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November 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Community Conversations, featuring Devin Hansen, author of “Guts: The Lane Evans Story”

Community Conversations are a partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and the Midwest Writing Center, featuring a look at important issues to the community through the lenses of reading, writing, and discussion.

This event will feature author Devin Hansen, who spent more than 10 years working on a biography about long-time US Rep. Lane Evans. The book — “Guts: The Lane Evans Story” — was recently published by Strong Arm Press, and Hansen will lead a conversation about Evans, his legacy (locally and regionally), and will use the book, and Evans’ career, as prisms to consider the sea changes in political life over the last 2-3 decades, from the local to the national, looking ahead to the 2020 election coming in almost exactly a year.

Panelists will include local journalist and TV personality Jim Mertens, with 1-2 additional panelists TBD.

Rock Island Public Library – Downtown Branch (401 19th St.)
Community Room, 2nd Floor

Doors – 5:30 p.m.
Event – 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Q & A – 7:00-7:30 p.m.

Copies of the books will be available to purchase. Event is free & open to the public.

Bio: Devin Hansen is a former journalist and author of two books, including “Guts: The Lane Evans Story” (Strong Arm Press, 2019) and “Sponsored By…” with the help of the Midwest Writing Center. Devin studied writing at Illinois State University. His fiction has appeared in several small press magazines, and he has had two plays professionally produced. His personal blog is inhumanimal.com.

This event is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


November 7
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Rock Island Public Library
401 19th St
Rock Island, IL 61201 United States
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