Author Reading

Lucrecia Guerrero

 

Lucrecia Guerrero

Tree of Sighs

When Midwestern Mexican-American Altagracia receives a phone call out of the blue, she embarks on a journey that forces her to confront a violent past. Her journey, both geographical and spiritual, brings her face-to-face with her former border town home and with the terror and beauty she hoped to put behind her forever. Author Guerrero has lived in the Midwest for years, but grew up in Nogales, Arizona. An excerpt from Tree of Sighs was awarded a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Award.

Event date: 
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho's Salon

 

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Featuring Coya Paz and Wendy Jo Carlton

$7-$10 sliding admission includes food and wine

The latest installment of our popular monthly salon night for lesbians and their friends combines two outstanding lesbian talents. Coya Paz in a writer, director, and lip glass connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, and Brazil before moving to the United States. Co-founder of Proyecto Latina and board member of Amigas Latinas, Paz holds a Ph.D in performance studies from Northwestern University and is a weekly commentator for the Morning Amp on Vocalo.org (89.5FM). Filmmaker, writer, and photographer Wendy Jo Carlton directed the internationally released feature film Hannah Free, and is the writer and director of the new release Jamie and Jessie are Not Together. Her award winning narrative and short films have been screened internationally, including at the American Film Institute and Sundance festivals. For tonight’s event, Carlton will show clips from Jamie and Jessie are Not Together and discuss the process of making queer art.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Rebecca Makkai & Alethea Black

 

Rebecca Makkai

The Borrower

Alethea Black

I Knew You’d Be Lovely

Integrating references from many beloved children’s books, Rebecca Makkai’s smart, funny debut novel, The Borrowers, introduces Lucy Hull, a small-town children’s librarian who finds herself acting as accomplice to a ten-year-old runaway bookworm trying to escape his repressive evangelical parents. While the duo flees from Missouri to Vermont (via Chicago and Cleveland), Lucy faces the moral and personal implications of her actions and faces her own family history in the process. Makkai’s stories have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, NPR’s Selected Shorts, and several volumes of Best American Short Stories. She lives in the North Chicago suburbs.

Alethea Black’s deeply moving, wholly original short story collection, I Knew You’d Be Lovely, features a coterie of memorable characters who have reached emotional crossroads in their lives. Brimming with humor, irony, and insight, these stories combine deep compassion with a razor’s edge. Black’s work has appeared in nearly a dozen literary magazines including the Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, and Narrative.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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L. D. Etherly

When I Fall Asleep

Join us for a special Storytime featuring the author of the book, When I Fall Asleep. Miss Linda will read this humorous bedtime story that brings to life the imagination of a child who dreams of what is going on in the world while she sleeps.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 10:30am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Cheryl Bardoe

Ugly Duckling Dinosaur: A Prehistoric Tale

We will be joined by former Field Museum exhibition manager Cheryl Bardoe, who will be reading from and talking about her book, Ugly Duckling Dinosaur, a playful interpretation of the ugly duckling story, rooted in real science.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 10:30am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Gina Restivo and Chip Gilbertson

Fly, Danny, Fly

Join us for a special Storytime featuring authors Gina Restivo and Chip Gilberton, signing copies of their delightful book, Fly Danny, Fly. Miss Linda will read the book, which features a funny and encouraging flying pig and a young boy who learns to trust his own imagination.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:30am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Dr. Marianne Marchese

Eight Weeks to Women’s Wellness: The Detoxification Plan for Breast Cancer, Endometriosis, Infertility and Other Women’s Health Conditions

            Eight Weeks to Women’s Wellness traces the environmental links to ten common women’s health conditions. It describes the various ways women are exposed to chemicals through everyday products, providing a roadmap on how to remove chemicals from the body through a simple eight-week detoxification program. Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator, with a doctorate of naturopathic medicine. She lectures on topics related to women’s health and environmental medicine throughout the United States and Canada.

Event date: 
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Esmeralda Santiago

Conquistadora

            Esmeralda Santiago shared the story of her coming of age in San Juan and her move to another world—New York City—in her bestselling memoir, When I Was Puerto Rican. Now the beloved author invites us into the lush, sensual, aggressive, and altogether captivating world of Puerto Rico’s formative years. Conquistadora is an epic novel of love, discovery, and adventure, in a country just coming into its identity. Led by a heroine so charismatic, maddening, and unforgettable as to recall Scarlett O’Hara, Conquistadora has been hailed as “storytelling genius” (Booklist, starred review), and Oscar Hijuelos praised Conquistadora as “a grand achievement . . . an unforgettable story that will not only enlighten but delight.”

Event date: 
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Andrea Brown-Thirston & Horace Hall

Understanding Teenaged Girls: Culture, Identity, and Schooling

            This important new book focuses on the range of social phenomenon that impact the lives of adolescent females of color. Highlighting the daily challenges that African-American, Chicana, and Puerto Rican girls face, the authors consider the affects of peer and family influence, media stereotyping, body image, community violence, and education. With analysis guided by years of teaching and mentoring and contemporary research, Understanding Teenaged Girls offers strategies for assisting adolescent women of color in and outside of schools. Horace R. Hall, Ph.D., is assistant professor at DePaul University and founder and co-director of R.E.A.L., Inc. (Respect, Excellence, Attitude and Leadership). Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston is chief academic officer for the Chicago International Charter Schools Network.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Nikki Herd & T. C. Tolbert

Poetry Reading

Nikki Herd

The Language of Shedding Skin

T. C. Tolbert

Territories of Folding

            Nikki Herd has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been supported by the Astraea Foundation and the Arizona Commission of the Arts and has appeared in several journals and anthologies. T. C. Tolbert’s debut book of poetry uncovers the landscape of life ever in motion. With language flickering with love, loss, and liminality, this work bridges many seemingly different land masses: male and female, music and silence, body and space. Embodying Tolbert’s transition “from woman to something less visibly female,” this collection reveals the cyclical journeys of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Salon

Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions

Presents Sappho’s Emerging Writers Showcase featuring Chelsey Clammer, Sheree Greer, Alison Gruber, and April Newman

$7–$10 includes food and wine

            Tonight’s installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends introduces four fierce emerging lesbian literary voices. Chelsey Clammer’s work explores themes of finding home within bodies and relationships. She has essays forthcoming in Headcase, Dear Sister, and Queering Sexual Violence. A Milwaukee native, Sheree Greer currently resides in Tampa, Florida, and recently published her first short story collection, Once and Future Lovers. Allison Gruber is an essayist, playwright, and poet. Her plays have been produced in Chicago and Milwaukee, and her writing has been published in a variety of small press publications. April Newman is a professor and writer whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Mindful Metropolis, and the forthcoming anthology, Windy City Queer. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Nina Sankovitch

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

            What’s the value of a good book? It’s a simple question, but one we rarely ask ourselves. After losing her oldest sister to cancer, lifelong reader Nina Sankovitch found herself running faster and faster away from sorrow and grief. But on her 46th birthdaythe same age her sister had been when she diedSankovitch returned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection. During her year of magical reading, she determined to read a book a day for a year, despite the demands of travel and a hectic family life. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair recounts Sankovitch’s immersion into a world rich with story and the unexpected connections she made there with books and authors. Reading, it turns out, can be the ultimate therapy.

 

“Sankovitch champions
Event date: 
Friday, July 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Bonnie Jo Campbell

Once Upon a River

            In a richly layered tale of love, hardship, self-exploration, and fortitude, National Book Award finalist Campbell (American Salvage) introduces the unforgettable character of Margo Crane. After the death of her grandfather, Margo’s beautiful, alcoholic mother disappears without a trace. When a shocking transgression sets in motion a series of events culminating in the murder of Margo’s father, 16-year-old Margo grabs her rifle, hops into her grandfather’s boat, and begins a journey down Michigan’s Stark River in search of her lost mother. Marked by rich prose and a fast-moving, gripping plot, Once Upon a River leaves the reader with a palpable sense of the savage beauty of the American landscape and its indelible counterpart in the recesses of the human spirit.

 

“A glorious novel, destined to entrance and provoke.” Booklist, starred review

Event date: 
Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Samuel Park

Samuel Park

This Burns My Heart

            1960s South Korea was a postwar nation in a state of turmoil and transition, existing in the gap between a traditional agrarian society and a modern, industrial one. At 22, Soo-Ja is similarly caught between her family’s expectations and her own ideas for the future. Born into a culture that pits her desires against her duties, she must fight to reconcile the life she always wanted with the life she is forced to live. Equal parts classic romance, page-turning literary drama, and cultural history, This Burns My Heart asks poignant questions about life, love, and the paths we take. Samuel Park is an Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago and author of the novella Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

 

This Burns My Heart is quietly stunning – a soft, fierce story that lingers in the mind.”

Audrey Niffenegger

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Madeleine Roux

Allison Hewitt is Trapped

            Allison Hewitt and her five bookselling colleagues are trapped together at the bookstore when the zombie outbreak hits. Using her wits, her laptop, and the military’s emergency wireless network, Allison reaches out for help through her blog. But as the reality of the situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures, as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.

 

“Madeline Roux manages to answer the eternal question all of us must ask ourselves eventually: When the zombie apocalypse comes (and it will come), how will I handle it?”

--Christine Warren, author of The Others series.

Event date: 
Friday, July 8, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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