A Conversation with True Crime Writers Ted Gregory & Adam Selzer
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Ted Gregory is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and author of Mary Jane’s Ghost: The Legacy of a Murder in Small Town America, the story of an unsolved 50 year old case in Oregon, Illinois.
Adam Selzer is the author of H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil. Copies of both books will be available for purchase and signing. Come for coffee, cookies, and conversation.
More True Crime at Eisenhower
In connection with the visit from Ted Gregory & Adam Selzer, we’ve programed a series of true crime-related movies, classes, and other events.
The Art of Detection
Thursday, September 28, 7:00–8:00 PM
As one of only 30 artists certified through the International Association of Identification, Detective Tim McPhillips’ police sketches have helped solve some of Illinois’ toughest criminal cases. Detective McPhillips gives you a rare behind the scenes look at forensic sketching in action.
Book Club: The Devil in the White City
Monday, October 02, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer, H.H. Holmes who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction. Copies of the book are available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.
Organized Crime & the Chicago Outfit
Thursday, October 12, 7:00–8:00 PM
How did good people end up working for the mob? Explore the history of the social and criminal aspects of Chicago area crime with Laura Enright, author of the book Chicago’s Most Wanted.
The Wicked World of Spooky Plants
Wednesday, October 11, 6:00–7:30 PM
Every rose has its thorn. The herb Monkshood soothes pain, but when taken in large quantities can cause suffering and death. Kudzu, a climbing vine, grows until it shades out all other plant-life. Some plants are just plain spooky, like the bat flower, which resembles a bat in flight. Amy Greenamyer returns to tell us about the wicked world of spooky plants.
True Crime Film Festival
Leading up to our conversation with true crime writers Ted Gregory and Adam Selzer on October 29th we’re presenting a series of real-life thrillers.
Friday, October 13, 1:00 PM
Rated R. 2007. 2h 37m
Friday, October 20, 1:00 PM
Unrated. 1967. 2h 14m
Friday, October 27, 1:00 PM
Rated R. 2015. 2h 8m