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August 18, 2017

Screen Schooled authors Joe Clement and Matt Miles discuss technology in the classroom, what’s really going on—think distracted kids with poor problem-solving skills and little intellectual curiosity—and how parents and educators can counteract it »

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SAMSUNG CSCAs much as parents, teachers and students hate to admit it, the new school year is just around the corner. Each new year it seems there are more changes being made to tried and true teaching methods. Students now have access to multiple screens in the classroom and use Twitter, YouTube, chat rooms a…

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July 20, 2017

Marina Antropow Cramer, author of Roads talks about life as a bookseller turned novelist and about writing family lore into fiction »

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Author Image Marina CramerIn Marina Antropow Cramer’s debut novel, Roads, a family of Russian refugees must find new meanings for loyalty, fidelity, grief and love among the chaos of World War II.

Filip and Galina grew up side by side in the sun-drenched beauty of Yalta, but what’s left of their youthful romance will …

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July 7, 2017

In Riding With George, Philip G. Smucker strives to show readers the “real” George Washington with all his aspirations, talents and human flaws »

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Phil-w-HorseAs we celebrate the Fourth of July this week, there is no better time to reflect on the courageous Founding Fathers and the first president of our nation, George Washington. Long before George Washington was a president or a general, he was a sportsman. His horseback riding abilities and prowess wer…

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July 3, 2017

James W. Ure introduces teens to the fascinating life story of Gertrude Tompkins, who overcame a devastating childhood stutter and the gender barriers of her era to become one of 126 elite women chosen to pilot World War II fighter planes »

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JIM URE small_4898Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins by James W. Ure introduces teens to the fascinating life story of Gertrude Tompkins, who overcame a devastating childhood stutter, a troubled youth spent searching for her life’s purpose, and the gender barriers …

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June 15, 2017

The Many Lives of Catwoman turns the superhero genre upside down by showing the perspective of not only a villain, but a female villain navigating the male-dominated worlds of Gotham City and comic books »

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Tim Hanley, author of Investigating Lois Lane and Wonder Woman UnboundWith the recent announcement of Batman and Catwoman’s possible engagement in the comics, the astonishing success of Wonder Woman at the box office, and the outpouring of remembrances upon the death of Adam West, the beloved star who played Batman in the 1960s, there’s no denying that characters …

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June 8, 2017

Whiskey Business author Tom Acitelli shared the spirited story of how small-batch distillers are transforming American spirits »

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Tom Acitelli

The return of warm weather means backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and porch-drinking your favorite wine, beer and spirits with friends and family. Just in time for summer, Chicago Review Press’s forthcoming book Whiskey Business: How Small-Batch Distillers Are Transforming American Spir

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May 30, 2017

The General’s Niece author Paige Bowers talks about Geneviève de Gaulle, French resistance fighter, Ravensbrück concentration camp survivor and life-long humanitarian activist »

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paigeheadshotFrench resistance fighter, Ravensbrück concentration camp survivor and life-long humanitarian activist, Geneviève de Gaulle was a symbol of strength and an inspiration during an era of unthinkable inhumanity to man. Today, her uncle Charles’s name remains inseparable from World War II and Cold W…

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May 9, 2017

Author Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi talks about Ugly Prey: An Innocent Women and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago »

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Author Emilie LeBeau. Oak Park, Illinois.Everyone who has seen the popular musical-turned-movie Chicago knows about the beautiful women arrested for murdering their lovers during the Jazz Age. Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, who inspired the characters Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, were beautiful, glamorous, and were accused of committing m…

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April 26, 2017

Bruce Kading talks keeping his fiction true to life, his experience working for the INS, and what book is on his nightstand »

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Bruce_Kading_Author_PhotoMiguel’s Gift details the rise of rookie immigration officer Nick Hayden, who must find an informant to access the inner circle of the counterfeit document ring run by crime kingpin Salvador Rico. A humble Mexican illegal immigrant, Miguel Chavez, agrees to the task in exchange for his family’s …

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April 7, 2017

Author William McKeen discusses music and mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles with his new book Everybody Had an Ocean »

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William McKeenDid you catch ABC’s recent documentary on the Manson murders the other week? How a deranged criminal like Charles Manson walked among Beach Boys and other stars of the era seems almost unimaginable today. His horrific crimes created that pivotal moment in time and place when the bright-eyed naivet…

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