This Saturday, April 12, the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., will hold its first pop-up book fair. More than 40 independent Chicago publishers will be on hand with books to sell, authors signing, plus family and children's programming.
A memorial concert, a special remembrance of Rev. Julie Harley with music, poetry and scripture, will take place this Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m. at 848 Lake St. The concert, led by First United musicians and Chancel Choir, is offered in thanksgiving of the life and witness of Harley, former pastor of First United Church of Oak Park, who died recently of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). A reception to thank Julie's caregivers will precede the concert.
Chris Ware can do more than just illustrate. The Oak Park resident and author/illustrator of Building Stories was one of numerous contributors in the New York Times Book Review section last Sunday, answering the Valentine's Day-inspired question, "What has literature taught you about love?"
Gov. Quinn paid a visit to Ascension Church Sunday afternoon for a United Power for Action and Justice (UPAJ) meeting that packed the church with more than 800 people. Ascension hasn't been that full since Midnight Mass, which, as it happens, was the last time Quinn visited Ascension, so he's used to standing room only in church.
Anne Smedinghoff, the 25-year-old River Forest native, Fenwick grad, and State Department foreign service officer who was killed last April in Afghanistan while bringing books to a local school, was recently named one the most notable deaths of 2013 by the Washington Post.
If you're looking for ways to spark your seasonal fervor, this is the weekend. On Friday, Dec. 6, take your pick. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is performing Christmas concert at Dominican University's Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.