EventsA Conversation with Greg Kot and Mavis Staples

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Harold Washington Library Center


Greg Kot and Mavis Staples appear in conversation to discuss I'll Take You There and the legacy of the Staple Singers.

Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio show Sound Opinions ( on WBEZ-FM 91.5. He is the author of this season's One Book, One Chicago pick, I'll Take You There, as well as many other books.

Mavis Staples, the subject of I'll Take You There, is one of Chicago's best known icons. A musical legend who sold a million gospel records and a Civil Rights hero who walked beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Mavis has moved generations with her talent. Throughout her lifelong career, she has both inspired and worked with musicians from every genre and era, and has no plans to stop singing anytime soon.

Join Greg and Mavis as they engage in a lively conversation about music, Chicago and freedom. There will be a book signing following the program.

This program is presented as part of the 2017-2018 One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the theme "Music: The Beat of Our City" through Greg Kot's book I'll Take You There.

Please Note: Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is limited and will be provided first come, first served. General seating begins at 5 p.m. and if the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium fills to capacity, guests will be seated in an overflow room where the event will be viewed by live simulcast.

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