Linda Gartz: Redlined (A Bensenville Community Library Event)

Join author, educator, archivist, and long-time Book Stall supporter Linda Gartz for an online discussion of her award-winning book Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago. Inspired by a trove of long-hidden family letters, diaries, photos, spanning the 20th century, Redlined interweaves a riveting family story with the history of redlining. In this live Zoom talk and discussion, Linda will read short excerpts from Redlined, and connect the dots between today’s racial profiling and inequities to the government policy of redlining that separated America into Black and white. She’ll also share digitized versions of original 1940s redlining maps. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Registration for this virtual Zoom program is required through the library's online calendar or by phone: (630) 766-4642. Please note that space is limited. Registration closes one day prior to the event. Invitations to access the Zoom event will be emailed to all participants one day prior to the event, after registration closes, and will contain the Zoom link for the online event. Clicking on the link within these invitations will take you to the right place when it is time for the event to begin.

About the Book:

". . . an exceptionally rich and readable memoir of family, change, and coming of age in the tumultuous 1960s." -- Foreword Clarion Reviews, Five Stars

"Redlined is absolutely riveting from cover to cover, all but impossible to put down." -- Midwest Book Review, Reviewer's Choice

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago's West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands. But Linda Gartz's parents, Fred and Lil choose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they meet and form friendships with their African American neighbors. The community sinks into increasing poverty and crime after two race riots destroy its once vibrant business district, but Fred and Lil continue to nurture their three apartment buildings and tenants for the next twenty years in a devastated landscape--even as their own relationship cracks and withers. After her parents' deaths, Gartz discovers long-hidden letters, diaries, documents, and photos stashed in the attic of her former home. Determined to learn what forces shattered her parents' marriage and undermined her community, she searches through the family archives and immerses herself in books on racial change in American neighborhoods. Told through the lens of Gartz's discoveries of the personal and political, Redlined delivers a riveting story of a community fractured by racial turmoil, an unraveling and conflicted marriage, a daughter's fight for sexual independence, and an up-close, intimate view of the racial and social upheavals of the 1960s.

About the Author

Six-time Emmy-honored Linda Gartz is a documentary producer, author, blogger, educator, and archivist. Her documentaries and TV productions have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and Investigation Discovery, syndicated nation-wide. Her educational videos include Begin with Love, hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Grandparenting, hosted by Maya Angelou. Gartz's articles and essays have been published in literary journals, online, and in local and national magazines and newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune. Born in Chicago, she studied at both Northwestern and the University of Munich, and has lived most of her adult life in Evanston, IL. She earned her B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Northwestern.

 

 

Event date: 

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523205
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: She Writes Press - April 3rd, 2018

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago's West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands.