

Tue, Dec 7 12:00 PM 2021
For a Just and Better World Virtual Book Launch, Sonia Hernandez at the Center for Global Studies
Event type: Lecture
Join Sonia Hernández, author of For a Just and Better World: Engendering Anarchism in the Mexican Borderlands, 1900-1938 for a virtual book launch with the Center for Global Studies featuring her in conversation with University of Illinois Press Acquisitions Editor, Alison Syring. Registration link to come.

Sat, Apr 23 8:00 PM 2022
Stephen Wade at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Event type: Performance
Stephen Wade, author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, will perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music for A Storyteller's Story.