Wednesday, May 21
Countless episodes of Scooby Doo taught us that there are no such things as ghosts. They're just really naíve criminals who think a white sheet, a spooky whistle and a strobe light can convince everyone else otherwise. But in the town of Lily Dale, New York, ghosts are respected members of the community and a large part of its industry. (And it has nothing to do with linens or meddling kids.) In Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead, reporter Christine Wicker visits this famous area, which caters to visitors in search of spiritual mediators between this world and the afterworld. A landmark in the Spiritualism movement, Lily Dale has been visited by the likes of Susan B. Anthony, Mae West and Upton Sinclair, plus millions of unfamiliar names and faces. Wicker, a Baptist herself, doesn't shed her religion or her skepticism following her time spent after staying in this town known for people who communicate with the dead. But she does admit to wanting to believe even when she just couldn't. Wicker will discuss and sign her book at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway. Call 214-739-1124.