For 27 years, David Greenberger has filled his zine, Duplex Planet, with the
insights, anecdotes and information gleaned from conversations with the
residents of nursing homes, meal sites and other elder-care facilities. In
1979, Greenberger landed a job as activities director at the Duplex Nursing Home in Boston, where he started publishing Duplex Planet. The stories, quips, the voices, the characters of senior citizens are elicited and shaped by Greenberger with questions such as \”What was the worst job you ever had,\” or \”How close can you get to a penguin?\” Duplex Planet is also now available in a wider variety of formats in addition to the zine, such as booklength compilations, independent comic books and CDs.
Quimby?s is proud to host Mr. Greenberger. He will read Halloween stories from his zine. For more info, see www.duplexplanet.com .
Marjane SatrapiSaturday October 28th 7PMfree
In her acclaimed Persepolis books and in Embroideries, Marjane Satrapi rendered the events of her life and times in a uniquely captivating and powerful voice and vision. Now in Chicken with Plums she turns that same keen eye and ear to the heartrending story of her great-uncle, a celebrated Iranian musician who gave up his life for music and love.
We are in Tehran in 1958, and Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran?s most revered tar players, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged. Though he tries, he cannot find one to replace it, one whose sound speaks to him with the same power and passion with which his music speaks to others. In despair, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures, closing the door on the demands and love of his wife and his four children. Over the course of the week that follows, his family and close friends attempt to change his mind, but Nasser Ali slips further and further into his own reveries: flashbacks and flash-forwards (with unexpected appearances by the likes of the Angel of Death and Sophia Loren) from his own childhood through his children?s futures. And as the pieces of his story slowly fall into place, we begin to understand the profundity of his decision to give up life.
Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor, insight, and generosity to this emotional tale of life and death, and the courage and passion both require of us. The poignant story of one man, it is also a story of stunning universality?and an altogether luminous work.
Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycee Francais before leaving for Vienna and then going to Strasbourg to study illustration. She currently lives in Paris, where she is at work on the sequel to Persepolis and where her illustrations appear regularly in newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of several children’s books.
Chicago Calling Event Wednesday October 25th 8PM
With Mars Gamba-Adissa Caulton, Pamela Osbey, Xianggang Delight
This event will combine poetry readings and music, with a focus on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina. This event will be part of Chicago Calling: A 24-Hour Arts Festival. For more info, please see www.chicagocalling.org.
Mars Gamba-Adissa Caulton hit the open mic poetry scene in Chicago in the early 90’s, reading mangled manifestos and timid tirades at Anotha Level @ Lit X, the weekly gathering in the basement with the leaky toilet and the best performance poets in town working out their craft. Having been a political activist since 1983, Mars quickly learned the true power of the Spoken Word: to Teach, to Unite, to Inspire and to Incite.
Pamela Osbey is an accomplished vocalist, poet, and freelance writer. She is a powerful spoken word artist with a mission to uplift and empower women and people of color. She has appeared in well-read texts, such as sisterfriends.com, Ebonylove.net, Rhapsody Publishing, The Nubian Chronicles, and the Daughters of Eve Network.
Xianggang Delight is a Chicago-based musical group that has been performing regularly since summer 2001. Their aim is to synthesize the following two elements: the post-global economic and social theories of Saskia Sassen and the rock group The Who’s musical output from 1965.
Bon Voyage Mr. Dills Event
Monday October 23rd 7PM
Todd Dills is the editor of THE2NDHAND, often referred to as \”the single most important literary vessel in all of Chicago, maybe the world.\” His new novel, Sons of the Rapture, is out now from Featherproof Books.
This will be an event for his new book and some surprise all-star second hand contributors will be reading to.
Saturday October 21st 8PMJoseph Suglia reads fromWATCH OUT
Joseph Suglia earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University. He is a literary critic and writer of what he calls “excessive fiction.” He claims that WATCH OUT is his greatest achievement as a writer.
WATCH OUT is the story of Jonathan Barrows, a man who falls in love with himself—literally. He is sexually attracted to his own body, carries out an erotic relationship with a blow-up doll, and takes pleasure in rejecting the advances of his many admirers. Eventually, he assassinates the world’s most celebrated pop diva, Britney Spears.”You strange creatures,” Barrows declares, “You are nothing more to Me than a meal at the fast-food restaurant of life.” But who will end up being devoured?