CANCELLED - FRESH AYERS: Ellen Meeropol - "Her Sister's Tattoo" - Bill Ayers

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Ellen Meeropol
 **This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**
 
Her Sister’s Tattoo is an honest and riveting portrait of anti-war activists and the price individuals and families pay for their actions, no matter how just. It is also a portrait of how lies and secrets can eat away again at both individuals and everyone in their families, particularly the children. Meeropol evokes both the fear and exhilaration of protest.”Marge Piercy, author of Woman on the Edge of Time
 
Ellen Meeropol discusses Her Sister’s Tattoo. She will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
 
At 57th Street Books
 
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About the book: Rosa and Esther march through downtown Detroit in August 1968 to protest the war in Vietnam. When a bloodied teenager reports that mounted police are beating protestors a few blocks away, the young women hurry to offer assistance. They try to stop the violence, but an officer is injured and the sisters are arrested. Rosa sees an opportunity to protest the war in court. Esther has an infant daughter and wants to avoid prison, which means accepting a plea bargain and testifying against her sister. Told from multiple points of view and through the sisters' never-mailed letters, Her Sister's Tattoo explores the thorny intersection of family loyalty and clashing political decisions. 
 
About the author: Ellen Meeropol is the author of three previous novels: Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest. She is the author of the dramatic script telling the story of the Rosenberg Fund for Children which was most recently produced in Manhattan featuring Eve Ensler, Angela Davis, and Cotter Smith. A founding member of the Straw Dog Writers Guild, Ellen leads their Social Justice Writing project. Her most recent essay publications can be found in the Boston Globe, The Writer, and Guernica
 
About the interlocutor: William Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), education and social justice activist, and bestselling author such books as Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom (with Rick Ayers), To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher, Third Edition, as well as the memoirs Fugitive Days and Public Enemy.
 
 
Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637