Archive for October 2013

Ian Belknap presents Bring Me the Head of James Franco tomorrow night

Ian Belknap presents Bring Me the Head of James Franco tomorrow night
Do you think James Franco is an overrated goon? Do you think the term, “Renaissance Man” is stamped on him incorrectly? Do you just not like James Franco? Well has Ian Belknap got a treat for you! Come out to the Den Theater tomorrow night at 7:30pm to see the inaugural performance of his new show, Bring Me... Read more »

Ian Belknap sits down with Chicago Literati to discuss his intense hatred of James Franco

Ian Belknap sits down with Chicago Literati to discuss his intense hatred of James Franco
With his new solo show opening tomorrow, I took the time to sit down with Ian Belknap. Belknap is a legend in the Chicago literary community because of his relentless ambition and commitment to creating quality and entertaining reading series. His resume includes Write Club, The Paper Machete, Live Lit on the Lake and The... Read more »

The 2013 Prose Awards are tonight at the Chopin Theater

The 2013 Prose Awards are tonight at the Chopin Theater
Come out to the Chopin Theater tonight for the 2013 Prose Awards. Every fall, the Guild Literary Complex awards $250 cash prizes to one outstanding writer in the genres of non-fiction and fiction. The event starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 general admission. The judges for this evening are Cristina Henríquez... Read more »
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Join Samantha Irby tonight for Sausagefest

Join Samantha Irby tonight for Sausagefest
Author, blogger and all-around awesome lady Samantha Irby is throwing a fantastic little shindig tonight at The Silver Room to promote her new book of essays, Meaty. Party down with some books, cocktails and a DJ and have a real good time. Sausagefest at The Silver Room, free, 7pm-10pm.     

Creative Nonfiction Week presents Hybrids and Cross Pollinations and Video Storytelling Panels today

Creative Nonfiction Week presents Hybrids and Cross Pollinations and Video Storytelling Panels today
Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Nonfiction Week continues today with two panels. Happening now (1pm):  Creative Nonfiction: Hybrids and Cross Pollinations panel featuring David Stuart MacLean, Kathleen Rooney and David Trinidad. Hosted by Garnett Kilberg-Cohen. Later…  Don’t miss The Video Storytelling Panel at 4pm featuring Martha Irvine, Eric Scholl, and Ted Hardin. This panel is moderated by Jackie Spinner. Then…... Read more »

2nd Story is throwing a masquerade cocktail party this Sunday

2nd Story is throwing a masquerade cocktail party this Sunday
2nd Story is proud to announce its first show at the swanky River North lounge, Untitled this Sunday (October 27th) at 7:30pm. The show is Bump In The Night: Stories From After Dark, and it’s a Halloween themed masquerade cocktail party! Storytellers this time around include Cyn Vargas,  Bobby Biedrzycki, and Molly Each and the evening... Read more »
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Come to Salon Splendor this Thursday at The Hungry Brain

Come to Salon Splendor this Thursday at The Hungry Brain
Curbside Splendor Publishing and The Hungry Brain present a very cerebral edition of their wonderful new series, Salon Splendor this Thursday. The theme is BRAINS! Featured performers include Nathan Hoks, Rachel DeWoskin and Laura Krughoff. Senior Editor of Curbside Splendor Jacob S. Knabb will be the master of ceremonies for the evening. As always, libations will be offered and... Read more »

On writer's block

My writer’s block stems from a deep feeling of inadequacy. Upon beginning a piece of fiction, a question relentlessly pounds in my brain: why is my story important?   Even writing this, I feel this question stirring and bellowing within me. Out of millions of voices, why should my voice be significant? I blame my... Read more »

Creative Nonfiction Week continues, featuring performances by Megan Stielstra and Bobby Biedrzycki

Creative Nonfiction Week continues, featuring performances by Megan Stielstra and Bobby Biedrzycki
It’s Creative Nonfiction Week at Columbia College Chicago! The theme this year is Hybrid Forms, and features a variety of panels, performances and workshops dedicated to the craft of creative nonfiction. Today at 4pm, come out to the Graphic Storytelling and Nonfiction Comics panel featuring: Neil Brideau, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Darryl Holliday and Erik Rodriguez. This event... Read more »
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Emmy winner Kwame Dawes to read at Columbia College Chicago's Creative Nonfiction Week tonight

Emmy winner Kwame Dawes to read at Columbia College Chicago's Creative Nonfiction Week tonight
It’s Creative Nonfiction Week at Columbia College Chicago, the annual festival that celebrates creative nonfiction and literary journalism. The theme for this year is Hybrid Forms and features a variety of different panels and special guests. Today at 4pm, come to the Latina Voices reading hosted by Teresa Puente. Also happening tonight at 7pm, poet, writer and... Read more »