Reporter and author Dan Egan visited Lake Forest on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, and spoke at two events attended by over 400 people as part of Deep Freeze Read, the new winter reading program from Lake Forest and Lake Bluff libraries. This year's selection was Egan's book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.
This two-community, one-book reading program centers on a nonfiction book that is locally relevant, with the purpose of inspiring discussion around real-world issues. Throughout January and February, Lake Forest Library and Lake Bluff Public Library each held numerous events related to The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Events included a seafaring movie series, eco-friendly art projects, a green energy seminar, and a presentation by Lake Forest Open Lands Association, all building up to Dan Egan's visit to Lake Forest College and Gorton Community Center in March.
At Lake Forest College, Egan was interviewed by Glenn Adelson, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies. Approximately 40 students and 60 members of the public came to hear Egan speak about the environmental, economic, and sociological impact of changes affecting the Great Lakes.
At Gorton, Egan was interviewed by Susie Hoffmann, Director of Education at Lake Forest Open Lands. More than 300 members of the community were in attendance to hear Egan discuss the ongoing changes to the Great Lakes and their implications on our local environment, including ramifications on the fishing industry, the edibility of fish in Lake Michigan, the ebb and flow of water levels, and alterations to our local coastline. Hoffman also inquired about Egan's next project: a book about phosphorus and its connections to our waterways, agriculture, and daily lives.
Thank you to Dan Egan, our Deep Freeze Read partners (Lake Forest Open Lands Association, Gorton Community Center, and Lake Forest College), our booksellers (Follett's College Bookstore and Lake Forest Book Store), the local community, and everyone who helped make this inaugural year of Deep Freeze Read a success! For more details about the program, visit www.deepfreezeread.org.