Monthly Archive for March, 2023

Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, Updated Edition, Instagram Live Online Event with Anne Elizabeth Moore, May 17th

May ’23
7:30 pm

Quimby’s welcomes back Anne Elizabeth Moore on May 17th at 7:30pm CT for an exclusive online live event on the Quimby’s Instagram to celebrate the re-release of her award nominated collection of essays Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

Long out of print, Body Horror is a fascinating, insightful portrait of the gore that encapsulates contemporary American politics. This new edition features an updated introduction and new essays, as well as illustrations by Xander Marro, who designed the most recent Quimby’s bookmark in celebration of the rerelease of this book.

Moore will read from the book, give a tour of her studio, followed by a Q&A.

Whether for entertainment, under the guise of medicine, or to propel consumerism, heinous acts are perpetrated daily on women’s bodies. In Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, award-winning journalist Anne Elizabeth Moore catalogs the global toll of capitalism on our physical autonomy. Weaving together unflinching research and surprising humor, these essays range from investigative, probing the Cambodian garment industry, the history of menstrual products, or the gender biases of patent law—to uncomfortably intimate. Informed by her own navigation of several autoimmune diagnoses, Moore examines what it takes to seek care and community in the increasingly complicated, problematic, and disinterested US healthcare system.

A Lambda Literary Award finalist and a Chicago Review of Books Nonfiction Award shortlist title, Body Horror is “sharp, shocking, and darkly funny. . . . Brainy and historically informed, this collection is less a rallying cry or a bitter diatribe than a series of irreverent and ruthlessly accurate jabs at a culture that is slowly devouring us” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Featuring an updated introduction and new essays, as well as illustrations by Xander Marro, this new edition of Body Horror is a fascinating, insightful portrait of the gore that encapsulates contemporary American politics.

We are over the moooooooon about these new bookmarks Xander Marro made for us, celebrating the book!

Anne Elizabeth Moore was born in Winner, SD. She is the author of Unmarketable (2007), the Eisner Award–winning Sweet Little Cunt (2018), Gentrifier: A Memoir (2021), which was an NPR Best Book of the Year, and others. She is the founding editor of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics and the former editor of Punk Planet, The Comics Journal, and the Chicago Reader. She has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation. She is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, has taught in the Visual Critical Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was the 2019 Mackey Chair of Creative Writing at Beloit College. She lives in the Catskills with her ineffective feline personal assistants, Taku and Captain America. Her podcast My Inevitable Murder is available through Patreon and other places like Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Find her on IG at @aem.oore.

For more info, see

Anne Elizabeth Moore Body Horror Event Online
Wednesday, May 17h, 7:30pm CT
Order Body Horror here.
Facebook Event Link here.

Afraid your online question during the event will get lost in the scrolling internet ether? Email info(at)quimbys(dot)com in advance and let us know what you’d like to ask Ms. Moore.



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What Critics Are Saying About Body Horror:

“An exploration of misogyny unlike any I’ve ever read, this reissued and updated volume brings us again into the excellence of Anne Elizabeth Moore’s research and ability as a historian. She writes with wit, wry humor, and the instincts of a detective-novelist-cum-muckraking-journalist. In Body Horror, Moore brings us stories that will never leave us alone again.” —Riva Lehrer, artist and author of Golem Girl: A Memoir

“I laughed, I cried, I puked, I cheered. This visceral collection is one of the best things I’ve ever read—an essential, humane book.” —Daniel Kraus, coauthor of The Living Dead

“Body Horror is a strangely comforting book to read for its decidedly feminist, anti-capitalist, and anti-consumerist content. It is indeed a tiny bit horrific but written with a good dose of humor, and shows that, no, you are not alone in this cruel world.” —Julie Doucet, cartoonist and author of Time Zone J

“With lacerating wit and furious precision, Anne Elizabeth Moore connects the dots between labor, medicine, misogyny, and cultural production to reveal the scars and sores wrought by Western capitalism. In the six years since Body Horror was originally published, Moore’s already-prescient writing now reflects the urgency, both personal and political, of upending the tidy narratives of a body politic that hurt more than they help. It’s a necessary evisceration of institutions and imperatives that asks us to do something almost unthinkable: imagine better for ourselves and our communities.” —Andi Zeisler, author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement

“Sharp, shocking, and darkly funny, the essays in [Body Horror] … expose the twisted logic at the core of Western capitalism and our stunted understanding of both its violence and the illnesses it breeds […] Brainy and historically informed, this collection is less a rallying cry or a bitter diatribe than a series of irreverent and ruthlessly accurate jabs at a culture that is slowly devouring us.”
?Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Probing her own experiences with disease and health care, Anne Elizabeth Moore offers scalpel-sharp insight into the ways women’s bodies are subject to unspeakable horrors under capitalism.” ?Chicago Tribune

“As the subtitle promises, this essay collection by award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar Anne Elizabeth Moore tackles heavy, complicated issues with biting humor and aplomb, dissecting the ways patriarchal capitalistic trauma plays out on women’s bodies and health, both mental and physical. From her keen observations on the 2010 Cambodian garment worker strike and its resulting massacre to her vulnerable, often hilarious insights on the maze of current American healthcare and her own varied ailments, Moore writes with spark and verve.” ?Lydia Melby, Texas Book Festival

“Anne Elizabeth Moore is the feminist killjoy I want at every party—armed and ready to calmly, often humorously, eviscerate any casual misogyny in the room. Compiling her years of experience as a journalist, this collection showcases Moore’s staggering body of knowledge. At the core of several of these essays is Moore’s own body and its betrayals in the form of autoimmune disorders and her newly accepted label of disability. Admirably, Moore never lingers too long on her own experience, but instead uses it to reach to different corners of the globe and different eras in American history to diagnose the malignancy of misogyny on bodies beyond her own. Anne Elizabeth Moore is masterful at illustrating how the ills of capitalism have become so insidious that they are now coming from inside—our houses, our heads, our very cells.” —Sarah Hollenbeck, Women & Children First Bookstore

“At turns chummy, cerebral, and incendiary, Body Horror holds no punches. This motley crew of essays form an astute and uproarious exploration of the insidious misogyny and ableism bred into contemporary culture. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might even rage-vomit. A winner.” —Katharine Solheim, Pilsen Community Books

“Moore also holds the serious alongside the hilarious, and the clarity and intelligence of her prose illuminates both. Original, funny, and brilliant, this book outmaneuvers, outshines, and will outlive so many memoirs that seek to cover the same tenuous ground.” —Kerri Arsenault, Orion Magazine
“Moore infuses this memoir with keenly researched insights about the historical forces that created Detroit’s (and America’s) housing crisis, creating a heartfelt, funny, thought-provoking meditation on the multifaceted fallacy of the American Dream.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Eye-opening . . . A unique, lovely meditation on the power of community.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Incisive . . . A trenchant meditation on how communities come together, and the forces that drive them apart.” —Publishers Weekly

“Both comedic and fierce . . . Moore’s experiences will draw in readers interested in an intimate perspective on housing issues or life in recent Detroit. She provides thoughtful perspective on community, capitalism, and making art in difficult times.” —Library Journal

Quimby’s Offsite: Hit Girls: Women of Punk in the USA, 1975-1983, Chicago Book Party at GMan Tavern, April 27th

Apr ’23
7:30 pm

Join us at the GMan tavern on while we sell books for a very special Chicago Book Party!

Deep Eddy Vodka welcomes
Hit Girls: Women of Punk in the USA, 1975-1983
Author Reading with Jen B. Larson * Q&A hosted by WBEZ’s Jill Hopkins
Thursday, April 27th
Doors: 7pm / Show: 7:30pm
$10 Adv. / $12 Door / 21+
Jen Lemasters (aka She Bop), Clare Kelly, and Jill Hopkins DJ
at GMan Tavern, 3740 North Clark Street Chicago, IL.
(Note: this event is not at Quimby’s.)

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About Hit Girls (published by Feral House):

Think punk was only a boys club? Read about the women who were the punk revolution!

Women have been kicking against the pricks of music patriarchy since Sister Rosetta Tharpe first played the guitar riffs that built rock-n-roll. The explosion of punk sent shockwaves of revolution to every girl who dreamed of being on stage. Punk godmothers Suzy Quatro, The Runaways, Patti Smith, Poison Ivy, Tina Weymouth, Debbie Harry, The Go-Gos, and Fanny’s Millington sisters provided the template for thousands of girls and women throughout the United States to write and record their songs.

Hit Girls is the story local and regional bands whose legacy would be otherwise lost. Despite the modern narrative labeled women anomalies in rock music, the truth is: women played important roles in punk and its related genres in every city, in every scene, all over the United States. The women and bands profiled by Jen B. share their experiences of sexism and racism as well as their joy and successes from their days on stage as they changed what it meant to be in a band. These pioneering women were more than novelty acts or pretty faces–they were fully contributing members and leaders of mixed-gender and all-female bands long before the call for “girls to the front.”

The women of Hit Girls are now rightfully exalted to cult status where their collective achievement is recognized and inspiring to new generations of women rockers. Included are interviews with: Texacala Jones, Stoney Rivera, Mish Bondaj, Alice Bag, Nikki Corvette, Penelope Houston, and many more formidable and infamous women who made their voices heard over the screaming guitars.

Hit Girls includes over 100 rare and never-before seen images. Author Jen B. includes a comprehensive playlist of all the artists. Foreword by punk journalist, Ginger Coyote.

About the author:  Jen B. Larson is a writer, musician, and public art schoolteacher living in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in English literature and creative writing as well as an M.Ed. in special education. Her bands, Swimsuit Addition, beastii, and Jen and the Dots, have performed and recorded extensively over the last decade. Visit Jen on the web at

Wanna buy the book in advance? Come in to the store or get it off our website here.

Zine Club Chicago Online: Riotous Zines Edition, April 25th!

Apr ’23
7:30 pm

A red-and-blue infographic flyer, with the cartoon image of a person laughing with their mouth wide open, and text that reads: “Zine Club Chicago: Riotous Zines Edition; Online! Free! Zoom info on; 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 25, 2023”

Zine Club Chicago Online: Riotous Zines Edition
7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 25 on Zoom

From snarky observations and arch takes to wacky puns and sight gags, zines make excellent vehicles for all kinds of humor. This month, we’ll be discussing — and cracking up about — our favorite titles that make us smirk, giggle, and LOL!

Grab the funniest zines in your collection, BYOS(ense)O(f)H(umor), and join us on Zoom for Zine Club Chicago Online: Riotous Zines Edition at 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 25!

** RSVP required ** We want to make sure that our online Zine Club Chicago events are a safe space, so we won’t be releasing the Zoom link publicly. If you’d like to attend, please email to RSVP by 9 p.m. CT Monday, April 24 (the evening before our event). We’ll email you the Zoom link by 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday, April 25.

Zine newbies and longtime enthusiasts alike are always welcome at Zine Club Chicago, the city’s only book club-style event for people who read zines. This free monthly series is produced by Cynthia E. Hanifin and sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore. Anna Jo Beck designs our monthly flyers, created our logo, and made our Zine Club Chicago Shout-Outs site, where folks can peruse and recommend zines we’ve discussed at our events.

More info on the Zine Club Chicago social media channels: @zineclubchicago. Facebook event here.

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New Stuff This Week


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2 zines from Billy McCall:
Proof I Exist #40 $2
Behind the Zines #15 $4

Antigravity vol 21 #3 $10

Urban Guerrilla Zine #27 $10

Zines by Amanda Smithivas:
Week In the Stars $4
Oh Balls $3

International Review #169 Win 23 $3

Cog #2 by Zak Biggard $20

Early 2020s Chicago Punk Shows by J. Daniel Hud $13

zines by Mita Saldana:
Raindrops #1 $3
Pluviophile #2 $5

Cava #2 Feb 23 Black History Resilience and Liberated Future $10

various issues of Catalytic Quarterly $4 each

Comics & Minis

I Hope This Finds You #6 Diary Comics by Kevin Budnik $6

Stoneware Jug by Stefan Lorenzutti and John Porcellino $8

Comic Vomit by Xena Lopez $8

Cyanide Swamp #1 $10

Reptile House #11 $7

Barfology #1 Spr 23 Sick Mutts Comix and Art Zine $10

Computer News #4 $5

Marsha Marsha Marsha or Art School Blues by Holly English $10

Graphic Novels

Heavy Bright by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics) $39.99

Politics & Revolution Books

Working It: Sex Workers On the Work of Sex edited by Matilda Bickers with peech breshears and Janis Luna (PM Press) $17.95


404 Error: Memoir of a Nobody by RG Vasicek and Zak Ferguson $10

Poetry, Chap Books & Lit Journals

Doom Scroll by Matthew Guenette (University of Akron Press) $16.95

Chap Books from Pitymilk Press:
It Is March and I Am Sitting Alone at a Thai Restaurant by Brea Harris and Patricia Murphy $12
Mash Notes by Jane Flett and Rosie Ship $10
Island Weather by Chelsea Tadeyeske and Anna Tesarova $15

Sinister Wisdom #128 Trans/Feminisms $14

Duet Duet (variou issues) by Elyse Johnson and Ricky Garni $6 each

Mystery and Adventure Series Review #60 $3

Overtime #64 What the Winner Takes by Karl Lykken (Blue Cubicle Press) $2

Books by James N. Wicklund:
Notes Found Scratched on a Bald Spot $14.95
Wildflowers Rising in the Boneyard $9.99


Elska #41 San Francisco, California $20

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Cemetery Language of Flowers by Allison C. Meier $10

I Am Not This Body by Vanya Emilia Minskoff Andersson $5

Zines by Cuyler Keating (Punched Tin Press): Pocket Herball Which Giveth Knowledge and Understanding of All Manner of Herbes and There Gracyous Vertues, $10, Blessed Are Ye: Dead a Guide to the Many Graveyards of New England (3rd edition) $15

I Am Grotesque by Eric Clift-Thompson $5

Comics & Minis

Brain School by Jam $2

Comique #1 by Bart Laube $2

Hell Crime by Ralph Hooten $1

New Comics by David Hankins: Bugs $2, Lazer Attack #1 $2, Yellow House $4

Huey #3 Huey’s Day by Levi Friedman $10

Graphic Novels

Comics For Choice (2nd ed) by various (Silver Sprocket) $29.99

Tits and Clits 1972-1987, edited by Joyce Farmer, Lyn Chevli & Mary Fleener (Fantagraphics) $59.99

Ephemera: A Memoir by Briana Loewinsohn (Fantagraphics) $24.95

Harvey Knight’s Odyssey by Nick Maandag (D+Q) $24.95

Sucker by Elle Shivers (Silver Sprocket) $15.99

Changeling vol 2 Tina N. Lugo (Silver Sprocket) $13.99

Ant Story by King Louies Lab $20

Art Books

Behind the Scenes Graffiti Series from Soi Books, $10 each: CHIP7LAND by CHIP7 (Bangkok), Kowloon Bustle by Xeme Hello (Hong Kong), Sool Boomb Book by Art of Sool (Itay)

How to Not Fuck Up Your Art World Happiness: 60 Tips and Tricks on How to Stay Relaxed and Mentally Sane In the Art Industry by Christoph Noe $14.95

100 Writing and Crafting Papers Foods and Sweets (PIE International) $29.99

Politics & Revolution Books

Cry of Mother Earth: Plan of Action of the Ecosocialist International by Ecosocialist Horizons (PM Press) $14.95


Lives Less Ordinary: Obituaries of the Eccentric, Unique and Undefinable, edited by Nigel Farndale Times Books) $24.95

Music Books

Psychedelia: 101 Iconic Underground Rock Albums 1966-1970 by Richard Morton Jack $39.95

Mayhem & Outer Limits

Bringer of Life: A Cosmic History of the Divine Feminine by Hayley A. Ramsey (Adventures Unlimited) $18.95

Giza Death Star Revisited by Joseph P. Farrell (Adventures Unlimited) $19.95


The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s) $28

Lit Journals & Chap Books

Moss Piglet March 2023 $12

Vampthology Book One: Cycle by Eric Clift $12


Sex and Horror – The Art of Roberto Molino edited by Nicola D’Agostino (Korero) $36.95

FutureLux Illustrated Fantasy Comix #1 by Scott Gerard Ruhl $10

Girls Girls Gore: Macabre Maidens for the Morbidly Inclined $3