2017 EVENTS
With the October release of White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing, 2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year–as is 2018.

November 7, 2017
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing Book Launch Party
Tuesday, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Cook Memorial Library
Libertyville, IL.

I’ll talk about my book White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share my personal and genealogical journey to uncover my mother’s racial lineage and how tracing her family back to eighteenth-century Louisiana led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. For more information contact: Jo Hansen, Reader’s Advisor, Cook Memorial Library District, 847-362-2330, Ext. 1141, jhansen@cooklib.org

November 9, 2017
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing
Thursday, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society
The Pointe
Crystal Lake, IL

I’ll talk about my book White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share my personal and genealogical journey to uncover my mother’s racial lineage and how tracing her family back to eighteenth-century Louisiana led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. For more information email Jan Polep @ jpolep@hotmail.com.

November 14, 2017
Behind-the-Scenes: How PBS Genealogy Roadshow Solved My Family’s Mystery
Tuesday, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Schaumburg District Library
130 s. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL

I’ll talk about my book, White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share my behind-the-scenes experiences as well as the research that went into my amazing family discovery. You’ll also get to hear more of my family history that didn’t make it into the program. Signed copies of White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing will be available for purchase. For more information contact Tony Kierna, Genealogy Coordinator: akierna@stdl.org or 847-923-3390.

November 16, 2017

White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing/ Book Signing and Reading

Thursday, 7 – 8 pm

Left Bank Books

399 N. Euclid Avenue

St. Louis, MO

I’ll read from White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to: left-bank.com/event/gail-lukasik and on Facebook at facebook.com/events/186037858601450

November 19, 2017
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing
Sunday, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Cary Area Public Library
Cary, IL

I’ll talk about my book White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share my personal and genealogical journey to uncover my mother’s racial heritage and how tracing her family back to eighteenth-century Louisiana led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jennifer Reopelle, jreopelle@caryarealibrary.info or 847-639-4210 x 231.

November 20, 2017
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing
Monday, 3 pm – 4:30 pm
Ela Public Library
Lake Zurich, IL

I’ll talk about my book White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share my personal and genealogical journey to uncover my mother’s racial heritage and how tracing her family back to eighteenth-century Louisiana led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. For more information email Terri Meyer, tmeyer@eapl.org.

December 4, 2017

White Like Her: Los Angeles Book Launch Party
Monday, 6 pm – 9 pm
Soho House, West Hollywood, California

I’ll be reading from my book, White Like Her. Stephanie Frederic (FGW Productions) is hosting the event. There will be New Orleans food and music. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available to attendees. This event is by invitation only.

December 6, 2017
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing/Book Talk
Wednesday, 7 – 8:30 pm
Lake Forest Library
360 E. Deerpath Rd.
Lake Forest, Il

I’ll talk about my book White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share how my personal and genealogical journey to uncover the truth of my mother’s racial heritage led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. This event is sponsored by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Nini Lustig at nlustig@lflbhistory.org or go to www.lflbhistory.org.

2018 EVENTS

January 28, 2018
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing
Sunday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago
7574 North Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL

I’ll talk about my book White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share my personal and genealogical journey to uncover my mother’s racial lineage and how tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. For more information go to: www.ethicalhumanistsociety.org.

February 1, 2018
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing
Saturday, 1 pm –  2:30 pm
Harvard Diggins Library
900 E. McKinley Street 
Harvard, IL 

As part of the Harvard Diggins Library’s Black History Month Programming, I’ll talk about my book White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share my personal and genealogical journey to uncover my mother’s racial lineage and how tracing her family back to eighteenth-century Louisiana led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. The program is free but registration is required. To register, contact Leticia Goluba at 815-943-4671.

February 10, 2018
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing
Saturday, 2 pm – 3:00 pm
Zion Benton Public Library
Zion, IL

I’ll talk about my book White Like Her, as well as my two appearances on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow. I’ll share my personal and genealogical journey to uncover my mother’s racial heritage and how tracing her family back to eighteenth-century Louisiana led me to a deeper understanding of race and racial identity. Signed copies of White Like Her will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Angela Westphal, 847-872-4680 ext. 132, awestphal@zblibrary.org