Author Event

Author Discussion & Signing with Kathy Atwood

Title: Women Heroes of World War II: 32 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue [Second Edition with more Stories]

Date: August 24, 2019

Day: Saturday

Time: 2 PM

There will be a musical accompaniment of tunes of the time by Kathy and her husband, John Atwood. 



In this expanded edition, readers will encounter six new profiles of amazing women, as well as a new section on the Soviet Union. Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages to the Resistance. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work—sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis. An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s involvement provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile.

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About the Author

Kathryn J. Atwood is the author of Women Heroes of World War I, Women Heroes of World War II—Pacific Theater,and Courageous Women of the Vietnam War as well as the editor of Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent





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ISBN: 9781641600064
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Published: Chicago Review Press - August 6th, 2019

Author Discussion & Signing with Robert Goldsborough

Title: STOP the Presses!  The very latest in the New Nero & Archie Series.

(Publishers Weekly 1/4/16 pp 34-35)

Stop the Presses! A Nero Wolfe Mystery Robert Goldsborough. Open Road, $14.99 trade paper (250p) ISBN 978-1-5040-2357-3 Goldsborough’s outstanding 11th Nero Wolfe pastiche provides a sedate contrast to the previous volume, 2015’s Archie in the Crosshairs, which opened with a bang, as someone shot at Archie Goodwin, Wolfe’s leg man, on his way home. Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette asks for Wolfe’s help after his paper’s most-read and most-notorious writer, Cameron Clay, receives death threats. Since Clay’s column routinely ruffles feathers, that’s not an unusual occurrence, but the writer views the current threats as more serious. Wolfe agrees to meet with Clay and gets a list of the five people most likely to pose a danger to him, including a real estate magnate and Clay’s diva exwife. But after the columnist rejects protection, he’s found dead of a gunshot wound, and the Gazette’s publisher asks Wolfe to challenge the police’s verdict of suicide. Offering one of his most surprising solutions, Goldsborough again demonstrates an impressive ability to emulate Rex Stout’s narrative voice.


Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are tasked with protecting the most hated columnist in New York City

There are few people Nero Wolfe respects, and Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette is one of them. So when Cohen asks for a favor, the famously brilliant—and notoriously lazy—detective is inclined to listen. According to Cohen, someone wants to kill the Gazette’s gossip columnist, Cameron Clay. Death threats are a regular hazard for Clay, who’s hurled insults and accusations at every bold-faced name in the five boroughs. But the latest threats have carried a more sinister tone.
The columnist has narrowed his potential killers down to five people: an egomaniacal developer, a disgraced cop, a corrupt councilman, a sleazy lawyer, and his ex-wife. But when Clay turns up dead, the cops deem it a suicide. The bigwigs at the Gazette don’t agree, so they retain Wolfe and his indefatigable assistant, Archie Goodwin, to figure out which of the suspects had the mettle to pull the trigger.


About the Author

Robert Goldsborough (b. 1937) is an American author best known for continuing Rex Stout s famous Nero Wolfe series. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and upon graduation went to work for the Associated Press, beginning a lifelong career in journalism that would include long periods at the "Chicago Tribune" and "Advertising Age". While at the "Tribune", Goldsborough began writing mysteries in the voice of Rex Stout, the creator of iconic sleuths Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Goldsborough s first novel starring Wolfe, "Murder in E Minor" (1986), was met with acclaim from both critics and devoted fans, winning a Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack. Nine more Wolfe mysteries followed, including "Death on Deadline "(1987) and "Fade to Black" (1990). His most recent book is "Archie in the Crosshairs "



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ISBN: 9781504023573
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - March 8th, 2016

A Session with Three Sage Reporters of the Chicago Tribune: Robert Goldsborough, James Elsener & Michael Conklin


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Program: A Session with Three Sage Reporters of our very own Chicago Tribune talkng about their life and times working for the World's Greatest Newspaper. This was when people could read and read the newspapers for the real store with the straight dope.

Date: September 8, 2019

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 -  4:00 PM

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Bob Goldsborough             Jim Elsener                  Mike Conklin

The authors'/reporters' books will be on sale at                                                                                                                          Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore on Sunday September 8, 2019.


               Paperback            Transfer U. by [Conklin, Mike]

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ISBN: 9781504057547
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - May 14th, 2019

Author Discussion & Signing with Ursula Bielski

Title: Haunts of the White City: Ghost Stories from the World's Fair, the Great Fire and Victorian Chicago 

Author: Ursula Bielski

Date: November 17, 2019

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM


At the close of the nineteenth century, Chicago offered the world a glimpse of humanity's most breathtaking possibilities and its most jaw-dropping horrors. Even as the White City emerged from the ashes of the Great Fire, serial killers like H.H. Holmes stalked the sparkling new boulevards and tragic accidents plagued the factories, slums and railroads that powered the churn of industrial innovation. Demons, mesmerists and birds of ill omen preyed on the unwary from the shadows. Ship captains spoke to the dead, while undertakers discovered reanimated corpses no longer requiring services. From posh mansions built on massacre grounds to the drowned quarries of a forest preserve, Ursula Bielski follows the dark undercurrents beneath the electric lights of the World's Fair.

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Historian, author, and parapsychology enthusiast, Ursula Bielski has been writing and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal for more than 16 years. A recognized authority on the Chicago region's ghost lore and cemetery history, she is the author of four popular and critically acclaimed books on the same subjects, all published by Lake Claremont Press.

Ursula's interests in ghost hunting began at a young age. She grew up in a haunted house on Chicago's north side and received an early education in Chicago history from her father, a Chicago police officer. Since that time she has been involved in numerous investigations of haunted sites in and around Chicago, including such notorious locales as Wrigley Field; the Red Lion Pub, Bachelors Grove Cemetery, and the Oshkosh, WI, Opera House.




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By Ursula Bielski, Jeff Mudgett (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781467139656
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Published: History Press - September 23rd, 2019

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ISBN: 9781467136631
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Published: History Press - October 10th, 2016

Celebration of INDEPENDENTS DAY at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Program: There will be a collection of local and national authors who will sit with readers one-on-one to talk about their books and answer your questions about their books. They will stay in 2 hour segments. So around September 30, 2019 start checking our website for this date for authors & times.