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The Oak Park Public Library and the American Writers Museum invite you to an evening with Chicago media personality Rick Kogan as he interviews best-selling authors Elizabeth Berg and Alex Kotlowitz on Friday, March 6.

Proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit both the library and the creation of the American Writers Museum, set to open in Chicago in 2016 as the nation's first museum dedicated to celebrating American writers and their influence on our history, identity, culture and daily lives.

Space is limited for this exciting celebration of local and American authors. To attend, please send a check made out to "Oak Park Public Library" for $75 per person by Monday, March 2 to Debby Preiser, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm. Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages will be served, and onsite parking is free. Forest Park's Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore will offer the authors' books for sale at the event.

Elizabeth Berg is the best-selling author of many novels, including "Open House," an Oprah's Book Club selection. In 1997 Berg won the New England Independent Booksellers Award for her body of work. In her series Writing Matters, launched last year, she has organized events around Oak Park featuring other writers she admires. 

Alex Kotlowitz is best known for his first book, "There Are No Children Here," which received numerous awards and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. Between books, he contributes to the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and public radio's This American Life.

Also in March, the Main Library Art Gallery will host the American Writers Museum's traveling exhibit, "From Our Neighborhoods," featuring four local writers—Lorraine Hansberry, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks and Richard Wright.

For more information about the event, see http://oppl.org/events/evening-rick-kogan-elizabeth-berg-and-alex-kotlowitz. For more information about the American Writers Museum traveling exhibit, see http://americanwritersmuseum.org/from-our-neighborhoods.

Contact:
Email: communications@oppl.org Twitter: @OakParkLibrary

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