January 25, 2009: Chicago Authors

January 26, 2009 10:05:20 AM PST
We looked at two books offering two perspectives on the Chicago community of South Shore. One is The Chicago Block Club Manual which is a guide to organizing and growing local block clubs. Block clubs have been proven in being effective in reducing neighborhood criminal activity and truly building a lasting structure of community. To learn more visit www.buildersofchicago.com.

We also talked with author Caryn Amster who is the award winning author of the debut book The Pied Piper of South Shore, Toys and Tragedy in Chicago. This true family crime social history is set in Chicago's South Shore in the 1950's and '60s. It won the USA Book News "Best of 2004" in the True Crime category. It garnered an all "5" rating in 2004 from Writer's Digest International Self Publishers Contest in the Non-Fiction category and Honorable Mention in the Family Stories category from the same magazine in 2005.

For more information on the book, posters and fine art prints of the cover visit www.chicagospiedpiper.com.