Joe Rulli (The Chicago Haymarket Affair) and Steve Bellinger (The Chronocar) will be at The Book Cellar presenting on the theme of "History in Fiction and Non-Fiction: Books for the Post Truth Age."
About Joe Rulli:
Joseph Anthony Rulli is a transplanted Hoosier, living in Chicago since the fall of 2006. A 1987 graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA, History) and a 1992 graduate of St. Meinrad School of Theology (MDiv) he taught Social Studies, Religion, Philosophy and History at the high school level. He began writing as a career upon his arrival to his second city and has had two short stories published, a stage play performed, an electronic tour book published online and The Chicago Haymarket Affair, his first print book released in October.
About The Chicago Haymarket Affair: A Guide to a Labor Rights Milestone:
On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded during a labor demonstration near Haymarket Square. The ensuing gunfire and chaos brought a grisly end to what began as peaceful support for an eight-hour workday and led to the trial and execution of rally organizers. The incident also drew irrevocable attention to a conversation about workers rights and the role of law enforcement that continues today. In this guide to the key moments and sites of one of Chicago s most confusing and chaotic events, author Joseph Anthony Rulli aims to establish a clearer understanding of its historical significance."
About Steve Bellinger:
Steve Bellinger is the author of The Chronocar for Barking Rain Press. He was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago by a single mom who worked nights for a printing company. She would bring home books and magazines to encourage her kids to read. This is how Steve discovered Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and the other masters of classic science fiction. It didn’t take long for him to get the itch to write. Over the years he has written everything from newspaper articles, comic strips and radio drama to short stories and fan fiction.
One of the original Trekkies, Steve and his wife plan to renew their wedding vows in a couple of years with a full Star Trek-themed ceremony; he’ll wear an admiral’s dress uniform, and she will be decked out in a leather-and-lace Klingon wedding dress. Steve lives in the Lincoln Park community in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Donna and their cat. Find out more about him at his website or on Facebook.
About The Chronocar:
Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machine—called a chronocar—which was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s . Since the technology required to build the chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity.
A century later, a young Illinois Tech student, Tony Carpenter, discovers the journal article and decides to build a chronocar so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate.
Unfortunately, time is not on his side.
Dr. Johnson is living in Chicago’s Black Belt with his beautiful daughter—and Tony arrives just in time for the bloodiest race riot in the city’s history. Can Tony use the chronocar to save his new friends, or will his attempt forever alter the future he hopes to return to?