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SARAH PALIN, former vice presidential candidate and current political analyst and best-selling author, stops at the Naperville Marriott on December 1 as part of the extensive tour to promote her latest book, Sweet Freedom: A Devotional, which is a series of meditations based on Bible verses. Her previous best-sellers include Going RogueAmerica by Heart, and Good Tidings and Great Joy. In Sweet Freedom, Palin focuses on comfort, hope and inspiration with a selection of 260 Scripture-based meditations for a weekly reading plan. Readers will experience "the personal Sarah Palin, the patriot Sarah Palin, and the concerned wife and mother as she explores God’s unconditional love and boundless grace." The former governor of Alaska was the first woman elected governor of Alaska and the first woman Republican vice-presidential candidate. Time magazine named her one of the "100 Most Influential People" in 2010. Her television credits include hosting the TLC network's Sarah Palin's Alaska and she is a Fox News contributor. Tickets and important security details for the Palin event are available exclusively at
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Sarah Palin's Upcoming Book-Signing In Naperville  
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Music Icon Stephen Sondheim's Honor
S​INGER/songwriter/actress/producer Terisa Griffin, one of the gems in the Chicago musical landscape, took her entertaining show to the western suburbs when she was the featured performer at the Quad County Urban League’s 2015 Annual Equality Gala at the Marriott Oak Brook Hotel in Oak Brook. During her performance, Griffin, a former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, performed a “song battle,” featuring some of the popular tunes of Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Donna Summer and Diana Ross. (Griffin’s newly released CD Revival of Soul is a collection of tunes that she calls “a testament to soul music.”) The Quad County Urban League event celebrated the League’s 40 years of working to achieve equal opportunities for all disadvantaged persons and people of color. Further, the group continues to be dedicated to advocating and establishing programs that facilitate the social and economic growth of residents in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. 
Terisa Griffin's Urban League Performance 
THE legendary composer and lyricist  Stephen Sondheim––who has written iconic tunes such as “Send in the Clowns,” “Losing My Mind” and “Broadway Baby”––was honored with the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award during the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner at The Forum. Presented by the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library, the event––attended by a number of noted writers, including chef Rick Bayless, Elizabeth Berg, Lou Manfredini and Scott Turow––also honored Eric Charles May with the 21st Century Award, which salutes upcoming authors with ties to Chicago. Sondheim, who has made major contributions to musical theater during his 50+-year career, received the award that is presented to writers in honor of their collective body of work. The Carl Sandburg Literary Award is hailed as one of the country’s most prestigious literary prizes, previously presented to many of the world’s most acclaimed fiction and nonfiction authors.
Sondheim, accepting the award (above), was interviewed later by journalist Scott Simon.