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Book Signing: "1001 Train Rides in Chicago" by Richard Reeder

Join us for a Sunday afternoon to meet the author of the Chicago-inspired collection of fictional stories from the eight color-coded train system.

Richard Reeder was born and raised in Chicago and continues to live in the Chicago area with his wife Anne. Educated in the Chicago public schools, he has two degrees from Roosevelt University. His multifaceted career included working as a caseworker, elementary school teacher, employment counselor, research assistant, and as an executive in both government and social service and educational organizations. Richard remains active as a consultant, writer, and adult education facilitator and instructor. 

Nearly a century has passed since Ben Hecht wrote the last of his 1001 Afternoon in Chicago columns for the Chicago Daily News in the early 1920s. Now in 2018, Richard Reeder pays literary homage to Hecht in 1001 Train Rides in Chicago, sixty-four short fiction vignettes of ordinary people who ride the eight rail lines of the CTA. Reeder creatively weaves a written social tapestry of contemporary Chicago depicting its heterogeneous population and diverse neighborhoods. Leonid Osseny’s illustrations add a striking impressionistic dimension to the book. 

"I am eternally grateful to Bob Boone in encouraging me to become a writer and mentoring me all along the way. Once again, I was honored to collaborate with the brilliant artist Leonid Osseny whose illustrations are on the cover page as well as preceding each of the chapters. 
Thanks to Rick Kaempfer and Eckhartz Press in seeing value and purpose in this work. I sincerely thank Ben Hecht, Saul Bellow, Nelson Algren, Mike Royko and Studs Terkel, great writers with deep Chicago roots, who were always a constant presence as I pounded out these words on my keyboard. May their memories be a blessing. 
To my two Annes, with much love."
-Richard Reeder

Earlier Event: July 7
Jordin Hartwig Reception
Later Event: July 21
Storytelling II