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Evanston Literary Festival 2018

By Mary Simon

Running May 12 through 20, 2018, the Evanston Literary Festival brings books to life. Guests include: Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water), Audrey Niffenegger, Eddie Campbell, Charles Johnson, Nadine Strossen, Angela Morales, Ricardo Rowan Phillips, Sofa Samatar, and others. Coordinated specifically to coincide and partner with the Northwestern Spring Writers' Festival in mid-May, the festival casts a spotlight on the fantastic selection of literati (including readers, writers, and publishers) in and around the Evanston area.

  • Middle Passage

    1990 by Johnson, Charles

    This pivotal telling of a defiant slave pulses with vivid, unforgettable characters, and harnesses a dangerous ocean voyage as the metaphor to raise many philosophical questions for the 21st century reader. Required reading for many high school students, this novel raises uncomfortable questions, many which may be answered by the author at the literary event.

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  • The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling

    2016 by Johnson, Charles

    Practical and efficient, this manual for writers is used by teachers and students in the Evanston School District and beyond. Written and compiled by the author of Middle Passage, this guide can help writers, reviewers, publishers, and may even instill inspiration and creativity.

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife: A Novel

    2003 by Niffenegger, Audrey

    Wondrously imaginative and creative, this story of a time-traveling couple caught readers by surprise. Mesmerizing and great fun. If you enjoyed reading Outlander, you're sure to like this novel.

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  • Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories

    2015 by Niffenegger, Audrey

    Selected ghost stories come to life again by Niffenegger. She collects and writes the introductions to ghost stories from all ages, but the best part of this collection are the illustrations (which she produced). Even if you don't get a chance to read all the stories, it's worth it to check this out because of the pictures.

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  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch: Volume Two, Empire Decayed

    2016 by Kraus, Daniel

    An epic-sized book (600+ pages) which portrays the life after the death of the main character. Another example of a time-traveling character who moves from decade to decade with puzzling, fantastic results.

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  • The Shape of Water

    2018

    The movie that many of us thought would never win the best Picture award because it was so tender, funny, and whimsical. With a musical score that brings the picture to life.

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  • 44 Horrible Dates

    2012 by Campbell, Eddie

    Extremely funny, touching, and realistic! Imagine your best friend telling you about their recent dating adventures, all nightmares in their own way. Campbell's voice reflects experience, depth, and a nuanced sense of humor.

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  • Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights

    1995 by Strossen, Nadine

    Past president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen has championed many unpopular causes and forces the reader to think about why certain ideas are challenged in a free society. Having served on many Intellectual Freedom Committees her's is a voice that questions our traditions and laws.

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  • The Souls of Black Girls

    2016

    This relevant, current documentary questions if women of color suffer from the often hostile, impossible-to-achieve standards imposed through the white lens of the entertainment media. Thought-provoking and disarming, and not just for women to view, since men comprise a vast majority of the media promoting these standards.

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