Hyde Park Book Club Upcoming Events June-November 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. We will be joined by Emmy award winning author Maria Hinojosa, who grew up in Hyde Park and attended Lab School, for a discussion of her book Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America. Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio, a public radio show devoted to Latino issues. She is also the founder, president and CEO of Futuro Media Group, which produces the show. The book is available from the Seminary Coop Bookstore.

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Monday, July 19, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. We will explore the world of Hyde Park author Lisa Fittko and her book Escape through the Pyrenees. The event will feature a video biography of Lisa narrated by her friend Hyde Park resident Vreni Naess. We will be joined by Jacqueline Kirley and Jaquelyn Zevin longtime friends of Vreni and Lisa. With Vreni, they are co-founders of the Lisa Fittko Internship at the Crossroads Foundation. The book is available from Amazon Kindle.

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Monday, August 16, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. We will explore the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, 1950 Pulitzer Prize, 1968-2000 Poet Laureate of Illinois, and 1986 Poet Laureate of the United States. We will be joined in the discussion by Gwendolyn’s daughter, Nora Brooks Blakely. Gwendolyn Brooks literary works are widely available.

Registration information and bibliography to follow.

Monday, September 20, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. We will be examining Believer: My Forty Years in Politics by David Axelrod. Leading the discussion will be University of Chicago lecturer Dr. Ray Lodato.

“A portrait of political campaigning that is more like what we hope than what we fear . . . a stout defense—indeed, the best I have read—of the Obama years.” —David Gergen, The New York Times Book Review

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Monday, October 18, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. Noted Author and George Washington University professor of anthropology Roy Richard Grinker (1961- ) will discuss his new book Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness, that addresses the historic practices that have placed a stigma on mental health. Grinker may be seen discussing his book in a Ted Talk here. Grinker will also discuss how Hyde Park and Chicago have figured in his life and work. Paying homage to the role they have played in his work, he dedicated Nobody’s Normal to the “Chicago Grinkers” – his father, grandfather, and great grandfather. The discussant for the event is UChicago associate professor Eugen Raikhel, a cultural and medical anthropologist and Director of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

Registration information will be published at a future date.

Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. Editors Roberta Lesner Bernstein and Judy Lesner Holstein will discuss Somewhere in Europe: The World War II Letters of Sam Lesner, their father. Sam Lesner, a journalist with the Chicago Daily News, also wrote the popular Hyde Parkers, All! column for the Hyde Park Herald in the 1980’s. Sam was drafted into the Army in December 1943 at age 34 and his letters home are reproduced in this moving volume.

Registration information will be published at a future date.

Hyde Park Book Club Contacts:

Carol Vieth, ultra5300@earthlink.net;

Michal Safar, archivist@hydeparkhistory.org,

Dottie Jeffries, dottiejeffries@gmail.com