Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 10:45am | Amphitheater*

Dan Egan, CLSC Author, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

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For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a “sub-continental divide.” Beginning in the late 1800s, these barriers were circumvented to attract freighters from the Atlantic and to allow Chicago’s sewage to float out to the Mississippi.


Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 03:30pm

John Keene presents ‘Kindred’ by Octavia E. Butler

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The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.


Wednesday, July 03, 2019 | 03:30pm

Beth Macy, CLSC Author, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America

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An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: “a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency” (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it.


Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 03:30pm

Elizabeth Rush, CLSC Author, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

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With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant―and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. 


Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 03:30pm

Aja Gabel, CLSC Author, The Ensemble

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Jana. Brit. Daniel. Henry. Together, they are the Van Ness Quartet. Brit is the second violinist, a beautiful and quiet orphan; on the viola is Henry, a prodigy who’s always had it easy; the cellist is Daniel, the oldest and an angry skeptic who sleeps around; and on first violin is Jana, their flinty, resilient leader.


Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 03:30pm

Ilya Kaminsky, CLSC Author, Deaf Republic

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Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language.


Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 03:30pm

Hala Alyan, CLSC Author, Salt Houses

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On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel and luck. Her predictions will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967.