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North Central welcomes Sesquicentennial author Caroline Kennedy Oct. 5

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North Central College will host a talk by Caroline Kennedy Oct. 5 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

Kennedy’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. The cost is $60 and includes admission to the event and signing line and a copy of Kennedy’s latest book, “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy,” which contains 85 photos plus eight CDs. One additional companion ticket may be purchased for $15 (no book). For tickets, visits Anderson’s Bookshops at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, online at or call 630-355-2665.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s voice has been absent from the numerous books written about her, John F. Kennedy’s presidency and their life together. Now, in seven never-before-heard interviews conducted in 1964 with Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., this extraordinary woman gives us her story in her own words in a book that features a foreward written by Caroline Kennedy.

In early March of 1964, still deeply grieving the loss of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy sat down with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. to record seven interviews totaling eight and a half hours. These previously sealed tapes provide a fresh narrative of John Kennedy’s life as a senator, presidential candidate, president and Mrs. Kennedy's experience during those years, providing details of their private conversations, her role in his political life and her thoughtful and original views about the cast of characters who surrounded them both.

The interviews reveal Mrs. Kennedy’s previously private thoughts on a wide range of subjects, from political figures to personal issues, including state visits abroad and her insights into the world leaders of the time, including Charles de Gaulle, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Nikita Krushchev. Milestone events such as the presidential campaign of 1960 are discussed, as well as Richard Nixon, the selection of Lyndon Johnson as vice president, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Mrs. Kennedy also touches upon more private matters such as President Kennedy's Catholicism, the love between the Kennedy brothers, and her own evolving sense of herself as First Lady and family life in the White House.

Caroline Kennedy is the author/editor of eight bestselling books on constitutional law, American history, politics and poetry. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, Kennedy is the vice chair of the New York City Fund for Public Schools and president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series began with a talk by Tyra Banks Sept. 15 and continues with appearances by Philippa Gregory on Oct. 23 and Bill Bryson on Oct. 26. (The Caroline Kennedy appearance originally was scheduled for Sept. 21.)

Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, booksignings and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Based in downtown Naperville since 1878, Anderson’s operates a second location in downtown Downers Grove. Anderson’s Bookshops was named the 2011 Bookstore of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the highest honor recognizing independent booksellers. Becky Anderson Wilkins, a co-owner of Anderson’s Books, is a 1982 alumna of North Central College and current president of the American Booksellers Association.

North Central College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on November 11, 1861, and the College’s role in helping to shape the fabric of the Naperville community. Throughout its history, North Central College alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in the arts, sciences, business, education and many other areas of study. Numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit to learn more.