Join us for an evening of vocabulary gymnastics! The Spelling Bee, the ultimate grade-school competition of intellectual prowess and rote memorization, comes to Quimby’s Bookstore for one night only.
The Official Unlympics Spelling Competition will be held February 7 at 7 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public, but potential competitors wanting to relive childhood glory days in front of an adoring, live bookstore audience must sign up in advance by replying to the blog entry at: http://tinyurl.com/unlympic-spelling-bee with a full name and email address. The spelling competition will be limited to 50 individuals and competitors will be charged a $5.00 entrance fee.
About The Unlympics:
The Unlympics is a month-long sporting event series intended to encourage active dialogue—extremely active dialogue—around the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid. The Unlympics looks at highly organized, internationally recognized, massively marketed, thoroughly branded, and extremely expensive sporting events not from a pro or con standpoint, but from a questioning standpoint.
Quimby’s Bookstore is proud to be the official bookstore and intellectual sponsor of the 2009 Winter Unlympic Games.
Saturday January 3rd 7PM
Join us for an evening of storytelling! Come see short animations, hear live radio plays, check out zines and books from the Ocean State, lil’ Rhody! Jo Dery will show several short animated films and Walker Mettling will read and perform stories and radio plays from the new audio issue of his zine “The Sparkle.” Get your hands on the recently published book by Jo Dery, titled Quietly Sure – Like the Keeper of a Great Secret (Little Otsu, publisher).
Click the Link for a sneak “Peek” of Jo’s Animation
I am so glad Jo could stop by the store and help us kick off 2009 with this great event. Don’t miss out!
Ice Box Press will hold a reading and book signing to celebrate the release of their inaugural chapbook, These Bones, Live! by Ryan Pendell. Joining Ryan Pendall for the reading will be Tara Walker and Erin Messer with a special sneak preview from their up coming chapbooks. Ice Box Press is housed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
About the Performers:
Ryan Pendell’s poetry employs lyrical and melodic abandon, combining elements of childhood daydreams and philosophical discourse. Pendell is the founder and co-editor of Lark(!) Magazine (www.larkmag.com).
Tara G. Walker is a poet fascinated by word games and the visual possibilities of language, currently finishing her MFA in writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works as a teaching artist with Urban Gateways and is the creator of the luckywhale jewelry line, available online at etsy.com.
E.C. Messer is a California native, like manzanita trees and purple sage. She was born on a very rainy Sunday. UCLA made her a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre…and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is almost done making her a Master of Fine Arts in Writing. She’s pretty sure both schools will either be very pleased or very sorry they did so. Her parents’ bizarre sense of humor is probably the great gift of her life. She suspects that you are delicious and would be glad to know you.
The elusive creator of Achewood has finally emerged! Chris Onstad is shedding his usual shroud of secrecy and hitting the road on a national tour to meet, greet, shake hands, and kiss babies.
On the heels of the release of The Great Outdoor Fight hardcover and a second straight Ignatz award for Best Online Comic, Onstad is making stops in major cities across North America to celebrate the success of Achewood with the dedicated fans that have made it all possible.
But these aren’t your typical creator signings. Tattoos, turkey, drinks, machismo bonding for ladies and dudes, topped off with enough Achewood merchandise for everyday of the week, each stop will be an event in its own right.
Come and join the party at comic shops across the country with the man who spends his days drawing cats and dogs as you’ve never seen them before.
Since 2001, cult comic favorite Achewood has built a six-figure international following. Intelligent, hilarious, and adult but not filthy, it’s the strip you’ll wish you’d discovered as an underappreciated fifteen-year-old. Dark Horse presents the hardbound edition of Achewood’s The Great Outdoor Fight, the story of “Three Days, Three Acres, Three Thousand Men.”