The Book Cellar
We are very excited to welcome local authors, David Berner (The Consequence of Stars), Margaret McMullan (Where the Angels Lived), Gloria Foster (The Mind), and Monte Reel (A Brotherhood of Spies) as they discuss and read from their books.
About David Berner:
David W. Berner is a memoirist whose personal stories tell all of our stories. His memoirs reflect on our collective relationships and how those experiences link us to the world we share. From stories of fathers and sons, to road trips, travel memoir, pets, and music, David's books are mirrors of our common human experience.
About Where the Angels Lived:
The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother’s Jewish lineage. After reaching Pécs, a Hungarian town both small and primarily Christian, Margaret realizes right then and there how difficult her mission is going to be.
About Margaret McMullan:
A recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books, including her new memoir, Where the Angels Lived.
About The Mind:
The brightest victories often hide in the darkest places. For investment banker, Sheila, her daily struggle lies in resisting the influence of her auditory hallucinations, even while they keep her from what she wants most--a relationship with the strong, kind friend from work, Jonathan.
The voices that haunt Sheila keep her from the life she dreams of: a life of success, of friendship, of deep and lasting love.
To overcome her condition, Sheila must trace the root of her illness--a secret embedded in a childhood she cannot remember. Will her faith and love be strong enough to last the journey?
About Gloria Foster:
Gloria Foster has been a paralegal for the United States government for many years and it brings her great joy to work as a writer for them. She says this book of fiction has given her the opportunity to be the maker of her own story line, characters, and their captivating conversations. She is currently working on a sequel.
About Brotherhood of Spies:
On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union just weeks before a peace summit between the two nations. The CIA concocted a cover story for President Eisenhower to deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. And even if pilot Francis Gary Powers had survived, he had been supplied with a poison pin with which to commit suicide.
But against all odds, Powers emerged from the wreckage and was seized by the KGB. He confessed to espionage charges, revealing to the world that Eisenhower had just lied to the American people--and to the Soviet Premier. Infuriated, Nikita Khrushchev slammed the door on a rare opening in Cold War relations.
In A Brotherhood of Spies, award-winning journalist Monte Reel reveals how the U-2 spy program, principally devised by four men working in secret, upended the Cold War and carved a new mission for the CIA. This secret fraternity, made up of Edwin Land, best known as the inventor of instant photography and the head of Polaroid Corporation; Kelly Johnson, a hard-charging taskmaster from Lockheed; Richard Bissell, the secretive and ambitious spymaster; and ace Air Force flyer Powers, set out to replace yesterday's fallible human spies with tomorrow's undetectable eye in the sky. Their clandestine successes and all-too-public failures make this brilliantly reported account a true-life thriller with the highest stakes and tragic repercussions.
About Monte Reel:
MONTE REEL is the author of two previous books, Between Man and Beast and The Last of the Tribe. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and other magazines. He currently writes for Bloomberg Businessweek as part of its Projects & Investigations staff, and previously was a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post. He lives in Illinois.