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Local Book Notes: Dirty Wars

1. Dirty Wars.

Investigative reporter and author Jeremy Scahill is scheduled to be in town on Saturday and Sunday.

Details from Chicago Area Peace Action:


St. Francis Xavier Parish Gym
549 Ninth Street, Wilmette

Loyola University Crown Center Auditorium
1001-25 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago

WHAT: An urgent conversation on the intertwined topics of democracy, surveillance, the free press and the seeming endlessness of U.S. conflict abroad.

WHY: Bombings in Syria and throughout the Middle East, drone attacks, nuclear weapons spending and breaches of American civil liberties make this poignant and timely.

WHO: Jeremy Scahill is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international best-selling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (2013) and Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (2008). He is also a founding editor, along with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, of the online news site The Intercept.

SPONSORED BY: Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) the Chicago affiliate of Peace Action, the nation's longest standing grassroots peace and justice organization. Sunday's event is co-sponsored with the Theology Department of Loyola University Chicago.

HOSTED BY: CAPA with the generosity of St. Francis Xavier and Loyola University Chicago

For more on the event and its sponsoring organization, please visit the Facebook Page for the Annual Dinner and the Facebook Page for the Sunday Coffee Talk Chicago Area Peace Action.

2. Mail Call.

"Galway Kinnell, who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for a body of poetry that pushed deep into the heart of human experience in the decades after World War II, died on Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vt. He was 87," the New York Times reports.

"He held several teaching positions early on, the first at the University of Chicago as a poetry instructor for correspondence students who mailed in their efforts for his appraisal."

3. Awesome Amy.

"In her early days of learning sketch comedy at Second City in Chicago, Poehler started dating Matt Besser, with whom she'd go on to form New York City-based sketch group Upright Citizens Brigade. Besser turned her on to Black Flag and Fugazi. 'He talked about the spirit of Ian MacKaye and how Fugazi never charged a lot for their shows,' she writes. 'He wanted the Upright Citizens Brigade to feel like that - owned by the people.'"

4. Guyville Goes On.
This time by Gina Arnold.

5. Dybek.

From the Society of Midland Authors:

"Stuart Dybek, one of Chicago's most acclaimed writers, will speak about his two new books of short stories during a Society of Midland Authors program on Tuesday, Nov 11, at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor. Dybek will speak at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m.

"Dybek has won the Society of Midland Authors' award for adult fiction two times - for his 2003 book I Sailed With Magellan and his 1980 book Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. He is also the author of the 1990 book The Coast of Chicago.

"This spring, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published Dybek's first books in 11 years: Ecstatic Cahoots, which includes 50 micro-stories, and Paper Lantern," a set of love stories. Dybek is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University."

6. Like A Boss.


Comments welcome.


Posted on October 31, 2014

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