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Brookfield, Riverside libraries host author Alex Kotlowitz at finale of Community Reading Program

RIVERSIDE — The Brookfield and Riverside Public Libraries are hosting an evening with author Alex Kotlowitz at 7 p.m., April 2, at the Riverside Town Hall, 27 Riverside Road.

Kotlowitz is a journalist and author of "There Are No Children Here," and "Never a City So Real," as well as the producer of the award winning documentary "The Interrupters."

Throughout February, residents of both Brookfield and Riverside read "Never a City So Real" and attended programs that discussed and celebrated the history and culture of Chicago.

For the grand finale event, Bob Uphues from The Landmark newspaper will engage Mr. Kotlowitz in a public conversation. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions at the event and may also submit questions in advance online at

A book signing will follow the event and copies of "Never a City So Real" will be for sale for $10, cash only.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Brookfield and Riverside Public Libraries.

The event marks the culmination of the libraries’ first community reading program: On the Same Page: Brookfield & Riverside Reading Together.

On the Same Page is an initiative of the Brookfield and Riverside public libraries encouraging residents to read the same book with the goal of promoting reading, stimulating discussion, and building community. For more information, please visit

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