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  • In his new biography, Terry Teachout draws on newly available sources, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations with Louis Armstrong.
    Terry Teachout: Pops, A Life of Louis Armstrong
    Thursday, May 6, 2010
    Central Library

    Louis Armstrong was among the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century and a giant of modern American culture, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts and writing one of the finest jazz autobiographies.

    In Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout draws on new sources, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations. Teachout is an arts columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen discusses Every Last One, an  unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.
    Anna Quindlen: Every Last One
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen discusses her book, Every Last One, an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

  • Jerry Muller discusses the  historical relationship between capitalism and the Jewish people and explains why anti-capitalism and anti-Semitism have frequently been linked.
    Jerry Muller: Capitalism and the Jews
    Tuesday, May 4, 2010
    Central Library

    Jerry Muller discusses his new book Capitalism and the Jews, a collection of four essays examining the historical relationship between capitalism and the Jewish people, on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Muller will explain why the Jewish experience with capitalism has been so important and complex, as well as ambivalent.

  • One of the leading Chicano writers in the country with 14 published books in memoir, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, and poetry, Luis J. Rodriguez will discuss his body of work.
    An Evening with Luis J. Rodriguez
    Thursday, April 29, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    One of the leading Chicano writers in the country with 14 published books in memoir, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, and poetry, Luis J. Rodriguez will discuss his prolific work.

    Rodriguez’s master work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., is a 1993 memoir of gang life. With more than 300,000 copies sold, this book garnered a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award, and was designated a New York Times Notable Book.

  • The co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program Schools examines the effectiveness of ideas such as longer school days, summer classes, and a more strenuous academic curriculum.
    Mike Feinberg: Going Beyond Z
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010
    Central Library

    Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program Schools, discusses an examination of KIPP-endorsed ideas such as longer school days, summer classes, and a more strenuous academic curriculum.

  • A native of the American Midwest, Juliet Gael presents her novel, a mix of fact and fiction that captures the passions, hopes, dreams, and sorrows of literature’s most famous sisters.
    Juliet Gael: Romancing Miss Brontë
    Tuesday, April 27, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    A native of the American Midwest, Juliet Gael presents her novel, a mix of fact and fiction that captures the passions, hopes, dreams, and sorrows of literature’s most famous sisters.

  • Renowned Mexican international scholar  Jose Luis Valdes-Ugalde persents an historial assessment of the conflict between security, democratic governance, and progress.
    José Luis Valdés-Ugalde: The Inter-American Dilemma
    Monday, April 26, 2010
    Central Library

    Renowned Mexican international scholar and political scientist José Luis Valdés-Ugalde presents An Historical Assessment of the Inter-American Dilemma: The Conflict Between Security, Democratic Governance, and Progress. The presentation draws on Valdés-Ugalde’s professional and scholarly expertise in diplomacy, trade, and globalization. 

  • Award-winning novelist Chang-rae Lee discusses his career as a writer, his experiences as head of Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, and his latest novel The Surrendered.
    Chang-rae Lee: The Surrendered
    Thursday, April 22, 2010
    Central Library

    Award-winning novelist Chang-rae Lee discusses his new novel The Surrendered, a spellbinding story of how love and war echo through an entire lifetime, on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The book has been called a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for mercy, salvation, and surrendering oneself to another.

  • In his book, Daniel Wildcat draws upon ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to advocate a modern strategy to combat global warming.
    Daniel Wildcat: Red Alert
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Daniel Wildcat, director of the American Indian studies program and the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center at Haskell Indian Nations University, discusses his book Red Alert!, which has been described as "a stirring call to action."

    In his book, Wildcat says that "what the world needs today is a good dose of indigenous realism." Wildcat draws upon ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to advocate a modern strategy to combat global warming.

  • Dr. James H. Willbanks marks the 35th anniversary of the events surrounding the end of the Vietnam War.
    Dr. James H. Willbanks: The Fall of South Vietnam
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    Central Library

    Dr. James H. Willbanks discusses the events that led to the end of the Vietnam War on Wednesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The event marks the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, which occurred on April 30, 1975.