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Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Writer-director Frank Galati’s adaptation of Steinbeck’s Depression-era epic, created for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1988, has become a theatrical staple. Galati and Lois Smith, who created the role of Ma Joad, are among the panelists who explore why the novel’s themes and characters offer such rich material for the stage.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The actress, producer, writer, and activist  talks about the importance of possibilities—and the ways that we fulfill them—as she discusses her newest book, It Ain’t Over…Till It’s Over.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Grab your sandwich or salad and spend the noon hour with Craig Nelson and his book The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era. The format is informal, the topics are timely, and there’s time to chat with the featured writer.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 154th as writer Daniel Stashower undertakes an affectionate investigation of the legendary sleuth of Baker Street and his creator. The evening also features actor Scott Sedar reading some of Conan Doyle’s classic works.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

How would you measure the height of a pyramid or the grain harvest in the valley of the Nile? David Reimer, author of the new book Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics presents a lively and entertaining tour of a vanished—but ever-present—civilization though a focus on its number system.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In her new book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: The Legacy of Tiananmen Square, Louisa Lim offers an insider’s account of this defining moment in China’s modern history. Lim reveals how the events of June 4, 1989 changed the nation, and how the nation’s government changed those events by rewriting its own history.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

For his newest book, Adam Rogers traveled the globe to meet the innovative brewers, distillers, bartenders, and scientists who are uncovering booze’s deepest mysteries. Learn what he discovered as he presents a distillation of humanity’s alcoholic history—then raise a glass at a tasting.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Family Program: Get ready to soar in a morning of aviation-themed family activities, highlighted by an appearance by author and illustrator Peter Sis, who reads from his newest book, The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Fuel up on a continental breakfast, too.

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Irish-born scholar Coilin Owens delves into Ulysses to find its rich and fascinating perspectives on Joyce, his writing, and the city he loved.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Grab your sandwich or salad and spend the noon hour with Rick Atkinson and his book The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945. The format is informal, the topics are timely, and there’s time to chat with the featured writer.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

For more than a decade, Patricia Schultz’s 1,000 Places To See Before You Die has been a doorway to places familiar and far-flung for intrepid vacationers. Get this ultimate travel insider’s recommendations, then begin to assemble your own itinerary.

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