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FOSTERING HOPE Film set to tell Pemberton’s harrowing—and triumphant—story BY DAVID A. F. SWEET THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

In the 2012 memoir A Chance in the World, Lake Forest resident Steve Pemberton recounts his years growing up as a foster child in Massachusetts. The book brims with horror—yet ends up triumphantly. Last year Pemberton’s terror-filled recollections from his upbringing in New Bedford, Massachusetts, were turned into a movie. On February 23, the Lakeside Legacy Foundation and A Chance in the World Foundation will host a viewing of Giving Our Children ‘A Chance in the World’ at Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole in Crystal Lake. Pemberton, who served as an executive at Walgreen Co. in Deerfield and lived in Highland Park for many years, will attend the event, and special Steve Pemberton

“I envision the film being part of a guests will include actor Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) and his wife, actress/ family’s movie night or utilized in casting director Eliza Roberts (Animal classrooms by educators that want to House); Eliza’s son, Keaton Simons convey a lesson about perseverance. A (writer and composer of “Find Us”); Chance in the World is not about the tragedy but about the triumph.” and WGN Radio’s Kathy Hart and Frank Fontana. Proceeds will benefit Pemberton chronicles how a new Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, CASA home beckoned to him when the of McHenry County, and Big Broth- orphan was 6. A woman named Mrs. ers Big Sisters of McHenry Country. Robinson smiled and made him feel Closely involved with the making welcome—until the social worker who of the independent film, Pemberton deposited him there departed. Within admits watching it at first was a little seconds, Mrs. Robinson demanded odd. Pemberton do the dishes. The first one “It’s the closest to time travel I’ll ever not up to par resulted in a smack to get,” Pemberton notes. “It was surreal his face. The disparagements unleashed to see parts of your life created on a inside the Robinson house (from movie set. What has brought me the “Something about you isn’t right” to greatest joy was to see the lives of the “You are here to wait on us hand and everyday heroes who touched my life foot”) seem stolen from Les Misérables. reflected on the screen. The film is in Some days, before leaving for school, part a tribute to them—and their he was told he’d be beaten when he goodness. Continued on PG 8

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INDEX

NEWS 9 student of the month

Meet Deer Path Middle School sixth-grader Joe Remus.

12 highwood high rollers

Conservatory likes its chances at casino-themed fundraiser.

REAL ESTATE 10 open houses

Find out — complete with map — which houses you can walk through for possible purchase on the North Shore this weekend.

10 houses of the week

We profile intriguing houses for sale on the North Shore.

SPORTS 13 twist and stout New Trier’s boys swimming and diving team counting on the strength of diver John Ervin.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST 14 sunday breakfast

Novelist Susan Hahn, mother of a baseball executive, swings and connects for a ... triptych (Losing Beck).

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NEWS FOSTERING HOPE Continued from PG 1 got home. Pemberton writes, “I came to live not just in fear but in abject terror, the kind that rises up and takes over every sense of your being.” One of his happier memories was time spent in a hospital after being bloodied by Mrs. Robinson— who told doctors Steve had fallen out of a shopping cart. Books helped save his sanity. A woman in the neighborhood, Claire Levin, gave them to him as gifts, ones he was forced to hide from the Robinsons. He read them in a dank spot in the cellar, as a different world—a welcoming, liberating revelation—greeted him. “I loved the smell of books, the feel of their weight in my hands, the rustle of the pages,” Pemberton writes. Once he attended church as a 10-year-old, an epiphany comforted him. “I had a spirit I could talk to,” he recalls. “The Sunday School teacher said you could pray. I prayed, and I did get peace at that age, so I prayed all the time. “During some real difficult moments, I’d say, ‘God, get me through this.’ Then this quiet peace came over me.” Yet the teen years brought new ugliness. Desperate to attend college and get out of the house, he

had to face captors who Having watched his did all they could to children be engaged by prevent it. At one point the book, it has been the during a meeting involvbiggest joy. ing a social worker and “My daughter was 7 the Robinsons, Steve when she listened to the endured a severe beating audio book,” he says. after giving the “wrong” “She said, ‘Daddy, will you response. come lay with me.’ She’s just staring at me. Then One might ask, How do you know how to be she started rubbing my a loving parent when face as if to say, ‘Daddy, it’s OK.’ “ the Robinsons (whose second household rule Pemberton pushed states, “We aren’t your himself to make sure the mother and father; you book would not be quescall us ‘ma’am’ and ‘sir’ ”) tioned. were your primary “The biggest fear I had REEL LIFE: Steve Pemberton’s book models? was, people wouldn’t was turned into a movie. “In a child’s imaginabelieve it,” he says. “I took tion, you create the kind of parents you were longing numerous trips to New Bedford to make sure I for,” he says. “Parents I imagined were kind, tucked had everything right. I have the case file. I said if you in at night, believed in you. I knew I’d be a there is an investigative reporter, I want to be sure good dad. I wouldn’t repeat those things [that had it’s all there ... it would be a great betrayal not just to lie but to capitalize on something that would happened to me].” Once Pemberton became a father [and his wife, be meaningful to people, like the kids who would Tonya, a mother], he faced many simple questions say, ‘I can do it [overcome trauma] now.’ ” Pemberton’s book has persuaded many on the from his children that he struggled to answer, such as: Was your mommy like mommy’s mommy? His fence to become foster parents and has resonated answers only seemed to provoke more questions with foster children. He makes one thing clear to those youngsters. from them. He felt he had to write about his life.

“There’s nothing special about me,” he tells them. “I read every day. I worked hard in the classroom. You can do those things, too.” Pemberton has achieved much success. Fortune has honored him for his work. He has provided testimony on Capitol Hill for diversity recruiting. An executive for Globoforce in the Chicago area, he is far away from to Arnold Street in New Bedford both literally and figuratively. “We all come into the world as inheritors—a name, a history—we didn’t create,” he says. “But you aren’t measured by what you inherit; you’re measured by what you build.” His different life started after the state finally allowed him to leave the Robinson house. He ended up graduating from Boston College, found out who his father was (Kenny Pemberton, an amateur boxer who had been killed) and then, at the age of 23, received a call from a social worker who agreed to give him confidential information. His mother’s name was Marian Klakowicz (his last name at the time), and he had three brothers and a sister. He started to dig into his past. In many ways it introduced more pain about his roots. Yet he insists he wouldn’t change it all if he could. “No,” Pemberton says. “Sometimes the man I am wishes I could tell the boy I was that there’s some goodness in the land. But I’m here, I’m fine, I’m intact.”

Bask in the floral splendor Tropical theme at CBG’s Annual Orchid Show sure to warm visitors BY ELAINE DOREMUS THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

Experience an endless summer in the dead of winter in Glencoe. “In the Tropics: The Orchid Show” runs from February 9 through March 24 at Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). The eye-popping display captures the vibrant and intoxicating spirit of South Pacific and Amazon beaches, islands, and rainforests. Picture more than 10,000 orchids in bloom when CBG’s greenhouses and parts of the Regenstein Center are transformed into a lush oasis, paired with sweeps of bromeliads and birds of paradise. Feel the radiance of blooms under sunlit palm trees and in forest canopies teeming with color and life. A special element of the exhibition will feature a curtain of falling water that pays homage to the importance of water in the tropics—where rainforests can get hundreds of inches of rain a year. A “waterfall” of Vanda orchids, a banca canoe, and small islands blooming with tall palm trees and orchids all serve to amplify the water theme. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except on Thursdays, when the show stays open until 8 p.m. for Orchids After Hours, where visitors can enjoy tiki cocktails, tropical-inspired bites, and a nighttime viewing of the show. The first Orchids After Hours is on Valentine’s Day and will feature special desserts and prosecco and champagne splits. The tiki cocktails are served in a take-home glass with a choice of rum cocktails, Hurricane Helcia, or Orchids of Paradise. Other special features of the show include a Library Exhibition—“Picturing Tropical Orchids: From The Rare Book Collection;” a Members THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

Only Preview Evening on February 8; Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting on March 13; Photographers’ Hour on Tuesdays (February 12 through March 19, 8:15-9:45 a.m.); Morning Music with Orchids on Tuesdays and Thursdays (February 12 through March 21 (10-11 a.m.); and the Orchid Marketplace on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the show’s run. In addition, The Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale on March 9 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and March 10 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) is a mustattend event for many. Entrants’ individual orchids in 128 classes will vie for ribbons, including the prestigious Chicago Horticultural Society Award from the American Orchid Society judges. Families can take part in orchidbased activities for children. Vendors will also be on-site to sell orchid plants and related products—cut flowers, cultural books, raffle tickets, and more. The show’s grand finale is a Post-Orchid Show Sale on March 28, when guests will have the opportunity to purchase favorite orchids to take home. The general public is invited from 2-4 p.m., but this event sells out quickly, so check the website for updates. Don’t miss this opportunity to trade the cold and gray of winter for a world infused with the warmth and light of turquoise seas. Tickets information for the Orchid Show: Adults, $12 nonmember/$10 member; children (ages 3–12) and seniors (62 years and older), $10 nonmember/$8 member; children younger than 3 are free. Parking fee applies. The discounted two-pack features two tickets and parking for one car. For more information and tickets, visit chicagobotanic.org/ orchid. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2 | SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3 2019 |

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NEWS

Geo Joe Sixth-grader Remus wins another GeoBee battle at Deer Path MS

JOE KNOWS THE GLOBE: Deer Path Middle School sixth-grader Joe Remus became a two-time GeoBee champ last month.

had entered the contest, which was held in the school’s auditorium on January 9. Eighth-grader THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND Lili Sandor took runner-up honors. The bee’s knees of GeoBees in Lake County? Easy. It is safe to assume a mountain isn’t Joe Remus’s Joe Remus. favorite landform. Has to be. The Deer Path Middle School sixth-grader sufHe had advanced to the state-level round a year fered a broken left leg while skiing down Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin last February. His fall ago and finished in a tie for 20th place. A family commitment this spring will preclude cracked a tibia and a fibula. Two rods had to be Remus from competing in the next round. inserted during surgery. “I want to travel to Australia one day,” says But name a mountain—any mountain in the world—and it probably wouldn’t take Remus, 12, Remus, the older brother of Lily and Luke. “To see more than a few seconds to tell you where it stands. the ocean, the coral reefs, the animals there— all “I’ve been interested in geography my whole of that would be exciting. “I’d enjoy every day on a trip like that.” life,” Remus says. “It’s cool, studying maps and Don’t be surprised if he’ll be able to claim, two learning about places all over the world.” The son of Mark and Laura Remus placed first decades from now (maybe sooner), that his feet in the Geographic Bee (GeoBee, for short) at had hit terra firma on each continent. These days he gets a kick out of traveling rapidly DPMS for the second year in a row last month, uttering the answer “Panama” to clinch the cham- across lacrosse fields as an attack for a Lake Forest pionship; last year’s victorious answer was “Canary Lacrosse Association age-group team. “It’s fast-paced, fun, and my favorite part about Islands.” The annual event at schools across the country my favorite sport is working together as a team,” serves as the first round of the National Geo- Remus, also a golfer, says of the sport he has played since the first grade. “If I see an opening, and I have graphic GeoBee. DPMS students in grades fifth through eighth he ball, I’ll shoot it. But I’m always looking to pass BY BILL MCLEAN

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“I want to travel to Australia one day. To see the ocean, the coral reefs, the animals–all of that would be exciting.” —Joe Remus

the ball, to get the ball to a teammate who is in a better position to score.” Last summer the Remus family vacationed in northwest Montana (capital: Helena, a fact Joe Remus learned way back in the fourth grade). Joe’s grandparents hosted the stay. Joe hiked and waterskied, his left leg having finally healed. In August he was cleared to resume playing lacrosse. “I learned a lot about myself after the surgery,” says Remus, whose daily wardrobe included a cast and, later, a walking boot for many months. “I learned how important it is to adapt.” His favorite class, as of January 24, was drama. His other classes are health, math, language arts, science and social studies. “We’re learning mostly about culture in my social studies class,” Remus says. “But there is some geography.” The crack geography student cracks a quick smile. Joe Remus is in a good place. A very good place. Do you know a student doing outstanding work in the field of charity, science, arts, business or education? Please send your suggestion for Standout Student to bill@northshoreweekend.com. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2 | SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3 2019 |

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Joey Bee good. Quite good. Deer Path MS sixth-grader Joe Remus won the school-wide National Geographic GeoBee for the second year in a row last month, securing the title by answering “Panama” to a final-round question. The Lake Forest resident has been interested in geography since the start of his tot years. Perhaps the only thing better than becoming a four-time DPMS GeoBee champ in 2021 would be being able to say, “I visited the six other continents.”

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“The music is incredible,” says City of Highwood Alderman Eric Falberg, who BY JEN SHEA also serves as Celebrate Highwood presiTHE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND dent and an MYAC board member. Cost per person in advance is $75, which includes a $5 chip for the first bet. The ticket price also covers appetizers, You bet. And Midwest Young Artists Conserva- dinner, and dessert buffets from the North Shore’s finest restaurants, as well as an open tory wins—(poker) hands down. That’s the thinking behind Celebrate bar and silent auction. “The food is incredible,” Falberg adds. Highwood’s third annual Jazzed Up Dining & Classical Cocktails, set for February 23 “People get a taste of the North Shore at from 6:30-10 p.m. at the conservatory’s this event.” MYAC serves a thousand students in 74 facility at 878 Lyster Road. New this year is the event’s Casino Night [Chicago area] communities. Celebrate Highwood, behind its ongoing effort to theme. Attendees at the benefit for a pair of support arts, music, and culture, raised more nonprofits—Midwest Young Artists Con- than $11,000 for MYAC at its past events. servatory (MYAC) and Celebrate High- Run by volunteers with the goal to raise wood’s operating fund—will get the money for local and national charities via chances to test their luck at craps, blackjack, events and festivals that cater to North roulette, and Texas Hold’em, all while en- Shore residents, Celebrate Highwood joying live jazz, classical, and big band hopes to set a mark for funds raised at this musical performances by students through- year’s Jazzed Up Dining & Cocktails. “We are honored to have been selected out the evening. A portion of the proceeds will be ear- as a beneficiary of this event,” MYAC marked for MYAC need-based student President Allan Dennis says. Jazzed Up Dining & Classical Cocktails scholarships.

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will serve as Celebrate Highwood’s kickoff to its 2019 fundraising season—nearly three weeks after the Super Bowl. “This year we wanted to kick it up notch with the addition of a casino night,” Falberg says. “This is a more intimate event for Celebrate Highwood supporters.” Attendees also will have a chance to explore MYAC’s facility, located in the transformed former army stockade building at Fort Sheridan. Guests will get to learn about the history of the building as they tour the grounds. “It’s a great cause,” Falberg insists. “For the same amount they’d spend going out to dinner, they’re going to get a lot more food, a lot more activity, and a lot more fun.” The event is made possible by generous donations from local restaurants and various sponsorships, including Brian Jessen at Guaranteed Rate, Inc., Deerfield; Equinox; Balletto Vineyards; Beermiscuous; Razny Jewelers; Fields Alfa Romeo; and M Brad Slavin Farmers Insurance. Tickets are available online at https://www.celebratehighwood. org/jazzed-up-dining-classical-cocktails/. THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND


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Some of the older guys on New Trier High School’s swimming and diving team call freshman diver John Ervin “Diver”. Or “The Good Freshman” (no relation to The Good Wife, the CBS legal and political drama television series that aired from 2009-16. What does John Ervin call John Ervin? “I’m an adrenaline junkie,” he says. Indeed. The 5-foot-10, 150-pounder likes to climb rocks and whitewater kayak in addition to bouncing high and plummeting—after twisting and turning and somersaulting in midair—off boards as the Trevians’ No. 1 diver this winter. And the former middle school hurdler in track and field plans to compete in the sport’s daredevil-ish event, pole-vault, this spring. The young man likes to dance with peril. Or the least the prospect of it. “Diving is a thrill for me,” Ervin, a Wilmette resident, admits. “You need perfect focus to dive well; you need to be aware how important the mental side of the sport is. All I hear as I’m getting ready to dive each time is the sprinkler [or surface agitator to help divers in their visual perception of the water surface]. You also need to spot the water in the middle of a dive and kick out at the right time. Risks are involved in diving; I like taking risks. I once [descended] five or six feet, going backward, while kayaking in North Carolina. “Kind of frightening,” he adds. But he had recounted the moment with a smile, meaning the rush of excitement was well worth any trace of fear he might have felt inside the narrow boat. Ervin joined Chicago Dive Club at a young age before opting to train under club coaches at Glenbrook Aquatics (GA) for a season or two. New Trier diving coach Bruce Kimball, a silver medalist in diving (10-meter platform) at the 1984 Summer Olympics, recommended GA to a 10-year-old Ervin after having worked with the future Trev at Centennial Pool in Wilmette. Glenbrook North High School graduate and two-time state runner-up Jonathan Roby was Ervin’s primary coach at GA. Ervin chose to take a break from competitive diving for a brief stretch. The intense training, the required focus and the time commitment can be tiring at times, tough to maintain. But Ervin, the high school rookie diver, continues to feel recharged and rejuvenated while representing his school this winter. “He shot up in height,” says Kimball, standing poolside at Glenbrook South High School during New Trier’s Central Suburban League South dual meet with the Titans January 18. “As soon as I saw AIR ERVIN: New Trier freshman John Ervin, seen here competing at Glenbrook South last month, him at the beginning of the year and looked at the gravitates toward high-risk sports and activities. He totaled 213.9 points (six dives) to top the varsity names on my list of divers, I said, ‘Wow, is that diving field at the dual with the Titans. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

really you, John?’ He’s strong, with good toe point, and he keeps his legs straight. He has a combination of strength and finesse. Balance. He has that, too, along with good competitiveness, and I like that he doesn’t get flustered. “We added some dives [including a double pike] in practice, difficult dives this week, but he hasn’t competed them in a meet yet.” Ervin totaled a season-high 215 points for six dives at NT’s first home meet and came close (meetbest 213.9) to matching that last weekend at Glenbrook South—where he had hit the boards as a GA diver. “We were joking around, having fun with John,” Kimball says. “We pointed out to him that this road meet for us was like a ‘home’ meet for him. He knows these boards and this pool well.” Ervin had competed in three 11-dive invitational meets through January 19, with two of the tests coming against varsity fields. He placed fourth at the Glenbrook North frosh-soph invite December 15. His best 11-dive effort to date is a 335-point day. As for his days in the classrooms at NTHS, they’re quite challenging. And nothing like his time in buildings in previous grades. “Eighth-grade, I could, when necessary, do my homework during passing period,” the gregarious Ervin, flashing another pool-wide smile, says. “Not at New Trier. No way. I’d never be able to get away with that now. I do homework at home for two hours, sometimes three, a night.” His mother, Molly, put him to work earlier this month at home. The project involved wallpaper. If Molly wants to rearrange a room at home, she usually seeks assistance from John, a geometry whiz. “My mom has believed, for years, one of my strengths in academics is geometry,” Ervin says. “Maybe I’ll get into carpentry [after college] or into some other kind of trade. I did like building stuff as a kid; I was a Lego kid. I like being active. “And,” he adds, “if risks are involved, all the better.” Notable: Longtime New Trier boys diving coach Kimball, on his 2018-19 crew: “This is one of the least experienced groups I’ve ever had at New Trier, but the guys, I’m telling you, love diving. All of them do. They have tremendous spirit. If any has, say, a bad landing, he gets right out of the pool and looks forward to going again. It’s been enjoyable for me, working with all of them.” … Ervin, on Kimball: “Talking with him is easy. He encourages us, reminds us to have a good time. I like how he pushes me as a diver, and he does it with safety as a priority.”

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Winning Hahn BY BILL MCLEAN ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT

A scissors-wielding Susan Hahn cuts beautifully handwritten sentences from pieces of paper. Snip, snip. Bye, bye. Good riddance. The poet/ novelist/playwright/editor from Winnetka is annoyed with diarist Jennie Silver, the character Hahn had created for the first third of her first triptych and second novel, Losing Beck (2018, Red Hen Press). Hahn is at home, editing her copy (excising Silver’s thoughts, actually) in her writing room— “the smallest room in our house,” says the wife (for 52 years) of Fred Hahn, who types whatever Susan pens because publishing companies dismiss submissions in cursive. Framed book reviews of her work and framed articles about her son, Chicago White Sox Vice President/General

“Manuscripts came in, thousands of them, for us to review. I’d tell the readers, ‘Give me only the ones that made your heart sing.”

Manager Rick Hahn, adorn the walls in the cozy space. “As I was reading Jennie Silver’s entries in her diary, I said, ‘Oh shut up,’ ” the soft-spoken Hahn—classy and elegant, with a delightful gotcha! sense of humor—recalls from a corner table in the Green Bay Café in Winnetka. “I had to silence her for days … ten days. It seemed more human. “So I cut.” Nobody needed to tell Susan Firestone to zip it during her days at Highland Park High School. The daughter of Sol and Jessie was a shy one, scared and petite, withdrawn. She was named Class Worrier but would become an inaugural class member (with former CIA Director Stansfield Turner, among others) of the high school’s Distinguished Alumni in 2005 and the inaugural writer-in-residence (2013-14) of the Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park. Hahn’s assessment of her writing ability, back in her teen years? “Terrible,” says the author of nine poetry books

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and the first female editor of the literary magazine TriQuarterly at Northwestern University. “My mom, my amazing mom, believed in me, believed in my writing.” Hahn inked some 400 legal-pad pages for that diary portion of Losing Beck in the Hemingway Foundation quarters. Part II of the triptych is a play, Part III a novella. An excerpt from the diary:

sages, stanzas disguised as paragraphs. “At TriQuarterly I worked with Ph.D. candidates in the English Department and a couple of volunteer readers,” recalls Hahn, who held the editorship at the literary maga-

Day 99 The ride down Highway 1 seemed to clear a path in my [ Jennie Silver’s] mind. We stopped at a Vista Point where we got out of the car. The sky was almost too bright—cloudless—with the purest California promise of unending success. The green mountains shaded from forest to lime, the ocean all periwinkle. “Terrible” became descriptive and graceful and poetic. “On nights when I write I usually disappear to my room, shades drawn, at around 11:30 and work until 4 or 4:30 the next morning; I’m not a morning person,” says Hahn, who had ordered a kale salad, no cheese, with poppy-seed dressing on a January afternoon. “I am never more centered than I am when I’m sitting down and writing. Writing for me is peaceful; it puts me in a peaceful place, and it keeps me there.” Hahn earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology at Northwestern University, avoiding English classes—yes, English classes, for a future Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Poetry recipient (20032004) and Pushcart Prize winner in fiction and poetry—because books took her a long time to read. Too long, she had feared. If a sentence did not make sense to her, she would reread it, dig for the meaning of it and, if necessary, consume it again. Eventually the cadence of a sentence moved her and enthralled her as much as the meaning did. Gifted writers lace their prose with dollops of poetry. She fell in love with the artistry of Columbian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of Love in the Time of Cholera, among other notable works. Lilt lifted many of his pas-

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Susan Hahn

zine from 1997 until 2010, and was a co-founder and co-editor of TriQuarterly Books. “Manuscripts came in, thousands of them, for us to review. I’d tell the readers, ‘Give me only the ones that made your heart sing.’ ” Hahn was a Ph.D. student in educational psychology at the University of Chicago when she had an uh-oh moment, aka aha’s worrisome opposite. She was in the wrong field. The school’s placement office helped her land a job at Woodlawn Health Center, where she served as a researcher for a psychiatrist affiliated with the university. But that didn’t feel right, either. Shortly thereafter she submitted poems to the magazine Poetry. It accepted two of them. The acceptances stunned Hahn. Hahn’s first book of poetry, Harriet Rubin’s Mother’s Wooden Hand, was published two months before her 50th birthday. Her first novel, The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter, hit the shelves in 2012. Editor David H. Lynn of The Kenyon Review praised the debut, pronouncing, “A book unlike any I have read before, and a joy, I was sorry to reach its wonderful ending.” Hahn’s poetry books Holiday and Mother in Summer were among the Chicago Tribune’s Best Books in 2002. The mother of a Major League Baseball executive continues to hit round-trippers in publishing circles. Susan Hahn’s manager, essentially? Her husband/reliable typist, Fred, a retired lawyer. They met late one summer on a blind date, Fred preparing to return to law school in about a week. They saw a movie in Glencoe and then traveled to Chicago for a dinner. The couple ended up dining at a restaurant in Highwood instead. “We went out three times that week,” Susan Hahn says. “Fred,” she adds, “has the most generous spirit and a good heart—a really good heart.” Susan remembers the time Fred questioned one of the lines she had written for him to type. “It had something to do with grammar,” Susan says. “He pointed it out to me, and I appreciated his concern. “I just told him, ‘I’m a poet; I take leaps.’ ” Visit susanhahnauthor.com. Susan’s grandson Jacob Hahn, 16, built the website more than three years ago. THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND


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