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Tuesday, March 6,  2018

Margaret, Nellie, and Rose:

When Women Played Baseball:

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Lasalle Public Library

LaSalle, IL


In 1934 three teenage girls played hardball on the last traveling Bloomer girl baseball team. Their stories include championships, abandonment, loss at sea, early triumphs, world war, and, always, baseball. Margaret, Nellie, and Rose came from different backgrounds and had different reasons for playing baseball. When the season was over they followed different paths — but playing baseball profoundly affected their lives and helped determine their futures. Lasalle Public Library, 305 Marquette St., Lasalle, IL 61301. For more information call 815-223-2341.

Monday, April 30  2018

Marketing: Different Baskets

for Different Books

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tinley Park Public Library

Tinley Park, IL


Successful marketing of books depends, first of all, on understanding that different types of books reach different types of people and require different types of efforts on the part of the author. Some of the “sorting hat” categories to consider are: Fiction vs. Nonfiction vs. Children’s Books; Large Publishing House vs. Small Publishing House vs. Self-Publishing; Social Media vs. Actual Events and Actual Places. This 90-minute class is part of Tinley Park Public Library’s ongoing The Write Life Writing Group, which meets on the last Monday of the month.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Self-Publishing Through Amazon:

The Step By Step Process

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Gail Borden Public Library District

270 N. Grove Avenue

Elgin, IL  60120


This is a colorful, easy-to-comprehend explanation on how to self-publish a physical, hold-in-your-hand book at no cost using Amazon’s CreateSpace program. The slides depict the real-life, step-by-step process of publishing a book through CreateSpace, from signing on and setting up an account; to making decisions on page layout, type face, and cover design; to submitting and proofreading; to pricing and distributions decisions, and, finally to publication of the book. Please register at




Monday, July 23,  2018

How I Found Maud Nelson

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tinley Park Public Library

Tinley Park, IL


In the days before the internet, Barbara Gregorich set out to write a book about the history of women in baseball, thinking she could complete all the research in one year. Four years later, she finally finished when, at long last, she discovered the identity of Maud Nelson: whose name wasn't Maud, whose name wasn't Nelson. This fascinating story illustrates determination, the tricks of memory, the intersecting of lives, and the successful conclusion of a quest. Tinley Park Public Library, Tinley Park, IL. For more information call 708-532-0160.

Wednesday, October 3,  2018

Charlie Chan's Poppa:

Thinking Like a Mystery Writer

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tinley Park Public Library

Tinley Park, IL  60477


Before he created detective Charlie Chan, Earl Derr Biggers was a well-known author of popular fiction. He applied much of his knowledge of plot, character, and humor to his first Chan novel, The House Without a Key. But as he wrote the next five books in the series, Biggers focused more on mystery-writing techniques and less on the romances and escapades that had filled his earlier works. This colorful presentation examines the literary devices that mystery writers employ — and how these devices work in the six Chan novels. Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477. For more information call 708-532-0160.



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