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Anyone with questions about programs may call 847-448-8620 or visit epl.org. All programs take place at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
At 7 p.m. on April 28, Evanston Northwestern Humanities program presents “Chicana Poetry and the Specter of La Malinche.” La Malinche, the indigenous woman who served as Hernán Cortes’s translator and mistress during the Conquest of Mexico, has historically symbolized the inherent treachery of Mexican women. In this lecture, Northwestern Professor John Cutler surveys the work of several different Mexican American poets – including Gloria Anzaldúa, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Ana Castillo and Sandra Cisneros – to show how they have restored La Malinche from her place in historical ignominy.

Friday after-hours movie on April 29 is “Facebook’s Daddy” (2010, 121 min., PG-13).
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mr. Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. The movie will be screened at 6 p.m.

With “Lunch Line,” at 2 p.m. on April 30 and a discussion afterward, the debate about wholesome school lunches comes to Evanston. “Lunch Line” is an award-winning documentary that reframes the school lunch debate through an examination of the program’s surprising past, uncertain present, and possible future. In the film, six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago set out to fix school lunch and end up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a weak patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program tracking key moments from 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present – revealing political twists, surprising alliances, and more common ground than people realize.

After the screening of “Lunch Line” a panel discussion will be held with Hardy Murphy, District 65 superintendent of schools; Debbie Hillman, chair of the Evanston Food Policy Council; Rochelle Davis, president and CEO of the Healthy Schools Campaign; Carl Caneva of the City of Evanston Health Department; and Michele Hays, a District 65 parent who blogs about food education and food security.

Evanston Lit Fest: May 1-7 will feature a week of literary discussions, readings, exhibits and workshops.

The 33rd annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry awards will be presented at 2 p.m. on May 1 in the Community Room. This competition is funded by an endowment to the library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield, who found pleasure and delight in poetry. Awards will be given in adult, high school and elementary categories. Poems will be read by the year’s judge, Janet Wong, and winning poets.

Author Presentations

May 3, 7 p.m.: Author Kenneth Green reads from and discusses “I’m From Division Street,” his memoir of growing up on Division Street in Chicago in the 1950s.

May 5, 7 p.m. Local authors Tim Brown and Paul McComas read from and sign their new books.

Tim W. Brown’s “Second Acts” is a picaresque, sci-fi/western, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. The tale of a husband’s search for his fugitive wife takes readers on a whirlwind tour of America, circa 1830.

“Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors and Dark  Humor” comprises Paul McComas’ 50 best speculative-fiction, horror, and dark-comic works. Says one reviewer: “McComas is a one-man powerhouse, an author-magician, a wizard with words whose range is unlimited; Unforgettable is a stunning performance, a literary tour de force, a wild ride that will leave you breathless”.