Chicago Author Series | 10th Anniversary

Saturdays in February at 1:00pm
Events will be held in the Netzley-Yender Farmhouse, 921 School Street, Lisle

Free, thought provoking discussions about our regional history and culture with local authors and those who write about it. Authors from around Chicagoland will present their books in a fun and informal fashion. Join us for a deep discussion, coffee and refreshments in the parlor of the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse.

FREE PARKING is available in the lot in front of the Beaubien Tavern and at Village Hall and in the commuter parking lots.

Please Note: Program subject to change without notice. Visit the Lisle Library to check out the books featured in this series. Seating is on a first come basis. Admission is FREE and this event is designed for the whole family!

Author Highlight: Joseph Rulli, returning author of The Chicago Haymarket Affair, who will present his latest book.

Presenting Sponsors: The Museums at Lisle Station Park and The Lisle Park District
Thank You To Our Program Partners: Lisle Library District, Arcadia Press, and The History Press

1919 Black Sox Scandal'

Saturday, February 1 at 1:00pm

  • "The 1919 Black Sox Scandal" by Dan Helpingstine

The book takes a historical look at the scandal that almost brought down major league baseball. It also examines how the scandal affects baseball today.

Dan Helpingstine has a BA in Political Science and has published 7 books, 5 of which are on the Chicago White Sox. He has also published two short stories.

Hidden Chicago Landmarks

Saturday, February 8 at 1:00pm

  • "Hidden Chicago Landmarks" by John R. Schmidt

Hidden Chicago Landmarks tells the stories behind places that aren't on the usual Chicagoland tour. Also included are some notable landmarks which we've lost. Finally, we visit the local version of "Flyover Country" — some interesting neighborhoods that most people simply drive by on their way to someplace else.

John R. Schmidt earned his PhD at the University of Chicago. He has taught at every level from kindergarten through college, including 31 years in Chicago Public Schools. He has written over 400 articles and 6 books.

Made in Chicago

Saturday, February 15 at 1:00pm

  • "Made in Chicago" by Austin Weber

This book traces the origins of manufacturing in 19th century Chicago and examines how the city and suburbs became a production powerhouse in the 20th century.

Austin Weber is a native Chicagoan. He is editor of a leading trade magazine for engineers and has visited hundreds of factories around the United States in a wide variety of industries.

Chicago's Lollapalooza Days: 1893-1934'

Saturday, February 22 at 1:00pm

  • "Chicago's Lollapalooza Days 1893-1934" by Jim Edwards

Jim Edwards is the author of 10 other Chicago and suburban city books: Aurora, Chicago's Opulent Age, Chicago Entertainment, North Aurora, Chicago, Batavia, Elgin, Kane County, and Chicago: City of Flight.

Chicago from 1893-1934 was alive with raucous people and reformers as well as people who helped mother Jazz, Ragtime, and The Blues.

Chicago Socialism: The People's History'

Saturday, February 29 at 1:00pm

  • "Chicago Socialism: The People's History" by Joseph A. Rulli

This is a grassroots history of socialism in Chicago from the late 1870s to the present, with particular focus on the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Joseph Rulli has been writing in Chicago (mainly fiction) since 2006. This is his second book of non-fiction. His passions are satire, playwriting, and research.

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