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titleTuesday, June 30, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

Numbers have peculiar powers-they can disarm skeptics, befuddle journalists, and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything.  "Proofiness," is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends, and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side. It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones (both Democratic and Republican), to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty, to ruin our economy, and to fix the outcomes of future elections. This is a penetrating look at the intersection of math and society.

 

Copies of Proofiness will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.

 

titleTuesday, May 26, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

Richard Brinkley was a physician who, in 1917, pioneered the notion of goat testicle "Transplant."  He ran for the office of Governor of Kansas in 1930, and established the most powerful radio station in the land, that promulgated his glandular chicanery all across the continental U.S.. As a proponent of such skullduggery, Brinkley was continually in the sights of Dr. Fishbein, whose main reputation nationally was as an exposer of medical fakery. Eventually Fishbein lured Brinkley into a libel trial that resulted, in 1939, in the catastrophic downfall of an immensely talented and wealthy man who spiraled into bankruptcy and death in 3 short years.

Copies of Charlatan will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.

 

titleTuesday, April 28, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God.  Jon Krakauer tells the story of the killers and their crime but also explores the shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism from which the two emerged.

Copies of Under the Banner of Heaven will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.

   

titleTuesday, March 31, 7 pm, West Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

At the turn of the last century, Isaac Cline, chief weatherman for Texas, believed no storm could do serious harm to the city of Galveston, a fast growing metropolis on the Gulf Coast destined for great things. In September 1900 a massive hurricane proved him wrong, at great personal cost. The storm killed as many as 10,000 people in Galveston alone, stole the city’s future, and caused hurricane experts to revise their thinking about how hurricanes kill.

Copies of Isaac's Storm will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.

 

altMonday, February 2, 5:30 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch 

Join us at the Chicago Avenue and Main Street Branch for Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as James Brown.

 

Run Time: 138 minutes

Rated: PG-13

 

 

   

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