M. Dylan Raskin reads from Little New York Bastard
Monday November 3rd 8PM
Meet M. Dylan Raskin (MDR to friends). At 22, he’s the opposite of hip: a working-class college dropout and world-class malcontent who lives with his mother in Queens. Make that Flushing-stinking-Queens, to be precise”and if you know anything about the joint you know that it’s a wretched, horrible place.” Don’t get him wrong: it’s not that he doesn’t like New York, exactly, it’s just that lately he’s felt more and more at odds with everything-his family, his generation, his hometown, even himself. One day he gets fed up and decides to take his freedom on the road, setting off for Chicago in a quixotic attempt to turn his life around.
Equal parts road story, coming-of-age memoir, and existential manifesto, LITTLE NEW YORK BASTARD is the true story of an outsider for the ages, a mixed-up kid who knows what he wants in life but has no idea how to get it. Its also an exhilarating addition to the literature of alienated young people looking for meaning in a world whose values seem utterly upside down.
M. Dylan Raskin was born in Queens, New York.
He will be reading and signing his book.
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sowkins with Denise Dee & friends
Saturday, October 18, 7:00pm
Join Denise Dee, Tanya Bons & Sara McCool as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sowkins, Denise’s autofiction book which was one of the first books printed by “Punks with Presses” The evening will also be a release party for Issue 2 of The Peppermint Papers. They will all read from current work.
Dee is a playwright, poet, and autofictionist. She edited and published the seminal punk litzines Lobster Tendencies and The Closest Penguins. Her first play The Family Tree received “Best of the Fringe” at the S.F. Fringe Festival. Some of her favorite places she’s been published are Primal Primers, Znine, Solo Flyer, Street Spirit, and Zyzzyva. Sowkins first printing was paid with through money raised from Denise’s zine, punk communities and friends.
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A Night with Bitch Magazine
Saturday November 8th 8pm
Lisa Jervis, Marisa Meltzer, and Andi Zeisler of Bitch magazine will come to Quimby’s to read from their Family themed Fall issue (as well as some old favorite articles) and answer questions in what should hopefully be a lively Q&A session.
Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture is a print magazine devoted to media criticism, and witty, occasionally snarky pop culture analysis. It features critiques of TV, movies, magazines, advertising, and more?-plus interviews with and profiles of cool, smart women in all areas of pop culture.
Lisa Jervis is the editor and publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and books, including Ms., the San Francisco Chronicle, the Utne Reader, Mother Jones, the Women’s Review of Books, Bust, Hues, Salon, Seventeen, Girlfriends,
Punk Planet, Adios Barbie (Seal Press), 2sexE (North Atlantic Books) and The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order (Penguin). She was the co-editor of Young Wives’ Tales: Feminists on Love and Commitment (Seal Press). A transplanted New Yorker, she lives in Oakland, California, with her two
Marisa Meltzer is the Publicity Manager and frequent contributor to Bitch. Her work has also appeared in Venus, Index, and Black Book. Copies of the latest issues of The Baffler and US Weekly currently coexist peacefully on the coffee table in the Brooklyn, New York home she shares with her dog.
Andi Zeisler is a writer, editor, illustrator, textile designer, and human Zip disk for all manner of pop-culture trivia. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture and the former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express. Her work has also appeared in Ms., Bust, Hues, Mother Jones and the Pottery Barn catalog. She lives in San Francisco, where she spends her private time reading magazines and record shopping, and her non-private time playing Nerf basketball with her husband and discussing their French bulldog.
sponsoring this Bitch Magazine mini-tour is the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women; aka NOW
James Wagner reads from The False Sun Recordings
Wednesday, October 29th, 8PM
James Wagner’s work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He will be reading and siging his first book the false sun recordings.
Jennifer Bannan reads from Inventing Victor
Friday October 17 8:00pm
Join Jennifer Bannan for the release of her first book Inventing Victor. Inventing Victor is a collection of short stories ranging in scope and subject: A teenage girl with an imaginary boyfriend, a middle-aged suburbanite confronted by an unwelcome reminder of his youth, and a gay teacher in love with a married man all drift through the book?s the landscape. Many of the stories in Inventing Victor dwell on people seeking some kind of normalcy in their lives, but whose efforts to belong only alienate them from others?and themselves. In the title story, an insecure teenage girl tries to impress her popular best friend by inventing a larger-than-life relationship with an imaginary boyfriend. Her increasingly complex web of lies ensnares not only her but her friends as well, with disastrous consequences
“This collection is an almost tender evisceration of contemporary yuppie neuroses, and it mercifully doesn?t take place in New York City. Jennifer Bannan gets the details right,”
For more info check out Jennifer?s weblog http://www230.pair.com/engelr/