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Believer Beware!

Nov ’09
14
7:00 pm

So a transgender cowboy, a pornographer/Bible teacher, and a nostalgic former fundamentalist walk into a bookstore. It’s not a joke; it’s what will happen at Quimby’s Saturday, November 14 at 7 pm when Quince Mountain, Erik Hanson and E.J. Park read their contributions to Believer Beware, edited by Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau:“Cowboy for Christ”, “Bible Porn”, and “The Joy of Dissent (Or, Why I Miss Fundamentalism)”, respectively. The second collection from killingthebuddha.com, Believer Beware uncovers “first person dispatches from the margins of faith” and exposes them to the world. As editor Jeff Sharlet describes in his introduction

“Caught between comics and scripture is the stuff of this collection, memoir. Memoir, after all, is euphemistic label for testimony, a cleaned-up manifestation of the comic book sensibility.”

Join contributors and killingthebuddha.com editors for this Chicago launch of Believer Beware.

“Shocking, exhilarating, and never dull…. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal
“A complex, fascinating collection, full of surprises.” –Booklist
“Believer Beware is a door that leads from religious indoctrination to freedom. It is a book worth reading, vastly entertaining and (for me anyway) yet another liberating step from exile to better place. —Frank Schaeffer Author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back and the forthcoming Patience With God: Faith For People Who Don’t Like Religion (Or Atheism)
For more info: http://killingthebuddha.com/ktblog/believer-beware/

Off-site Event: The Interview Show at the Hideout

Oct ’09
2
6:30 pm

The-Interview-Show-No-18-foThe Interview Show, a talk show at The Hideout, is back Friday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Host Mark Bazer welcomes guests Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, co-hosts of “Sound Opinions;” novelist Gillian Flynn (“Dark Places,” “Sharp Objects”) and Joe Winston, director of the documentary “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” $5. Plus, Quimby’s will on hand to sell books by the guests. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia.

Metralingua’s Down the Block Reading

Oct ’09
23
7:00 pm

Featuring Chicago authors Peter Zelchenko, Hugh Iglarsh, Sharyn Elman, and John Banas

Chicago authors Peter Zelchenko, Hugh Iglarsh, Sharyn Elman, and John Banas will read their contributions from Metrolingua’s anthology Down the Block.

As the “Metro” in Metrolingua implies urban life, Down the Block confronts and even celebrates life in the city. The authors’ interaction with cities reveal both complimentary and antagonistic reactions, expressing the complexity of what cities mean to us, whether we live within them or are just passing through.

Zelchenko is “an outspoken activist who pursues his causes long after most people would have given up” (Chicago Reader), and writes for Gapersblock.com, Thepoint.com, and has a popular column for the Chicago Journal. He also wrote the critically acclaimed exposé, It Happened Four Years Ago: Mayor Daley’s Brutal Conquest of Chicago’s First Ward.

Iglarsh has published satire, reviews and essays in such periodicals as The Lyric Opera Study Guide, New City, Bridge Magazine, World Jewish Digest, and Context.

Elman has worked as a broadcaster and producer for television and radio in Los Angeles and Chicago, and now teaches broadcasting at Columbia College.

Banas has experienced enough layoffs to write about it for this anthology and get involved in politics in DuPage county while pursuing other writing.

Metrolingua is a micro-publisher created by Margaret Larkin, to celebrate the human movement of writing in the 21st century as an alternative to the publishing monoliths that have emerged in the increasingly consolidated publishing business. See a full preview of the anthology and hear audio at: Metrolingua.com

Barred For Life Interviews

Oct ’09
17
3:00 pm

barredforlifePosterGot a Black Flag tattoo? Come to Quimby’s to get interviewed for a book about it! For more info, go here.

Ethan Gilsdorf Geeks Out at Quimby’s

Oct ’09
14
7:00 pm

Come commune with your inner fantasy fan or gaming geek with Ethan Gilsdorf, author of the travel memoir / pop culture narrative “FANTASY FREAKS AND GAMING GEEKS: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms.”

The book is an exploration and celebration of fantasy and gaming subcultures. On a quest that begins in his own geeky teenage past and ends in our online gaming future, former D&D addict Gilsdorf crisscrosses America, the world, and other worlds—from Boston to Wisconsin, France to New Zealand, and Planet Earth to Middle-earth to the realm of Aggramar. He asks game-players and fantasy fans—old, young, male, female, able-bodied and disabled—what attracts them to fantasy worlds, and for what reasons. What he discovers is funny, poignant, and enlightening.

Gilsdorf was an obsessive Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) player back in the 1980s. He quit the fantasy role-playing game when he graduated from high school. Decades later, at age 40, Gilsdorf found a box of his old D&D gear in his parents’ basement. The discovery inspired him to write the book. Fantasy and gaming subcultures covered in the book include readers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books and viewer of the Lord the Rings movies, players of the online game World of WarCraft,  and participants in the medieval reenactment group the Society for Creative Anachronism and fantasy conventions like Dragon*Con. Gilsdorf is also launching a contest from the book’s website, the Great Geek Giveaway, which offers prizes for those who share their geekiest moment. People can submit essays, photos or video during the month of September.

More info:
www.fantasyfreaksbook.com

www.ethangilsdorf.com/greatgeekgiveaway