Tag Archive for 'Reading'

Jon Ginoli founding member of Pansy Division reads!

Apr ’09
7:00 pm


Join Jon Ginoli the lead singer and founding member of the first openly gay punk band, Pansy Division as he reads and signs his new memoir Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division.


Jon Ginoli sets off on a journey of self-discovery and musical passion to become the founding member of Pansy Division, the first out and proud queer core punk rock band to hit the semi-big time. Set against the changing decades of music, we follow the band from their inception in San Francisco, to their search for a music label and a permanent drummer to their current status as indie rock icons. We see the highs–touring with Green Day–and the lows–homophobic fans–of striving for acceptance and success in the world of rock. Replete with the requisite tales of sex, drugs, groupies, band fights and label battles, this rollicking memoir is also an impassioned account of staying true to the artistic vision of queer rock’n’roll.

Jon Ginoli is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of Pansy Division, a punk rock band whose cd’s include Undressed, Deflowered, Wish I’d Taken Pictures, and more. An Illinois native, he’s played both dive bars and arenas, and his favorite color is purple. When not on tour with the band he lives and works in San Francisco.

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Ice Box Press at Quimby’s!

Jan ’09
7:00 pm

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.

Al Burian….reading?


Wow, this signage magically popped up in the poster area. So if your in Chicago Sunday here’s your chance to check out Al & Jessica reading…and its free! Nice use of glitter too!!!

David Samuels at Quimby’s

May ’08
7:00 pm

Join author David Samuels as he reads and signs from his first two books ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART and THE RUNNER at Quimby’s.

David has been turning out excellent work for Harper’s, The New Yorker, The American Scholar, and The New York Times Magazine for more than a decade. He is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist for feature writing and reporting; his work has been included in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000, The Best American Political Reporting 2004, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006. He was named one of the Columbia Journalism Review’s Ten Best Feature Writers 35 and Under and one of Editor and Publisher’s Fifty Nonfiction Writers to Watch.

ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART is a collection of David’s magazine work anchored by his funny, wildly inventive accounts of “big events” like Woodstock ’99, Donald Rumsfeld’s press conferences at the Pentagon, a George Bush fund-raiser at a mall in Texas, and Super Bowl XL in Detroit. Recalling the pioneering New Journalism of Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion, it is a marvelous display of David’s unique reportorial sensitivity and stylistic flair.

THE RUNNER tells the true story of James Hogue, a petty thief who forged his way though the Princeton admission system and excelled at the school until his con was exposed. David first wrote about Hogue in a much-discussed New Yorker article, and here reports what became of Hogue. The book is both a wonderfully involving personal story and an absurdist parable of the college admissions game and the larger pretense of the Ivy League. Through the connections David draws between Hogue’s ambitions and desires and our own, he has made the story of James Hogue an exploration of the slippery nature of personal identity in America and a window into the corruptions of the American dream.

Together these two books form a career-defining set showcasing the work of one of America’s most gifted young journalists.

Chip Kidd reads from The Learners

May ’08
7:00 pm

From graphic designer Chip Kidd comes a brilliant new novel about advertising, electro-shock torture, potato chips, murder, powdered milk, suicide, shoes with buckles, crippling despair, and giant dogs. And the Holocaust.

Fresh out of college in the summer of 1961, Happy lands his first job as a graphic designer (okay, art assistant) at a small Connecticut advertising agency populated by a cast of endearing eccentrics. Life for Happy seems to be—well, happy. But when he’s assigned to design a newspaper ad recruiting participants for an experiment in the Yale Psychology Department, Happy can’t resist responding to the ad himself. Little does he know that the experience will devastate him, forcing a reexamination of his past, his soul, and the nature of human cruelty—chiefly, his own.

Chip Kidd is a writer and graphic designer in New York City. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf (where he has worked since 1986) have helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. In 1998 he was made a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationalle, and in 2007 he was awarded the National Design Award for Communications.

Mr. Kidd has also written about graphic design and popular culture for McSweeney’s, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, Details, The New York Post, I.D. and Print. He is author and designer of Batman Collected, Batman Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. As an editor of books of comics for Pantheon (a subsidiary of Knopf) Kidd has worked extensively with some of the most brilliant talents practicing today, including: Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, Kim Deitch, Charles Burns, Mark Beyer, Ben Katchor and Alex Ross.

A comprehensive monograph of Kidd’s work, CHIP KIDD: BOOK ONE was published in October of 2005.  The Cheese Monkeys, Kidd’s first novel, was published by Scribner in Fall of 2001 and was a national bestseller, as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His second novel, The Learners, was published in February of 2008.

Chip Kidd will be on hand to read and sign copies of The Learners.