From January through April 2015, local libraries, schools and cultural institutions in the northwest suburbs of Chicago will be participating in the sixth annual ComingTogether in Niles Township; a winter program initiative which opens a cultural dialogue among the people who live in the area. With a population of over 100,000 citizens, Niles Township includes the villages of Skokie, Lincolnwood and Golf, and sections of Morton Grove, Niles and Glenview.
This year, rather than focus on just one local ethnic population, ComingTogether will engage the many diverse cultures of the community by listening to each other with Voices of Race. At this time of ongoing national and international racial issues, neighbors will use shared definitions of race to communicate with each other and learn how racism affects us all. Niles Township is a tremendously diverse community; residents hail from many countries and speak more than 90 different languages and dialects. The ComingTogether program acknowledges this valuable diversity as an opportunity to build knowledge, awareness, and appreciation for the many cultures around us. Over this winter residents and students are encouraged to read the selected books and take part in the public discussion groups and other activities.
Five books were selected by local libraries for ComingTogether 2015: Voices of Race, including a fiction and nonfiction title, a collection of poetry, two books for younger children and one for teens. The one fiction title chosen for adult readers is: The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
As part of ComingTogether, Edward Kelsey Moore will be participating in discussions of his novel at the Skokie Library on February 4th at 7:00pm, and on February 18th at 10:00am.
Both events are free, please contact the library for information about registration.
More details are available at the links below:
February 4th, 7pm Top Shelf Book Discussion -- click here
February 18th, 10am Top Shelf Book Discussion -- click here
Skokie Public Library
5215 Oakton Street ~ Skokie, IL 60077
In preparation for these events a representative from the Skokie Library visited E.K.M., and later a webpage documenting the visit was created on the library's site -- including a YouTube video interview (approx 4 minutes). Click here to see it for yourself!
For more info on the ComingTogether 2015 : Voices of Race winter program ~ films, lectures,
live theater performances, author appearances, workshops and book discussions ~ for adults, teens and children ~ click here ~ and here!
Edward Kelsey Moore will be at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL on January 30 & 31, 2015 for Lions in Winter, an annual literary festival. E.K.M. will present a Craft Talk on Saturday afternoon: Creating Unforgettable Characters. On Saturday evening he will participate in an author event: Visiting Writers Reading.
A book signing and reception will follow.
The Craft Talk requires registration ~ the Visiting Writers Reading event is free, and open to the public. There are other craft talks and events over the two day festival -- Click here for more Lions in Winter info -- and Craft Talk registration.
If you're looking for something literary to inspire you in the midwestern midwinter, Charleston, Illinois is located just a couple of hours of drive-time across the snow covered farmlands from St. Louis or Indianapolis, a bit farther from Chicago. Lodging in the Charleston/Matoon area is relatively inexpensive, use the link above for more details.