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. [maureenfoley.com]
Mason Johnson is a writer from Chicago who currently works full time writing and editing articles for CBS. Also, he pets all the cats. [themasonjohnson.com]
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. [vinniethevole.com]
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Join the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) on Friday, September 21st, as it presents a live-audience episode of its new “Podcast Dreadful” serial literary anthology, at the popular Quimby’s Bookstore in Wicker Park. Known for its annual themed compilation of local short work every fall, this year CCLaP is presenting this work as a free 12-part audiobook at its website cclapcenter.com/dreadful, every Monday in September, October and November; featuring a variety of celebrated authors both locally and across the US, each story in this collection has been written in the style of an old Victorian “penny dreadful,” featuring cliffhangers each week and a dark, strange tone throughout. Episode number 4 will be performed in front of a live audience at the famed indie-lit venue Quimby’s, and will feature not only readings from local authors Davis Schneiderman, Jacob Knabb, Jason Fisk and CCLaP owner Jason Pettus, but also real-time radio-style sound effects by a specially assembled stage crew. Free refreshments will also be served that night, and with other CCLaP merchandise available for purchase.
For more info: cclapcenter.com/dreadful or write Jason Pettus at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri, Sept 21st, 7pm
With all the talk of “hope” and “honor” that was bound to arise during the tenth anniversary of September 11th, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) thought it was important to also remind the future of what the last ten years have REALLY been like. That’s why the center put together this latest anthology, which took a dark science-fiction conceit as its core and then invited a series of writers across the nation to pen stories set within that alternative universe. In this case, the stories look back from a fictional twentieth anniversary of 9/11, but one where John McCain won the 2008 and ’12 elections, then Sarah Palin in 2016 and ’20; and with no government bailouts, no withdrawals from the Middle East, and no attempts to move away from an oil-based economy, the US has become a much bleaker and more terrible place, a nation that is now used to rolling electricity blackouts two or three days a week and that is just about to go to war with Mexico, where the permanently unemployed squat in half-finished McMansions out in crumbling suburbs that almost completely lack both gasoline and fresh fruit. A sobering reminder of what life under Tea Party rule would likely be like, “American Wasteland” is an antidote to the false cheeriness and optimism that has come with the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a more realistic look at all the mistakes this nation has made between then and now.
Various local contributors to this anthology will be performing at Quimby’s that night, including DELPHINE PONTVIEUX (“ETA: Estimated
Time of Arrest”), MARK R. BRAND (“Life After Sleep”) and LAWRENCE SANTORO (“Just North of Nowhere”). CCLaP itself (cclapcenter.com) is a
mostly online organization that has been open since 2007, a regular publisher of both electronic and handmade paper books, as well as such other activities as a podcast, 150 book reviews a year at its blog, and half a dozen live events annually at various venues across the city.
Friday, September 9th, 7pm