Jeff Fleischer - "Civic Minded: What Everyone Should Know about the US Government" - David Nelson

Tuesday, October 1, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Jeff Fleischer

Jeff Fleischer will discuss his book Civic Minded: What Everyone Should Know about the US Government. He will be joined in conversation by David Nelson.

At the 57th Street Books

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About the book: How do student loans work? What do sanctions do? Where does federal spending go, and who decides on the budget? Author and established journalist Jeff Fleischer digs into these and other relevant civics topics to explain the history behind different processes and programs, what they look like today, and why it’s important to understand them. Through engaging, well-researched text and related sidebars, this book will help readers understand and join many ongoing political conversations in the US, from spending to citizenship to international relations and more.

About the Author: Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based author, journalist and editor. His books include Votes of Confidence: A Young Person's Guide to American ElectionsCivic Minded: What Everyone Should Know About the US Government, Animal Husbandry (and Other Fictions), A Hot Mess: How the Climate Crisis is Changing Our World, Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries, and The Latest Craze. His fiction has appeared in more than seventy publications including the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row JournalShenandoah, the Saturday Evening Post and So It Goes by the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. His journalism has appeared in dozens of publications including the Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, the Sydney Morning Herald, Chicago Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, and Mental Floss. He holds a masters in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University and a bachelors in journalism and history from Indiana University.

About the Interlocutor: David Nelson is the Chicago-based author of Boys Enter the House: The Victims of John Wayne Gacy and the Lives They Left Behind (Chicago Review Press, 2021). His fiction has been published in the Rappahannock Review, the Tishman Review, and Another Chicago. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received honorable mentions from Glimmer Train. His coverage of ongoing war crime trials and the DNA identification process for victims of the Balkans conflicts was published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637