Rosellen Brown - "The Lake on Fire" - Bernardine Dohrn

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Rosellen Brown
Rosellen Brown discusses The Lake on Fire. She will be joined in conversation by Bernardine Dohrn. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op
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About the book: The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Lured by the potential for new life, Chaya and her brilliant younger brother Asher flee to industrialized Chicago. Surrounded by the superficial extravagance of the Columbian Exposition, the pair depends on factory work and pickpocketing to scrape by. The Lake on Fire is a keen examination of social class, family, love, and revolution in a historical time marked by a tumultuous social landscape. 

About the author: Rosellen Brown has published five novels, The Autobiography of My Mother, Tender Mercies, Civil Wars, Half a Heart and the best-selling Before and After which became a movie that starred Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson. She has also published three books of poetry, Some Deaths in the Delta, Cora Fry and a sequel, Cora Fry’s Pillow Book, and a book of stories, Street Games. Her stories have appeared in half a dozen O. Henry, Best American Stories and Pushcart Prize collections; one was selected by John Updike for The Best Short Stories of the Century. She has been the recipient of a literature award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Howard and Ingram-Merrill Foundations. Last fall she was honored by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented at the Poetry Foundation. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute and lives in Hyde Park.
About the interlocutor: Bernardine Dohrn, activist, academic and children’s and women’s rights advocate, is a retired Associate Clinical Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she was the (founding) director of the Children and Family Justice Center for twenty-three years. Dohrn was national leader of SDS and the Weather Underground, and was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.  
Dohrn is an author and co-editor of three books: Race Course: Against White Supremacy (2009) with Bill Ayers; A Century of Juvenile Justice (2002); and Resisting Zero Tolerance: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Students (2001). Most recently she has written "In My Lifetime, Young People Have Changed the World: Children as Social Actors" in Diving In, and "The Surprising Role of the CRC in a Non-State Party" in Litigating the Rights of the Child. She is co-editor of Sing A Battle Song: Documents of the Weather Underground, and wrote the introduction to Letters from Young Activists. Dohrn taught women and children’s human rights law at Northwestern, is a visiting professor over ten years at Leiden University faculty of law in the Netherlands and a Lecturer at the University of Chicago.
Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637