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Local Book Notes: Howard Zinn, The Bears' Comics Nerd, Chris Ware And Zombie, Illinois

Over the transom.

1. Howard Zinn Speaks.

A Book Launch Celebration Featuring Dramatic Readings and Songs, Nov. 9

Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. at Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor, with editor Anthony Arnove, Kevin Coval, Young Chicago Authors, and Special Guests TBA.

Cosponsored by Haymarket Books, Voices of a People's History, and Young Chicago Authors

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HOWARD ZINN (1922-2010) was one of the great orators of the twentieth century; illuminating our history like no other with his classic, A People's History of the United States. The first-ever collection of his speeches, Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009 - on war, racism, social movements and more - will be brought to life in Chicago through dramatic readings and songs.


HOWARD ZINN (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. He wrote the classic A People's History of the United States, "a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories."

The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured on The Sopranos and The Simpsons, and in the film Good Will Hunting. In 2009, HISTORY aired The People Speak, an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Zinn, based on A People's History and a companion volume, Voices of a People's History of the United States.

Zinn grew up in Brooklyn in a working-class, immigrant household. At 18 he became a shipyard worker and then flew bomber missions during World War II. These experiences helped shape his opposition to war and passion for history. After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia, he taught at Spelman, where he became active in the civil rights movement. After being fired by Spelman for his support for student protesters, Zinn became a professor of Political Science at Boston University, were he taught until his retirement in 1988.

Zinn was the author of many books, including an autobiography, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, the play Marx in Soho, and Passionate Declarations. He received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Eugene V. Debs award for his writing and political activism.

ANTHONY ARNOVE wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon; and co-edited with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People's History. Arnove's writing has appeared in The Financial Times, The Nation, Mother Jones, and more. He has appeared on BBC, Democracy Now!, Sky News, and public radio programs across the country.


2. Israel Idonije, Nerd.


3. Zombie, Illinois.

4. New York Times Book Review podcast: Chris Ware's Building Stories.

5. E-Books At Chicago Public Libraries Nearly Doubling In Popularity.


Comments welcome.


Posted on October 22, 2012

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