Kathleen Rooney's wonderful novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk has been one of our biggest sellers of the past year, in both hardcover and paperback. We are delighted that she can join us this evening for an on-stage conversation with writer and book group leader Alice Moody to talk about the making of Lillian Boxfish. The audience will have time to ask questions as well. As a thank you to all our area readers who have made Lillian such a hit, we are giving away $5.00 off coupons to each attendee. (You have to be present to get your special coupon.) Use your coupon to buy a copy of this acclaimed novel as a gift, or ask Kathleen and Alice for other recommendations. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Kathleen will be happy to sign copies of her work. Can't make it to this event? Call us at 847-446-8880, and we'll be happy to arrange an autographed copy for you.
Just a small portion of the acclaim for Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk:
"Irresistible...funny and touching....This witty and heartfelt ode to a city, to its infinite variety, to its melting pot of citizens not only enchants but offers an important lesson: that human connections and work are what give life meaning." --Boston Globe
"Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal." --Chicago Tribune
"Lillian's wide-ranging meditations are reason enough to read this charming novel, but it's also like taking a street-level tour through six decades of New York." --New York Times
"Extraordinary...hilarious...Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time--and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge past and future.
--starred review in Publishers Weekly
"Rooney's delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney's nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor." -- starred review in Booklist
"Needle-sharp....A delightful stroll with a colorful character." --starred review in the Library Journal
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novel O, Democracy! (Fifth Star Press, 2014) and the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). With Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016 and Alma Books, 2016). A winner of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine, her reviews and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nation the Poetry Foundation website and elsewhere.
Originally from St. Louis, Alice holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching English. from the University of Chicago.
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“Transporting…witty, poignant and sparkling.”
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“Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.”