Oak Park author Julie Justicz will be interviewed about her new book, Degrees of Difficulty, by bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz. Julie Justicz's remarkable first novel follows the lives of he Novotny family as they struggle with caring for Ben, a severely disabled son and brother whom no facility will accept for very long and who suffers from frequent, life-threatening seizures. They all love Ben, but over time, the challenges of caring for him threaten to unravel the family.
Born and raised in England, Julie Justicz moved to the Bahamas when she was ten, and then to the United States as a teenager. She earned a law degree from the University of Chicago and received an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As an attorney and advocate, Julie currently works on civil rights issues in Chicago. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her spouse, Mary, and their two children.
Alex Kotlowitz is the bestselling author of There Are No Children Here, The Other Side of the River, Never a City So Real, and most recently, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago.