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Dark History Con presents:
Maureen Hughes
Saturday June 20th
1-2pm
Signing
Sins of the South
&
Countess and the Mob

True Crime Author, Maureen Hughes at a special "sneak peek" book signing event at Jane Addams Book Shop. Maureen is a special guest at Dark History Con this year and will be in-store to meet fans and sign copies of her TWO true crime books, "Sins of the South" and "The Countess and the Mob".

 

Sins of the South
Sins of the South: Big Secrets in a Small Town


Sins of the South exposes the Mafia connection in small communities. The death of a swanky nightclub owner in southern Illinois in 1956 is ruled a suicide by local law enforcement and some state investigators...Why? Why, at the inquest, was the medical examiner who performed the autopsy not permitted to testify? Why were only certain witnesses allowed to testify? When three bullets were fired...how can it be suicide?

 

 

 

The Countess and the Mob: The untold story of Marajen Stevick Chinigo and Mafia lord Johnny Rosselli

Maureen Hughes was first introduced to Countess Marajen Chinigo in the 1980s in a hospital room in Champaign, Illinois. Assigned to provide personal security to the Countess, Hughes knew few details about the woman she was protecting. Little did she know that Countess Chinigo was a woman connected to some of the most notorious and famous-or infamous-people of the twentieth century.

Hughes did not see the Countess again until a few years later at a local art museum. Intrigued by the impeccably dressed woman who strolled through the crowd like a queen, Hughes vowed to find out all she could about the mysterious Countess. As Hughes shares the fascinating story she uncovered after conducting three years of research and in-depth conversations with friends of the Countess, she unveils a time period where mobsters, presidents, celebrities, and countesses all mingled among dark, captivating secrets. Hughes reveals details about the famous figures the Countess hobnobbed with like Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford, and Lucky Luciano, her marriage to Johnny Rosselli, and her eventual entanglements with the Mafia.

The Countess and the Mob paints a compelling portrait of the kaleidoscopic shapes and colors that made up the extraordinary and unforgettable life of Countess Marajen Stevick Chinigo.

About the Author
Maureen Hughes served as bodyguard for Countess Marajen Stevick Chinigo in the late 1980s. She is the author of An Angry Fire Still Burns and shares her time between properties in Illinois and Nevada.

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(Books that are new to the store even if they are old in age)
 
Downtown Champaign is the place to be in June. Many places to shop, eat, and enjoy the city. Be sure to check out The Land Connection Farmer's Market every Tuesday from 4-7pmFriday Night Live every Friday from 6-8pm, and Blues, Brews, and BBQ Friday June 26th and Saturday June 27th.  While downtown, stop in (cool off) at the book shop and check out the new arrivals in your favorite section.  Over the last month we  added 1200+ items to the store.
  
A few of the interesting titles we added:

American Signs: Form and Meaning on Rte. 66

 

Lisa Mahar-Keplinger

 

The roadside sign has become an American icon: a glowing neon symbol of the golden age of the open road. Yet signs are complex pieces of design, serving not only as physical markers but also as cultural, political, and economic ones. In American Signs, Lisa Mahar traces the evolution of motel signs on Route 66 in a distinctive visual approach that combines text, images, and graphics.

 

American Signs reveals the rich vernacular traditions of motel sign-making in five eras, spanning from the late 1930s through the 1970s. The motel signs of the early 1940s, for instance, reflect vernacular traditions dating back at least a century, while examples from the later years of the decade reveal a culture newly obsessed with themes. America's fascination with newness and technological progress is manifested in 1950s motel signs. Finally, in the 1960s, a turn toward simplicity and the use of new, modular technologies allowed motel signs to address the needs of a mass society and the beginnings of a national, rather than regional, aesthetic for motel signs.

 

Super Potato Design: The Complete Works of Takashi Sugimoto: Japan's Leading Interior Designer

 

Mira Locher, Yoshio Shiratori

 

Super Potato Design is the first full-length book to present the work and conceptual ideas of the internationally renowned Japanese design firm Super Potato, founded by Takashi Sugimoto.


Super Potato's powerful designs for the interiors of restaurants, shops and hotels, as well as Takashi Sugimoto's designs for tea ceremony spaces and utensils, are richly complex compositions of materials which create simple, strong spaces.

 

Super Potato Design is generously illustrated with 320 full-color photographs by the respected Japanese photographer Yoshio Shiratori, who has recorded Super Potatos projects since the firm's conception in 1973. Architect and Japan scholar Mira Locher introduces the ideas and influences of Takashi Sugimoto, the founder and principal designer of Super Potato, and provides a thorough explanation of each project. Architectural drawings further describe the projects. A forward by Tadao Anso, interviews between Takashi Sugimoto and architect Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama, and also graphic designer Kenya Hara, explore the ideas relevant to Japanese designers today. A list of the Complete Works of Super Potato rounds off the book.

 

Museum: Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Danny Danziger

 

Using more than fifty interviews, award-winning writer Danny Danziger creates a fascinating mosaic of the people behind New York's magnificent Metropolitan Museum of Art. From the aristocratic, acerbic director of the museum, Philippe de Montebello, to the curators who have a deep knowledge and passionate appreciation of their collections, from the security guards to the philanthropists who keep the museum's financial life blood flowing, Danziger brings to life this extraordinary world through the words of those who are devoted to making the Met the American institution it surely is.

 

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

 

Muriel Barbery

 

We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

 

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

 

A New Kind of Science

 

Stephen Wolfram

 

Physics and computer science genius Stephen Wolfram, whose Mathematica computer language launched a multimillion-dollar company based in Champaign, now sets his sights on a more daunting goal: understanding the universe. Wolfram lets the world see his work in A New Kind of Science, a gorgeous, 1,280-page tome more than a decade in the making. With patience, insight, and self-confidence to spare, Wolfram outlines a fundamental new way of modeling complex systems. 

 

On the frontier of complexity science since he was a boy, Wolfram is a champion of cellular automata -- 256 "programs" governed by simple nonmathematical rules. He points out that even the most complex equations fail to accurately model biological systems, but the simplest cellular automata can produce results straight out of nature -- tree branches, stream eddies, and leopard spots, for instance. The graphics in A New Kind of Science show striking resemblance to the patterns we see in nature every day.

 

Wolfram wrote the book in a distinct style meant to make it easy to read, even for nontechies; a basic familiarity with logic is helpful but not essential. Readers will find themselves swept away by the elegant simplicity of Wolfram's ideas and the accidental artistry of the cellular automaton models. Whether or not Wolfram's revolution ultimately gives us the keys to the universe, his new science is absolutely awe-inspiring.

 

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Versed in Country Things

Robert Frost with Photographs by B. A. King

This marvelous hardcover combines twenty poems of Robert Frost with black and white images of rural New England life. Edited by longtime friend of Frost Edward Connery Lathem, this book is a great representation of Frost's lighter works. Frost fans know he definitely had a dark side. But these poems, paired with B. A. King's photographs of the rural Northeast, will resonate with Midwesterners as well. With Father's Day coming up, this may be the perfect gift for a dad or a grandpa who remembers a simpler time. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Donnie's Corner
I am adventurous and inquisitive and Mommy does her best to keep up. This time of year I enjoy the pool, parks, and outdoor fun. I love visiting different areas of the city and seeing friends. The adventures don't stop when it is bedtime as Mommy has started to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at night.
                   
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