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Local Book Notes: The Forgotten Algren

"Richard Bales will speak about his forthcoming book, Nelson Algren: The Forgotten Literature, in a Society of Midland Authors program on Tuesday at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor," the society has announced.

"Bales will speak at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

"Bales will discuss poetry, book reviews, essays and short stories by Algren that were once published but then forgotten. Although Algren was best known for novels such as The Man With the Golden Arm - winner of first National Book Award for fiction - the Chicago writer was much more than a novelist. Throughout his life, he wrote poetry, and in his later years he made a living by writing short stories, essays and book reviews. Algren was also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and spoke at SMA events.

"Bales is also the author of The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow, in which he used his legal and land-survey skills to solve the mystery of the cause of the Great Chicago Fire. He and his findings became the subject of a Discovery Channel Unsolved History episode."


Dine And Dash
"Jim Dine, an internationally renowned artist first known for staging Happenings in New York City in 1959 and 1960, has been composing, publishing, and performing poetry as long as he has been making objects," the Poetry Foundation notes.

Dine will read at the foundation on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event is free.

"The use of text in painting is a natural extension of Dine's writing practice. A creator of paintings, assemblages, sculptures, drawings, and prints, Dine has also authored more than 12 books of poetry. Bassist Marc Marder will perform with Dine."


Here's Dine and Marder last November:


French Colonial Illinois
"Fort de Chartres, built in 1719-1720 in the heart of what would become the American Midwest, embodied French colonial power for half a century," SIU Press says.

"Lives of Fort de Chartres, by David MacDonald, details the French colonial experience in Illinois from 1720 to 1770 through vivid depictions of the places, people, and events around the fort and its neighboring villages."


From Illinois Adventure:

"Located on Illinois Route 155, four miles west of Prairie du Rocher, the site marks the location of the last of three successive forts named 'de Chartres' built by the French during their 18th-century colonial occupation of what is today Illinois."


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