Monthly Archive for August, 2013

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Maureen Foley Reads, with Mark R. Brand and Mason Johnson 9/5

Sep ’13
7:00 pm

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Join the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography as Quimby’s showcases three of MMMarvelous writers at Quimby’s on Thursday, September 5th. Local authors Mark R. Brand and Mason Johnson will be reading from their new books, the respective Long Live Us and Sad Robot Stories; and headlining the evening will be California author Maureen Foley, in town to promote her female relationship dramedy Women Float. All three authors will be available for signing books afterwards. We hope you will be able to join us for this MMMost enjoyable evening!

Maureen Foley is a writer and artist who lives on an avocado ranch by the sea in Southern California with her daughter, stepson and husband, writer James Claffey. Her writing has appeared in Wired, Caesura, The New York Times, Santa Barbara Magazine, Skanky Possum and elsewhere.  []

Mason Johnson is a writer from Chicago who currently works full time writing and editing articles for CBS. Also, he pets all the cats. []

Mark R. Brand is the author of the novels Red Ivy Afternoon (2006), Life After Sleep (2011), and The Damnation of Memory (2011), as well as the editor of the 2009 anthology Thank You, Death Robot. He is a two-time Independent Publisher Book Award winner and is the creator and host of the video podcast series Breakfast With the Author. []

For more info, visit or write cclapcenter(at)gmail(dot)com

Quimby’s Welcomes Black & Brown Press’ On Struggling Issue #3 with Guest Readers Stephanie Camba, Jonas Cannon and Mercedez Gonzalez

Sep ’13
7:00 pm


In the latest issue of On Struggling by the Brown & Proud Press, the theme of bodies is explored through a collaboration of short stories, poetry, comics and drawings. Receiving submissions from across the country, this zine exemplifies the complexities of body issues for people of color, covering topics such as self-hatred and skin color, chronic pain/illness, fatphobia, colonialism and assimilation, sexual abuse, and more. With the goal of reaching out to people of color with similar issues, the zine juxtaposes stories of struggle with stories of survival, including Ode to Survival in this Great Wide World by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, and Historically Struggling Bodies of POC and Even More Work to be Holistic Allies by Mika Munoz.

“We believe sharing these stories with and amongst other people of color helps to dismantle the isolation and shame that white supremacy [colonialism, capitalism] creates, and replaces them with support, strength, and communities of care” – Monica Trinidad, co-founder of Brown & Proud Press

As well as being sold at Quimby’s in Chicago and Bluestockings in New York, On Struggling is also distributed through Brown Recluse Zine Distro (Seattle), twelveohtwo Distro (Toronto), and No Shame Distro (New Brunswick), and archived with POC Zine Project and the University of Chicago library. Brown & Proud Press was also recently invited to participate in the Zine Pavilion section of the American Library Association’s 2013 Conference, highlighting the noteworthiness of self-published works.

For more info visit: or email brownandproudpress(at)gmail(dot)com

Friday, September 6th, 7pm – Free Event