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Meet the Author

The Newberry’s Meet the Author lecture series brings writers to the library for presentations on their recently published work. This work covers a range of topics and genres; the series introduces guests to a variety of professional wordsmiths working within the traditions of memoir, historical fiction, biography, historiography, and more.

Past Meet the Author Programs

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: David L. Carlson and Landis Blair
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That’s how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Alex Lichtenstein and Andrew Lichtenstein
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: David Howard
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World’s Most Charming Con Man, by David Howard, is a thrilling true crime caper, bursting with colorful characters and awash in ‘70s glamour, that spotlights the FBI’s first white-collar undercover sting.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Ben Austen
CURRENTLY FULL; waitlist open
Built in the 1940s atop an infamous Italian slum, Cabrini-Green grew to twenty-three towers and a population of 20,000—all of it packed onto just seventy acres a few blocks from Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast (and the Newberry Library). Cabrini-Green became synonymous with crime, squalor, and the failure of government. For the many who lived there, it was also a much-needed resource—it was home.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Carol Mighton Haddix, Bruce Kraig, and Colleen Taylor Sen
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Pizza. Alinea. Wrigley Spearmint. Soul food. Rick Bayless. Hot Dogs. Koreatown. Everest. All served up A-Z, and all part of the ultimate reference on Chicago and its food.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Errol Magidson
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and its Keepers regales its reader with the history of a treasure buried on Chicago’s far Southwest Side of which few people beyond the neighborhood seem to be aware.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Linda Gartz
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Linda Gartz’s Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refused mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Frank Cicero, Jr.
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
How three constitutions built the modern Prairie State In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern strength and American progress.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Catherine Kerrison
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In this talk, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women’s history, will explore the ways in which Thomas Jefferson reveals himself, in sometimes unintentional ways, when we look at him as a father. We are often puzzled by disparities between Jefferson’s words—particularly those he uttered in public—and his actions.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Susan Sleeper-Smith
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792, by Susan Sleeper-Smith, recovers the agrarian village world Indian women created in the lush lands of the Ohio Valley.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Robert Bruegmann
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Art Deco Chicago explores and celebrates Chicago’s pivotal role in the development of modern American design.