Adam Selzer In-Person

September 26 @ 7 PM

Anderson's Bookshop - Naperville
123 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL


Join Anderson’s Bookshop for an in-person signing with Chicago historian and local author Adam Selzer on Monday, September 26th at 7pm CT to celebrate the release of his new book, Graceland Cemetery. Adam will give a short presentation, take audience questions, and have a signing line.

This event will be held in our Naperville store location (123 West Jefferson Ave), and pre-registration is required as space is limited.





One of Chicago’s landmark attractions, Graceland Cemetery chronicles the city’s sprawling history through the stories of its people. Local historian and Graceland tour guide Adam Selzer presents ten walking tours covering almost the entirety of the cemetery grounds. While nodding to famous Graceland figures from Marshall Field to Ernie Banks to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Selzer also leads readers past the vaults, obelisks, and other markers that call attention to less recognized Chicagoans like:

  • Jessie Williams de Priest, the Black wife of a congressman whose 1929 invitation to a White House tea party set off a storm of controversy;
  • Engineer and architect Fazlur Khan, the Bangladeshi American who revived the city's skyscraper culture;
  • The still-mysterious Kate Warn (listed as Warn on her tombstone), the United States’ first female private detective.

Filled with photographs and including detailed maps of each tour route, Graceland Cemetery is an insider's guide to one of Chicago's great outdoor destinations for city lore and history.

About the Author: 

Adam Selzer is the author of more than 20 books, ranging from YA fiction to academic nonfiction. His latest, GRACELAND CEMETERY: CHICAGO STORIES, SYMBOLS & SECRETS uncovers an incredible range of forgotten stories of fascinating people, and how they interacted with each other and with history.