Mr. Suskind and his wife will discuss his new book,
Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
A book signing will follow the program, and The Bookstall will have books available for purchase.
For more information, call 847-256-6930.
Known for his critically acclaimed book, A Hope in the Unseen, as well as four New York Times bestsellers about domestic policies and international affairs, Mr. Suskind has written his most personal work yet in Life, Animated, which describes his family’s 20-year journey to connect with their autistic son, Owen, through Disney films and characters.
While Life, Animated tells of one family’s remarkable story, the stunning, poignant, and highly-readable memoir also portrays the universal themes of hope, perseverance, and resilience as well as the never-ending power of storytelling. It is a book about family - and about raising a son.
A seemingly typical and talkative boy, Owen stopped communicating soon before his third birthday. He couldn’t speak for many years, but he memorized dozens of Disney movies and used the films to express himself. As Owen’s parents and older brother struggled to find ways to communicate with him, they discovered they could reach him when they themselves became Disney animated characters, singing and reciting from the films.
Life, Animated was excerpted in the March 7, 2014, issue of The New York Times Magazine in an article titled, “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney,” and the book was published last spring. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the memoir “a wonderful book, whether or not you know a person with autism.” Kirkus Reviews described Mr. Suskind as “a master journalistic storyteller” and termed the book a “deeply felt, movingly written account of raising an autistic son.” The Chicago Tribune called the book an “extraordinary saga” and noted that “those looking for a smart, well-written, deeply moving, up-from-the-depths inspirational tale with a positive ending should love it.”
Wilmette Public Library has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). These grants aim to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The first grant: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys includes 25 books, 3 films, and a one year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. The collection is located in the Recent Arrivals area of the Library.
The second grant, Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys provides funds for a scholar led book discussion group. The series is moderated by Dr. Norma Moruzzi, Associate Professor and Director of the International Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
See details and events for both grants below.
To register for the discussion sign up via the Library's online calendar or call 847-256-6930. Copies of books in the series will be available at the Recent Arrivals Desk.
The series concludes in March.
Date change: March 11, Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
Evanston, Morton Grove, and Wilmette Public Libraries are all participating in Muslim Journeys. Check the blog, Muslim Journeys at Your LIbrary, to find out about events at all the libraries.
This resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture and is regularly updated. It's ideal for student research and the general public.
The collection is comprised of twenty five books grouped around five themes, three films and the Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Five essays written by renowned project scholars tie selected books together using themes designed to help draw connections among the varied voices represented by these books and to facilitate conversations in libraries and other settings. Please visit the web site for this comprehensive resource. You may check the Library's catalog to determine availability of individual titles in the collection.
For a list of the titles and accompanying materials which may enhance your understanding and discussion of the themes, visit the NEH web site at http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys/.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm, Auditorium
Virtual Services Manager and gaming aficianado Stephen Koebel shows you his favorite gaming software and how it may operate much like a book. It has narrative, plot, and characters, and requires critical thinking skills. Tell us about yours.
Saturday, March 1, 9:30, Auditorium, Register online Open to ages 8 and up
Upcycle, recycle, & create paper that is a product of your imagination. Supplies provided.
Saturday, March 1, 11:30 Auditorium, Register online Open to ages 8 and up
There’s almost no limit to the form a book takes. Design and make your own book from provided materials.
Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, Drop in 2 to 4 pm, Youth Program Room
Explore Different ways of writing through history. Decorate an illuminated letter, experiment with a typewriter, make a simle book, and create stories on an iPad.
Saturday, March 1, 2:30, Auditorium
Newberry Library Librarian Helen McGettrick talks about the life of the book What makes a book published in 1750 survive better than one published in 1895? Helen will also talk about digital preservation. Will today's e-book be accessible in 20 years, or will it be the equivalent of an 8-track, a format no longer used?
Sunday, March 2, 2:00, Auditorium
Jeffrey B. Garrett, Associate University Librarian for Special Libraries & Director, Special Collections and Archives, Northwestern University Jeffrey Garrett, is a born Evanstonian, a New Trier graduate, and now Dir. of Special Collections and Archives at Northwestern University. He will lead us on a brief but richly illustrated tour through five thousand years of book history. Along the way we will consider Martin Luther as the first blogger and what the computer screen owes to 18th century Baroque architecture. Join us for this romp through book history at warp speed!
February 25 - March 1, Recent Arrivals Area
Explore books in all shapes, sizes and formats. Try out different e-readers and tablets and learn about digital collections.
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About One Book, Everybody Reads
"One Book, Everybody Reads" is the library's annual community-wide reading and book discussion program, funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library. The library selects one book that is the focus of the program, which takes place each spring. In order to facilitate the experience for the community, the library offers numerous copies of the book in various formats for patron use.
We are thrilled to announce that the 2012 "One Book, Everybody Reads" selection is Ann Patchett's newest novel, STATE OF WONDER.
Local residents are encouraged to read the selected title and participate in a series of events that explore the book and its themes. The various programs are designed to create opportunities for shared enjoyment of the selected book as well as enhance an individual's personal reading experience. The culminating event takes place when the author visits Wilmette to discuss his or her book.
The "One Book, Everybody Reads" program began in 2006. Previous selected titles were:
- 2006: Before You Know Kindness, by Chris Bohjalian
- 2007: A Hope in the Unseen, by Ron Suskind
- 2008: Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
- 2009: The Man Who Loved China, by Simon Winchester
- 2010: Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
- 2011: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
Funding for "One Book, Everybody Reads" is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.