June 8-9 noon-6pm Charity book sale

In the after-words special event space:  Our Charity Book Sale!
This sale will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

We’ll be setting up some tables in our event space for you to fill your bags with. For $5 you can fill your own bag or purchase one from us for $2, but all proceeds go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a not-for-profit distribution and training center for hungry people.  They strive to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to almost a half-million adults and children every year.

For more information on this great organization:  chicagosfoodbank.org


May 9th 6pm AC Frieden and The Pyongyang Option

Join us at after-words as we host the author A.C. Frieden.  He will be in conversation with journalist Jenna Gibson.  The event celebrates the publication of his third installment of the Jonathan Brooks thrillers, The Pyongyang Option.

As one of the few Western authors to have traveled to North Korea, Frieden will share his research experiences in that reclusive country.
Frieden will be joined by Jenna Gibson, the Korea columnist for The Diplomat magazine, a leading current-affairs periodical for the Asia-Pacific region. Gibson is a PhD candidate at University of Chicago and is the former Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America. Prior to that, she earned a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and lived two years in South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.

Frieden and Gibson will help demystify North Korea and shed light on its ruthless regime and the volatile US-North Korea relationship.

Kirkus Reviews calls The Pyongyang Option “exhilarating…unpredictable and entertaining.”
The event is free, with a reception (food and wine) following the presentation. A portion of the book sales will benefit the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago.

Book synopsis:
New Orleans attorney Jonathan Brooks is desperate to rebuild his law firm after Hurricane Katrina. Short on clients, he takes the only work he can find: a murky business deal in Ukraine.

But after he lands in Kyiv, his client’s executive vanishes. Suspecting foul play, Jonathan enlists the help of a U.S. diplomat. But the next day they are brutally ambushed. Injured and racing against the clock, Jonathan embarks on a frantic search for clues through the back alleys of Kyiv to an abandoned town near Chernobyl.

Meanwhile, Jonathan’s ex-wife Linda, a journalist, lands in North Korea to report on historic nuclear disarmament talks. She begins probing local officials, not realizing that she and Jonathan are both on a collision course with a deadly web of hackers, spies and assassins.

To uncover the truth and save them both, Jonathan may have only one option: to go to Pyongyang with as much leverage as possible and try to make it out alive.
Free event, open to the public.  Food and drink available. Co-sponsors of this event are: Down & Out Books, Avendia Publishing and the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago

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