Writing Matters

Elizabeth Berg presents Writing Matters: Visiting
Authors to Oak Park


Writing Matters is thrilled to present a most lyrical and gifted writer in Kate Southwood, whose new novel EVENSONG will be released in May. It's the story of a woman at the end of her life, taking a clear-eyed look at it. Along the way, the author performs a series of literary miracles: she both expands and compresses a life, lays it bare and embellishes it. You need read only the first page--or any--to see that what's offered here is an inspiring work of art.

Kate Southwood was born and raised in Chicago, but now lives in Oslo, Norway--and she's coming all the way here to present at Writing Matters. Come and find out how a woman with a masters in French Medieval art came to write and publish literary fiction. Kate's essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Huffington Post. 
At this event, we will be serving our usual assortment of wonderful homemade desserts and wine after the author's talk. (Fancy water also available.) Also as usual, we will have a warm-up act of a kid reading an essay--an audience favorite. Val Camilletti will no doubt create one of her special composite CDs inspired by the book, that she will give away via raffle. Flowers will be everywhere, beceasue you deserve it. As people who have come before know, this is far more than a typical author reading and signing. It's a real evening out: informative, inspirational, and so much fun! We always have a few surprises to offer you, and we will remind you that not only does writing matters, books do. Reading does. Getting out and mixing with like-minded people does, too. We've had people drive or even fly in to these events from out of town and from out of state. We've had people who have come to every single one. (THANK YOU!!) I'm still waiting for the first couple to meet there and fall in love. If this happens to you, I'll give you a bottle of champagne.

Oak Park is a great town to do this in: wonderful shops, restaurants, and Frank Llyod Wright's home and studio as well as many of his houses. Come and make a weekend of it: enjoy Oak Park and Chicago, which is only a fifteen minute drive away.

As in all WRITING MATTERS events, ALL proceeds from the $10 ticket charge will go toward working against violence in Chicago by supporting Tee's Snack Shop at 5118 W. Madison Street, a kind of of culinary ministry that serves non-judgment and loving kindness along with its awesome turkey burgers--and turns lives around.

Please come--and bring a friend!
Tickets $10, $15 at the door.


Saturday, May 20,  7pm-9pm
Oak Park Arts Club (Hemingway Museum)

200 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302