Fall 2015

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Tuesday, September 29
5:30-8:30 pm

The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash Av, 2d floor

Discovering Lincoln's
Paranormal Legacy

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most haunted—and haunting—presidents in US history.  Sightings of Lincoln’s ghost, as well as the ghost of his assassin, have been reported for more than 150 years. Visited by eerie premonitions, morbid dreams, and unusual events that seem too bizarre to be coincidence, Lincoln has become the source of dozens of myths and paranormal mysteries.

Chicago historian, ghost-chaser, and smart-aleck Adam Selzer (who spoke to the Cigar Society about Chicago's early film industry last season) has investigated everything from obscure séance transcripts and forgotten newspaper articles to the most peculiar paranormal claims, digging deep into the annals of history, truth, rumors, and lies.  His lastest book, Ghosts of Lincoln, is just out this month.  Adam will join the Cigar Society to tell us some ghost stories.  He'll also have some copies for signing.

Adam Selzer is also the author of many books, including:   The Ghosts of ChicagoThe Murder Castle of H. H. HolmesThe Smart Aleck's Guide to Grave Robbing;  Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps;  Weird Chicago;  I Put a Spell on YouDevil Babies;  The Resurrection Mary Files; True Tales of the Chicago Gallows  as well as one that should be dear to all Cigar Society members: Drink Like the Dickens! Discovering the Works of Dickens by Recreating the Drinks in Them.

Adam writes books in the mornings, and in the evenings he's a ghost-tour guide, currently leading two or three hundred tours a year.

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30 followed by discussion and more cocktails.
$40 includes drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches.
Reservations are required.

Adam Selzer was born in Des Moines and now lives in Chicago, where he writes humorous books by day and researches history, ghost stories, and naughty playground rhymes by night.  Mr. Selzer's first novel was How To Get Suspended and Influence People, a 2007 Random House book that was included in the Chicago Public Schools 2007 Summer Reading List. It was also nominated for a Cybils 2007 Young Adult Fiction award, and, in 2009, made national news after attempts were made to have it removed from an Idaho library.  It was included in the American Library Association's Banned Books Week packet in 2010.  In 2013, his novel Sparks: the Epic, True-blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie (a young-adult novel about a sixteen-year-old lesbian's quest) was named a Stonewall Honor book and was placed on the ALA's "Rainbow List."  His Smart Aleck's Guide to American History (Random House, 2009) was nominated for a YALSA award for nonfiction by the American Library Association in 2011, and his novel for younger readers, I Put a Spell On You: From the Files of Chrissie Woodward, Spelling Bee Detective (which was based on Watergate) was nominated for a Great Lakes Book Award and short-listed for an Edgar Award nomination.  A 2009 short film he co-wrote with Michael Glover Smith, At Last, Okema!, won awards at several festivals.

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at curtis.tuckey@logicophilosophicus.org.