Local Authors @ EPL: Memoir Showcase

Wednesday, March 14, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join us as two talented local writers read from their recent memoirs. Patti Waldmeir will share her new book Chinese Lessons: An American Mother Teaches Her Children How to be Chinese in China, and Donna Urbikas will read from her book My Sister’s Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin’s Siberia. Both authors will take questions following their readings, and copies of their books will be available to purchase.


Patti Waldmeir is an award-winning journalist who has spent nearly forty years as a Financial Times columnist and reporter working out of Ghana, London, South Africa, Washington DC, Shanghai, and Chicago. She is also the author of the book Anatomy of a Miracle: The End of Apartheid and the Birth of a New South Africa.

Donna Urbikas is an award-winning author and graduate of the University of Chicago’s Certificate Writing Program. Her book was a 2017 finalist for Best Memoir awards from the Society of Midland Authors, the Midwest Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Chicago Writer’s Association as well as winner of a Bronze Award from Foreword INDIES.

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