Lake Geneva Public Library Director Emily Kornak and her staff share their favorite reads about the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.
THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY: MURDER, MAGIC, AND MADNESS AT THE FAIR THAT CHANGED AMERICA
BY ERIK LARSON
Larson’s historical account of H. H. Holmes, the first modern serial killer, takes readers to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, where Daniel H. Burnham, the chief planner and architect for the exposition created a remarkable temporary “city” in just two years. This one is great for fans of true crime, Chicago history and architectural history.
BY PAMELA S. MEYERS
The second book in Meyers’s Lake Geneva-set Newport of the West series, “Shelter Bay” takes readers to the shores of Lake Michigan and the 1893 Columbian Exposition. For those who like their romance with a dose of local and Midwest history, this book provides the perfect escape.
FULL SPECTRUM: HOW THE SCIENCE OF COLOR MADE US MODERN
BY ADAM ROGERS
An insightful examination into the science and history of color, “Full Spectrum” considers the human quest for brighter colors, from cave painting to the digital age. One chapter discusses the use of color and electrical lighting in the temporary city constructed for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.