Historian Joseph Anthony Rulli and science fiction author Steve Bellinger will join us at the store to discuss history in fiction and nonfiction.
Rulli will discuss his book, "The Chicago Haymarket Affair: A Guide to a Labor Rights Milestone". On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded during a labor demonstration near Haymarket Square. The ensuing gunfire and chaos brought a grisly end to what began as peaceful support for an eight-hour workday and led to the trial and execution of rally organizers. The incident also drew irrevocable attention to a conversation about workers’ rights and the role of law enforcement that continues today. In this guide to the key moments and sites of one of Chicago’s most confusing and chaotic events, author Joseph Anthony Rulli aims to establish a clearer understanding of its historical significance.
Joseph Anthony Rulli, a transplanted Hoosier from South Bend, Indiana, began writing fiction shortly after his arrival in his second city. He has one published short story and a play that was performed on stage in the spring of 2016. This is his first published work of nonfiction.
Bellinger will discuss his book, "The Chronocar". Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machine-called a chronocar-which was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s. Since the technology required to build the chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity. A century later, a young Illinois Tech student, Tony Carpenter, discovers the journal article and decides to build a chronocar so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate. Unfortunately, time is not on his side. Dr. Johnson is living in Chicago's Black Belt with his beautiful daughter-and Tony arrives just in time for the bloodiest race riot in the city's history. Can Tony use the chronocar to save his new friends, or will his attempt forever alter the future he hopes to return to?
Steve Bellinger was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago by a single mom who worked nights for a printing company. Over the years he has written everything from newspaper articles, comic strips and radio drama, to short stories and fan fiction. Steve lives in the Lincoln Park community in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Donna, and their cat.
On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded during a labor demonstration near Haymarket Square. The ensuing gunfire and chaos brought a grisly end to what began as peaceful support for an eight-hour workday and led to the trial and execution of rally organizers. The incident also drew irrevocable attention to a conversation about workers" rights and the role of law enforcement that continues today.