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John Landecker WLS radio studio 190 N. State st. He has memoir coming out March. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

John Landecker in a WLS radio studio at 190 N. State st. He has a memoir coming out in March. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: October 7, 2013 12:07PM



Is Records truly his middle name? You might find out as the longtime Chicago-based disc jockey, John Records Landecker, kicks off the Writing Out Loud season at the Michigan City Public Library this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Each year Writing Out Loud brings several authors to the Michigan City Public Library, giving readers an opportunity to hear a variety of writers read from and discuss their work.

This free program is in its 29th season. While that’s a long run, it’s not as long as Landecker has entertained radio listeners.

“John Landecker is a legend around the Chicago area,” said Robin Kohn, of the Michigan City Public Library. “He was a DJ in the 70’s when I was a teenager — he made radio cool. He’ll talk about some of the fun, crazy things he’s done over his career.”

In his book, “Records Truly is My Middle Name,” Landecker also writes about his encounters with celebrities, the cultural events of the times and some of the challenges he’s faced in his personal life.

The second program in the series is with author and screenwriter Tess Gerritsen at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

“Her writing is so popular — people are really excited about her coming to the library. She was a doctor who wrote medical mysteries then crime mysteries, and then a television series (Rizzoli & Isles on TNT) was based on her books,” said Kohn.

“She actually contacted the Indiana libraries association about doing a tour of the state. We were excited to be one of the libraries on her tour, but based on her schedule we’re doing something different — lunch with the author.”

Reservations are required for this program by calling Kohn at 873-3049. She said spaces are filling quickly.

Third in the Writing Out Loud season lineup is Jen Weigel, author of “I’m Spiritual, Dammit!” speaking at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

“She is also a Chicago staple, as was her father, Tim. She’s written several books, is on TV and in the newspaper and has a one-woman show. The evening with her should be great,” Kohn said.

The final presenter of the series is Kelsey Timmerman, author of “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes,” and “Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

“He takes an interesting stance after meeting garment workers overseas as part of his passion to know the truth,” according to Kohn.

Kohn said that creating the lineup for Writing Out Loud is one of the best parts of her job.

“It involves a lot of hard work and contacts, some serendipity, and sometimes luck with authors who have some connection with the area. Also, this program has been around for a while and has a good reputation. And — most writers love libraries, too.”

The Michigan City Public Library is located at 100 E. 4th St. at Franklin Street. For more information, go to www.mclib.org.



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