Chicago book lecturer to speak at Oct. 19 luncheon

Barbara Rinella, well-known Chicago book lecturer and entertainer, will present a one-woman show portraying significant figures in the American Revolution during a luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Giovanni’s Restaurant in Rockford.

Sponsored by the Women’s Art Board (WAB), the luncheon’s proceeds benefit programs of Rockford Art Museum.

A former English teacher and talented storyteller, Rinella dramatizes current literature and calls her witty, first-person renditions “academic entertainment.” She combines intelligence, humor and dramatic impersonations to provide insight into a book’s characters. By becoming characters in recently published books, Rinella creates a lively “living literature” for audiences.

At the WAB fund-raising luncheon, she will portray leaders of the American Revolution, based on David McCullough’s new book 1776 and other sources. As she highlights one year in the march toward America’s democracy, Rinella brings to life George Washington’s leadership, Nathan Hale’s memorable sacrifice, and young Nathaniel Greene’s brilliance.

In a poignant history lesson, Rinella will move through the Siege of Boston, where patriotic zeal and cleverness outwitted British strength, to the dark days of defeat in New York and Connecticut until, with strong leadership and quirks of fate, a new democracy was born.

Reservations for the luncheon performance can be made by sending a check for $35 each ($18 is tax-deductible) to: Women’s Art Board, 5352 Winding Creek Drive, Rockford, IL 61114. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Oct. 12.

From the Oct. 5-11, 2005, issue

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