Previous Authors Showcase Programs



The North Shore Authors Showcase series features authors from greater Chicago and beyond, hosted by North Shore Unitarian Church as part of its engagement with the broader community. Each program begins with an informal, live talk by the author, followed by audience Q&A.  

Previous Authors Showcase Events:

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 7 PM. Jim Hagy, The Instant Illusionist and the Cleveland Bunch: Dreams of a Vaudeville Life

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 7 PM. Don Meyer, Souvenir Music from the Columbian Exposition

Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 9 AM. Olivier Lebleu Meyer & Schirlitz 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 7 PM. Jacqueline Alcántara, Illustrator

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 7 PM. Sarah Federicks, Environmental Guilt and Shame: Signals of Individual and Collective Responsibility and the Need for Ritual Responses.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 7 PM. Benjamin Zeller, “The Fraternité Notre Dame: From Emergence in Fréchou to Sojourn in Chicago”

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 7 PM. Deborah Cohen, Last Call at the Hotel Imperial

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 7 PM. Jeff Deutsch, In Praise of Good Bookstores

Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 9 AM. Jori Lewis, Slaves for Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and a Crop That Changed History

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 7 PM.  Spencer Tweedy & Lawrence Azerrad, Mirror Sound

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 7 PM.  Robert Gross, The Transcendentalists

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 7 PM. Lori Rader-Day, Death at Greenway

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7 PM. Jude Stewart, Revelations in Air

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 7 PM. Benjamin Lenhardt, Jr., Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 7 PM.  David Berner, Walks with Sam

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 7 PM.  Susan Kerns, I’d Like Everything That’s Bad for Me, Tank Girl’s Cracks in Patriarchal Pop Culture

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM.  Riva Lehrer, Adjunct Assistant Professor Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Golem Girl: A Memoir

Tuesday, November 2. Janet McCracken, Professor of Philosophy, Lake Forest College. The Aesthetics of Lost

Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  Kate Hannigan, author. History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes.

May 25, 2021.  Jean Laurenz. MAY DESCENDED. An abstract art film inspired by the life and writings of Lafcadio Hearn.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  Joe Meno, Author and Playwright. Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021.  Kathleen Rooney, Senior Professional Lecturer, DePaul University. Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021.  Amy Stanley, Professor of History, Northwestern University.  Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World

Tuesday, February 2, 2021.  Rebecca Graff, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Lake Forest College. Disposing of Modernity The Archaeology of Garbage and Consumerism during Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Miles Harvey, DePaul University.The King of Confidence A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch.

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:30 a.m, Olivier Lebleu, author and Cynthia Hahn, Lake Forest College (translator). In the Footsteps of Zarafa, First Giraffe in France, a Chronicle of Giraffomania 1826-1845.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Robert Pippin, Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago. The Philosophical Hitchcock.  

Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Barbara Risman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, the University of Illinois at Chicago. Where the Millenials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020. John Buehrens, Past President (1993-2001) of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice

Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Janet McCracken, Professor of Philosophy, Lake Forest College. “Perry Mason as Greek Tragedy,” in Perry Mason and Philosophy. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Claire Hartfield, Chicago lawyer and author.A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Michael Fisch, Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences, the University of Chicago.  An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s Commuter Train Network

Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Sam Brunson, Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. God and the IRS. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Liam Heneghan, Professor of Environmental Science, DePaul University. Beasts at Bedtime, Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children’s Literature