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The Audacity of Writing a Book about Obama
Author tells how idea became a reality despite significant obstacles.
By Thomas Frisbie
Two very persuasive factors stood in the way of writing a
book about Barack Obama, but in the end author David Mendell
wrote one anyway, he told SMA members at the Society's monthly
program on Nov. 13.
The first factor was that Mendell had tried to avoid covering
Obama altogether when Obama first ran for national office. Mendell,
the Chicago Tribune reporter whose book is titled Obama: From
Promise to Power (August 2007, Amistad), said Obama then was
just one of five legitimate primary election candidates for
an open U.S. Senate seat and therefore seemed unlikely to produce
much Page One news.
"It really looked like a dog of an assignment,"
Mendell said, who began writing about urban issues and politics
for the Trib in 1998.
Instead, divorce records torpedoed the leading Democratic
candidate, Blair Hull, and Obama won the race, moving to national
That's when the second factor discouraging the book project
came into play: Publishers didn't want it.
"The challenge became: What kind of book do I put together
about this fellow?" Mendell said. "I pitched a standard
campaign book, and that was of little interest to the publishers
in New York. They didn't have much interest in Obama. They thought:
He has written a couple books of his own."
To add insult to effrontery, "One [publisher] sent me
back an e-mail saying: this is not daily journalism."
A friend at Wiley, however, suggested the "perfect agent
for you," Jim Hornfischer of Austin, Texas. The project
was back on track, and publishers [not including Wiley] even
bid for the book.
That created yet another complicating factor, Mendell said.
"I had to go to Obama people, and say: how much are you
going to cooperate with me? They [said], no problem. They thought
I was a fair and accurate reporter, [but] once things got more
serious a year later, that dynamic changed dramatically. I was
constantly on shifting sands."
By then, to Obama's staff, a book rather than bringing
needed publicity instead risked pointing out information
that staff members couldn't control.
That's when "I became a nuisance," Mendell said.
Writing a book while simultaneously working for a newspaper
that expected any new significant news to go into the next day's
edition also was a challenge, Mendell said.
"You have to kind of run this up a flagpole [and] initially,
their reaction was: this is a great idea. They thought it would
be good for the Tribune."
Later, unlike the Washington Post, which is enthusiastic about
its reporters writing books, the Tribune became less enamored
of the Mendell's project, he said. Told that the work on the
book had to be done on his own time, Mendell did his interviewing
on evenings and weekends.
"I did just one interview on the clock," he said.
At the same time, a more-wary Obama campaign began restricting
access to the candidate, but "I got an agreement with him
that they wouldn't stop interviews [by Mendell] with other people,"
When published, the book did not win many votes from Obama's
staff, he said.
"They kept saying it was off-base," he said. "I
think it is fairly positive portrait of their candidate overall.
He is not an unlikable candidate. You would be hard-pressed
to find someone who says something bad about him.
"There wasn't really anything about Obama behind the
scenes that was earth-shattering, but I wrote a lot about the
process of how they marketed the guy, and that was something
that they were not pleased about seeing.
"I'm not their favorite guy right now," he said.
Defending the book idea How author got his project published
Q&A with Kevin Davis
On. Jan. 8 at the Society of Midland Authors monthly program,
Chicago author and journalist Kevin Davis will present
"Defending the Damned: The Book Idea That Refused to Die"
the story of a long, bumpy journey from an idea to a published
book. Defending the Dammed (Atria) tells the behind-the-scenes
story of a group of battle-hardened public defenders fighting
for those accused of murder.
Literary License: In 1996, you wrote your first adult
book, The Wrong Man, about a wrongful conviction. Was
your new book easier or harder to get published?
Kevin Davis: It didn't get any easier. Being published
certainly opened more doors and helped put my proposal for Defending
the Damned on the top of editors' desks. But ultimately,
the proposal had to sell itself. I was exploring new territory
with this book, and tackling a subject that wasn't popular.
There are plenty of books about cops and prosecutors
the so-called good guys but very little about public
defenders. People don't think of them as heroes and find their
work unsavory. I needed to shatter the stereotypes and make
a strong case for a book. It took me a few years and several
re-writes before I nailed down the right story and crafted a
solid proposal to sell the book.
Getting my first book published was easier because I happened
to be in the right place at the right time, and pounced on the
opportunity. The Wrong Man grew out of a series of stories
I wrote while working as a reporter at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
It was an astonishing miscarriage of justice in which a mentally
ill man was coerced into confessing to the murder of a woman
and her baby. The story received widespread coverage in newspapers,
magazines and television. Hollywood producers were calling me.
Everyone wanted a piece of it. Fortunately, I developed a trusting
relationship with the family of the wrongfully convicted man,
as well as the police detectives who reopened the case that
led to his release. They agreed to work with me exclusively.
I sold the book proposal within a few months.
LL: In October, the American Bar Association recommended
a nationwide moratorium on the death penalty. Also, the Supreme
Court seems to be putting executions on hold until it rules
on the constitutionality of lethal injections next spring. How
does your book fit into these developments?
KD: The public defenders profiled in my book work for
a specialized unit that handles only murder cases, so many of
their clients face the possibility of death. People should remember
that even though there is a moratorium on executions in Illinois,
there is still a death penalty here. If the next governor decides
to lift the moratorium, executions could resume. These public
defenders continue to fight for their clients' lives knowing
that possibility exists. Most of the lawyers I interviewed scoffed
at the reforms that came after former Gov. George Ryan formed
a commission to address the flaws in the system. Rather than
try to fix the problems, they favor abolishing the death penalty
altogether because humans will always make errors and misconduct
and corruption within the system are unlikely to disappear.
LL: Why did you pick the killing of Chicago Police
Officer Eric Lee as the central case in Defending the Damned?
KD: I chose to follow that case because I believed
the crime symbolized a classic battle between good and evila
police officer who was a shining light in his community, allegedly
killed by a street thug who showed no respect for the law. Not
only that, both the victim and the accused grew up in the same
impoverished South Side Chicago neighborhood. Yet their lives
took two wildly different paths. I thought this case would be
a powerful example to show how difficult some of these public
defender cases can be. More than that, the case would expose
the legal and emotional complexities of representing a client
in a potential death penalty case.
LL: How did you persuade the public defenders to give
you so much access, knowing, as they do, that they usually aren't
the subjects of sympathetic reporting?
KD: When I first started hanging around the courthouse
and asking questions, I found that many of these lawyers were
flattered that someone would be interested in hearing what they
had to say, and writing about what they do. I explained that
I wanted to demystify their profession and offer something more
than the usual stereotyping. Several told me they shied away
from the press because news stories typically lacked depth and
limits on space prevented any detailed explanation of their
cases and clients. Because I was writing a book, I could tell
their stories more fully. I asked that they speak honestly and
on the record, otherwise I wasn't interested. I wound up writing
a magazine story while working on my book proposal. That helped
a great deal. Once these public defenders saw the story, and
how they were portrayed, they trusted me even more, revealing
themselves and speaking frankly about their lives and jobs.
LL: When you run into public defenders now, what do
they say about your book?
KD: I've gotten lots of positive feedback from public
defenders around the country. Many said they were grateful to
see their profession honored and legitimized in a book. For
so long, they've felt marginalized and stereotyped, and have
suffered from a poor reputation as overworked, underpaid hacks
eager to make plea bargains and sell their clients out. A few
public defenders took issue with the brash and seemingly callous
attitude of the main character in the book, Marijane Placek.
But the overall message was that these public defenders were
pleased to be taken seriously and portrayed as dedicated lawyers
and defenders of the law.
SMA President Jim Merriner was on "Chicago Tonight"
on Channel 11 Nov. 7 to talk about former Illinois Gov. George
Ryan going to prison.
Billy McCarthy will co-host "The Most Ferocious
Drummers Ever," a television special in production that
chronicles the lives and careers of more than 50 legendary drummers
in jazz, funk, rock, metal and alternative music. The special
is projected for a 2008 release. Aside from producing film and
music, Billy's next book will be Beat Me 'Til I'm Famous.
Ronne Hartfield read in May from her Another Way
Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family at
the Nantucket (Mass.) Atheneum Great Hall, where two of her
heroes, Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson, had each
read and spoken decades before. She's going back to the island
in May 2008 to speak at the Nantucket Historical Association
on preserving history and preserving memory.
Joan E. Cashin, an SMA 2007 Biography Award finalist,
has joined the board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and she
is serving on this year's dissertation prize committee.
On Nov. 5, a writer for the [Danbury, Conn.] News-Times wrote,
"I was walking by the new book section on the third floor
[of the Booth Library] when one of the biographies caught my
attention A Futile and Stupid Gesture by Josh Karp."
Karp now is working on a semi-humorous book about golf and spirituality
for Chronicle Books, scheduled to come out in 2009.
On Dec. 8, Stephen Kinzer took part in a forum titled
"Averting Another Catastrophe" at Loyola University
Sam Weller, author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The
Life of Ray Bradbury, was joined by Bradbury via teleconference
during a Nov. 7 lecture in Tribble Hall's DeTamble Auditorium
on the campus of Wake Forest University. Weller's book on Bradbury
won the 2005 Society of Midland Authors' Award for Biography.
Marilyn Chiat will be in Chicago next September to
speak at the Second Presbyterian Church about her book The
Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois: A Guide to Sacred
Sites and Peaceful Places.
"Don't show up with a wad of gum to the Olney (Md.) Theatre
Center's 'Late Nite Catechism': Sister will make you spit it
out," the Washington Post said on Oct. 9 of the play by
Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, which was scheduled
to run through Nov. 11. Quade also has a new show in Chicago
called "Sunday School Cinema: Sister takes on Hollywood."
It's been running since June on Sundays at the Royal George
Theatre. Also since June, she has been writing movie reviews
for WLS AM-890 in the voice of "Sister" ("our
moral guide to the movies"). Quade writes the script each
week, and Elaine Carlson does the reviews as Sister. When Carlson
can't do the reviews, Quade steps in as "Mother Superior."
Also, "Put the Nuns in Charge!" has a date in March,
and "Late Nite Catechism" is almost completely booked
for next summer.
Joan Reardon has edited A Stew or a Story: An Assortment
of Short Works by M. F. K. Fisher (Shoemaker & Hoard, $15.95),
which collects five decades' worth of Fisher's short magazine
pieces. New York Times reviewer Julia Reed praised several entries.
"Lovers of Fisher should have A Stew or a Story on their
shelves for those pieces alone," Reed wrote.
The final issue of the literary magazine Other Voices, out
in November, included an interview with Aleksandar Hemon.
A VIP Party in the Special Collections Reading Room at the
Chicago Library Foundation's Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner
on Oct. 17 included authors Blue Balliett, last year's
honoree, and Scott Turow. Balliett, a Brown graduate,
also attended the Oct. 11 Rhode Island Festival of Children's
Books and Authors. And in Nantucket, Mass., eighth-graders are
being required this year to read her Chasing Vermeer.
Scott Turow joined John Grisham at an Oct. 24 event
benefitting the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Park West
Capitol Hill Blue, which bills itself as "the oldest
political news site on the Web" on Oct. 8 mentioned Richard
Bales in its Quote of the Day, describing Bales' theory
that Daniel "Peg Leg" Sullivan, not Mrs. O'Leary's
cow, started the Chicago Fire.
Wade Rouse and Sue Harrison were among 50 Michigan
authors to appear Dec. 2 at the "Holiday Hop" at the
Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library.
Shane Gericke will sign Cut to the Bone Dec.
8 at Borders No. 106, 8675 River Crossing Blvd., Indianapolis,
Ind. Gericke also recently appeared at the Oct. 20 Regional
Author Fair at the Joliet Public Library and the Men of Mystery
Conference in Irvine, Calif. He did an Oct. 23 radio interview
on WSLR-FM in Sarasota, Fla., and on Thanksgiving, he did a
half-hour interview on Fiction Nation on XM Satellite Radio.
James Finn Garner was on a segment of "Weekend
Today" Oct. 21 at the Poetry Grand Slam at the Green Mill
in Gurnee, Ill., reciting a stanza from "The Silver Lining,
or At Least The Yankees Lost."
Lori Andrews was quoted in the Dec. 3 Chicago Tribune
in an article about the legal status of embroyos.
Laura Mazzuca Toops spoke Nov. 20 at the LaPorte County
Historical Society about her historical novel set in 1926, Hudson
Bill Barnhart is giving a quick recap on what happens
with the markets every day in the Chicago Tribune's new bizwrap
Alex Kotlowitz is on the advisory board of a proposed
museum dedicated to preserving the history of public housing
projects. It would be situated in last remaining building of
the Jane Addams Homes in Chicago's Little Italy.
Gerard Wozek's collection of travel tales, Postcards
From Heartthrob Town, was nominated in November for a 2007
Lambda Literary Award in the category of men's fiction.
Deborah Woodworth gave a talk and signed books Oct.
8 at Excelsior Library in Excelsior, Minn.
Anca Vlasopolos did a poetry/prose reading Nov. 14
at the Shaman Drum Bookshop in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Scott Russell Sanders performed Nov. 16 at Guilford
College, Greensboro, N.C., in "Festival of Friends,"
stories and song.
Simone Muench's poem "you were long days and I
was tiger-lined" will appear in the 2008 Alhambra Calendar
selected by Shafiq Naz.
Richard Lindberg gave a talk on "Infamous Places"
to the Maine Township "MaineStreamer's" Men's Group
on Oct. 23.
Lynn Voedisch did a reading and signed her book Excited
Light with several other members of the Chicago Writers
Association Nov. 9 at the Book Cellar in Chicago and Dec. 1
at the Ceremony of Loveliness English Tea at the Angel Museum
in Beloit, Wis.
Author/illustrator Scott Gustafson signed his newly
published Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose at
Read Between the Lynes Oct. 27 in Woodstock, Ill.
Achy Obejas will sign This Is What Happened in Our
Other Life at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 with Chris Mazza at Women
and Children First, 5223 N. Clark Chicago.
Neal Samors was scheduled to sign Downtown Chicago
in Transition (Chicago Books Press), co-authored with Eric
Bronsky, at numerous locations in October and November. December
signings are 7 p.m. Dec. 13, at the Oak Park Library in Oak
Park, Ill., and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Read Between
The Lynes Bookstore in Woodstock, Ill. The authors also were
scheduled to appear on WTTW-Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight"
program on Nov. 6.
Kim Strickland appeared Nov. 25 at Books-A-Million
in Chicago and will be at the Jan. 16 local author night at
the Book Cellar in Chicago.
Jon Anderson wrote a piece in the Chicago Tribune about
TV newsman John Drury, who died last month.
Sandra Pesmen, writing in the C.D.N. Alumni News September-October
2007 newsletter for Chicago Daily News alumni, provided an anecdote
about longtime SMA member Marjorie M. Kriz, whose death
this fall was reported in the October issue of Literary License.
In the 1950s, Kriz ruled as the star of the County Building
pressroom, where she was a reporter for the old City News Service.
Covering the county for the Chicago Daily News was Fred Bird,
who was a skilled investigative reporter but a loud, brash man
who never knew when to shut his mouth. One day, Bird made a
dumb remark to Kriz, then in her 30s (Pesman says she can't
remember what it was), and Kriz slugged Bird, knocking him to
the ground. "Ever after, he behaved himself around MM,"
Pesmen wrote. Kriz and Bird remained close friends afterward,
In the Dec. 9 New York Times Book Review, Dan Barry calls
Studs Terkel's new book (with Sydney Lewis), Touch
and Go: A Memoir, "an engrossing stream-of-consciousness
mediation on the 20th century by a man who, it seems, never
forgave himself for being born three weeks after the sinking
of the Titantic, and so he vowed in the crib to bear witness
Ingrid Wendt was one of eight authors to read selections
from their works recently at "The Magic Barrel: A Reading
to Fight Hunger" in Corvallis, Ore.
Deborah Blum spoke March 15 at the first meeting of
the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Victorian Society in America
at the Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago.
Kerry A. Trask, a professor of history at the University
of Wisconsin at Manitowoc, is author of Black Hawk, The Battle
for the Heart of America and Fire Within: A Civil War
Narrative from Wisconsin (1998, Kent State University Press.)
Booklist called the Black Hawk book a "fine synthesis of
historical frontier context and immediate events [that] judiciously
partakes of pathos and erudition." The Chicago Sun-Times
said, "Blending history with ethnography and a bit of sociology,
Trask's volume explains the war and its lingering impact extremely
well . . . Fascinating."
Dr.Trask received his B.A. from Hamline University, his M.A.
from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University
Beverly Offen is a retired librarian who most recently
worked from 1980 to 2004 as a faculty librarian at Oakton Community
College. From 1974 to 1979 she was a librarian at the Chicago
Public Library. She got her master's of library studies from
the University of Hawaii. She has just completed two years as
president of the Greater Chicago Chapter, Victorian Society
in America. Her husband, Ron Offen, also is an SMA member.
Kim Strickland, author of Wish Club: A Novel (2007,
Three Rivers Press), is a pilot flying Boeing 767s for United.
She lives in Chicago with her husband and twin boys.
Janet Cheatham Bell is author of Till Victory Is Won:
Famous Black Quotations From the NAACP (2002, Simon & Schuster)
and the memoir The Time And Place That Gave Me Life (Indiana
University Press). Chicago's Black Book Fair selected The Soul
of Success as Best Nonfiction Book in 1999. She is a native
of Indianapolis who has also lived in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco,
Athens, Ohio, and Saginaw, Mich. She now lives in Bloomington,
Larry Janowski, author of BrotherKeeper (poems),
grew up on the South Side of Chicago, attended a "blue
collar prep school" in Wisconsin, then got his B.A. at
the University of Illinois at Chicago and attended a graduate
school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a seminary
at Dubuque, Iowa. After living and working for almost 30 years
in southeastern Wisconsin, Larry returned to Chicago in 1995,
when he began teaching at Wilbur Wright Community College. His
work was published in the premiere issue of a the literary journal
Court Green at Columbia College, and in Spoon River Poetry Review,
Rhino, the Paterson Literary Review and the Chicago Tribune.
Anca Vlasopolos, a professor of English and comparative
literature at Wayne State in Detroit, was born in 1948 in Bucharest.
Her father, a political prisoner, died when she was 8. At 14,
she came to the U.S. with her mother, an intellectual and Auschwitz
survivor. She is author of No Return Address, (2000, Columbia
University Press) a memoir; Penguins in a Warming World (2007,
Ragged Sky Press), a poetry book; The New Bedford Samurai
(2007, Twilight Times Books) and Missing Members (1991).
Robert Hinshaw, author of Living With Nature's Extremes:
The Life of Gilbert Fowler White, is the former president
of Wilmington College in Ohio, and held many other positions
at leading universities across the country until his retirement.
He earned his Ph.D in anthropology and M.A. at the University
of Chicago. He is now working on companion historical novels
set in Guatemala: My Life at the Center of the World and
The Ray of Hope.
Because "family, shows and performances that I must do"
conflict with Wednesday night board meetings, David Hernandez
has regretfully resigned from the SMA board, but plans to remain
an active member.
Now that the Chicago Athletic Association, where recent SMA
annual dinners have been held, has closed, the SMA board has
voted after extensive research by Stella Pevsner and
Carol Carlson to hold the Society's May 13, 2008, dinner
at the InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave.
SMA launches a fund-raising campaign to boost book awards
The Society of Midland Authors has launched a fund-raising campaign
to increase the size of the cash awards we give authors each
year in our annual book competition.
Right now, we are able to give winners $300, a plaque and a
dinner. Runners-up get a plaque and a dinner. Unfortunately,
because we cover a 12-state area, some authors must come a long
way if they wish to accept their awards in person, and $300
might not even cover their travel costs.
We have set a goal of raising $111,000. That amount together
with money the Society already has set aside for this purpose
is estimated to provide enough investment income to allow
the Society to increase its annual awards to $1,000 per winner.
At the Society of Midland Authors Board meeting on Nov. 28,
Bob Remer, chairman of the Society's endowment committee, made
a $500 donation to launch the fund-raising drive.
Another option would be to find individuals or corporations
willing to sponsor an award. For example, the first award the
Society began giving on an annual basis was the Thormod Monsen
Award, which was presented from 1957 to 1966 to honor the best
creative literary work by an author in the 12-state Midwest
region. (Thormod Monsen founded a Chicago typesetting company
in 1887.) Similarly, the Patron Saints Award was established
in 1964 and was presented though 1972 for work by a member of
the Society of Midland Authors.
If you would like to participate in this fund-raising effort
or would like to make a donation, please contact Bob Remer
(firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 561-6280) or one of the other SMA
More about Waltur
Barbara Gregorich's latest children's book is Waltur
Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories, an early
reader from Houghton Mifflin, illustrated by Kristin Sorra.
Each of the three humorous animal stories dramatizes idioms
and plays with words. It is a sequel to last year's Waltur
Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories.
First stand-alone novel
David J. Walker's Saving Paulo is scheduled to
be out in spring. It is his first novel that is not part of
a series. Walker now is working on another stand-alone novel
tentatively titled In Bad Company, a "Catholic-priest-meets-CIA"
In October, Beverly Friend self-published her autobiography,
No Girls in the Marching Band: A Memoir. The 464-page paperback
covers her girlhood in Milwaukee and her adult life in Chicago.
It is available at www.cafepress.com/friendmemoir.177560266.
With that project finished, she is "working on Jim's
Chapter included in new collection
33 1/3's Greatest Hits Volume Two (Continuum), a collection
of writings by prominent journalists, scholars, critics, and
musicians about landmark pop albums of the past 50 years, includes
a chapter from J. Niimi's R.E.M.'s Murmur book,
which came out in the 33 1/3 book series in 2005.
Two new titles
Simone Muench's Orange Girl (Dancing Girl Press),
came out in July. She also had a collaborative chapbook come
out in July, Sonoluminescence with Bill Allegrezza (Dusie
Garry Wills' new 626-page book, Head and Heart: American
Christianities (2007, The Penguin Press), was reviewed in
the Dec. 9 New York Times Book Review. Reviewer Patrick Allitt
of Emory UniversIty called Wills "one of America's best
journalists and historians of the last half-century [who has]
always enjoyed taking familiar subjects and staring at them
long and hard until they look strange and new."
The Cliff Dwellers
The Cliff Dwellers Club at 200 S. Michigan, where the SMA holds
its monthly programs, has a history entwined with the SMA because
some of the same people founded both organizations. Recently,
the Cliff Dwellers board voted to accept without the usual initiation
fee members of two other clubs that had closed. Representatives
of the club recently said they also would be willing to bring
to the board a proposal that the same offer be extended should
a group of several SMA members apply to join the Cliff Dwellers.
Dues cover mailings and other organizational expenses, but the
Society always needs additional money for programs such as the
awards at the annual May banquet. Thanks to these members who
made contributions since the last newsletter: Ted Anton, Lynette
Seator and Harry Mark Petrakis.
2008 Society of Midland Authors Book Competition
The 2008 Society of Midland Authors annual book competition
is under way.
Authors may enter their books published in 2007 either by enter
by using the form included in this issue of Literary License
or by downloading the form on this web site. Instructions for
entering are on the form. There is no fee.
These are the judges in each category to whom books
should be sent:
Mark Eleveld, 305 Brooks Ave., Joliet, IL 60435 (815-723-3184)
Billy Lombardo, 13 Bergman Court, Forest Park, IL 60130 (708-334-3141)
Donna Seaman, 4159 N. Lawndale, Chicago, IL 60618, (312-280-5754
Carol Jean Carlson, 1420 West Farragut, Chicago, IL 60640 (773-504-8450)
Bill Cleveland, 1560 N. Sandburg Terrace, Apt. 3209, Chicago,
IL 60610 (312-943-7124)
Richard Prince, 1406 East 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615 (773-324-2643
Richard Lindberg, 5915 N. Navarre Ave., Chicago, IL 60631 (773-631-3023)
Bob Remer, 5840 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL 60660 (773-561-6280)
Jim Schwab, 1755 N. Campbell, Chicago, IL 60647 (312-786-6364)
Stella Pevsner, 655 Irving Park Road, Apt. 3801, Chicago, IL 60613
Jennifer Bartoli, 3839 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60618 (773-583-8030)
Charlotte Herman, 6623 N. Monticello, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (847-673-5597)
Betsy Gray, 3625 Thayer, Evanston, IL 60201. (847-869-0545)
Marilyn Daleo, 195 N. Harbor Dr., #3605, Chicago, IL 60601. (312-946-0150)
Nancy Volkman, 4631 N. Keating, Chicago, IL 60630. 773-930-3650.
Mark Arendt, 8641 Beech St., Munster, IN 46321 (219-923-8712 or
Anthony Burton, University of Chicago Press, 1427 East 60th Street,
Chicago, IL 60637 (773-702-9768 or 773-645-9973)
Richard Jones, 913 Lois Lane, Glenview, IL 60025 (847-657-9525)
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