Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Off-Site Event at The Hideout: Daniel Kibblesmith and Sam Weiner Talk How to Win at Everything 11/16

Nov ’13
3:00 pm



Nobody chooses to be a loser – they just haven’t found the right advice. This ground-breaking new handbook guides readers through how to win at everything (actually, more like dozens of things) —even things that aren’t competitive, and that you can’t or shouldn’t try to win at, such as eye exams, puberty and apologizing.
Essential diagrams direct winners through activities such as raising a child (remember: feed them daily and have them checked by a veterinarian), bird watching (start by spotting common species like pigeons, or dogs), fishing (throw a toaster into a lake), faking your own death (Write DEAD on your library card in red block letters) and many more scenarios for success. In sharing their hard-won knowledge, the authors—who win at winning—help readers become the future winners they were meant to be.

Join Quimby’s at the Hideout November 16th to welcome authors Daniel Kibblesmith and Sam Weiner as they present this new book, which Quimby’s will provide for purchase.

About the Authors:

Daniel Kibblesmith has written for the Onion News Network and Splitsider, produced video for Funny or Die and The Best Show on WFMU, and appeared on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker. He lives in Chicago.
Sam Weiner is a staff writer for the Onion News Network. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Splitsider, on NPR’s Marketplace, and on stage at Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre. He lives in Chicago.

How to Win at Everything
By Daniel Kibblesmith and Sam Weiner
5 x 7 in; 176 pp;
2-color images throughout
ISBN 9781452113319

Please note: this event is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at The Hideout, at 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, (773) 227-4433. For more info about The Hideout, see

David Novak Reads From Japanoise at Quimby’s 11/22 With performances by Roth Mobot and Peter Speer

Nov ’13
7:00 pm


David Novak’s new book Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Duke University Press) describes how Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, became a global phenomenon. Noise first emerged as a genre in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe, and North America. With its cultivated obscurity, ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise captured the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience. But does Noise really belong to Japan? Is it even music at all? Novak draws on more than a decade of fieldwork to trace the “cultural feedback” that generated Noise in circulation between Japan and the United States, illustrating his talk with rare videos of Noise performances.


Novak’s presentation at Quimby’s will also be supported by electronic music performances featuring Roth Mobot, the circuit bent hybrid performance/teaching duo of Tommy Stephenson and Patrick McCarthy ( and Peter Speer, a Chicago artist working with improvised electronic sound (


“David Novak goes inside the Noise scene and presents an astounding perspective: historically astute, inspired, and completely shell-shocked.”

                              —Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth


David Novak is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of essays in Public CultureCultural Anthropology, and The Wire, and his research has recently been featured on podcasts by MIT and MoMA. Novak is also a radio host, sound engineer, and musician who has performed in the groups Habit Trail, Maestros, the Anthony Braxton Ensemble and Dymaxion.


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Friday, November 22, 7pm – Free Event

Anya Davidson Reads and Signs School Spirits 11/12

Nov ’13
7:00 pm

schoolspiritsSchool Spirits is Anya Davidson‘s idiosyncratic and captivating debut full-length graphic novel. It is the story of Oola, a high school student with an unusual connection to the supernatural. Comprised of four chapters, each deploying a different narrative technique, School Spirits is at once funny, sexy, mystical and, above all, utterly readable. Davidson’s crisp cartooning style makes even the strangest occurrences somehow seem plausible. This publication is sure to appeal to Davidson’s existing extensive underground following, as well as to fans of the farther reaches of contemporary graphic fiction.

Anya Davidson is a cartoonist and musician based in Chicago. She is the author of numerous zines and was a member of the acclaimed band Coughs. More info at

School Spirits
Hardcover, 152 pages PictureBox, $19.95
For more info: dan(at)pictureboxinc(dot)com

Quimby’s gift to you, in honor of our own holiday, Quimbas at this event: Take a nibble of a free Krampus Candy Cane.  But don’t gobble too quickly, little fellow. There’s a special Krampus mystery missive wrapped on that sweet treat.

Gene Gregorits Reads With Alan Hoffmann 11/8

Nov ’13
7:00 pm

In Gene Gregorits’ latest, Fishhook (Monastrell Books), he takes a break from his Dog Days series, which has won him a mountain of small press support while also inviting hellish scorn since its emergence last year. Throughout this new volume’s 550 pages, we experience the notorious cult writer and well-known Facebook abuser’s oftentimes hazardous day-to-day life with both humor and a terrifying clinical detachment. Fishhook is the first book of its kind: a literary anthology comprised entirely of status updates. It works as a conceptual coffee table piece, but fans of his novels can investigate this collection as a real life companion to both Dog Days and Johnny Behind the Deuce.

The work of Gene Gregorits has been hiding in plain sight for 20 years. His first 2 books, 2002′s Sex & Guts and 2007′s Midnight Mavericks: Reports From The Underground, sold less than 50 copies each, despite heavy marketing, exceptional writing, and one-of-a-kind interviews. He finds the relentless attempts to extinguish him as a writer and force of nature amusing, particularly now that with his own imprint, Monastrell, he has finally managed to discover an intelligent and informed readership that, like him, is none too happy about the current void in American literature. His rapidly growing cult of ne’er do wells, malcontents, and highly literate reprobates seems to be largely based in Chicago, and he is very excited to meet every one of them on November 8th.
Gregorits is coming all the way from Florida for this event; he will be reading from Dog Days Volume Two, Fishhook, and his current work-in-progress, Intra-Coastal: One Year On St. Pete Beach. For more info:

“Gene Gregorits is the best and truest writer you have never heard of.” -Lisa Carver, VICE MAGAZINE

Alan Hoffman is a Chicago-based writer-performer who collaborates with musicians (including current-regular ambient accompanist Cinchel) to create dark sonic portraits about human nature. His current project is a recording for late 2013 which includes his own monologues, along with one each by director Christophe Honore and author Dennis Cooper. Alan will read a piece from this recording tonight and will be performing the show in its entirety (with several other local musicians) in the near future.” For more info:

Friday, November 8th, 7pm – Free Event

In honor of Gregoritis’ love for Facebook, we’ll be giving away FREE GRAB BAGS to any customer who can prove that they shared that day’s event and tagged Quimby’s Bookstore. Social media: truly the gift that keeps on giving. Please note: customers must be in the store at the Gregorits in-store appearance to pick up their grab bags.