Chicago Author Events for April 2011: One Book Chicago, Audrey Niffenegger, Sister Souijah and more.

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The Lobby of Chicago's Magnificent Harold Washington Library Center.

Mark Your Calendars.

Chicago, Monday, March 28, 2011. The Chicago Public Library has put together a fascinating calendar of FREE programs and author events for the month of April.

Monday, April 4: International author Donna Leon.

Author Donna Leon, who is know for the Commissario Cuido Brunetti mysteries, will discuss and sign her new book, "Drawing Conclusions," the 20th in the Commissario series. The book explores violence against women and the treatment of the elderly all within the vivid landscape of Venice.

"Drawing Conclusions" reaffirms Leon's status as one of the masters of literary crime fiction. 6 to 7p.m. Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

Monday April 11:  A Reading and Discussion of Neverwhere.

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One Book, One Chicago selection for 2011.

Chicago's Lifeline Theatre will present a full reading of the play Neverwhere (adapted for the stage by Robert Kauzlaric), which was lauded by critics, fans and Neil Gaiman himself last spring when Lifeline brought this literary adaptation to their stage.

The reading will be followed by a discussion with Kauzlaric and his fellow actors, director Paul S.  Holmquist and Lifeline Artistic Director Dorothy Milne.  This program is presented as a Spring 2011 One Book, One Chicago event. 6 to 8:15p.m. Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

Tuesday, April 12: Neil Gaiman and Audrey Niffenegger.

Neil Gaiman is joined by visual artist and writer Audrey Niffenegger (Her Fearful Symmetry,The Time Traveler's Wife) for a stimulating conversation about imagination and creativity.

This program is presented as a Spring 2011 One Book, One Chicago event. 6 to 7p.m. Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

Wednesday, April 13: Neil Gaiman Reading and Lecture.

Gaiman will give a reading and talk about writing, life, art and what became of Richard Mayhew. The program is presented in partnership with the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. This program is presented as a Spring 2011 One Book, One Chicago event.
6 to 7p.m., Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. (U. of Chicago).

Tuesday, April 19: Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick.

Deval Patrick, the sitting Governor of Massachusetts and a Chicago native, discusses and

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Govenor Deval Patrick.

signs his memoir, "A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life".

In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts. His long, improbable journey began on the South Side of Chicago--from a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school, from relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, to an eventual career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In his inspirational book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who were part of his journey. 6 to 7p.m. Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

Thursday April 21: Political activist Sister Souljah.

Sister Souljah, political activist, educator and the bestselling author of The Coldest Winter Ever and Midnight: A Gangster Love Story", discusses and signs her latest novel, "Midnight and the Meaning of Love ". In this book, Sister Souljah delivers a compelling and enlightening story with an adventure about young, deep love. 6 to 7p.m. Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

Saturday, April 30: Author Nikki Giovanni.

Nikki Giovanni is the author of more than 30 books for adults and children. She published her first book of poetry, "Black Feeling, Black Talk", in 1968. Her autobiography, "Gemini", was a finalist for the National Book Award. One of Oprah Winfrey's 25 "Living Legends," Giovanni has received dozens of honorary degrees, and the Langston Hughes Medal for Poetry. Cosponsored by The Poetry Foundation.

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