The Chicago Underground Library is back with a great event: The Science of Obscurity, an official Printers Ball pre-event. The event celebrates everything local, new and/or small press and features... wait for it, wait for it.... a public book catapult and a mass-destruction of rejection letters.
You read that right!
All writers, publishers, readers and other book-folk are all invited to attend this literal
literary launch which involves reading a short paragraph from the
selected work aloud, then setting it to launch. Not bad! Anything can
be catapulted, as "book" is being defined rather broadly here to
include zines, magazines, and the like. So really, it is simply a
matter of what one prefers to see chucked down the block.
While publications are being hurled around, discussion panels will
be underway featuring local and visiting writers, a raffle drawing,
unveiling of Chicago Underground Library's artist creations, and the
evening will end with a ceremonious shredding (and, yes, then
launching) of bundled rejection letters, so do dig out a rejection
letter or two and deliver them to the staff of the Rejection Table at
Best of all, the event tonight at 7:10pm is free and
open for all ages. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale and
the shindig is BYOB. Find Chicago Underground Library at Jupiter
Outpost, 1139 W. Fulton Market, in Chicago.
Read an interview with Nell Taylor of the Chicago Underground Library on Publish Chicago for background on the organization.