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“Impressively informative and exceptionally well written.”
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William Farina's short-essay style combines scholarly research with low-key informality, offering a distinctive kind of executive summary on diverse topics.

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July 23, 2019

Bill has been invited to present at the afternoon session of the 2019 International Valuation Conference, held this year at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.  His topic will be “Affordable Rural Housing in the United States” but look for a little bit of The Afterlife of Adam Smith to be included in his PowerPoint presentation.

June 30, 2019

Bill returns to the Oak Park Public Library (834 Lake Street) for a book signing and PowerPoint presentation, starting at 2 PM, on Saint James the Greater in History, Art and Culture.

February 1, 2019

Nice book signing and PowerPoint presentation event at St. Peter’s Church in the Loop (110 West Madison Street, Chicago) for Saint James the Greater in History, Art and Culture.  All sales proceeds donated to St. Peter’s.  Special thanks to Fr. Derran Combs and Communications Director Jo Ann Bednar for assisting.

July 28, 2018

We are excited to announce that Bill has signed a contract with McFarland to write his 10th non-fiction book, this one on Italian Crime Fiction of the Anti-Mafia Era (working title), scheduled to be published in early 2020, marking the centenary year of Prohibition. Should be fun!

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About William (Bill) Farina

A seasoned public speaker and discussion panelist, Bill Farina has appeared as a guest presenter at some of the most distinguished independent book stores and literary venues across the country.

His books are about topics which could hardly be more different, yet familiar to most readers. All explore subject matter normally approached only by specialized academia, but from an enthusiastic layman's point of view.

He maintains that great books throughout history should be discussed and debated by everyone who enjoys reading, and not merely by small groups of designated experts.

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Speaking Engagements

William (Bill) Farina has been publicly presenting and doing book signing events for his published writings since 2003. A partial list of venues at which he has appeared includes the Newberry Library, public libraries in Chicago (Harold Washington), Evanston, Oak Park, and Riverside, as well as the Printers Row Lit Fest (formerly the Printers Row Book Fair), the Union League of Chicago (Mayflower Society), the Chicago Cultural Center, the DANK-Haus German American Cultural Center, the Civil War Roundtable of Chicago, Concordia University-Portland, the Booksellers at Laurelwood (formerly Davis-Kidd) in Memphis, Tennessee, and Redberry Books in Cable, Wisconsin.

Bill likes to use extensive visual aids during his presentations, including PowerPoint. He is able to supply his own projector, screen and laptop, or to use equipment provided on site by the venue. He is comfortable tailoring his events to the individual needs of each venue in terms of time length and scope of material, and is experienced at being a co-presenter or discussion panelist. Above all, Bill loves a good Q&A with audiences!