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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kari Lydersen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Lydersen lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ms. Lydersen is a Chicago journalist, author and journalism instructor who specializes in covering labor, immigration, energy and environment stories. She is currently a research associate at the Medill Watchdog Project at Northwestern University and staff writer for Midwest Energy News.She has worked as staff writer in The Washington Post's Chicago bureau and wrote for the Chicago edition of the New York Times. Her writings have appeared in ''People Magazine'', ''Crain's Chicago Business'', ''The Christian Science Monitor'', ''In These Times'' magazine and other publications. She has taught journalism at Columbia College, the School of the Art Institute and with the youth program ''We the People Media''. A 1997 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Lydersen lives in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, where she also leads mural tours.

Published Works

    Out of the Sea and Into the Fire: Latin American-U.S. Immigration in the Global Age, Common Courage Press , 2005Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun , City Lights Publishers , 2008Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What It Says About the Economic Crisis , Melville House, 2009Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99%, Haymarket Books , 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Out of the sea and into the fire :
ISBN: 1567513026. OCLC Number:

Common Courage Press,. Monroe, Me. :. ©2005.

Shoot an Iraqi :
ISBN: 087286491X. OCLC Number:

City Lights,. San Francisco, CA :. ©2008.

The creator of "Domestic Tension," an unsettling interactive performance piece that speaks to the horrors of life in a conflict zone, reveals his experiences growing up under Saddam Hussein's rule.

Revolt on Goose Island :
ISBN: 1933633824. OCLC Number:

Melville House,. Brooklyn, N.Y. :. ©2009.

The story of Chicago's Republic Windows & Doors factory takeover on December 5, 2008. The workers occupied the factory and refused to leave after the Bank of America shut down a line of credit that closed the factory.

Mayor 1% :
ISBN: 1608462226. OCLC Number:

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"With deep connections to high finance and a penchant for profanity, Rahm Emanuel became the mayor of Chicago and seized control of its notorious Democratic party machine. This compelling examination of the contradictory past of this former congressman and White House Chief of Staff sheds a spotlight on our entire political system and the important issues that surround it"--

Speaking Engagements

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