Monthly Archive for April, 2008

Kevin Sampsell, James Stegall and Jackie Corley read books!

May ’08
7:00 pm

Independent press publishers Kevin Sampsell (Future Tense Books), James Stegall (So New Media) and Jackie Corley (Word Riot) will read their latest work.

About The Performers:

Kevin Sampsell is the author of Beautiful Blemish (Word Riot Press), the editor of The Insomniac Reader (Manic D Press), and the publisher of Future Tense Books in Portland, Oregon. His new book of short fiction, Creamy Bullets, is due out this spring from Chiasmus Press.

James Stegall publishes books and distills liquor in Eugene, Oregon. His writing has appeared in Nerve, Flak Magazine, Eyeshot and others. So New Media (, his press, has published work by Amy Guth, Neal Pollack, David Barringer, Jami Attenberg, Jen Michalski and many other amazing writers.

Jackie Corley writing has appeared on-line at, 3AM Magazine and and in various print anthologies. She is the publisher of online literary magazine Word Riot ( and its print extension, Word Riot Press. Her short story collection, The Suburban Swindle, is coming out Summer 2008 from So New Media. Visit her personal website at

Tim W. Brown & Paul McComas read at Quimby’s!

May ’08
6:00 pm

High-performance prose readings by Tim W. Brown, author of Walking Man, and Paul McComas, author of Planet of the Dates.

Tim W. Brown is the author of two published novels, Deconstruction Acres (1997) and Left of the Loop (2001). His novel Walking Man is forthcoming in 2008. Brown’s fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in over two hundred publications, including Slipstream, Chelsea, Pleiades, Another Chicago Magazine, The Ledge, Storyhead, Rockford Review, Bridge, Oyez Review, American Book Review, The Bloomsbury Review, RE:AL, Chiron Review, Rain Taxi, Small Press Review, Main Street Rag and New Observations. He currently serves on the executive council of the New York Center for Independent Publishing, and he is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

A long-time resident of Chicago, where he was a fixture in that city’s literary scene as a literary performer and publisher of the poetry zine Tomorrow (1982-1999), Brown moved to New York in 2003.

Paul McComas was born and raised in Milwaukee. He received his BA in English at Lawrence Univ. in Appleton, WI, and his MA in Film at Northwestern Univ. His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, and he is the author of two critically acclaimed books: a novel, Unplugged (2002, John Daniel & Co.), and a short story collection, Twenty Questions (1998, Daniel & Daniel), now in its third printing. Paul’s comedic coming-of-age novel, Planet of the Dates, will be published in February 2008 by prestigious New York-based indie publisher The Permanent Press.

Since 1987, Paul has presented his performance art and monologues at more than 70 theaters and other venues nationwide, including the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City (2004), Chicago’s Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival (1998, 2003 [receiving the Chicago Reader’s “Critic’s Choice” in 2003]) and N.A.M.E. Gallery (1988, 1996), and twice at the International Performance Art Festival (1990, 1996). He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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The Gay Utopia

May ’08
7:00 pm

The Gay Utopia is an online symposium devoted to exploring that ideal realm in which gender, sexuality, and identity dissolve. It includes poetry, artwork, comics, personal essays, reviews, fiction, drama, slash, and more by Ursula K. Le Guin, Jennifer Baumgardner, Dame Darcy, Johnny Ryan, Ariel Schrag, Julia Serano, Michael Manning, Matt Thorn, Neil Whitacre, Edie Fake, and a host of other contributors.

The forum covers an enormous range of topics, from early animation to Restoration romance novels, from horror films to shojo manga, from the kinship structure of ferns to the relationship between men and trucks. Some highlights are:

–Scott Treleaven’s classic 1997 essay on an unusual use for the orgasm
–Tabico’s insect-sex-zombie apocalypse
–Paul Nudd’s vile recipes for chutney
– Kinukitty on why teenage girls need more manporn
–gay utopia questions answered by a Giant Squid.

Incidentally, this forum has a fair bit of explicit adult content. Please proceed with caution if that seems advisable. So in other words, the Gay Utopia has something for everyone. Please come by and check it out: The Gay Utopia

For this event Gay Utopia contributors will read essays, stories, etc. from the Gay Utopia website. There will also be a zine containing material from the website (including contributions from Ursula K. Le Guin, Johnny Ryan, Dame Darcy, Ariel Schrag, Edie Fake, Lilli Carré, and others.)

The Performers for this event will include:
Noah Berlatsky (critic),Bert Stabler (critic and artist), Paul Nudd (artist),Dewayne Slightweight (comics creator and artist), David Erik Nelson (official emissary of the Giant Squid)They will be reading content from the zine and website.

Jim Munroe post-Rapture event

May ’08
7:00 pm

Join author Jim Munroe in conversation with Jef Smith from Think Galactic, the Wicker Park political SF book club as they discuss Munroe’s graphic novel Therefore Repent! Jim Munroe will also sign copies.

What if the religious right… are right?

Therefore Repent! is a graphic novel set in a Chicago neighborhood after the Rapture. Once the Christians have floated bodily into the sky, life goes on pretty much as usual for the immoral majority… except that magic works, if you’re willing to risk demonic mutations. CNN reports that Mr. Christ and Mr. Bush are on a speaking tour of the red states. And an angelic army appears to have been deployed to mop up the sinners. But through it all, outsiders Raven and Mummy face the possibility of a bigger problem than the end of the world: the end of their relationship.

In the tradition of The Book of Revelations, Therefore Repent!, courtesy of novelist Jim Munroe (Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask) and acclaimed artist Salgood Sam (Sea of Red) is a lurid, dark fantasy tale. By taking the apocryphal scripture as literal truth — as the American powers-that-be claim to do — the story also explores the political and spiritual ramifications of God abandoning humanity.

Jim Munroe ‘s first novel Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask was published in 1999 by HarperCollins. He founded No Media Kings in 2000 to provide a publishing alternative to media conglomeration. He is also author of Angry Young Spaceman (Four Walls, 2000), Everyone in Silico (2002) and An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil (2004). A cultural activist and former managing editor of Adbusters magazine, he lives in Toronto

Alix Lambert Crime Event

May ’08
7:00 pm

Author Alix Lambert will read from and sign copies of her book CRIME: A Series of Extraordinary Interviews Exposing the World of Crime – Real and Imagined.

As long as it has been documented, crime has captivated the public’s imagination. This book brings together the world of crime with its artistic counterpart and allows a dialogue to develop between the two. Through interviews with detectives, actors, murderers, film directors, prison inmates and authors, Alix Lambert uncovers both the prosaic and the extraordinary in a subject that implicates us all.

Over 5O interviews including:
Ben Affleck, Jake Arnott, LAPD Chief Bratton, Michael Buscemi, Dave Courtney, David Cronenberg, Mike Hodges, Ice-T, Takeshi Kitano, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, David Mamet, Viggo Mortensen, Samantha Morton

The New York Times Sunday Magazine named Alix Lambert as one of “30 people under 30 who will change the culture in the next 30 years.”  Lambert’s feature length documentary “The Mark of Cain” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and aired on Nightline. “The Mark of Cain” was used as reference by David Cronenberg in the making of his film “Eastern Promises”. She went on to produce additional segments of Nightline as well as produce 7 segments for the PBS series LIFE 360.  Her fine art work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide for the past 15 years. Her work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern art in New York, and the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, to name a few. She was nominated for the BAUM award in photography. She was the Silver Award Documentary Winner at the Atlantic City Film Festival. Lambert is a contributing editor for INDEX magazine and for the literary journal OPEN CITY.  As a performer Ms. Lambert is a member of the Obie award winning theater group The Civilians and was seen on stage at PS122 in Nobody’s Lunch.  Lambert wrote Episode 6, season 3 of Deadwood: “A Rich Find” and is currently a writer and associate producer on the new HBO / David Milch drama: John From Cinicinnati.  Lambert was recently nominated for a WGA award for outstanding writing for a dramatic series for her Deadwood episode.