The Book Cellar
Join us at The Book Cellar as local authors Lorraine Evanoff (Foliage), Lynne Raimondo (Dante's Dilemma), and Don de Grazia (American Skin and select stories from the Fifth Wednesday Journal) show off their best works during February's Local Author Night at 7PM!
About Lorraine Evanoff:
Chicago Native Lorraine Evanoff graduated from DePaul University with a degree in French. She lived in Paris, France, for seven years, first working as an English teacher and movie translator, then in film production and distribution. She moved to Silicon Valley and worked in finance during the Dot-Com era then she returned to work in film finance and currently lives in Los Angeles. Foliage is her first novel, which is loosely based on actual events and inspired by her years living in France.
Louise Moscow unwittingly becomes involved in an international crime ring. Investment banker Louise Moscow loves her new life and career in late 1980s Paris. With a high-profile dream job, plus fascinating friends and love interests in a glamorous city, things couldn't be better. When she stumbles upon criminal activity at her company, the FBI and CIA force her to cooperate and bring down the murderous and brazen bankers in what turns out to be one of the greatest scandals of the twentieth century.
About Lynne Raimondo:
Lynne Raimondo grew up in Staten Island, New York, not far from the Fresh Kills landfill. After graduating with honors from New York University in 1978, and New York University School of Law in 1981, she joined the Chicago law firm then known as Mayer, Brown & Platt, becoming a partner there in 1988. In 1998, Lynne left Mayer to join the legal department of Arthur Andersen LLP, and then become the General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Revenue in 2003. In 2004, looking for a break from state government, Ms Raimondo began her first novel Dante's Wood. Lynne is married to Stanley Parzen, another (and much smarter) lawyer, with whom she shares three grown children. She divides her time between Evanston, Illinois, and Mount Desert Island, Maine, where she is hard at work on her next Mark Angelotti novel. She is a proud member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-In-Crime, and the International Thriller Writers. Dante's Dilemma is her third installment in the Mark Angelotti series.
About Dante's Dilemma:
Blind psychiatrist Mark Angelotti is faced with his most troubling case yet when he is asked to evaluate Rachel Lazarus, the estranged wife of a slain University of Chicago professor. Months earlier, the professor’s body was found stuffed into one of the exhibits at “Scav,” the school’s world-famous annual scavenger hunt, and – in a feast for the press – missing a vital piece of its anatomy. Though she’s confessed to her husband’s murder, Rachel is mounting a battered woman’s defense. Forced into helping the prosecution, Mark becomes unsure of his objectivity when his investigation uncovers uncomfortable parallels between Rachel’s history and his own. That concern proves well-founded when his damaging admission at trial all but convicts Rachel. Then a tip connects the case to another suspected murder and evidence that Rachel may not be guilty after all. As he plows ahead during a brutal Chicago winter, Mark soon learns he has far more to worry about than treacherous snow and ice: someone will do anything to guarantee that Rachel takes the fall.
About Don de Grazia:
Don De Grazia, a former factory worker, bouncer and soldier, is a professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College in Chicago and the editor of F Literary Magazine, a journal devoted to new fiction. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
About American Skin:
De Grazia's powerful debut fearlessly explores racism, adolescent rage and terrifyingly violent youth movements; its adolescent hero is a skinhead, getting into trouble in Chicago's late '80s scene. Intense, unsparing and fueled by a desperate energy, this graphically violent novel will not be to every taste, but it rings true with poignant clarity. Alex Verdi, a daydreaming 17-year-old, leaves home--an Illinois farmhouse--when his parents are busted for selling marijuana, and hitches a ride to the Windy City. There, he lives at the Y and gets a job in an electroplating plant, where he earns the nickname "Degreaser." He's also mugged and beaten by hoods, so when he joins a group of multiracial "anti-Nazi" skinheads, it's partly for protection, partly for a sense of belonging. Strongman leader Timmy Penn quickly becomes Alex's surrogate big brother and role model, but Alex also falls under the spell of a "straightedge" skinhead girl, Marie. Donning the group's image, he manages to get along bruisingly, until a violent encounter with a rival, "white power" skinhead faction, followed by a fight in a nightclub, finds Alex and Tim facing serious police charges. After family intervention, the pair are sent to the army reserves in Fort Benning instead of prison. Once the two youths are discharged, their paths split: Tim goes off to become a drug dealer and Alex tries to clean up his act by moving to Evanstown, a tiny suburb--but even there, his ugly past catches up with him. Originally written as De Grazia's M.A. thesis, American Skin was rejected by numerous U.S. publishers. Alerted to the success of working-class fiction in England, De Grazia sent his manuscript to Jonathan Cape in London, which published the novel in 1998.