Monthly Archive for October, 2008

Off-Site Event! Graphic Adaptation Novels: After 9/11 & the Constitution At the Freedom Museum

Oct ’08
6:00 am

Two remarkable graphic novelists, Sid Jacobson and Jonathan Hennessy will be at Chicago’s Freedom Museum to discuss their newest books After 911 and The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation (due out 10/21/08). Listen as these two renowned artists discuss their motivations, creative processes and various obstacles met in developing their newest books. Quimby’s will be there to sell the books!

What: Graphic Adaptation Novels: After 9/11 & the Constitution

Where: McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 754, Chicago, Illinois 60611. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOT AT QUIMBY’S.

When: Thursday, October 30th, 6–7:30 pm

Is this free? Yes! (Well what would you expect? It’s at the FREEdom Museum, ha ha ha)

Henry “Chunklet” Owings at Quimby’s!

Oct ’08
7:00 pm

Henry Owings will discuss his history and work with Chunklet in addition to explaining how The Rock Bible was conceived/created/written. He will then open up the floor to a Q&A, followed by a signing.

The Rock Bible is an insider’s guide to living the rock ‘n’ roll dream. This hilarious rulebook is full of dos and don’ts for musicians, wannabe musicians, and rock fans of all ages.

Complete with faux-biblical illustrations and parables and essays from comedian Patton Oswalt, drummer Brian Teasley, and professional smartass Andrew Earles, The Rock Bible is a rude and raunchy look at the best and worst of rock ‘n’ roll.

Henry Owings is the publisher of the widely recognized Chunklet Magazine based in Georgia. He was in Entertainment Weekly’s “It List” for his confrontational “100 Biggest Assholes In Rock” issue and another time has been taken to court by Mad Magazine for his similarly parodied issue. “The Overrated Book”, Henry’s first foray into book publishing, came out a couple years ago. Mostly under the Chunklet moniker, he has been a concert promoter since the late 80′s and has put on over 1,000 shows in his career. Through show promotion and the magazine, Henry went on tour with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’s Mr. Show comedy tour and has subsequently worked very closely with the Comedians of Comedy tour which has criss-crossed the country for the past four years and has filmed specials on Comedy Central and Netfliz. In addition, he’s produced six comedy releases for Patton Oswalt (Pixar’s Ratatouille) and was instrumental in getting him signed to Sub Pop last spring. Henry has recorded releases for The Oblivians and The Black Lips and has released records on his own label by The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Harvey Milk and Man or Astroman?. Finally, just to keep busy, Henry is also a full-time Grammy-nominated art director who has done graphic design work for such diverse artists as John Cale (Velvet Underground), Captain Beefheart and Charley Patton, and has also done book design for Mr. Show and political cartoonist/ columnist Ted Rall. In his spare time, Henry plays whirlyball and does nothing else except sleep. Henry resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Sarah and dogs Bun and Dave. The Rock Bible is his second book.

Kevin Coval at Quimby’s!

Oct ’08
7:00 pm

Join Kevin Coval as he reads and signs his new book of poetry Everyday People.

Kevin Coval is the author of everyday people (EM Press, Nov.’08) and slingshots (a hip-hop poetica) (EM Press, Nov. ’05), named Book of the Year-finalist by The American Library Association. Coval’s poems have appeared in The Spoken Word Revolution and The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux (Source Books), Total Chaos (Basic Civitas), I Speak of the City: New York City Poems (Columbia University Press), The Bandana Republic (Soft Skull Press), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reporter, Cross Currents, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, 2nd Ave Poetry, The Drunken Boat, and many other periodicals and journals. Coval writes for The Huffington Post and can be heard regularly on National Public Radio in Chicago.

Coval has performed on four continents in seven countries including; The Parliament of the World’s Religions in Capetown, South Africa, The African Hip-Hop Festival: Battle Cry, Poetry Society of London, University of the West Indies in Jamaica, St. Xavier’s College in Bombay, India, and four seasons of Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam, for which he also served as artistic consultant. From Jan. 2006 to May 2007, Coval visited 26 states and more than 50 cities during the promotional tour for his first book, performing at over 150 high schools, universities, book stores, theaters, community centers and Union Halls around the country.

Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival, the largest youth poetry festival in the world, Coval is poet-in-residence at The Jane Addams’ Hull House Museum at The University of Illinois-Chicago and poet-in-residence at The University of Chicago’s Newberger Hillel Center, and teaches at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Kilter release party at Quimby’s!

Oct ’08
7:00 pm

Join us for the release of the new Chicago Goth Zine – Kilter.
Kilter is an off-shoot of which is an events website and myspace page for the fine arts and music events within the Chicago Dark Art, Fetish, Gothic & Industrial community.
Featuring reading and performances from:

Jennifer Anne Buckley: General magazine intro, and overview
Peter Propaganda: Local Events and Music
DVNT Dom: Shabari and Bondage discussion and Demonstration
Nyx: Erotic Poetry reading
Zoe: a talk about the interviewing process

Laurie Lindeen author of Petal Pusher

Oct ’08
7:00 pm

Join Laurie Lindeen, author of Petal Pusher for a reading and book signing.

Laurie Lindeen’s obsession with music was immediate.  But launching a successful career in rock and roll would take more guts and determination than she ever realized she could muster.  Lindeen grew up with The Monkees, The Partridge Family, and singing tunes from Rogers and Hammerstein musicals.  However, when her parents divorced, Lindeen began to understand that life may be a little less sweet than the sugar-coated soundtrack of her youth let on.  If she was to discover that it was a wonderful life after all, it would have to be on her own terms.

As one of the “lost girls of Generation Why,” Lindeen questioned all the conventions that confronted her.  Why should she bother finishing school on time?  Why should she push for a corporate career that would never make her happy?  Why bother with a serious relationship?  Why were all the moms that she saw so unhappy?  But one thing she never wanted to wonder was, “What if…?”

Moving from Madison, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Minnesota, a musical hot-bed of the 1980s, Lindeen packed light, with only the dream of playing music and a steeled will to succeed.  But, before she could play a note, Lindeen came face to face with the disease that silently stalked her every step of the way.  Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that left her nearly blind in one eye and completely paralyzed on one side of her body,   Lindeen’s passion to make it big on the local, national, and international rock scene became her driving force.

Forming the all-girl alternative rock band, Zuzu’s Petals, Lindeen and her best girl friends Coleen (“former cheerleader gone off the deep end”) and Phyll (“Annie Oakley meets Patsy Cline”) struggle to survive the many challenges of making it as a female underdog in the male centric rock world including practicing in an abandoned box car, being scammed by slimy music industry agents on under-funded European tours, and watching other, newer female bands selling out and having greater success.

Ultimately, Laurie’s falling in love with singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg of Replacements fame and her first sense of having a true home since childhood cause her to revaluate her determination to “make it big.” With this new stable foundation in her life, Lindeen is able to truly see the negative aspects of her life in the band for the first time, and she ultimately realizes the difference between her dream and reality.

About the author:
Laurie Lindeen holds an M.F.A. in creative writing, a subject she currently teaches. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone’s Anthology Altrarockorama and on NPR. She lives with her husband Paul Westerberg and their son in Minnesota. Visit her online at