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The French Book Club will meet to discuss the first half of Proust's Duchess by Caroline Weber! The second half will be discussed during the club's February meeting.
Arts journalist Jeff Huebner will be joining us to discuss his latest nonfiction release, Walls Of Prophecy and Protest! Come learn about the rich artistic and political history of Chicago's most famous muralist, William "Bill" Walker!
About Walls of Prophecy And Protest: Chicago is home to more intact African American street murals from the 1970s and ’80s than any other U.S. city. Among Chicago’s greatest muralists is the legendary William “Bill” Walker (1927–2011), compared by art historians to Diego Rivera and called the most accomplished contemporary practitioner of the classical mural tradition.
Though his art could not have been more public, Walker maintained a low profile during his working life and virtually withdrew from the public eye after his retirement in 1989. Author Jeff W. Huebner met Walker in 1990 and embarked on a series of insightful interviews that stretched over the next two decades. Those meetings and years of research form the basis of Walls of Prophecy and Protest, the story of Walker’s remarkable life and the movement that he inspired.
Featuring forty-three color images of Walker’s work, most long since destroyed or painted over, this handsome edition reveals the artist who was the primary figure behind Chicago’s famed Wall of Respect and who created numerous murals that depicted African American historical figures, protested social injustice, and promoted love, respect, racial unity, and community change.
About Jeff Huebner: Jeff W. Huebner is an arts journalist, freelance writer, and longtime contributor to the Chicago Reader and Public Art Review. His articles and reviews have also appeared in ARTnews, Sculpture, Chicago magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He is the author of Murals: The Great Walls of Joliet and the coauthor of Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures and Chicago Parks Rediscovered. Huebner has received many arts writing grants and awards. In 2017, he was an inaugural recipient of the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation award for arts criticism and journalism.
Join The Book Cellar and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for a Cookie and Wine Pairing Night! Stop by for your favorite Girl Scout classics paired with free samples of The Book Cellar's featured wines.
The French Book Group will meet to discuss the second half of Proust's Duchess by Caroline Weber! The first half was previously discussed at the club's January meeting.
We're thrilled to host Deborah J. Cohan with her newest title "Welcome to Wherever We Are" right here in the Book Cellar Cafe!!
About Welcome to Wherever We Are: How do you go about caregiving for an ill and elderly parent with a lifelong history of abuse and control, intertwined with expressions of intense love and adoration? How do you reconcile the resulting ambivalence, fear, and anger?
Welcome to Wherever We Are is a meditation on what we hold onto, what we let go of, how we remember others and ultimately how we’re remembered. Deborah Cohan shares her story of caring for her father, a man who was simultaneously loud, gentle, loving and cruel and whose brilliant career as an advertising executive included creating slogans like “Hey, how ‘bout a nice Hawaiian punch?” Wrestling with emotional extremes that characterize abusive relationships, Cohan shows how she navigated life with a man who was at once generous and affectionate, creating magical coat pockets filled with chocolate kisses when she was a little girl, yet who was also prone to searing, vicious remarks like “You’d make my life easier if you’d commit suicide.”
In this gripping memoir, Cohan tells her unique personal story while also weaving in her expertise as a sociologist and domestic abuse counselor to address broader questions related to marriage, violence, divorce, only children, intimacy and loss. A story most of us can relate to as we reckon with past and future choices against the backdrop of complicated family dynamics, Welcome to Wherever We Are is about how we might come to live our own lives better amidst unpredictable changes through grief and healing.
About Deborah J. Cohan: Deborah J. Cohan is an associate professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. Alongside her many academic publications, she is the author of the popular blog “Social Lights” for Psychology Today.