For a busy literary night in Chicago it was a decent turn out at Quimby's on May 5th. It was a night of forthcoming titles as Brandon Will, James Tadd Adcox, and Ben Tanzer all read selections from work that will be release sometimes in the future.
Brandon kicked things off, on his birthday and with his parents in the crowd. He read an excerpt from the YA novel his is working on that involves fast-paced descriptions of what it is like to grow up in suburban Michigan and a good healthy dose of time travel.
Next up, James Tadd Adcox read several pieces from his new collection which will be released in the next year by Tiny Hardcore Press. The collections reads like an encyclopedia, but the definitions are wildly creative pieces of flash fiction.
Ben Tanzer read next, and in honor of the visiting J. Bradley, Tanzer read a piece that was filled with darker images and a good dose of anger. He read "Hate Me" which was published in Opium, but will also be released as part of a short story collection coming out later this year.
Finally, Bradley, who had been emceeing the event, took the stage to read four pieces from his latest collection The Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You Is A Robot. Bradley pulled no punches by open with his piece "Just Do It" where he details his youthful moments of snorting pixie sticks off of knife blades.
Overall, Quimby's was a gracious host, and the crowd despite passing around tequila shots was receptive and appreciative of this male dominated line-up of fiction writers.