Alex Kotlowitz Discusses His New Book An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, with Medill's Interim Dean Charles Whitaker

Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Offsite at McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive

Co-Sponsored with The Medill School

The numbers are staggering: over the past 20 years in Chicago, 14,033 people have been killed and another roughly 60,000 wounded by gunfire.  What does that do to the spirit of individuals and community? Drawing on his decades of experience, Alex Kotlowitz set out to chronicle one summer in the city, writing about individuals who have emerged from the violence and whose stories capture the capacity--and the breaking point--of the human heart and soul. The result is a spellbinding collection of deeply intimate profiles that upend what we think we know about gun violence in America. 

Applying the close-up, empathic reporting that made There Are No Children Here a modern classic, in An American Summer, Kotlowitz offers a piercingly honest portrait of a city in turmoil. These sketches of those left standing will get into your bones. This one summer will stay with you. 

Alex Kotlowitz is the author of three previous books, including the national bestseller There Are No Children Here, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. The Other Side of the River was awarded the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life. His documentary work includes The Interrupters, for which he received a Film Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. His other honors include a George Polk Award, two Peabodys, the Helen B. Bernstein Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He teaches at Northwestern University.


Light Refreshments will be served prior to and after the conversation. Link to register here. 

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Event date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
1881 Sheridan Rd. Room 108
Evanston, IL 60201
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Published: Nan A. Talese - March 5th, 2019