Marry SoderstromThursday, March 29th, 7:30 PM
Mary Soderstrom, a Montreal-based writer, whose new book Green City: People, Nature and Urban Places has recently been published by V?hicule Press of Montreal. With nine books to her credit, Soderstrom is well-known to Canadian readers. Her new book uses 11 cities–Chicago among them–as starting points for exploring the ways that people have brought nature into cities over history.
This reading will be co-sponsored by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and someone from the center will introduce Soderstrom.
Mitch O? ConnellFriday, March 23th, 7:00 PMFREE
Mitch O? Connell will be on hand to sign copies of his new book Mitch O’Connell Tattoos. It’s 264 pages of his best tattoo designs.
From the back of the book:
Are you the type that gets a kick from sin-streaked, steaming hot tattoo designs full of beauties, cuties and nudies?! Then you’ve just hit the jackpot!!
In your sweaty grip is the greatest collection of lewd, rude and crude, yet cute, cuddly and curvaceous tattoo art ever published ? all of it itching to be engraved on your flesh (or just drooled over beneath the covers late at night)!
Fill up on a bountiful buffet of salacious selections overflowing with high-heeled, hell-bound dames hoisting high-balls; pile on a side of tasteless and trashy; top it off with a pinch of the adorable and the deplorable, and you?ve got yourself one satisfying book ? THIS book!
What people are saying:
?It’s the highbrow of lowbrow where every hour is happy hour.???Bizarre Magazine
?Awesome tattoo flash art! Beautiful and brilliant???Club International Magazine
?He is one of the defining artists of his generation.???Tabu Tattoo Magazine
?Kitschy and wacky, pop cultureish and slick, full of pin up girls, retro americana, cute wide eyed babes and traditional tattoo images all incorporating a sense of humor that is exclusively Mitch O’Connell.???Tattoos Downunder Magazine
Lauren R. WeinsteinThursday, March 15th, 7:00 PMFREE
Lauren R. Weinstein is a cartoonist. Her most recent book, Girl Stories, was published by Henry was one of the ALA\’s \”Great Graphic Novels for Teens\”. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Xeric Grant, allowing her to self-publish her first book, Inside Vineyland. In 2004, she received the Ignatz award for \”Promising New Talent\”. Her comics and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, McSweeney\’s, LA Weekly, The Chicago Reader, Kramer?s Ergot, and Seattle\’s The Stranger. Currently she is working on the sequel to Girl Stories, tentatively entitled Calamity and a sci-fi fantasy comic entitled The Goddess of War. Her work has been anthologized in Yale University Press\’s \”Anthology of Graphic Fiction\” and will be in this years \”Best American Comics\”.
Lauren will be doing a multi-media reading of recent work, from Girl Stories and other places. She will be showing gigantic flash cards with sound effects. Check out www.girlstoriescomics.com
Girl Stories Reviews:
?In a time when memoirs are fake and writers aren\’t who they seem, Girl Stories is the real thing.?–Bust
\”Girl Stories feels real, approachable, and honest in the way that the best art and writing should; it perfectly captures those awkward moments when the potential for manipulating other people\’s feelings is first discovered, and all of the moral questions implied therein. It\’s also really funny.\” –Chris Ware
\”These are not only great girl stories, but also great human stories. Lauren perfectly and hilariously captures both the poignancy and folly of that awkward age when we sit perched on the cusp of adolescence. She does this with genuine warmth, sharp wit, and unaffected storytelling.\”
Horror Fiction Author David AgranoffSaturday, March 10th, 7:00 PMFREE
Agranoff is author of Screams from a Dying World and co-author of The Gutter Limits Both available from Punk Horror press. His script \’The slaughter\’ is currently in development with Ahimsa pictures. He is a long time Animal Liberation Activist and spent 3 months in federal prison defending the first amendment.
Screams From a Dying World is the inaugural work of David Agranoff. This collection of Agranoff?s political and eco friendly brand of horror fiction is bound to get your heart pumping for one reason or another. Featuring five stories this staple bound chap book.
The Most exciting part of this project is the organization that David has chosen to benefit. All proceeds from Screams for a Dying World benefit Animal Acres farm animal sanctuary.
Animal Acres is a farmed animal sanctuary and compassionate living center located just 45 minutes from Los Angeles. Animal Acres works to promote compassionate living through its farmed animal rescue & refuge efforts, public education & outreach, and advocacy projects to prevent cruelty to farmed animals. Over 150 rescued farmed animals call Animal Acres \”Home Sweet Home\” and they invite YOU to become a member of their sanctuary family too! Animal Acres is a volunteer-based organization and they are funded entirely by dedicated animal advocates.
This event will include a signing, reading and Q and A.
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QUIMBY?S and FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS PRESENT:
BEASTS! With artists signing the new hardcover collection of nearly 100 illustrators depicting mythological and folkloric creatures.
BEASTS! book release signing with Dan Grzeca, Jason Robards, Little Friends of Printmaking, Anders Nilsen, Julie Murphy & Justin B. WilliamsFriday, March 9th, 7pm
Beasts! is a 200 page, full-color (plus Gold throughout), hardcover book from Fantagraphics Books. Ninety artists from the fields of rock posters, skate graphics, comics, children\’s books, fine art, etc. have each chosen a classic mythological or folkloric creature to illustrate. All of the depicted beasts have been thought at some time to exist (generally through a handful of eyewitnesses or as cultural stories). Each beast is accompanied by a brief description of the creature written by Paul Hughes, Felicia Gotthelf, Heidi Broadhead, or Rob Lightner. It was birthed/curated by Jacob Covey and marvelously edited by Karin Snelson. Beasts! is available Now!