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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


LadyBird & Friends
Sherri Duskey Rinker
Tiny and the Big Dig

Air Date/Time: March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm CST

Betsy Bird will meet Sherri Duskey Rinker to talk about Tiny and the Big Dig. 

In this cute, appropriate-for-bedtime story for ages 3-5, a little dog named Tiny gets himself into a very big situation – maybe too big. But with the support of a smart Boy, he might just prove all the haters wrong.

Take that, haters! (Joking – it’s very sweet.)

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Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library System, and the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library.

She is a prolific blogger of all things children’s literature related on her blog site, A Fuse #8 Production, hosted by School Library Journal. Betsy reviews for Kirkus and occasionally the New York Times, served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and is currently serving on the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee.

Betsy is also the author of Children’s Literary Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career, the picture book Giant Dance Party, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, and the co-author of the very adult book Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, which she co-wrote with fellow bloggers Jules Danielson and Peter Sieruta. You can find more information about Betsy at her website www.betsybirdbooks.com.


A House Divided
Jan Jacobi
Young Lincoln

Air Date/Time: March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author and educator Jan Jacobi about his new book, Young Lincoln.
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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.


Stranger Than Fiction
Max Boot
The Road Not Taken

Air Date/Time: March 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CST

Daniel Weinberg interviews historian and author Max Boot about his newest memoir of Edward Lansdale The Road Not Taken.
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Max Boot is an author, military historian, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the author of the new book “The Road Not Taken:...Send Questions or Comments

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Daniel R. Weinberg, is president of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. The shop has an international reputation as experts in the buying, selling, appraisal and authentication of historical, literary, artistic, and museum properties etc., since 1938. He is also the founder of Virtual Book Signing and Author’s Voice®; interactive platforms designed to bring the experience of a book signing to any device in any place across the world.

Daniel is co-author of Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution and he has lectured extensively on the subject. He has appeared on both C-Span and the History Channel.

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