Monthly Archive for March, 2009

A Night of Bizarro Fiction

Apr ’09
6:30 pm

Join four authors from the Bizarro fiction movement: D.Harlan Wilson, Andersen Prunty, Eckhard Gerdes and Garrett Cook as they read from and sign their books. The material is sometimes profane, sometimes funny, but always weird and engaging.

D. Harlan Wilson is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, literary critic, screenwriter, and assistant professor of English at Wright State University-Lake Campus.  His recent books include a novel, Blankety Blank: A Memoir of Vulgaria (Raw Dog Screaming Press 2008), a novella, Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance (Shroud 2009), and a book of cultural theory, Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction (Guide Dog Books 2009).  Visit him online at

Andersen Prunty is the author of The Overwhelming Urge, Jack and Mr. Grin, Zerostrata, Market Adjustment and Other Tales of Avarice, and The Sorrow King (forthcoming). He naps in Dayton, Ohio. You can call him Andy and visit him on the web at

Eckhard Gerdes is the author of several unusual novels, including My Landlady the Lobotomist (a top-five selection for novel of the year in the Preditor’s and Editors Poll), The Million-Year Centipede (a top-ten selection the year prior and a nominee for the Wonderland Award), Przewalski’s Horse (which won the Bissell Award), and Cistern Tawdry (nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award). He teaches at Lake Forest College, DePaul University, and Triton College. He has three sons and lives in the Chicago area.

Garrett Cook is a Bizarro, horror and crossgenre novelist currently residing in Warrenville, IL. While he is not reading submissions for Evil Nerd Empire publishing ( or dealing with his duties as Associate Editor of Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens magazine, he is promoting his book Murderland Part 1: H8.

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Gabriel Boyer and Malcolm Felder at Quimby’s!

Apr ’09
7:00 pm


Gabriel Boyer began his performing career at the age of eighteen, singing-Blood-Sweat-and-Tears-while-adorned-in-condiments, this period ending when, at the age of twenty-one, he discovered soul music and formed the band Extra Play with Malcolm Felder (who will also be in attendance in the band Normal Feelings with Mr. Boyer), then abandoned said musical project to relocate to New York City where he curated the spoken word portion of the DUMBO Arts Festival in ‘99.

In summer of ‘03 Mutable Press (a company founded by Zachary Katz and Gabriel Boyer) released its first book, a collection of manifestoes edited by Mr. Boyer. In the winter of that same year Mutable Press released How to Tell the Living from the Dead, a novel by Gabriel Boyer. In the course of the following year Mutable Press released four books, among which was Seven Nights in the Bedroom, a memoir of Bedroom Theater, also by Gabriel Boyer.

Then Mr. Boyer moved to China for a year to contemplate what he had done. Afterwards, relocating to an anarchist commune just south of Eugene, OR, where he filmed an anarchist musical entitled Free-Thinking Man as Commodity. After a brief stint working in a fish processing plant in the Bering Strait, he and Malcolm Felder recorded a radioplay, Twilight at the Lady Jane Grey College for Little Ladies in the spring of ‘08 at Shady Pines Studios. He now resides in Chicago, IL where he and Felder run Mutable Sound.

Gabriel Boyer will read from his new book, A Survey of My Failures this Far, which is actually a collection of seven books.

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Apr ’09
7:00 pm


Quimby’s and STOP SMILING present an evening with R. Crumb (or, rather, the documentary about R. Crumb, CRUMB!).*

The new issue of STOP SMILING features an in-depth cover-story interview with the legendary comic-artist provocateur, who rarely speaks to the press. Crumb and Celia Farber, who made her name as an investigative journalist covering AIDS research, discuss her area of expertise as well as his, which makes for a lively and telling dialog.

The Crumb! documentary is a cinematic portrait of the artist as a weird man, and explores Crumb’s traumatized family, his strange sexual tastes, and allusions of racism and sexism that some find rampant and disturbing in his work. From his childhood home to the San Francisco streets where he started Zap Comix, the film sets Crumb in a panoply of settings, all of which come across as somehow unsettling.

Copies of the new issue of STOP SMILING with the R. Crumb cover, as well as an array of R. Crumb merchandise from Quimby’s, will be on hand.

WHEN: April 2, 2009, 7 p.m.
WHERE: The STOP SMILING Storefront (1371 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago)

Free drinks will be provided (21+)
To attend, email (subject: Crumb)

*R. Crumb, the actual person, will not be at this event

Jon Ginoli founding member of Pansy Division reads!

Apr ’09
7:00 pm


Join Jon Ginoli the lead singer and founding member of the first openly gay punk band, Pansy Division as he reads and signs his new memoir Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division.


Jon Ginoli sets off on a journey of self-discovery and musical passion to become the founding member of Pansy Division, the first out and proud queer core punk rock band to hit the semi-big time. Set against the changing decades of music, we follow the band from their inception in San Francisco, to their search for a music label and a permanent drummer to their current status as indie rock icons. We see the highs–touring with Green Day–and the lows–homophobic fans–of striving for acceptance and success in the world of rock. Replete with the requisite tales of sex, drugs, groupies, band fights and label battles, this rollicking memoir is also an impassioned account of staying true to the artistic vision of queer rock’n'roll.

Jon Ginoli is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of Pansy Division, a punk rock band whose cd’s include Undressed, Deflowered, Wish I’d Taken Pictures, and more. An Illinois native, he’s played both dive bars and arenas, and his favorite color is purple. When not on tour with the band he lives and works in San Francisco.

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John talks about the book

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