Tag Archive for 'Reading'

Nate Powell Discusses Come Again on 8/9

Aug ’18
7:00 pm

Nate Powell’s new graphic novel Come Again (Top Shelf) is a demon-filled 1970’s Ozark fairy tale, following two families pursuing elusive dreams in their dried-up hippie community. Under impossibly close scrutiny they carve out space for their secrets, while deep within the hills something monstrous stirs, ready to feast on village whispers. Come Again explores questions of changing ideals, privacy, love, parenthood, and the horror of casualness in the face of crisis. Powell will deliver a multimedia presentation exploring the book’s themes, influences, and creative development, followed by audience questions and a book signing.

“With his work on Swallow Me Whole and March, Nate established himself as one of the premier talents in comics, but Come Again is his finest work yet. Profoundly moving, intimate, and haunting, this book will resonate with you for a long, long time.” – Jeff Lemire

In 2016, Nate Powell became the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award for his work on the March trilogy, chronicling civil rights icon John Lewis’ experiences in the movement. His work includes Eisner Award-winning Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire, You Don’t Say, The Silence Of Our Friends, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. He has discussed his work at the United Nations, on The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN.

For more info: seemybrotherdance.org

Thurs, August 9th, 7pm – Free Event

Here’s the Facebook invite for this event.

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.

More info:

John talks about the book

Pansy Division Homepage

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.