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CCGA presents Arthur Kroeber as he presents his new book, China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know at The Standard Club.
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About Arthur Kroeber:
Arthur Kroeber is managing director of Gavekal Dragonomics, an independent global economic research firm, and editor of its journal, China Economic Quarterly. He is a nonresident senior fellow on foreign policy at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center, and focuses on China’s political economy and its engagement with global economic institutions. Before joining Dragonomics, Kroeber worked for 15 years as a financial journalist and economic analyst in China, Taiwan, and India. He has written for Foreign Policy, The Economist, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Fortune, Wired, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Kroeber is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and serves on the board of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business at Indiana University. He received his BA from Harvard University.
About China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know:
China’s economic growth in the last 30 years has been impressive—yet cracks have started to form, requiring tough decisions from the government and the private sector. While the country still presents numerous investment opportunities and provides multibillion-dollar profits to global companies, its economy is plagued by corruption, market volatility, and mounting debt. What does the future hold for China and companies operating inside its border? Drawing from a wealth of academic research and interviews with dozens of company executives and policymakers, Arthur Kroeber details what everyone needs to know about China’s economy.
CCGA presents Zalmay Khalilzad as he presents his new book, The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World at The Union League Club.
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About Zalmay Khalilzad:
The Honorable Zalmay Khalilzad is the former US ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United Nations. He is a US counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a president of Khalilzad Associates, and of Gryphon Partners. Khalilzad served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He holds BA and MA degrees from the American University of Beirut and a PhD from the University of Chicago.
About The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World:
In the turbulent years after 9/11, Zalmay Khalilzad helped craft two constitutions and forge governing coalitions as US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq. Khalilzad, who grew up in a traditional family in Afghanistan, spent time as an exchange student in the United States and came to believe American ideals like personal initiative, community action, and respect for women could make a transformative difference in his country and beyond. He went on to serve as a diplomat under three US administrations, and now shares his experiences with candid, behind-the-scenes insights. What does Khalilzad’s story reveal about the hazards, rewards, and meaning of diplomacy in today’s complex world?
Join us at The Book Cellar as local authors Amina Gautier (Loss of All Lost Things), Mary Carter (Murder in an Irish Village), Irene Helenowski (Order of the Dimensions), and Lorraine Boissoneault (The Last Voyageurs) show off their newest works during March's Local Author Night at 7PM!
About Amina Gautier:
Amina Gautier, a native New Yorker who currently divides her time between Chicago and Miami, Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction, Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction, and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and received an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award and a First Horizon Award. After graduating from Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Gautier has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Marquette University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently, Gautier taught at DePaul University. In Fall 2014, she joined the faculty in the MFA program at the University of Miami.
About The Loss of All Things:
This collection of fifteen stories explore the unpredictable ways in which characters negotiate, experience, and manage various forms of loss. They lose loved ones; they lose security and self-worth; they lose children; they lose their ability to hide and shield their emotions; they lose their reputations and their life savings. Often depicting the awkward moments when characters are torn between decision and outcome, The Loss of All Things focuses on moments of regret and yearning.
“”A masterful collection of stirring, deceptively simple tales. —Jennifer Bort Yacovissi, The Washington Independent Review of Books
“The stories provide a compelling, intimate journey through losses that feel familiar even when they are inconceivable because they feel so true.” —Elizabeth Gonzalez, Small Press Book Review
About Mary Carter:
Mary Carter is a novelist and workshop leader at The Writers Loft in Chicago. Her other works include: Meet Me in Barcelona, Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, Accidentally Engaged, and She’ll Take It.In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach in the anthologized collection Summer Days, A Christmas Carousel in the anthologized collection There’s No Place Like Home, A Kiss Before Midnight in You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthologyHoliday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home. Her works have been translated in seven different languages, and several are available as audiobooks. Mary is writing under the pen name Carlene O'Connor for her new mystery series that is set in Ireland.
About Murder in an Irish Village:
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.
It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.
With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned—murder tends to spoil the appetite—it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.
About Irene Helenowski:
Irene Helenowski is a biostatistician at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and volunteers at Project Exploration, a Chicago-based organization which promotes the sciences to minority youths, particularly to grade school and middle school aged girls. She was born and raised in Chicago and in addition to writing, her interests include art, concerts, and travel.
About Order of the Dimensions Trilogy:
Order of the Dimensions:
When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.
Anton Zelov has come back and is set to avenge those who stood in his way. A race against time ensues to keep Jane's family away from their clutches. But is victory in store for those who must take down the Order or has their battle just begun?
The final Orders are in place and all seems lost to the Federation. Yet a glimmer of hope remains in the hands of an unlikely heroine. What will she choose to pursue and would her choice save the final dimensions?
About Lorraine Boissoneault:
About The Last Voyageurs:
The Last Voyageurs (April 2016) recounts the unbelievable true story of 24 young men who canoed 3,300 miles across North America dressing, eating, and acting like 17th-century Frenchmen in 1976, in honor of America’s Bicentennial. The reenactment—which was organized by a high school French teacher who recruited his students for the trip and had them train for two years before setting off on the eight-month journey—followed the route of French explorer La Salle, the first European to travel all the way down the Mississippi River. Over the course of the voyage, the young men battled storms on the Great Lakes, walked more than 500 miles across the Midwest during one of the coldest winters of the 20th century, and overcame near-death experiences to reach the end of their journey. Some advance praise:
“The fluid narrative moves with authority and a sense, like La Salle's original fraught expedition, that anything could disrupt the flow. An engaging travelogue that provides a good example of how one person tirelessly pursued his dream to fruition.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In this action-packed dual narrative, Boissoneault shares a charming slice of U.S. Bicentennial history … Boissoneault describes interesting, complicated people facing life-threatening perils, and in alternating Lewis’s story with that of La Salle’s journey, she makes fascinating historical comparisons.”—Publishers Weekly
“It moves briskly, nicely capturing the spirit of adventure that underlay this remarkable eight-month expedition.”—Booklist
Join us at the Book Cellar as author Kayt Sukel joins us to discuss her new book The Art of Risk.
Abou Kayt Sukel:
Kayt Sukel knows more about sex than you do. (According to Forbes, at any rate…)
A passionate traveler and science writer, she has no problem tackling interesting (and often taboo) subjects spanning love, sex, neuroscience, travel and politics. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Scientist, USA Today, Pacific Standard, the Washington Post, ISLANDS, Parenting, the Bark, American Baby, National Geographic Traveler, and the AARP Bulletin. She is a partner at the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom, and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation’s many science publications. She has written stories about out-of-body experiences, fMRI orgasms, computer models of schizophrenia, the stigma of single motherhood and why one should travel to exotic lands with young children.
Kayt also works with several corporate clients in both the healthcare, education and government sectors on various writing and marketing endeavors. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Author’s Guild and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). A popular public speaker, she has graced the stages of TEDMED, Chicago Ideas Week and renowned universities across the continent.
Kayt lives outside Houston, Texas (and is surprised as you are about it), and frequently overshares on Twitter as @kaytsukel.
About The Art of Risk:
THE ART OF RISK compares/contrasts the lives of real world risk-taking successes like World Series of Poker champion Andy Frankenberger and free solo climber/BASE jumper Steph Davis with cutting edge laboratory studies to better explain how, where, when, and why we take the risks that we do.
“A blithe and personable guide to risk-taking.” -Kirkus Reviews
“THE ART OF RISK begins with an admission: Kayt Sukel’s lost her mojo — and like any great journalist, to find it again, she researches her way to the root of the issue. This entails interviewing adrenaline junkies, uncovering the psychology, and delving into the complicated neuroscience. (She’s the only writer I know who can make terms like mesocortical limbic pathway and DRD4 variants downright titillating). An engrossing look at at fascinating issue by one of the most fearless science writers in the business.” -Susannah Cahalan, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
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