Monthly Archive for September, 2005

City of Destiny_ Chicago Writers’ Night

Sep ’05
12:00 am

City of Destiny_ Chicago Writers’ NightSaturday August 20, 7:30 pm
With featured readers/performers:
Joshua Bermont is an actor/comedian with The Gentleman Callers and open mic host.
Kate Cullan is a spoken word performer and open mic host.
Emerson Dameron has written for many publications including his former zine, Wherewithal.
Thax Douglas, rock poet, is the author of Tragic Faggot Syndrome.
Wendy McClure is the author of I’m Not the New Me: A Memoir, blogger at, and columnist for Bust.
Jonathan Messinger runs, hosts the Dollar Store readings, and is books editor of Time Out Chicago.
Jason Pettus is a travel writer and blogger at
This event will be hosted by Katherine Hodges, whose book and zine projects include Noncompliant and City of Destiny.
With free mini cocktails and desserts!

Nick Ostdick Event

Sep ’05
12:00 am

Friday October 29th 7PMNick Ostdick, author of Sunbeams and cigarettes
First time novelist Nick Ostdick has been writing for about five years. He has had a few works published on the web, as well as being the front man for a alternative rock band. Sunbeams and Cigarettes, his first novel will be available on October 17, and a relentless touring schedule will follow. Living in Northern Illinois, he is currently at work on his second novel, as well as a book of short stories.

THE2NDHAND presents: Mickey Hess, Daniel Buckman, and Jonathan Messinger

Sep ’05
12:00 am

THE2NDHAND presents:
Mickey Hess, Daniel Buckman, and Jonathan Messinger, live and riffing heavy.
September 10, 7:30 PM
Mickey Hess (, author of the 2003 memoir “Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory”, hails from Louisville, where he writes, teaches, and thinks about hip-hop.
Daniel Buckman lives and writes in Chicago. He is the author of a trio of novels, “Water in Darkness,” “The Names of Rivers,” and most recently “Morning Dark.”
Jonathan Messinger is Time Out Chicago’s books editor and proprietor at, site for stories of Chicago’s rapid transit.

Chicago Noir Event

Sep ’05
12:00 am

Chicago Noir Event
Friday September 2nd 7PM
with Marlon James (John Crow’s Devil), Neal Pollack (editor of Chicago Noir),
and Joe Meno (How the Hula Girl Sings).
CHICAGO NOIR, edited by Neal Pollack
On the heels of the stunning success of the summer ’04 award-winning
bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books launches a groundbreaking series of original
noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a
distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Now: Chicago
Brand new stories by: Neal Pollack, Achy Obejas, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski,
Adam Langer, Joe Meno, Peter Orner, Kevin Guilfoile, Bayo Ojikutu, Jeff
Allen, Luciano Guerriero, Claire Zulkey, Andrew Ervin, M.K. Meyers, Todd Dills,
C.J. Sullivan, Daniel Buckman, Amy Sayre-Roberts, and Jim Arndorfer.
Chicago Noir is populated by hired killers and jazzmen, drunks and dreamers,
corrupt cops and ticket scalpers and junkies. It’s the Chicago that the
Department of Tourism doesn’t want you to see, a place where hard cases face their
sad fates, and pay for their sins in blood. These are stories about blocks that
visitors are afraid to walk. They tell of a Chicago beyond Oprah, Michael
Jordan, and deep-dish pizza. This isn’t someone’s dream of Chicago. It’s not even
a nightmare. It’s just the real city, unfiltered. Chicago Noir.
NEAL POLLACK worked as a reporter for the Chicago Reader from 1993-2000,
where he wrote the “Petty Crime” column, among many other assignments. He’s the
author of three books of satire, including the cult classic The Neal Pollack
Anthology of American Literature and the rock-n-roll novel Never Mind the
Pollacks. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and magazines, and
he?s a regular contributor to Vanity Fair and Nerve.
Paperback reissue of the second novel from the author of the smash hit
A young ex-con in a small Illinois town. A lonely giant with a haunted past.
A beautiful girl with a troubled heart. Strange and darkly magical, How the
Hula Girl Sings begins exactly where most pulp fiction usually ends, with the
vivid episode of the terrible crime itself. Three years later, Luce Lemay, out
on parole for the awful tragedy, does his best to finds hope: in a new job at
the local Gas-N-Go; in his companion and fellow ex-con, Junior Breen, who
spells out puzzling messages to the unquiet ghosts of his past; and finally, in the
arms of the lovely but reckless Charlene. How the Hula Girl Sings is a
suspenseful exploration of a country bright with the far-off stars of forgiveness,
but still dark with the still-looming shadow of the death penalty.
JOE MENO is a fiction writer from Chicago and winner of a Nelson Algren
Literary Award. His latest best-selling novel, Hairstyles of the Damned, a
selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, follows the
exploits of adolescents as they struggle for belonging on Chicago’s south side. He
is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College, Chicago, the cofounder
of Sleepwalk magazine, coeditor of Bail magazine, and a columnist for Punk
Planet magazine.
a debut novel by Marlon James
THIS STUNNING DEBUT NOVEL tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote
Jamaican village in 1957. With language as taut as classic works by Cormac
McCarthy, and a richness reminiscent of early Toni Morrison, Marlon James reveals
his unique narrative command that will firmly establish his place as one of
today’s freshest, most talented young writers.
IN THE VILLAGE OF GIBBEAH — where certain women fly and certain men protect
secrets with their lives — magic coexists with religion, and good and evil
are never as they seem. In this town, a battle is fought between two men of God.
The story begins when a drunkard named Hector Bligh (the “Rum Preacher”) is
dragged from his pulpit by a man calling himself “Apostle” York. Handsome and
brash, York demands a fire-and-brimstone church, but sets in motion a
phenomenal and deadly struggle for the soul of Gibbeah itself. John Crow’s Devil is a
novel about religious mania, redemption, sexual obsession, and the eternal
struggle inside all of us between the righteous and the wicked.
MARLON JAMES was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970. He graduated from the
University of the West Indies in 1991 with a degree in Literature. An
award-winning artist and writer, this is his first novel. He lives in Kingston.

Bi America Event with William E Burleson

Sep ’05
12:00 am

William E Burleson, discusses his new book Bi America
Thursday, Sept 15th 7:00PM
William E Burleson, author of Bi America, is a Twin Cities HIV prevention educator, activist, and writer. One of the founders of the Bisexual Organizing Project, Burleson is a past coordinator for BECAUSE: the Midwest Conference on Bisexuality.
Burleson is a regular speaker and workshop facilitator at conferences and on college campuses, discussing the bisexual community and the nature of sexuality. Current projects include writing essays about bisexuality for various GLBT publications and electronic newsletters and producing a weekly Minneapolis cable access television show, BiCities!
This will be a book reading and signing for the new book from Haworth Press, Bi America: Myths, Truths and Struggles of an Invisible Community.
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