Howard Reich has covered the arts for the Tribune since 1978 and joined the staff in 1983. He has written five books: Portraits in Jazz, Let Freedom Swing, Jelly's Blues (with William Gaines), Van Cliburn and Prisoner of Her Past (originally published as "The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich"). The latter inspired the PBS documentary film "Prisoner of Her Past," which Reich wrote, narrated and co-produced. Howard spoke about the process of creating this documentary and the process of discovering his mother's holocaust story and the PTSD she is now experiencing.
This year we presented $1,200 scholarships to two Chicago area students. One scholarship will go to Candace Nzingha Smith from National Louis University and the other to Jessica Love of Columbia University Chicago. Pictured is Candace Nzingha Smith, Candace with Joanne Koch of National Louis University, Foundation Fund Chair Linda Gustafson and Corene Anderson. Last picture is from Columbia College and pictured left to right, Eva Rachau, (Director of Operations, Development and Alumni Relations), Jessica Love (scholarship winner) and Patricia Ann McNair (sponsor/Associate Professor in the English and Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago). Congratulations to our scholarship recipients.
Bestselling author Elizabeth Berg was our featured speaker at our April 12 meeting. Authors are always on the lookout for interesting tidbits, characters they meet, and snippets of conversation which may very well make it into one of their next books. It is these life experiences combined with a great deal of imagination that combine together to create many of Elizabeth's books. If you are not familiar with Elizabeth's books, you are missing an Oprah's Book Club pick author.
BETSEY MEANS, portraying Gertrude Stein, the presiding advocate of the avant garde at The salon at 27 rue de Fleurus. This became the gathering place for the "new moderns," as the talented young artists supporting this movement came to be called. Betsey gave us an intimate view of this relationship with the great Pablo Picasso.
One of their most anticipated events at the Newberry is the Annual Book Fair. Dan is the manager of the Newberry Library Book Fair, whose services have been invaluable to the continued success of the fair. We learned the best way to find that exact book you have been looking for at the book fair, and fun facts about the books and the staging. Whoo! It certainly is an overwhelming job, but a Bibliophiles dream.
We learned a great deal about the incomparable "Lenny" his role in creating the musical and his slight from both Broadway and Hollywood when it came to handing out awards. The final duet of "Tonight" sung by a young Jose Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa elicited spontaneous applause from the audience and reminded us how great Bernstein's score is.
Ina shared personal glimpses into the life of The Breakfast Queen. As a child, the brave Madeline inspired Ina to overcome the restrictions of her Polio.
After 21 jobs in 25 years, she finally found her calling and became the Breakfast Queen of Chicago. Recipe for Life: You only have to get up one more time than you fall...
A big thank you to Ina Pinkney for making our first meeting of the year fabulous. Come join FAW at one of our upcoming meetings.