Video Category: Author Visits

One Book One Village


What is One Book One Village? The MPPL Assistant Department Head of Fiction/AV/Teen explains the two-month community reading event, discusses why MPPL chose the book “The Other Americans” by Laila Lalami, and talks about upcoming book discussions and events related to the book, including a 2-event virtual author visit on October 25th, and October 27th!

Sponsored with generous support of The Friends of the Library.


Song: “Positive Motivation” from Purple Planet Music
License: CC BY


Author Visit: The Color of Law & Reversing Segregation with Richard Rothstein


Author and researcher Richard Rothstein presents on the policies that led to racial segregation in American communities, and what can be done to reverse these practices and work towards racial equity.

Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation.

Richard’s Web Info:

Richard’s bio on the Economic Policy Institute’s website

An Evening with Cathy Park Hong: Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Author Visit)


Cathy Park Hong discusses her New York Times best-selling book Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, a collection of honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original essays that explore Asian American consciousness. Time Magazine featured Minor Feeling as one of the best books of 2020, referring to Hong as an “energetic and necessary voice in the dialogue surrounding racism in the U.S.”

Hong is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University. Hong speaks with Chicago journalist Monica Eng, currently a reporter for Axios. Eng worked at Chicago’s WBEZ for eight years as the station’s Curious City reporter and spent 16 years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Presented in partnership with multiple Chicago-area libraries.

Cathy’s web and social media info:

Cathy’s website

Monica’s web and social media info:

Monica’s Podcast, “Chewing”

Author Visit: An Evening with Author Gary Ginsberg


Presented in partnership with multiple Illinois libraries.

Author Gary Ginsberg’s new book, First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents, examines White House history as told through the stories of the best friends and closest confidants of American presidents such as Lincoln and Joshua Speed, FDR and Daisy Suckley, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and Bill Clinton and Vernon Jordan. “First Friends” is an engaging look into the lives of Commanders-in-Chief and how their presidencies were shaped by those they held most dear.

Ginsberg provides insights into the lives of the men who held the most powerful political office in the world by looking at the friends on whom they relied.

In conversation with award-winning interviewer Steve Edwards, formerly of WBEZ and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Gary’s web and social media info:

Gary’s website

Steve’s social media info:



Two Lane Gems: Travelogue and Road Trip Inspiration with Theresa Goodrich (Author Visit)


Join award-winning author Theresa L. Goodrich for an epic journey through a great American road trip. Designed to inspire your own travels, this first-person travelogue takes an epic journey while sharing tips to plan adventures including how to choose destinations, save money on the road, and avoid conflict with traveling companions.

Theresa’s web and social media info:

Theresa’s website
The Local Tourist Website