Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Staff Writer

The Friends of Blackstone Library will kick off its 2015 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series this evening.

The series’ first event, entitled “On Sight and Insight,” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. It will feature a conversation between James Kesteloot, former president and executive director of The Chicago Lighthouse, a social service agency for the blind, and Rachel DeWoskin, a University of Chicago creative writing faculty member whose 2014 young adult novel “Blind” drew inspiration from Kesteloot’s own experiences.

The Friends of Blackstone Library’s Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series will focus this year on what inspires authors, according to president Brenda Sawyer, who first hosted DeWoskin to discuss her novel “Big Girl Small” in 2012.

“Inspiration is not something that we’ve addressed before, and just wanted to explore this year,” Sawyer said.

The Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series will continue monthly through May.
For more information about Friends of Blackstone Library or the series, visit friendsofblackstone.wordpress.com.

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