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Quimby’s Welcomes Four Midwest Authors: Berg, Fouts, Krecklow, & Tanzer 8/25

Aug ’17
7:00 pm

Four Midwest Authors to Read From Their Most Recent Work at Quimby’s 8/25:
Berg, Fouts, Krecklow, & Tanzer Converge in Chicago

In Lee L. Krecklow’s debut novel The Expanse Between when former writer and social recluse Thomas Stone witnesses through his window a violent fight between his neighbor and her boyfriend, the scene ignites memories that, years earlier, inspired his only celebrated novel.

With Seth Berg’s Aviary, written with Bradford Wolfenden II, two poets enter, one voice exits. Collaborative poetry is a conversation and when it’s done right it feels both unique to the individual poets and a comfortable fit with their solo work.

From Ben Tanzer comes a memoir about one of life’s true complexities: being cool. Written in touching vignettes, like snapshots of history, Tanzer eloquently illuminates his past with humor and resolve. Be Cool is a confession to a generation of readers, done so with acute precision and utmost trust.

Seth Berg is a hatchet-wielding forest-dweller who digs tasty hallucinatory literature. His second book, Aviary, was released by Civil Coping Mechanisms in January of 2017.

Tasha Fouts poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Bateau, and Birds Piled Loosely. She currently co-hosts the Soundcloud podcast Adventures in Television.

Lee L. Krecklow is the author of The Expanse Between (Winter Goose Publishing, 2017). He won the 2016 storySouth Million Writers Award for his story The Son of Summer and Eli.

Ben Tanzer is the author of the newly released book Be Cool – a memoir (sort of), among others. He also oversees the lifestyle empire This Blog Will Change Your Life.

Here’s the Facebook invite for this event!

Fri, Aug 25th 7pm – Free Event

Eugene S. Robinson discusses FIGHT at Quimby’s!

We know you’re psyching yourself up for the holidays, all song and buttered rum, but when it’s all said and done, what are we Chicagoans left with? Yep, you got it: dirty ice, frigid temps, and an hour of sunlight (if you’re lucky) for seemingly endless months. So please keep this event in your pocket — we have a feeling you’ll be needing it soon enough.


Friday, January 11th, 6:00 PM

FIGHT: Everything You wanted to know about fighting....

Join Eugene S. Robinson as he reads and discusses his new book FIGHT: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You’d Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking.

“Crushing your enemies, driving them before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women? It doesn’t get any better than this.”
–Eugene Robinson, ripping off John Milius

That’s the sentiment that surges just below the surface of Eugene Robinson’s Fight – an engrossing, intimate look into the all–absorbing world of fighting. Robinson – a former body–builder, one–time bouncer, and lifelong fight connoisseur – takes readers on a no–holds–barred plunge into what fighting is all about, and what fighters live for. If George Plimpton had muscles and had been choked out one too many times––this is the book he could have written.

When Robinson and his fellow fighters mix it up, they live completely for the moment: absorbed in the feel of muscles slippery with sweat; the metallic tang of blood mingling with saliva in the mouth; the sweet, firm thud of taped knuckles impacting flesh. They fight because it feels good. They fight because they want to win. And even if they get their asses kicked, they fight because they love fighting.

Fight is part encyclopedia, part panegyric to fighting in all its forms and glory. Robinson’s narrative – told in his trademark tough–guy, stream–of–consciousness noir voice – punctuates this explanatory compendium of the fighting world. From wrestling, jiu–jitsu, boxing and muay thai to bar fighting, hand–to–hand combat, prison fighting and hockey fights, from the greatest movie fight scenes to how to throw the perfect left hook, Fight is a scene–by–scene tour of the bloody but beautiful underworld that is the art of fighting.

With his aficionado’s enthusiasm and fast–paced, addictive voice, Robinson’s Fight combines compelling text with beautiful photographs to create an illustrated book as edgy and interesting as it is gorgeous.
Eugene S. Robinson
Eugene Robinson has written for GQ, The Wire, Grappling Magazine, LA Weekly, Vice Magazine, Hustler, and Decibel, among many others. He has also been Editor-in-Chief of Code and EQ. He grew up in New York City, where he first understood the surreal joy of a bloody nose obtained through fighting. The 6’1″, 235-pound Robinson has worked in magazine publishing, film, and television. He has studied boxing, Kenpo karate, Muay Thai (mixed martial arts), wrestling, and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Robinson is also the vocalist and front man for Oxbow, a rock group-cum-fight club whose most recent album, The Narcotic Story, will be released in 2007. He lives in the San Francisco area.

At The Hideout: Unmarketable Book Release Party

Nov ’07
7:30 pm


Dear Target Demographic,

Sponsorships got you down? Lackluster branding no longer giving you the thrill it once did? Psyched to join the revolution . . . the shopping revolution? Did the murky stench of corporate advertising upset the partygoers at your last soiree? Confused about which big business best correlates with your lifestyle? Can’t get rid of those greasy stains since that last meeting with the major label A&R rep? Want to sell out, but not quite sure where to turn?

Well, the good people behind Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity can help: Just attend one of these focus groups now forming in your area, which just happens to be at The Hideout.
This event is not happening at Quimby’s but rather, Quimby’s will be selling Unmarketable at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) during this event.

Authoress Anne Elizabeth Moore will read from Unmarketable. Opening acts Betsy Crane, Richard Fox, Mairead Case and others have some disgusting but strangely appealing offers you do NOT want to miss out on.

ACTUAL INFORMATION FROM THE BACK COVER of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity:
“Cultural resistance” and “DIY” (do-it-yourself) now denote both a recognizable demographic to target and a strategic way for marketers to promote their products. As the endless pursuit of the youth market demands ever-edgier tactics, whole social networks, communal economies, and value systems are put in jeopardy. Unmarketable is both a powerful critique of corporate marketing’s appropriations of and alliances with the cultural underground and a highly entertaining depiction of the absurdity produced by our advertising-saturated, late-capitalist wonderland. A longtime member of the underground, Anne Elizabeth Moore traipses through this upset landscape, interviewing the perpetrators, the victims, and the not-so-innocent bystanders of phenomena both hilarious and troubling in order to examine the underground’s changing relationship to the commercialized world and its impact on activism and integrity.

For more info:

New Press, Unmarketable


Ladyfest Chicago 2007 Reading at Quimby’s!

Oct ’07
2:30 pm


Ladyfest Chicago 2007 Reading at Quimby’s! Sunday, October 21st, 2:30 PM – free event!

Ladyfest (October 18th-21st) is an arts festival, started in Olympia, Washington in 2000, that which has spread to various cities around the world.  It celebrates achievements of women in music, film, visual arts, and spoken word. Ladyfest also showcases the work of female filmmakers, artists, writers and activists, in addition to hosting lively music and club nights featuring live bands and female djs and organized workshops and speakers to encourage activism, education, and discussion over apathy. This event at Quimby’s is one of multiple events during Ladyfest Chicago 2007.

This event will feature readings by these awesome lady zinesters:

*Christy C. Road: Creator of Greenzine and the illustrated storybook INDESTRUCTABLE (Microcosm). As artist, illustrator and writer, her repertoire consists of ten years of independent publishing, two graphic novels, and countless illustrations for multiple magazines, record album art, concert posters and political organizations. Her most recent release is Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick (Microcosm), a collection of postcards featuring her drawings, some of which she created for Bitch Magazine, Jane, Green Day, The Queers, and various other bands, books, and publications. Currently, she is working on Bad Habits, an illustrated love story.
*Jami Thompson: Of No Better Voice zine. Formally, she ran Stranger Danger Distro and has been publishing zines since the age of fourteen.
*Angelina Schmalzried: Publisher of Odd Number, Extreme Unction, Dirty Past/City Troubles zines
*Liz Mason: Publisher of Caboose and The Bad Lyrics Project zines. Karaoke, gum and gossip extraordinaire
*Raechel Tiffe: Raise the Fist zine (editor/contributor), Girlistic webzine (contributor), Darling & Discontent zine. Anti-imperialist, pro-cat.

For more info: http://www.ladyfestchicago.com , http://www.croadcore.org or contact Raechel Tiffe at raecheltiffe@gmail.com .

Just added: Jonathan Katz, Star and co-creator of Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist at Quimby’s

Jonathan Katz is scheduled for this rare in-store appearance at Quimby’s on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00pm, and he will be autographing copies of his new CD Caffeinated! We know it’s short notice but we just couldn’t say no to such an awesome event!

J Katz

The co-creator and star of Comedy Central’s wildly popular “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” returns to his stand-up comedy roots with the long overdue release of his first ever CD. Fans of Dr. Katz will recognize the clever and quiet yet subversive voice of the world’s most famous animated shrink as he tailors comedy for the live stage. Caffeinated also includes outrageous phone-in segments Katz popularized on NPR’s The Next Big Thing along with original music never heard away from the concert stage. Katz fans have had to sample his comedy in small doses. Finally, Caffeinated delivers the many facets of this man’s remarkable comedy in an easy to swallow once-a-day treatment.

Author, producer, actor, comedian and musician, Jonathan Katz is one of the entertainment industry’s most original and versatile creative personalities. He co-created and starred in the hit animated series, “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist,” which, during its six seasons on Comedy Central, was credited with branding that network as the home for sophisticated, smartly stupid humor. As an actor, Katz has won praise for roles in the films Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy (“excruciatingly funny”), the David Mamet films State and Main, Things Change, and The Spanish Prisoner, and with Janeane Garofalo in The Independent. He co-wrote Mamet’s critically acclaimed House of Games. In the last several years, Katz has created and produced innovative programming across different media platforms, including “Raising Dad” for the WB, and the animated television pilot, “Say Uncle” in which he co-starred with Lisa Kudrow for Disney and Fox. Originally a musician and songwriter, Katz fronted a rhythm and blues group called Katz and Jammers before serving as the musical director for Robin Williams’ 1979 stand-up tour. In 1981 he started working solo, doing a cabaret act that was mostly musical, and in between songs he began to lay the groundwork for his stand-up act. A native New Yorker, Jonathan moved to Boston twenty years ago and currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters. In 1997 Jonathan was diagnosed with MS. Weeks later he found out what those two letters represent (multiple sclerosis). For the last few years he has talked publicly about how this illness has impacted his life, and finds sharing his situation with others very enriching. “Life goes on with the disease. I use comedy to cope. In fact I teach a course called “Coping with Comedians who use Comedy to Cope.”