If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to grow up in Elmhurst in the 1950s and 60s, pick up a copy of My Father, in Snow by former Elmhurst resident E. Sheila Johnson.

Johnson’s memoir reflects on her childhood as one of nine siblings in a boisterous family led by a strong and compassionate father. The book forms a loving portrait of her father and her big family, and shows how echoes of his character reside within each child today. The title refers to the warmth inside their home contrasted with the often-cold environment outside.

Johnson spoke and read excerpts at the Elmhurst Public Library on June 11 as part of a co-presentation with the Elmhurst History Museum and in conjunction with the library’s June storytelling theme.

Johnson left Elmhurst and moved to the East Coast when she was 14. She is a graduate of Cedar Crest College, Villanova University, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her first published work was a poem she wrote in Elmhurst in seventh grade about wet leaves in rain.

Much as changed in Elmhurst since Johnson lived here, but the spirit of the town and the people have remained the same. If you want to find out more about what makes Elmhurst a good hometown, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com.