March Into Spring With Free Author Events


February 18, 2011

During the month of March, the Chicago Public Library will host several fascinating and free events in continuation of its ongoing monthly Authors Series. In addition, the Library will be the venue for several free author discussions included in Columbia College Chicago’s 15th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers series. All of the author events will be held at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. For more information, please call (312) 747-4050 or visit

March 2011 Author appearances


In conversation with Eric Ferguson
Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Grant Achatz, internationally acclaimed chef/owner of Alinea and his business partner/coauthor Nick Kokonas discuss and sign their new book, Life, On the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat. The conversation will be moderated by 101.9 The Mix’s Eric Ferguson.


Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Susan Jacoby, renowned author of The Age of American Unreason, will discuss and sign her new book, Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age. Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences, Jacoby turns a caustic eye on the modern fiction that old age can be “defied” and the American culture that it perpetuates.


Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Monday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. – Acclaimed author Jennifer Egan in conversation with Joe Meno.

Monday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. – A second event with author Jennifer Egan reading and in conversation with Donna Seaman.

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. – Reading and conversation with authors Audrey Niffenegger, Karen Tei Yamashita, Gerard Woodward, and host Alexis Pride.

Thursday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m. – A conversation with playwrights Regina Taylor and Tanya Saracho with host Lisa Schlesinger.


Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

This event is part of the Chicago Tribune’s Literary Series of Trib Nation events.

Joyce Carol Oates, recipient of the Chicago Public Library’s 2002 Carl Sandburg Literary Award, discusses and signs her work including her memoir, A Widow’s Story, in a conversation lead by Chicago Tribune columnist Julia Keller.

The Chicago Public Library continues to encourage lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials, programs and cutting-edge technology.

The Chicago Public Library is comprised of the Harold Washington Library Center, two regional libraries and more than 70 neighborhood branches. All locations provide free access to a rich collection of books, DVDs, audio books and music; the Internet and WiFi; sophisticated research databases, many of which can be accessed from a home or office computer; newspapers and magazines; and continue to serve as cultural centers, presenting the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults.

The Harold Washington Library Center, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library and Conrad Sulzer Regional Library are open 7 days a week, the branch libraries are open 6 days a week and patrons can access all of the Library’s collections online 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit or call the Chicago Public Library Press Office at (312) 747-4050.



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