Monthly Archive for July, 2008

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Stephanie Kuehnert at Quimby’s!

Aug ’08
7:00 pm

The Literary Writer’s Network presents a reading for debut novelist Stephanie Kuehnert, reading from her book I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading.

STEPHANIE KUEHNERT got her start writing bad poetry about unrequited love and razor blades in eighth grade. In high school, she discovered punk rock and produced several D.I.Y. feminist zines. Stephanie received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago. She currently resides in Forest Park, IL. This novel is her first. Visit her website at

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is a raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones.
Punk rock is in Emily Black’s blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back.

Now Emily’s all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn’t it lead her right back to Emily?

About the Literary Writer’s Network:
LWN is an organization dedicated to literary excellence through the advancement and promotion of emerging and creative non-fiction writers. LWN seeks to help writers understand the literary publishing landscape, offers them a community with other writers and provides them with opportunities to further develop and refine their artistry.  LWN is dedicated specifically to the art of literary prose and offers a bimonthly writing groups and quarterly reading series. We also publish the literary magazine 10,000 Tons of Black Ink that strives to give new and burgeoning literary artists a forum for quality publication.

Erick Lyle a.k.a Iggy Scam at Quimby’s!

Aug ’08
7:00 pm

“Forget the statistics and pretentious analysis of urban society. Take a walk through the city with Erick Lyle and discover the reality of how people live in an American city.”Howard Zinn

“Erick Lyle’s SCAM: MY favorite zine of all-time”Pete the Dishwasher

Join Erick Lyle as he reads from his new book On the Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of The City.

On the Lower Frequencies is at once a manual, memoir, and history of creative resistance in a world awash with war and poverty.  With these tales of squatting the ruins of the dot-com era, playing hit-and-run punk shows in the streets and organizing neighborhood anti-war parades, the editor of the underground classic SCAM magazine, Erick Lyle, traces not only the evolution of cities, but of his own thinking — and in so doing, gives the reader inspiration for living defiantly.

Erick Lyle, once upon a time known as Iggy Scam, has been editing SCAM magazine and traveling around the nation in various bands since 1991.  Lyle will be playing in Chicago a few days before with his band BLACK RAINBOW at the Mauled By Tigers fest.

Ryan Claytor at Quimby’s!

Aug ’08
7:00 pm


Starting July 2008, recent Master of Fine Arts graduate and Autobiographical Cartoonist, Ryan Claytor, will begin a comic book signing tour to promote the release of his self-published master’s thesis on autobiographical comics.  Claytor says, “I finished school, my girlfriend got a great job out of state (and was able to swing me a partner hire), and I have a new book coming out.  It all seemed to come together serendipitously.”

Claytor is most well-known for publishing his all-ages autobiographical comic book series entitled, “And Then One Day” under the moniker, “Elephant Eater Comics.”  Claytor recently announced the final line-up for his ambitious North American Comic Book Tour, which will take him to 17 different locations in 10 states on his way from California to his new home in Lansing, MI.

It is an odd choice to move from California to Michigan.  Aside from the new job and a significant other, when asked about some benefits of moving to the mid-west from the west coast, he simply stated, “I am a very sweaty fellow.  My hands are like waterfalls.  I think the cold weather might make me function like a normal human being.”

Claytor will be getting to all of the stops on his tour in his little brown car he affectionately calls “Squirrelly,” which incidentally has 350,000 miles on its original engine.  When asked about the feasibility of a North American tour in such an experienced car, Claytor replied, “I know it sounds silly to take this large of a trip in such a ‘seasoned’ vehicle, but it’s been really good to me and I’ve asked several mechanics to make sure it could survive a cross-country road trip.  They’re all surprised it looks as good as it does.”

You can meet Ryan Claytor in person as he comes through town to sign his autobiographical comics and limited edition prints at Quimby’s
Additional tour and book information can be found at Ryan Claytor’s website:

Erotic Harry Potter Night

Aug ’08
7:00 pm

Erotic Harry Potter Night at Quimby’s

Who knew that the vanguard of erotic fiction could be found amongst the devotees of J. K. Rowling’s boy wizard Harry Potter? Quimby’s, of course! Critically-acclaimed erotica writer Cecilia Tan comes to Chicago under her nom de plume “Ravenna” to gather together some of the world’s best-known writers of erotic fanfiction for a group reading on Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm.

“Fanfic is the hottest stuff,” says Tan, who wrote sexy fan stories as a teenager featuring her friends meeting the teen idols of the day, but moved into writing Harry Potter fanfic in recent years after establishing a career as a leading erotica author and editor. On tour to support the release of her latest book of erotic short stories (White Flames, published by Running Press, 2008), Tan’s visit coincides in Chicago with Terminus, a huge Harry Potter fan convention. “Erotic fanfic has its roots in the mainstream, but then subverts it completely.”

Joining Tan in this erotic celebration will be two authors from Chicago, and from as far away as Copenhagen, Toronto, and Kansas City. Come expecting to hear short, homoerotic excerpts pairing Harry with Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, and other characters. A special commemorative zine, “The Erotic Harry Potter,” is being produced specially for the event and will only be available through the weekend.

Author Bio:
“Cecilia Tan is simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature,” says Susie Bright (Best American Erotica). Tan is the author of the books White Flames, The Velderet, Black Feathers, and Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords, editor of many anthologies such as Sex In The System, Cowboy Lover, The MILF Anthology, and Best Fantastic Erotica, and the founder of Circlet Press, an independent publisher dedicated to erotic science fiction and fantasy.

The lineup also includes authors Alchemia Dent and Bugland from Chicago, Kabal from Copenhagen, GatewayGirl from Massachusetts, Mijan from Kansas City, and Mechiaeh from

Joe Carducci at Quimby’s!

Aug ’08
7:00 pm

Join Joe Carducci as he talks about his time in the west coast music underground, 1976-1986, and then about the three books he has written and published; Rock and the Pop Narcotic, Enter Naomi, and Wyoming Stories.  Joe will also do a short Q & A, and sign books.

Joe Carducci.  Was born in 1955 in Merced, California and grew up in Naperville, Illinois.  He moved to the west coast in 1976.  Achievements of note: Founded Systematic Record Distribution and its label Optional Music (featuring bands: Dead Kennedys, Voice Farm, Negativland); founded the Thermidor label (featuring bands: Ono, Oil Tasters, Toiling Midgets, Nig-Heist, Birthday Party, SPK), and came into Black Flag’s label, SST Records, in 1981 until 1986.  Then he moved back to Chicago to write Rock and the Pop Narcotic and started Redoubt Press in 1990.  He also started Provisional for videotape releases in 1992.  Moved to Wyoming in 1995 and still resides there today.