EPL's Favorite TV Dads

June 14, 2016

Father’s Day is less than one week away, and that party you’re planning for your dad is really coming together.  You’ve already gift wrapped a fashionable necktie, ordered brats for the cookout, and scoured StubHub for tickets to see the Cubs beat those dastardly Pirates.  Well, here on Off the Shelf we’re also planning a […]


'Peaky Blinders' is Back!

June 1, 2016

One year, six months, and thirty days.  This virtual eternity in TV time is what “Peaky Blinders” fans had to endure waiting for the BBC gangster epic to return after binging its 2nd season along with their 2014 Thanksgiving turkey.  But mercifully, the devilish delay is over.  Yesterday Netflix finally released Season 3, and now […]


An Interview with 'The Sea Beach Line' author Ben Nadler

April 21, 2016

Ben Nadler believes that “a writer owes a reader a good story,” and with his excellent new novel The Sea Beach Line, that’s exactly what the Brooklyn-based author delivers.  A hypnotic hybrid of literary crime fiction and Jewish folklore, The Sea Beach Line tells the gripping coming-of-age story of Izzy Edel, a young man adrift […]


An Interview with celebrated Evanston author Laurence Gonzales

April 19, 2016

Laurence Gonzales’s impressive list of literary achievements just got even longer.  Already the winner of two prestigious National Magazine Awards and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the bestselling Evanston author recently had the honor of seeing his acclaimed book Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival adapted for the […]


An Interview with 'Paris, He Said' author Christine Sneed

April 5, 2016

We last talked with author Christine Sneed back in early 2011 shortly after she published her first short story collection Portraits of A Few of the People I’ve Made Cry.  Already the winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, her stunning debut became a magnet for literary awards and was eventually named a finalist […]


Women's History Month: Frances Willard

March 28, 2016

Our Women’s History Month celebration draws to a close as we highlight one final influential woman from history as chosen by you.  Last but certainly not least is Frances Willard who was selected by Glen Madeja – a 44-year Evanston resident and the Executive Director of the Frances Willard Historical Association which manages the Frances […]


Women's History Month: Sandra Day O'Connor

March 23, 2016

Our Women’s History Month celebration continues as we highlight the most influential women in history as chosen by you.  Next up is Sandra Day O’Connor who was selected by Josie Johnson – an Evanston 4th grader, Irish dancer, and creative writer who will honor O’Connor tonight at Willard Elementary’s Wax Museum of American History.  Writes […]


An Irish Author You Need to Read…

March 17, 2016

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and the perfect time to talk a wee bit about Irish authors.  We know you know about the heavy hitters like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, and you couldn’t miss the Irish-influence at this year’s Oscars:  Emma Donoghue’s Room and Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn both inspired Best Picture nominees.  But how […]


The Presidential Candidate Book Quiz

March 14, 2016

Tomorrow is the Illinois Primary Election, and by now you probably know the 2016 presidential candidates pretty well.  You’ve listened to the speeches, watched the debates, and maybe even gone to a rally.  You know what they stand for and against.  But do you know what they like to read?  Test your knowledge below: Which […]


Women's History Month: Eleanor Roosevelt

March 12, 2016

Our Women’s History Month celebration rages on as we continue highlighting the most influential women in history as chosen by you.  Next up is Eleanor Roosevelt who was selected by Patricia Frank – a 41-year Evanston resident, community gardener, and birder who earned a Ph.D. from NU’s Feinberg School of Medicine and founded a local […]


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