Archive for April 2013

Megan Stielstra's Essay To Be Featured In The Best American Essays 2013

Megan Stielstra's Essay To Be Featured In The Best American Essays 2013
Megan Stielstra‘s essay “Channel B” will be featured in The Best American Short Stories 2013! Megan Stielstra works as the Literary Director of 2nd Story in addition to teaching creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. To read her essay originally published on The Rumpus, click here: http://therumpus.net/2012/11/channel-b/ Congratulations, Ms. Stielstra!

Karaoke Idol! THIS Thursday April 25th At The Beauty Bar 8pm-2am

Karaoke Idol! THIS Thursday April 25th At The Beauty Bar 8pm-2am
Get your karaoke on! This Thursday April 25th at Beauty Bar, Another Chicago Magazine, Curbside Splendor Publishing and Quimby’s Bookstore are hosting Karaoke Idol! The event lasts from 8pm-2am, so have some sauce and belt out your notorious rendition of “It’s All Coming Back To Me” by Celine Dion.   The March installment of Chicago’s... Read more »

Open Books Publishing Academy Encourages Teen Authors To Enroll in Their Fantasy Fiction Summer Program

Open Books Publishing Academy Encourages Teen Authors To Enroll in Their Fantasy Fiction Summer Program
This is too cool not to share. This summer Open Books Publishing Academy is holding a Fantasy Fiction workshop! The workshop would help 6th-9th graders not only write or refine the fantasy stories they write during study hall or math class, but also publish said stories! At Open Books Publishing Academy, aspiring teen writers from across... Read more »
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Bringing People Together: 2nd Story's Programming Director Bobby Biedryzcki Talks With Chicago Literati

Bringing People Together: 2nd Story's Programming Director Bobby Biedryzcki Talks With Chicago Literati
Winter still clings to Chicago the day I meet Bobby Biedrzycki at the 2nd Story headquarters in Ravenswood. As I push the buzzer, I stare up at the sky awash in pewter and stuff my frozen hands in my pockets. There is a release and I push open the heavy, brass doors. I walk up... Read more »

2nd Story presented by Memoryhouse: I Got Schooled: Stories from the Classroom of Life TOMORROW April 19, 2013 6pm - 9pm

2nd Story presented by Memoryhouse: I Got Schooled: Stories from the Classroom of Life TOMORROW April 19, 2013 6pm - 9pm
2nd Story presented by Memoryhouse: I Got Schooled: Stories from the Classroom of Life April 19, 2013 6pm – 9pm at Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL   The learning curve of life can be steep and treacherous, not only during adolescence but well beyond. This April, in a special... Read more »

The Way We Sleep hits The Book Cellar

Whimsicality was on parade in both the The Way We Sleep book and last Saturday night’s reading for it at The BookCellar. The difference is, the event handled the vicissitudes of sleep as a subject a lot better than the far longer anthology. In some ways, this was pretty standard reading fare—contributors read from their... Read more »
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WRITE CLUB Chicago-- Chapter 43: Can't Be Wrong When It Feels So Write TONIGHT at 7pm

WRITE CLUB Chicago-- Chapter 43: Can't Be Wrong When It Feels So Write TONIGHT at 7pm
WRITE CLUB Chicago– Chapter 43: Can’t Be Wrong When It Feels So Write TONIGHT from 7pm-8pm at the Hideout Inn (1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, Illinois 60622)   WRITE CLUB. Literature as blood sport. Prize money to charity. “The punchiest thing to hit literature since Hemingway” – Chicago Reader WRITE CLUB is: 3 bouts of 2 opposing... Read more »

Uneasy Sleep: A Review of The Way We Sleep

This is a noble idea—to compile the testimony and art devoted to, quoting one of the stories in The Way We Sleep (Curbside Splendor Press, 2012), “a third of our lives”. It is a big art book, done by two, young, brash, and engaged-to-each-other editors, Jessa and C. James Bye. It has interviews, essays, short... Read more »

Erring Judgment: A Review of The Temple of Air by Patricia Ann McNair

  I have to admit something to you: I didn’t want to like The Temple of Air, the short story collection by Patricia Ann McNair (Elephant Rock Books, 2011). Granted, I formed this opinion before reading the book, but I had convinced myself it would be too provincial, too lyrical, too dull for my taste.... Read more »
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Patricia Ann McNair Talks With Chicago Literati

Patricia Ann McNair Talks With Chicago Literati
Beloved by her students and admired by her peers, Patricia Ann McNair’s presence in the Chicago literary community is invaluable. In my time in undergrad, I always heard my peers and professors gush about her workshop class. “Did you read the short story she got published in F Magazine?” they would ask me. “How does... Read more »