Archive for September 2013

Tell us your secrets

Chicago Literati is hosting a special submissions cycle based on secrets–the secrets that we keep, the secrets that come out, the secrets that pull us closer together and the secrets that divide us. Please follow our submission guidelines and send us your best essays, poetry and short stories by November 8th, 2013 by 10am. Email... Read more »

A letter from the editor

It is so easy to write someone off when they do something you don’t like or understand. It is so easy to trivialize the complexities of human nature like picking out ham at a goddamned deli counter. But the people I want to know are the people who ask the larger questions, and take the... Read more »

Bravery and Banishment: Portnoy's Complaint

Bravery and Banishment: Portnoy's Complaint
So, there are a few things that I love. Well, more than a few (I have a lot of feelings/love to give). But let’s talk specifically about two of the things I love the most: free speech and pissing people off. So banned books week is a great time for me to pick up some... Read more »
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Six books you would have never guessed were banned

A.A. Milne's classic tales of Winnie The Pooh is number 22 on the American Library Association's 100 most banned classics list. Why? Because a parent group in Kansas thought talking animals were an offense to God.
When you think banned books, what do you think of? You think of Fifty Shades of Grey, Madame Bovary and Lady Chatterly’s Lover. You think of Salman Rushdie, Harper Lee or Stephen King. So what would you do if I told you one of your favorite children’s books was banned? Click through to gallery. 

One of My Favorite Banned Books: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

One of My Favorite Banned Books: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
One of my favorite books, and one that has been repeatedly banned, is Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. The story is Junior’s, an intelligent and budding cartoonist with big dreams living on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Junior decides to leave his rez school right before freshman year and trek... Read more »

Awesome literary events this weekend

Saturday September 28th  Come out the CHI*PRC (The Chicago Publishers Resource Center) Community Open House at 12pm. The open house will feature panels on button making, chalk art, zine making and book binding. Refreshments will be served. 858 N. Ashland Ave., $5 suggested donation.  At 7pm at the Outer Space Studio, the Red Rover reading... Read more »
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Literary events this week not to be missed

Literary events this week not to be missed
Wednesday September 25th  Come out to Victory Gardens Theater at 7:30pm and hear original readings by some of Chicago’s finest authors. Late Night Teatro Vista presents NoFilter. Featured performers include: Sandra Marquez, Minita Jyotindra Gandhi, Bobby Biedrzycki, Elizabeth Nungaray, Cyn Vargas, Stephanie Chavara and Eric Hazen. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students).   Thursday September 26th  Salon Splendor returns! The series that... Read more »

Why I became a writer

Aeons ago, I had each member of my staff write an article on what inspired them to be a writer. I did not include myself, my nose too far buried in ARCs, author profiles and press releases, but today there is a stillness to the world, the kind brought on when a soul departs it,... Read more »

Story Sessions presents Creature Comforts this Sunday

Story Sessions presents Creature Comforts this Sunday
Come out to The Dog’s Bollox this Sunday (September 22) for a special edition of the Story Sessions reading series. This installment’s theme is Creature Comforts and will feature seven storytellers sharing tales of their experiences with animals. Doors open at 5:30pm, 6pm the musical guest Dog 1 performs and at 7pm the show begins. 
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Ryan Duke of the Pre-PostHumanists sits down with Chicago Literati

Inspired by Write Club, The Encyclopedia Show and The Neo-Futurists, Ryan Duke’s new short fiction reading series The Pre-PostHumanists offers a unique a twist on an old formula. With a show happening this Wednesday at the Strawdog Theater Company, I took the opportunity to sit down with Duke and discuss the trials and tribulations that... Read more »