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Michelle FrisqueThursday, May 12

Michelle Frisque is the Chief of Technology, Content and Innovation at the Chicago Public Library (CPL). In this role, she ensures that information technology, collections and data metrics support the library’s programs, services, operations and strategies, and provides support and evaluation for the innovation process. Before joining CPL, Michelle was the Head of Information Systems at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University. She is a former president of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association. She has a Masters of Learning and Organization Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Masters of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. 


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Luncheon Speaker

Matthew J. Hefti is the author of A Hard and Heavy Thing (Tyrus / F+W). He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan a total of four times as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician. While enlisted, he earned a BA in English and an MFA in Fiction. He is now pursuing his JD at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he works for the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Among others, his work has been published in See Me for Who I Am (Hudson Whitman); MFA vs. NYC (n+1); Vol. 1 Brooklyn; Literary Hub; Pennsylvania English; Blue Moon Literary and Art Review; and War, Literature and the Arts. He writes and edits at www.Wrath-BearingTree.com


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Luncheon Speaker

Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff is the New York Times bestselling author of The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women. This, her tenth book, is a memoir based on her personal experience with President Kennedy’s sister, Rosie, and the author’s beloved aunt, Sister Paulus, a Franciscan nun and Rosie’s caregiver and devoted friend. Rosemary Kennedy, the sister of our president, was tragically lobotomized and lived the majority of her life in Jefferson, Wisconsin. The author discusses Rosie’s life and her own intimate experiences with Rosie, along with the history of the Kennedys, mental illness and Elizabeth’s personal experience with her own family’s mental illness. Learn how writing her memoir, The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women, changed her life.

Elizabeth’s other books include Jackson and Bud’s Bumpy Ride, a Grand Canyon Reader nominee, and The ABCs of Writing for Children, a Writer’s Digest Book Club Selection. A former Byline Magazine columnist, Elizabeth has sold more than 350 articles to Writer’s Digest, Parents Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. A Wisconsin native, she lives in Northern California with her husband.