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Live Right and Find Happiness

Monday, March 9

Dave Barry presents Live Right & Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)

6 p.m. Author's Reception. Cost, $30 (includes signed book). RSVP Required
          Cash or check accepted at the door. Signed book included.
7 p.m. FREE Lecture and book signing. No RSVP required.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane)

About the book: During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom,* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on—to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience. In brilliant, brand-new, never-before-published pieces, Dave passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter, Sophie, who will be getting her learner’s permit in 2015 (“So you’re about to start driving! How exciting! I’m going to kill myself”). By the end of the book, if you do not feel wiser, richer in knowledge, more attuned to the universe . . . we wouldn’t be at all surprised. But you’ll have had a lot to laugh about!

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


This program is part of the Authors LIVE! series co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Highland Park Library.

The War that Roged a Nation

Thursday, March 19

James McPherson Presents The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters

6 p.m. Author's Reception. Cost, $30 (includes signed book). RSVP Required
          Cash or check accepted at the door. Signed book included.
7 p.m. FREE Lecture and book signing. No RSVP required.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane)

About the book: In The War that Forged a Nation, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson considers why the Civil War remains so deeply embedded in our national psyche and identity. From racial inequality and conflict between the North and South to questions of state sovereignty or the role of government in social change--these issues, McPherson shows, are as salient and controversial today as they were in the 1860s. Thoughtful, provocative, and authoritative, The War that Forged a Nationlooks anew at the reasons America's civil war has remained a subject of intense interest for the past century and a half, and affirms the enduring relevance of the conflict for America today.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


This program is part of the Authors LIVE! series co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Highland Park Library.

Willard Spiegelman

Saturday, March 28

Tables of Content

Featuring the presentation of the 6th Annual Literati Award to Willard Spiegelman.

Location: Collins Executive Education Center
Time: 6:00 p.m. reception, 7:15 p.m. dinner

RSVP required. More information.

Days of Rage

Wednesday, April 15

Bryan Burrough Presents Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

6 p.m. Author's Reception. Cost, $30 (includes signed book). RSVP Required
          Cash or check accepted at the door. Signed book included.
7 p.m. FREE Lecture and book signing. No RSVP required.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane)

About the book: From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary terrorists of the 1970s. The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a stretch of time in America, roughly between 1968 and 1975, when there was on average more than one significant terrorist act in this country every week, and the FBI combated these groups and others as nodes in a single revolutionary underground, dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government. This book takes us into the hearts and minds of homegrown terrorists and federal agents alike and weaves their stories into a spellbinding secret history of the 1970s.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


This program is part of the Authors LIVE! series co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Highland Park Library.

Eric O'Keefe

Monday, May 4

Annual Dinner and Meeting

Guest speaker: Eric O'Keefe, American author, editor, and journalist

Location: To be announced

Read more about Eric O'Keefe

Photo credit: Gustav Schmege, CC BY 2.0

Reagan: A Life

Wednesday, June 3

H. W. Brands Presents Reagan: The Life

6 p.m. Author's Reception. Cost, $30 (includes signed book). RSVP Required
          Cash or check accepted at the door. Signed book included.
7 p.m. FREE Lecture and book signing. No RSVP required.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane)

About the book: From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling biographer H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the first full life of Ronald Reagan since his death. Brands follows Reagan as his ambition for ever larger stages compelled him from a troubled childhood in small-town Illinois to become a radio announcer and then the quintessential public figure of modern America, a movie star. Reagan follows its subject on his improbable political rise, from the 1960s, when he was first elected governor of California, to his triumphant election in 1980 as president of the United States. The result is an exciting narrative and a fresh understanding of a crucially important president and his era.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


This program is part of the Authors LIVE! series co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Highland Park Library.