Author Event: “Ugly Prey”

November 29, 2017

On Wednesday, December 6, Oak Park journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi visits EPL to discuss her riveting new book Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago , and you’ll want to make sure you’re in the crowd. Praised by the NY Times, NPR, and Ms. Magazine, Ugly Prey tells the sensational story of Sabella Nitti […]


Author Event: “Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, & Survival”

July 12, 2017

Evanston native Jeffrey Gettleman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has served as the NY Times’ East Africa bureau chief for the past decade, and on Tuesday, July 25 he’ll visit EPL to discuss his excellent new book Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival. Passionate, eye-opening, and sometimes horrifying, Gettleman’s debut details how […]


Author Event: “Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII”

March 23, 2017

Evanston’s Richard Cahan is an author, editor, and photo historian, and on Wednesday, March 29 he’ll visit EPL to discuss his haunting new book Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. Coauthored with Michael Williams, the book presents the previously impounded work of famed photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams who were […]


An Interview with 'The Ghost in My Brain' author Clark Elliott

November 1, 2016

On the rainy evening of September 27, 1999, Dr. Clark Elliott was en route to DePaul University to deliver a lecture when his car was rear ended at a Morton Grove stoplight.  Shaken but seemingly uninjured, Elliott continued on to DePaul’s campus unaware he’d suffered a concussion that would dramatically alter his life.  In his […]


A Scary Good Author You Need to Read…

October 28, 2016

With Halloween lurking right around the darkened corner, now is a frighteningly good time to talk about authors who will scare you right out of your reading glasses.  We know you know about horror heavy hitters like Peter Straub, Stephen King, and Ramsey Campbell, but how about Laird Barron?  Already a favorite among horror and […]


EPL's Emmy Picks 2016

September 20, 2016

A mere 48 hours ago the winners of the 68th Emmy Awards were announced in a star-studded, red-carpet affair in the heart of sunny Los Angeles.  Now from the heart of sunny Evanston, it’s time to unveil the winners of an honor arguably equal in prestige.  That’s right, here on Off the Shelf we’re proud to present […]


EPL's Emmy Extravaganza!

September 6, 2016

Calling all Evanston TV lovers and likers!  The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner, and here on Off the Shelf, we need your help.  You see, we want to know which shows you think should win the big Emmys of 2016 and why.  We’re not asking which shows you think WILL win but […]


EPL's Favorite Superhero Movies — The Votes Are In!

August 12, 2016

Our superhero super fans have spoken!  Below are the top picks in our survey of EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies: Most Anticipated Upcoming Superhero Movie… Doctor Strange (November 2016) “Two words… Benedict. Cumberbatch.” — Seth Favorite Recent Superhero Movie… Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) “I think the Avengers movies have done a good job of not […]


EPL's Favorite Superhero Movies

August 5, 2016

At long last Suicide Squad is hitting theaters nationwide, and now we’ve got a fever.  A superhero fever, that is, and the only cure is to talk superhero movies right here on Off the Shelf.  Whether you’re a DC purist or loyal to Marvel, do us a super solid and visit EPL’s Favorite Superhero Movies […]


Happy Father's Day!

June 19, 2016

Today is Father’s Day, and here on Off the Shelf we’re celebrating with a special salute to EPL’s favorite TV dads.  Enjoy, and to all the dads in both Chicagoland and TV land… Happy Father’s Day! Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, Downton Abbey “He loves his daughters enough to learn from them and see the […]