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Paul Berlanga

Paul Berlanga is a lifelong Chicagoan.

During the early to mid-1970s, at the University of Illinois he studied with artists who were alumni from the famed Institute of Design, Chicago, including Eugene Dana and Morris Barazani. He afterward worked in advertising firms, and at a north side armored car company. The four decades following have been devoted to careers in used and rare books and the art gallery business, working wherever possible with an emphasis on the writers and artists of Chicago.

Today Berlanga operates privately as an art dealer and advisor and also is sales manager of the LH Selman Gallery of Art Glass in Chicago’s unique Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue. He has most recently contributed an introduction to Bruce Morton’s, Forgottonia-The Audience, a book of photographs (part two of a trilogy) documenting the lives and shifting destinies of farming communities in a 16-county area of western Illinois.

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Sarah Miller
Caroline

Air Date/Time: December 12 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Roberta Rubin interviews author Sarah Miller about her newest title, authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust: Caroline.

The untold story of the woman known simply as “Ma” to most Little House fans, the imaginative historical fiction brings the stakes and sacrifices of frontier life dizzyingly close.

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Roberta Rubin

Roberta Rubin has been a bookseller for almost 40 years. For over 30 years, she owned the famed The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka IL. It is one of the most celebrated independent bookstores in the country. An active reader, she has hosted a radio show on WFMT sharing the latest books and has led numerous book clubs both in her shop and around Chicagoland.

She received the 2012 Bookstore of the Year honor from Publishers Weekly.  

Formerly, she was a member of the Board of Directors for the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

Currently, she serves as co-chair on the Board of Directors for the Writer’s Museum of America. She is also actively engaged on the Board of the Ragdale Foundation and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Four Corners.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

 

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Jamie Freveletti
Blood Run

Air Date/Time: January 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Host: Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Hellmann speaks with lawyer and author Jamie Freveletti about her newest addition to the Emma Caldridge Series, Blood Run. 

Freveletti brings biochemist and badass Emma Caldridge to Africa to battle smallpox, spies, and assassins in a story that turns on a dime. Fans of mystery, suspense, international thrillers, and tough heroines will love receiving a signed book – and can submit a question to be asked during the interview!

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Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Twelve novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony, three times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the Lovey multiple times.

In 2005 Libby was the national president of Sisters In Crime, a 3500 member organization dedicated to the advancement of female crime fiction authors. She also hosts a monthly radio show called “Second Sunday Crime” on the Authors on the Air internet network. More at http://libbyhellmann.com

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