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I am very happy to announce the third reading for WRITING MATTERS, which will take place on December 13th. The speaker will be author and essayist Mark Slouka. When I first read Mark, I was literally made breathless by the beauty of his prose.  I'm not the only one. About his novel BREWSTER, Bonnie Jo Campbell said, "This beautifully written coming-of-age story sings with wisdom and heart." Brian Hall said, of the same book, "If ecstasy was Nabokov's keynote, Slouka's is passion. I can think of no one who writes with such brazen fervor, with so much heart poured into every line."

Mark has written both fiction and non-fiction. One non-fiction book, WAR OF THE WORLDS: CYBERSPACE AND THE ASSAULT ON REALITY talks about how virtual reality and blurring of real life with corporate fantasy has become a "genuine cultural pheonmenon." In his book ESSAYS FROM THE NICK OF TIME, he argues that "The humanities are a superb delivery mechanism for democratic values." In another essay he says "Idleness is...requisite to the construction of a complete human being."

Come to hear this compelling and highly esteemed author, a real writer's writer, who will give you a lot to appreciate and think about. Also, we'll figure out a way to have fun with him.

As this is our first male author, we'll celebrate by having boy food. I can't wait. I love wings and sliders.  This event costs $10,  and any proceeds will buy books for children in need through Magic Tree Bookstore.  After only two events, we have donated $840.

As with the last wonderfully successful event,  I want this one to be more than a usual reading, I'd like it to feel like an evening out, a night's entertainment. I want you to be pleased, surprised, edified, galvanized, and inspired. The reading space will be quiet and made beautiful. We will present a young person reading a very brief essay of their own composition about why books matter to them in advance of the author talk. Thus far, that has been a much appreciated part of the evening.

Oak Park is a great town to do this in, because there are so many good stores and restaurants here, so ostensibly you can make a day of it: come early, do some shopping and have dinner before or after the reading. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014
7pm-9pm
Oak Park Arts Club (Hemingway Museum)
200 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
 
To reserve your seat, please send a check for $10.00 made out to Elizabeth Berg
c/o Midwest Media
7115 North Ave. #303
Oak Park, Il 60302

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