February 2019 Local Authors
For the Next Generation
By Michael J. Bakalis of Darien
This illuminating memoir follows the career in public service of the 1978 Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois, Michael Bakalis. Born in Berwyn to Greek immigrant parents, Bakalis started out as a teacher in suburban Chicago, then as a college professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The book tells of the challenges of the education system, as Bakalis’ interest in educational policy grew into a passion for statewide politics. Bakalis describes how he plotted out career moves to achieve a clear-sighted goal — a seat at the table in the Illinois state house. Starting out as a relative unknown with no major party connections and no funding, Bakalis recalls how he fought for — and won — the Democratic nomination
for governor. He also describes how his defeat propelled him to continue in public service, taking on the challenge of improving education for Illinois children.
Michael J. Bakalis, Ph.D., a public policy expert who ran for Governor of Illinois in 1978, spent his career in public service as Illinois Comptroller and State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Earning a doctorate from Northwestern University, Bakalis has also worked extensively in higher education, including 15 years on the faculty of Kellogg Graduate School of Management as well as positions at Loyola University and Northern Illinois University. Currently, he is president and CEO of American Quality Schools, based in Downers Grove. Bakalis lives in Darien.
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Annie Hansen of Batavia
In the fourth book in the Kelly Clark Mystery series, Hansen’s intrepid heroine must decide how far she’ll go for love — will she risk her life for it? Valentine’s Day approaches in the quaint river town of Geneva and Kelly’s relationship with Jake hits a bump. His estranged wife, Callie, shows up, claiming to seek a divorce. But lost paperwork, a mysterious death and Callie’s strange “stalking” behavior raise Kelly’s antenna — and threaten her romance.
By Travis Thrasher, formerly of Wheaton
A prolific author of more than 50 books, Thrasher’s latest thriller imagines a near-future America where freedom of religion is under threat. A secret society menaces Christian leaders, and even murder is not out of bounds. A recent convert leads a rag-tag group to save the faith, warning that God is sending his judgment to the nation and his first act will be to destroy Chicago. The future of God in America is in the balance.
The House by the Cemetery
By John Everson of Naperville
Rumor has it that the house by the cemetery is haunted by the ghost of a witch. But rumors won’t stop carpenter Mike Kostner from rehabbing the place as a haunted-house attraction. Soon, noises in the walls and fresh blood on the floor hint at secrets that would be better not discovered. Behind the rumors is a ghost who needs people to fill her house for a gruesome ritual that will bring her back to life.
By Angalia Bianca, formerly of Oak Park
Before Angalia Bianca became one of Chicago’s foremost authorities on violence prevention, she was a criminal, gang member and con artist. Bianca spent 12 years in prison for embezzlement, forgery, drug dealing and theft. This book describes her recovery and her determination to make a difference. A former heroin addict, Bianca tells how she crawled out of the darkest hole imaginable into a new life.Edit Module