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Essay Fiesta comes to The Book Cellar once again for an evening of Live Lit. Show starts at 7 pm, so get here early to grab a seat and a drink!
Don't forget the theme song!
All donations go to 826 Chicago.
The Book Cellar is so excited to welcome Mary Winn Heider and amazing new book The Mortification of Fovea Munson!
About Mary Winn Heider:
A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Writing for Children and Young Adults program, Mary Winn Heider lives in Chicago, where she is an ensemble member with the theater company Barrel of Monkeys. Through the company, she teaches creative writing to 3rd-5th graders in public schools all over the city. She has also recently spent some time working for a medical school cadaver lab, which contributed to the more factual elements of The Mortification of Fovea Munson.
About The Mortification of Fovea Munson:
Fovea Munson is nobody's Igor. True, her parents own a cadaver lab where they perform surgeries on dead bodies. And yes, that makes her gross by association, at least according to everyone in seventh grade. And sure, Fovea's stuck working at the lab now that her summer camp plans have fallen through. But she is by no means Dr. Frankenstein's snuffling assistant That is, until three disembodied heads, left to thaw in the wet lab, start talking. To her. Out loud.
What seems like a nightmare, or bizarre hallucination, is not. Fovea is somebody's Igor, all right. Three somebodies, actually. And they need a favor.
With a madcap sense of humor and a lot of heart (not to mention other body parts), this is a story about finding oneself, finding one's friends, and embracing the moment.
We will be selling books at the 19th Century Society as John Wasik presents his book, Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla.
About John Wasik:
John Wasik--author of 15 books and more than 1,000 columns, blogs, and articles for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters, Forbes, and Bloomberg News--has been researching Tesla for more than a decade. He's filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests and reviewed thousands of pages of Tesla's letters and files, many of which disappeared when he died in 1943. He has also consulted with Tesla experts worldwide and explored the vast resources of the Edison, JP Morgan, Westinghouse, and FBI archives. Wasik lives in Grayslake, IL, and speaks widely around the world.
About Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla:
Seventy years after his death, Nikola Tesla has become a rock star. Lightning Strikes examines his complete life and legacy, including Tesla's profound influence on everything from systems integration to drone warfare. Engineers, entrepreneurs, and academics will find it invaluable not only for the never-before-published interviews and archives, but also for the creative principles that visionaries like Larry Page and Elon Musk have used to build iconic brands and groundbreaking inventions. The book also reveals why the government and business leaders wanted to shut down Tesla's bold experiments, and how hundreds of his ideas are now being implemented globally--including clean power, robotics, alternating current motors, and wireless transmission of power and information.
We will be selling books at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as Christian Davenport presents his book The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos.
About Christian Davenport:
Christian Davenport is a staff writer at the Washington Post covering the space and defense industries for the financial desk. He joined the Post in 2000, and has written about the DC-area sniper shootings, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and the burial problems at Arlington National Cemetery. He is a recipient of the Peabody award for his work on veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and has been on reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times. Before joining the financial staff, Davenport was an editor on the Metro desk, overseeing coverage of local government and politics. He has also worked at Newsday,Philadelphia Inquirer, and Austin American-Statesman. As a frequent radio and television commentator, he has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and several NPR shows, including All Things Considered and Diane Rehm.
About The Space Barons:
The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons-most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen-are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel, and send humans even further than NASA has gone. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world-Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal-and upended industry after industry. Now they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space. Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four billionaires, this authoritative account is a dramatic tale of risk and high adventure, the birth of a new Space Age, fueled by some of the world's richest men as they struggle to end governments' monopoly on the cosmos. The Space Barons is also a story of rivalry-hard-charging startups warring with established contractors, and the personal clashes of the leaders of this new space movement, particularly Musk and Bezos, as they aim for the moon and Mars and beyond.
We will be at the Arthroscopy Association of North America as Scott Simon presents about the "most important lessons you learn come from unexpected places. The well-traveled journalist has recollections of what he’s learned from assignments and interviews from Sarajevo, Afghanistan, El Salvador and other war zones, and insights he recollected from the likes of Mother Theresa, Pierre Trudeau, Bella Abzug, and a second-baseman who never made it out of the major leagues, alongside the father, mother, and family memories about whom he’s written in his best-selling memoirs."
Books available at the event are TBD.
About Scott Simon:
Scott Simon is the host of NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. He has reported stories from all fifty states and every continent, and has won every major award in broadcasting. He is also a special contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and is the author of several books, including the novels Pretty Birds and Windy City, and the memoirUnforgettable. He used to list his hobbies as including, "bleeding for the Chicago Cubs," but no more.