Spertus picks Windy City Blues for One Book | One Community 2017

In 1950s and 60s Chicago, a young Jewish woman stands in the middle of a musical and social revolution.

Renée Rosen's Windy City Blues follows an aspiring songwriter from Jewish Lawndale as she lands a job at Chess Records and is drawn into a relationship with a young blues guitarist newly arrived from the South. In a story peopled with real life musical icons and the larger than life Chess brothers and set in a sometimes violently segregated Chicago, Leeba Groski and Red Dupree find themselves drawn into the Civil Rights Movement, where they discover how music can bring people together.

Jewish Book Month One Book Activities

Sunday, November 19, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kick-Off & Reception
Sunday, November 19 at 2 pm
Spertus Institute, Chicago

North Shore Author Event
Thursday, November 30 at 7 pm
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El,
Highland Park

Reception and signing precede presentation.

West Suburban Author Event
Tuesday, December 5 at 2 pm
Congregation Etz Chaim, Lombard
Signing follows presentation.

One Book Finale
Sunday, December 10 at 3 pm
Spertus Institute, Chicago
Renée Rosen in conversation with Chicago Tribune Arts Critic Howard Reich.

Book Discussions
In locations from Homewood to Highland Park, discussions are led by Facilitator Rachel Kamin, Director of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El.

Check the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership website for more information and updates.

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