The Many Lives of Kal Penn

Tuesday, May 07, 2024, 7:00 PM.

Kal Penn is an actor, writer, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He is known for his starring roles in Designated Survivor, House, Mira Nair’s The Namesake, the Harold & Kumar franchise, and the Christmas comedy The Santa Clauses for Disney+.

Mystery Book Club: Murder in an Irish Village

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 7:00 PM.

At our monthly mystery book club, we'll keep you guessing until the very last page. This month we're talking about Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor.

An Evening with Adam Kinzinger

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 7:00 PM.

Former Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger discusses his bestselling memoir Renegade: Defending Democracy and Liberty In Our Divided Country, which captures one of the most transformative periods in recent history, and recounts his time in public service.

LitWorks Author Chat & Pizza Party

February 21, 2024, 5:30 PM.

After a full day of fun at Ridgewood, four amazing Young Adult authors are heading over to Eisenhower! Drop in to meet Mark Crilley, Kit Frick, Kimberly L. Jones, and Adi Alsaid. Buy copies of their books, get them autographed, and enjoy some delicious pizza. For grades 7 through adult.

Romance and Regency with Bridgerton’s Julia Quinn

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 7:00 PM.

Julia Quinn is the author of thirty-five historical romance novels, including her latest, Queen Charlotte, a prequel to the wildly popular Bridgerton books, the inspiration for the Netflix original series.

Speculating our A.I. Future with Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, and Martha Wells

Thursday, January 11, 2024, 7:00 PM.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring three best selling science fiction writers, Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, and Martha Wells. They will discuss the promise, perils, and possible impacts that A.I. will have on our future, as well as A.I. in contemporary and future science fiction writing.

Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb

Wednesday, December 06, 2023, 7:00 PM.

Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, and co-host of the Dear Therapists podcast joins us for a thought-provoking conversation about mental health in anticipation of the winter holiday season.

Maya-Camille Broussard on Baking with Love

Wednesday, November 08, 2023, 7:00 PM.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, join Maya Camille Broussard, star of Netflix’s Bake Squad, and owner of Chicago-based bakery, Justice of the Pies, for a demo from her cookbook of the same name.

Meet Banned Author Jessie Ann Foley

Saturday, October 07, 2023, 11:00 AM.

Jessie Ann Foley's first book, The Carnival at Bray, won a Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature and was short-listed for a Morris Award, honoring authors writing for teens. Yet the novel was banned from schools and libraries in Utah and Florida.

The Power of Story with Colson Whitehead

Wednesday, September 06, 2023, 7:00 PM.

Join us for a special evening with Colson Whitehead, the award-winning author of The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys, Harlem Shuffle, and most recently, Crook Manifesto.

Navigate Your Stars: A Conversation with Jesmyn Ward

Tuesday June 06, 2023, 7:00 PM.

Join us for an evening with two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. Hailed as “the new Toni Morrison” by the American Booksellers Association, Jesmyn will discuss her life, her literary vision and her unique perspectives on love and loss.

John Stangeland on Aline MacMahon & the Hollywood Blacklist

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 6:00 PM.

Author John Stangeland discusses his newest book, an insightful look into the overlooked talent of actress Aline MacMahon. Learn about how the atmosphere of Hollywood's golden age created an inescapable blueprint for a career nearly destroyed by politics and fear.