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Books & Brunch for Hinsdale chapter features local authors

Columnist Sara Clarkson

Columnist Sara Clarkson

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The annual Books & Brunch fundraiser is a personal favorite not just because of the eponymous brunch and books or because of the fun shopping, raffles and silent auctions but because all that money raised is spent right here in Chicago’s western suburbs.

It is the main fundraiser for the Hinsdale Chapter of the Assistance League of Chicagoland West, an all-volunteer organization that serves needy children and families who live in western DuPage and eastern Cook counties.

Funds raised turn into 1,800 brand new winter coats for children in 28 area schools. Not having a winter coat can keep a child out of school on a bad day or keep a child in school during recess, according to Linda Legner, the assistance league’s director of communications.

Monies raised buy books and help the reading efforts of 647 students in 14 Head Start programs, said Legner. And, in another assistance league project called Operation New Start, over the past four months, 22 families transitioning from homelessness to independent living have been given the kitchen equipment such as pots, pans, cutlery and dishes.

Because the assistance league is all-volunteer, comprised of some of the most committed and energetic, hands-on women, its overhead is fairly low. These same women know how to put on a luncheon, which is the other reason you should consider attending.

All three writers live and work in greater Chicago. Lori Andrews is an attorney and law professor recognized as an expert in the bioethics and electronic privacy fields, subjects upon which she has written extensively. She teaches at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Kent College of Law. In her so-called free time, she writes the Alexandra Blake mysteries.

Another author is Samuel Park, an associate professor of English at Columbia College, who has been praised for his literary novel “This Burns My Heart.” It’s the story of a South Korean girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s as South Korea itself grows up and out of its war-torn, poor, agrarian state to the industrialized modern country which hosted the Olympics in 1988.

The third author, Chicagoan Laura Krughoff, has just published her debut novel, “My Brother’s Name.” In it, a young woman assumes her brother’s identity as he “coasts into a psychotic break,” according to the publisher.

Books & Brunch will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at The Abbington, Butterfield and Route 53 in Glen Ellyn. Tickets are $85 each, and doors open at 10 a.m. To RSVP, and to buy books in advance of the event, visit www.alcw.org or phone (630) 321-2529. The assistance league’s office is at 120 E. Ogden Ave., Hinsdale.

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