« Week of February 19, 2012 »
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

In the ninth installment of Lauren Willig's bestselling Pink Carnation series, an atrocious poet teams up with an American widow to prevent Napoleon's invasion of England.

Secret agent Augustus Whittlesby has spent a decade undercover in France, posing as an insufferably bad poet. The French surveillance officers can't bear to read his work closely enough to recognize the information drowned in a sea of verbiage.

New York-born Emma Morris Delagardie is a thorn in Augustus's side. An old school friend of Napoleon's stepdaughter, she came to France with her uncle, the American envoy; eloped with a Frenchman; and has been rattling around the salons of Paris ever since. Widowed for four years, she entertains herself by drinking too much champagne, holding a weekly salon, and loudly critiquing Augustus's poetry.

As Napoleon pursues his plans for the invasion of England, Whittlesby hears of a top-secret device to be demonstrated at a house party at Malmaison. The catch? The only way in is with Emma, who has been asked to write a masque for the weekend's entertainment.

Emma is at a crossroads: Should she return to the States or remain in France? She'll do anything to postpone the decision-even if it means teaming up with that silly poet Whittlesby to write a masque for Bonaparte's house party. But each soon learns that surface appearances are misleading. In this complicated masque within a masque, nothing goes quite as scripted- especially Augustus's feelings for Emma.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm

John S. O’Connor is the author of four books including a recent book on teaching creative nonfiction called This Time It’s Personal and a book of haiku called Things Being What They Are, which was just shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Book Award.  An award winning teacher – including 10 years at the U of C Lab Schools – O’Connor has written essays on education for WBEZ radio, and wrote a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, 2011. His poems have appeared in places like Poetry East, Rhino and River Oak Review.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:30 pm

Jamal Joseph discusses and signs his new book, Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention. Jamal Joseph vividly recounts his introduction to The Black Panther Party, and his progression from a naïve street kid to an outspoken member of a national movement, his years in prison, and later to an Oscar nominee and now as a full professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts Film Program. Joseph’s story spans and illuminates a ground-shifting and volatile period of New York and national history.

Start: 11:30 am
End: 12:30 pm

Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

This country, now more than ever, needs passionate debate and smart policy, a brazen willingness to scrap what doesn’t work, and the entrepreneurial spirit to try what does. Ratigan has compiled brash and fresh solutions for building a new and better America, and with this book he has started the debate America deserves.

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