Category: chicago novels

Review: Cut Up by Conor Robin Madigan

In his debut novel, Evanston’s Conor Robin Madigan, spins a tell that blends fact and fiction to retell the warped and damaged childhood of a boy named Liam. Cut Up begins when Liam is an infant struggling to sleep in the arms of his parents Rob and Sherri. Conor’s method of storytelling is brisk and... Read more »

Joseph G. Peterson "Inside The Whale"

Joseph G. Peterson’s second book, the follow-up to 2009’s Beautiful Piece, is due next month through Wicker Park Press and is called Inside The Whale: A Novel in Verse. The book is focused around the life of Irishman Jim O’Connor a man who has lived a hard life, but has always had the gift of... Read more »

Review: You Can Make Him Like You by Ben Tanzer

The third novel from Ben Tanzer, You Can Make Him Like You (Artistically Declined), is a coming of age story for the near middle-aged Republican living and working in one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago. The story is told through the eyes of a 37 year old soon-to-be-father who constantly obsesses about other women,... Read more »

Review: Life After Sleep by Mark R. Brand

As a father of four, a person with a more than full-time job, and some one who writes for several sites and for my own enjoyment I occasionally view sleep as a necessary evil. In Mark R. Brand’s new book Life After Sleep, we find a world that has perfected sleep to the point where... Read more »

Win Ben Tanzer's New Book

Win Ben Tanzer's New Book
On April 12th, Artistically Declined will be releasing Ben Tanzer’s third novel You Can Make Him Like You. The press announced today a contest that will give you a chance to win a signed copy of Ben’s book. All you have to do is come up with the best name for the presses new logo.... Read more »

Books to Download during the Snowapocalypse

  Are you planning to stay home from work or school tomorrow? Instead of being sucked into daytime TV you should warm up the e-reader, iPad or laptop and download a few books. Here are five books I recommend you read during tonight and tomorrow’s “Snowapocalypse”.    1. 

How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps

  Long Beach, CA press Write Bloody recently released the debut collection from Chicago’s Laura Yes Yes. The collection, How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps, finds the slam poet in top form with her biting commentary and fierce observations. Write Bloody is giving you a sneak peak at the collection here.... Read more »

From The List called "Books I Must Read This Summer"

How can you not want to read a book the takes place in 2039 and features a dry (completely “Drained”) Lake Michigan? Davis Schneiderman’s new novel, Drain, is at the top of my must reads this summer.


    This past Sunday Zoe Zolbrod celebrated the release of her novel Currency which was released by Chicago’s OV Books at The Hideout. The book follows Piv (a small-time hustler in Thailand) and Robin (back-packer from the United States) and their adventure through Thailand. You can read an excerpt from the book here and... Read more »

Guest post: Danielle Chapman, director of literary arts & events

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a very special guest today! Please welcome Danielle Chapman, who works as Director of Literary Arts and Events at Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs the Chicago Cultural Center. Thanks, Amy, for inviting me to Chicago Subtext!  I must confess to (still) being a blogging novice–apart from occasional, furious bouts of... Read more »