Monthly Archive for April, 2007


Apr ’07
12:00 am

Don your trench coast and dark glasses and join us for authors Allan MacDonell and Josh Alan Friedman as they read and sign copies of their most recent books with host Mike McPaddenSaturday, April 28st, 7:00 PM
ALLAN MACDONELL is the author of PRISONER OF X: 20 YEARS IN THE HOLE AT HUSTLER MAGAZINE. Just as the subtitle of his memoir states, Allan MacDonell rose through the ranks at Larry Flynt Publications over the course of two decades. He ultimately ran America’s Magazine from 1991 until 2002, when he was fired following his barbed jokes during a Larry Flynt Roast.
During his tenure, Allan brought numerous underground artists and writers on board as Hustler contributors, including Dan Clowes, Peter Bagge, Joe Coleman, Lisa Carver, and Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey. Among the derring-do detailed in PRISONER OF X are Allan’s viewing of a sex tape involving Ted Turner, Jane Fonda and a strap-on dildo, pulling pranks on Dennis Hopper and Frank Zappa, and spearheading The Flynt Report, which prompted multiple Republican resignations from Congress in 2000. Post-Hustler, Allan has been a regular contributor to the LA Weekly.
JOSH ALAN FRIEDMAN is the author of TALES OF TIMES SQUARE, WHEN SEX WAS DIRTY, I, GOLDSTEIN: MY SCREWED LIFE (co-authored with Al Goldstein), ANY RESEMBLANCE TO PERSONS LIVING OR DEAD (with Drew Friedman), and WARTS AND ALL (with Drew Friedman). The son of ’60s satirist Bruce Jay Friedman and the brother of astonishing illustrator Drew Friedman, Josh Alan Friedman carved out his own niche as the premiere chronicler of New York lowlife just moments before AIDS, crack and mainstream panic ended one of the sleaziest periods in the city’s history. Josh was SCREW magazine’s man on the (42nd) Street at the height of midtown Manhattan’s professional sex explosion, an experience he turned into the anthropological mind-blower TALES OF TIME SQUARE.
In 2004, Feral House issued a follow-up titled WHEN SEX WAS DIRTY, and presently plans to edit the books together into a single volume. While covering the peepshow beat, Josh also wrote scripts that his brother illustrated for comic strips that hilariously and horrifically illuminate the lowest underbelly of show business. These works endure in the Fantagraphics collections ANY RESEMBLANCE TO PERSONS LIVING OR DEAD and WARTS AND ALL. In 2006, Josh returned to work with his former employer, SCREW magazine founder turned homeless crank Al Goldstein, on the latter’s memoir I, GOLDSTEIN: MY SCREWED LIFE. Josh has been the subject of a documentary titled BLACKS AND JEWS (2003), and a movie adaptation of TALES OF TIMES SQUARE is currently filming.
The evening will be hosted by MIKE McPADDEN whose career highlights include: MRSKIN.COM (Editorial Director), HUSTLER, Entertainment Editor (1993-1995) & Contributing Editor (1992-2006), SCREW Contributing Writer (1993-1999), and HAPPYLAND, Editor and Publisher (1991-2001)

Glenn Barr signs Glenn Barrs Haunted Paradise: The Art of Glenn Barr

Apr ’07
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Friday, April 27th, 7:00PM
Glenn Barr signs Glenn Barrs Haunted Paradise: The Art of Glenn Barr

Matt Briggs Event

Apr ’07
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Matt Briggs ReadsSunday April 22nd 4PM
Matt Briggs is from Snoqualmie, a river valley draining into Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast of North America. He is the author of a novel, SHOOT THE BUFFALO, published by Clear Cut Press. The Before Columbus Foundation awarded the book an American Book Award in 2006. StringTown Press published two collections of his stories, MISPLACED ALICE and THE MOSS GATHERERS. His first book, a collection of linked stories, was published by Black Heron Press. Recent stories have been in or will be in First Intensity, The Clackamas Literary Review, Spork, and The Steel City Review. Briggs has never lived in a large American city and has on occasion lived in houses with intermittent access to running water and/or electricity.
Elizabeth Crane is the author of the upcoming YOU MUST BE THIS HAPPY TO ENTER (coming this fall from Punk Planet Books) and two collections of short stories from Little, Brown, WHEN THE MESSENGER IS HOT and ALL THIS HEAVENLY GLORY. Her work has also been featured in publications including Washington Square, New York Stories, Sycamore Review, Book, Florida Review, Eclipse, Bridge, Sonora Review, the Chicago Reader, Sleepwalk, the Believer, McSweeney’s Future Dictionary of America, The Banana King, and All Hands On: The 2ndhand Reader. She received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award, granted by The Chicago Public Library Foundation, in October 2003. A New York City native, she now lives in Chicago with her husband and teaches writing at Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies andThe University of
Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, lived in one or two large American cities, and earned his MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. He has taught creative writing at both Cornell and Auburn SCF. His first book of
short stories, TROUBLE, came out in September of 2006 (Vintage). He lives in Chicago and is 428 years old.
Anne Elizabeth Moore is the co-editor of PUNK PLANET, the editor of the BEST AMERICAN COMICS, and the authoress of HEY KIDZ, BUY THIS BOOK and the upcoming UNMARKETABLE: BRANDALISM, COPYFIGHTING, MOCKETING, AND THE EROSION OF INTEGRITY. For two years running, she has been the recipient of the coveted Anne Elizabeth Moore Award for Excellence in Awesomeness. She lives in Chicago.
Sunday, April 22th, 4:00 PM

Larry Blasko discusses Opening the Borders

Apr ’07
12:00 am

Larry BlaskoSaturday, April 21st, 7:00 PM
Larry Blasko will discuss and sign his new book Opening the Borders: Solving the Mexico/U.S. Immigration Problem For Our Sake and Mexico?s. Every day tens of thousands of illegal immigrants stream north across the border, overtaxing our healthcare and education system and bringing drugs, disease, and potential terrorists across the border with them. In spite of this, Larry Blasko suggests that the best solution is not a closed border, but an open border policy similar to that enjoyed in the European Union by member countries.
About the author, Larry Blasko served for more than three decades with The Associated Press working as writer, editor, columnist and executive.
What people are saying about the book:
\”With political irreverence as refreshing as the new ideas he proposes, Larry Blasko tells why and how to make the U.S. – Mexico border more open and at the same time more secure against illegal crossings. His is a fresh take on an intractable, urgent issue.\” — Walter R. Mears, Pulitzer Prize winning political reporter and executive for more than 40 years with the Associated Press
?With wry humor, thorough research and compassionate insights, Larry Blasko offers a novel approach to resolving the thorny issue of illegal immigration from Mexico, with a win-win proposal for both immigrants and the American economy.\” –Claude E. Erbsen, retired AP correspondent and executive with over 40 years? experience in Latin American affairs

Black Ocean press reading

Apr ’07
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Black Ocean press readingThursday April 19th 7PM
Black Ocean press presents a poetry reading featuring the following poets:
Carrie Olivia Adams, is the Poetry Editor for Black Ocean. She lives in Wicker Park and works for the University of Chicago Press, with a MFA from Vermont College. Her chapbook, A Useless Window, was published by Black Ocean last spring. Her first full-length collection is forthcoming for Ahsahta Press. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in Quarterly West, Verse, Cranky, Diagram, and others.
Zachary Shomburg wrote The Man Suit. Currently, he?s pursuing a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Nebraska. Schomburg edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books, and co-curates the Clean Part Reading Series in Lincoln, NE. His poems have appeared in the Canary, CutBank, Diagram, Ducky, Fence, Forklift, among others.
Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of four collections of poetry: Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms(Pinball, 2005), Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk (Iowa, 2006), Figures for a Darkroom Voice(with Noah Eli Gordon; Tarpaulin Sky, 2007), and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth (Tupelo, 2008). His first film, a tour documentary about the band Califone, is due out next year also, and this summer he’s moving to Chicago to take a teaching position at Loyola University.
Mathias Svalina lives in Lincoln, Nebraska where he co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series. He is also co-editor of Octopus Magazine. Poems of his have been recently published or are forthcoming in Jubilat, Fence, Bridge and Denver Quarterly among other journals.
Black Ocean is an independent publishing and production company based out of Boston, New York and Chicago. We are dedicated to promoting artists and writers who produce intelligent, skilful, and passionate work. In addition to publishing literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry, Black Ocean produces a number of events each year that incorporate a variety of artistic mediums. From early silent films to early punk rock, we bring together a spectrum of aesthetics, and combine them with a radical social perspective on the nature of art and humanity.
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