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Author Janis Kearney: "Sundays with TJ"

Event Type: Author Program
Date: 10/9/2014
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Description:
 Meet presidential diarist, newspaper publisher and author Janis F. Kearney and hear stories from her newly published book, "Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories of Varner Road." Kearney writes of her father, Thomas James "TJ" Kearney, who grew up in rural southeast Arkansas in the early 1900s. His purpose-filled life included an impoverished childhood, early years as a drifter and vagabond traveling the country by train and foot, and then 70 years of working and raising 19 children on the 8-mile gravel strip called Varner Road.

Born to Arkansas Delta sharecroppers and cotton farmers, Janis Kearney worked for Civil Rights legend Daisy Gatson Bates' award-winning "Arkansas State Press" newspaper in 1987 and became publisher/owner of the newspaper the following year. She took a sabbatical from the newspaper to work with the Clinton Administration in Washington, DC, where she served as White House Media Specialist, and later, Personal Diarist to President William Jefferson Clinton.
Library: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch
Location: Second Floor - Veterans Room
Contact: Adult & Teen Services
Contact Number: 708.452.3440