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E-Books and The 'L'

A discussion on e-books and a tour of Chicago transit history will kick off the Society of Midland Authors' 2011-12 season. The Society will host six public events at the Cliff Dwellers Club in downtown Chicago.

Oct. 11: E-books: A panel discussion on trends in electronic publishing, with Dominique Raccah, Libby Fischer Hellmann and Kelly Griffin.

Raccah is the CEO & publisher of Sourcebooks, a company she founded in 1987 which is now the country's largest woman-owned trade book publishing company. Sourcebooks is known for its innovative e-books and mixed-media titles. She is the first-ever woman co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group, which recently released a national survey on the state of the book industry.

Hellmann is an award-winning author of seven crime-thriller novels, including the recent Set the Night on Fire. All her work is available digitally, and some of her books have been published first as e-books without print versions, including Toxicity and The Last Page (co-written with David Walker).

Griffin is a member of the Chicago Public Library's Collections Development Division, where she helps to develop the library's e-book collection.

Nov. 8: Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago 'L'. Discover the world-famous Chicago "L" in all its grit and glory. Travel through time on one of Chicago's most enduring icons, a working antique that has contributed mightily to the growth and development of the city and suburbs.

An award-winning journalist, Borzo was editor of Modern Railroads Magazine and has been a health and/or science writer for the American Medical Association, Harcourt Brace, Field Museum and the University of Chicago.

He conducts public tours of the "L," local history and The Devil in the White City for the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Cycling Club and other organizations. His most recent book is Where to Bike Chicago: Best Biking in City and Suburbs.

The Society is also planning programs for January, February, March and April 2012. Details to be announced.

All programs are at 7 p.m. at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but the Society will accept donations to defray the cost of programs. For more information, see


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Posted on September 13, 2011

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