Join novelist Sara Paretsky and journalist Rick Kogan as they talk about Chicago in Chicago literature.
Sara Paretsky created one of the most famous female investigators in fiction, Chicagoan and private detective V. I. Warshawski. Paretsky embedded the character in Chicago and its region: Warshawski grew up in the shadow of Chicago’s south side steel mills and attended the University of Chicago on a scholarship; her father was a police officer, her mother a refugee from Fascist Italy with aspirations of an operatic career. With her female detective, Paretsky transformed the genre of crime novels and placed a Chicago literary character firmly in American culture.
Rick Kogan has spent his career reporting and writing about Chicago. He is a senior writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, was for more than a decade the host of WGN Radio’s “The Sunday Papers,” and is producer/host of Chicago Live!, a stage show produced by the Tribune and broadcast on WGN Radio. Kogan has written more than a dozen books including, with Tribune colleague Maurice Possley, Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder, and the Price of Truth, about the Chicago mob.
This program is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Doors open at 5:30 pm and guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Conversations at the Newberry” is sponsored by Sue and Melvin Gray.