Announcing Alexis Coe and Margaret Eby In Conversation at Community Bookstore

In Alice + Freda Forever, Alexis Coe recounts a tragic, true-life love story that shocked America in 1892. To marry 17-year-old Freda Ward, 19-year-old Alice Mitchell attempted to pass as a man, but their forbidden love ended not in bliss but in bloodshed. Coe uses over 100 love letters, maps, artifacts, and other historical material to document a teenage murder that shocked the nation. Alexis will be in conversation with journalist and critic Margaret Eby.

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#tobyreads: Protests and Discontent, Then, Now, and Soon

When Lauren Beukes is on point, she unsettles like few other writers. Her novel Zoo City is both metaphorically and literally terrifying. In it, animals become tethered to people because of guilt; separating the two leads to horrific, catastrophic events, and society becomes subtly and bleakly changed as a result. The Shining Girls brought together the story of a time-traveling serial killer with a resonant portrayal of Chicago in the 1990s. I haven’t yet read her new novel Broken Monsters, but a number of smart readers I […]

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