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Civic Awareness Series in Wheaton to feature author Alex Kotlowitz

WHEATON – The Robert R. McCormick House at Cantigny Park and the League of Women Voters of Wheaton continue their Civic Awareness Series with an online presentation featuring Alex Kotlowitz, author of “An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

The program is free, but advance registration is required at Cantigny.org. Registrants will receive a Zoom link before the event, a news release stated.

In “American Summer,” published in 2019, Kotlowitz examines the lives of those touched by violence, both as victims and criminals, in Chicago’s most turbulent neighborhoods.

Kotlowitz is a former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and on “This American Life.” He has won numerous prestigious literary awards, and his 1991 book, “There Are No Children Here,” was a national bestseller and selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most important books of the 20th Century.

Cantigny Park is open daily in October from 7 a.m. to sunset. The Robert R. McCormick House, a historic house museum, currently is closed for renovation, and will reopen to the public in 2022. More information and a calendar of events are online at Cantigny.org.