January 2018 Local Authors
DOIN' THE CRUISE
The times and tunes of a longtime Chicago rock jock
Rockin’ and rollin’ and “doin’ the cruise” is how on-air radio personality Mitch Michaels describes his life-long love affair with rock radio. This music-driven, often irreverent and unflinchingly honest biography, co-written with journalist Ken Churilla, captures the events and sounds of Chicago at a time when rock ruled the air waves and Michaels spun the tunes.
The legendary rock jock worked on virtually every station in the city during the radio heydays of the 1970s and 80s, including WXRT and WLUP. He has tales to tell of a backseat limo ride with Rod Stewart, a ground-breaking live broadcast with The Who, and on-and-off the air friendships with Mick Jones of Foreigner, Jim Peterik of Survivor, and members of the band REO Speedwagon. Michaels also gives life to events that shaped the music-scape of the city, from behind the scenes at its largest outdoor venue, ChicagoFest, to being asked by White Sox management to request over the PA system that all fans return to their seats at the infamous on-field riot on Disco Demolition night at Comiskey Park.
More than a cruise through encounters with the stars — Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr among them — this biography is a candid and at times painful personal memoir. Mitchell reflects on the helter-skelter of a career in rock radio, its impact on his marriages and relationships and even the heartbreaking loss of his son, Spencer, to whom the book is dedicated.
Hinsdale resident Mitch Michaels was at ground zero during the explosion of rock radio in the 1970s. Currently, he is an on-air personality at FM 95.9 The River, out of Aurora. Ken Churilla is a Chicago-area writer, journalist and magazine editor.
by Carolyn Healy of Naperville
In this winter romance set against the backdrop of a Chicago blizzard, a woman is called to the hospital bed of a grandfather she barely knows. A bond forms in the midst of the storm as she learns of his early life. At the same time, she sorts through her feelings about a failed love affair, opening up to the promise of a new, unexpected relationship. Chicago-area readers will enjoy familiar places and memories of winter storms.
by Lorne R. Pollard of Naperville
In this illustrated book, Lorne R. Pollard goes beyond familiar histories to create intimate biographical sketches of indigenous North Americans. He tells their stories from early contact with European traders to the present day. There are maps to show how tribes spread though the continent, along with images of notable Native Americans like Pima native Ira Hayes and Navajo Winona LaDuke.
QUESTIONS THAT MATTER
by Roger Breisch of Batavia
In a series of provocative essays, MIT graduate, TedX presenter and expert in suicide prevention Roger Breisch finds truths hidden in common questions — about life, love and challenges in a complex,
confusing world. Breisch provides insights and healing wisdom that can help readers understand their own struggles and open up to new and rewarding experiences.
THE HUNTING ACCIDENT
by David Carlson of Chicago and Landis Blair of Oak Park
This debut graphic novel is based on the true story of a blind poet who must tell his son about his secret life as a mobster in 1930s Chicago. Gritty black-and-white drawings by artist Landis Blair lead readers through the streets of Chicago and into Statesville Prison, where the poet-hero fortuitously crosses paths with notorious killer, Nathan Leopold.Edit Module