Berta’s Books
Donna Seaman
Identity Unknown

Air Date/Time: November 29 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST
Host: Roberta Rubin

Roberta Rubin will interview author Donna Seaman about her newest release Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

Where are all the women artists? Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven women forgotten by the official texts. These women fought to be treated the same as male artists and to be judged by their work, not their gender or appearance.  Featuring stunning examples of the artists’ work, Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face.

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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.

 

A House Divided
James S. Pula
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps

Air Date/Time: December 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Host: Bjorn Skapatason

Bjorn Skaptason speaks with James S. Pula about Under the Crescent Moon with the Xi Corps in the Civil War Vol 1: From the Defense of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-63.

 

Re-examining the legendarily unlucky XIth, who marched under the badge of a crescent moon, to separate fact from myth.

 

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Bjorn Skaptason

Bjorn Skaptason holds a M.A. in history from Loyola University Chicago.

He has published essays on Ambrose Bierce at Shiloh for the Ambrose Bierce Project Journal, on the United States Colored Troops in the campaign and battle of Brice’s Crossroads for the West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, and in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society on The Chicago Light Artillery.

A dealer in antiquarian books, Bjorn produces and guest hosts A House Divided for Author’s Voice®, a live book discussion program streamed from Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. in Chicago.


Lit With Love
Sally Kilpatrick
Bless Her Heart

Air Date/Time: December 5 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST
Host: Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev will interview author Sally Kilpatrick about her latest title: Bless Her Heart.

Comedy, romance, southern sass, and family all blend together in this tale about a woman whose “perfect” marriage  has ended. While working her way through the Seven Deadly Sins, Posey discovers Lust in the form of an old “friend”, John… and… we don’t want to give the rest away. Buy The Book!

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Sonali Dev, Award winning author, writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after.

Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books lists. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance in 2014, is a RITA Finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. 

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog. Find out more at sonalidev.com.

Stranger Than Fiction
Gail Lukasik
White Like Her

Air Date/Time: December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Host: Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Hellmann will interview author Gail Lukasik, a mystery author who has published a non-fiction book about the biggest mystery of all – her own family.

After an appearance on the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow, Lukasik found herself searching for the family of her mother she never knew – the family her mother kept secret because they were black.

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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

Stranger Than Fiction
Joan Marie Johnson
Funding Feminism

Air Date/Time: December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm CST
Host: Paul Berlanga

Paul Berlanga will interview author Joan Marie Johnson about her latest title,  Funding Feminism.

The story of how a few privileged (needless to say, white) women were able to make demands on the burgeoning Women’s Right’s Movement in exchange for money; why they chose to support the cause at all; what it meant for the Movement then and since are all discussed in this informative new work.

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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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