Author Reading

Poetry Reading by the AWP Women’s Caucus

Featuring: Kathryn Kysar, Patricia Smith, Martha Collins, Cynthia Hogue, Lois Roma-Deeley, and Keli Stewart           

At tonight’s event, poets from the AWP Women’s Caucus will read from their work. Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and editor of Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. Patricia Smith is author of six poetry volumes, including Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection. Her latest book, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, debuts at AWP. Also author of six volumes of poetry, most recently, White Papers, and a book-length poem, Blue Font, Martha Collins has also co-published two collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry. Cynthia Hogue has published seven volumes of poetry, most recently The Incongnito Body (2006) and Or Consequence and When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina (co-authored with photographer Rebecca Ross), both published in 2010.  Lois Roma-Deeley’s most recent book of poetry is High Notes, which was a finalist for the 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize. Keli Stewart’s stories, plays, and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary journals. In 2010, she received the first place Gwendolyn Brooks poetry award, chosen by the Illinois poet laureate. She has recently completed her debut poetry collection.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Margot Livesey

The Flight of Gemma Hardy           

 In her new novel, acclaimed writer Margot Livesey reimagines the story of Jane Eyre. Set in remote Scotland in the mid-twentieth century, The Flight of Gemma Hardy  (HarperCollins), traces the misfortunes and misadventures of a strong-willed orphan girl who finally comes into her own. Livesey, author of six previous novels, including 2009 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award–winning The House on Fortune Street, is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. 

“The fabulous Margot Livesey has written a book steeped in remote landscapes, secret histories, and great love. Orphan Gemma is a modern-day Jane Eyre, thoroughly engaging and bracingly unsentimental. The prose is meticulous, the tale transporting. Trust me, you will love this book.”—Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Catherine Theis and Jessica Savitz

Poetry Reading

Catherine Theis

The Fraud of Good Sleep

Jessica Savitz

Hunting is Painting           

 Join us tonight for a reading by two Chicago-area authors who are also Iowa Writers’ Workshop alums. Catherine Theis’s poems have appeared in Fence, Gulf Coast, LIT, Volt, and many other journals. Her first published collection, The Fraud of Good Sleep (Salt Modern Poets), was winner of the 2011 Cranshaw Prize. Jessica Savitz was the inaugural winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize. As part of that award, her first book of poetry, Hunting is Painting, was published by Lake Forest College Press’s imprint&NOW Books.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Damian Serbu

The Vampire’s Quest: Book II in the Vampire Angel Series           

Join us for a reading of the most recent book by Chicago author Damian Serbu. A sequel to The Vampire’s Angel, The Vampire’s Quest (Quest Books) marks the return of beloved heroes Xavier and Thomas. When Archangel St. Michel orders Xavier to go on a quest to America, he is forced to violate Vampire Council laws and abandon his lover, Thomas, leading to a suspenseful race against time where the stakes are nothing short of Xavier’s soul. Called the Anne Rice of gay horror, Serbu captivates readers with this new tale of suspense, love, and the supernatural.

Event date: 
Friday, February 3, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Carol Anshaw Launch

Carry the One
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark.
Books officially release on March 6 but can be ordered in advance. ($25.00)
Refreshments will be served.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5211 N. Clark St.
Swedish American Museum
60640-2122 Chicago
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Mary Sommers

In More Than a Midwife, veteran midwife
Mary Sommers shares stories joyous and heartbreaking, experienced through her 20-
plus years of working with mothers and their infants. Currently she is the director of

Event date: 
Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Charlotte Hart & Susanna Lang

Poetry Reading
Charlotte Hart
Organic Spirits
Susanna Lang
Two by Two

Tonight we present a reading from the most recent collections by two Chicago-
area poets. Charlotte Hart, from Evanston, has been published in Apparatus Magazine,
Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, and The Aurorean. Her most recent chapbook,
Organic Spirits, was praised by poet Ralph Hamilton: “I continue to savor this wonderful
manuscript. It is so full of life, smell, and taste. The perfect anecdote for cold winter
days.” A longtime Chicago-area educator, Susanna Lang’s work has appeared in New
Letters, The Baltimore Review, and Kalliope, among others. An Illinois Arts Council
award recipient and Pushcart Prize nominee, she has released two poetry collections. She
will read from her most recent, Two by Two.

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Deborah Niemann

Before 2002, Deborah Niemann thought a cheeseburger and fries were a healthy
meal, and taking care of her two cats and dog was the extent of her animal husbandry
experience. Then, in 2002, she relocated her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32
acre piece of land, where they built their own home and began growing the majority of
their food. Today, these modern-day homesteaders raise pigs, sheep, cattle, goats,
chickens, and turkeys and derive their fruits and vegetable from an organic garden and
orchard. Neimann regularly presents workshops on soap making, bread baking, cheese
making, composting, and homeschooling. If it has ever been your dream to escape the
grid and live more in harmony with the earth, you will not want to miss today’s program.

Event date: 
Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Leigh Stein

Fresh out of college, with no job materializing for her drama degree, Esther
Kohler moves back to her parents’ home in the suburbs, where she is forced to take a job
babysitting for a young couple whose second child recently died. Esther soon finds
herself playing many roles within the troubled family and facing some untidy truths
about adult life. Like Lorrie Moore for the Facebook generation or Miranda July’s smart
aleck kid sister, Leigh Stein shifts effortlessly between pop-culture comedy, dead-on
dialogue, and wry psychological insight in her dazzlingly funny and heartbreaking debut
novel.

Event date: 
Friday, January 13, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky
Breakdown
V. I. Warshawski 30th Anniversary Party

Illinois’ richest and most powerful families. Preteen girls. Vampire fiction.
Murder. Chicago politics. A rabid 24-hour cable news network. After three decades’
worth of hard-hitting mystery thrillers, V. I. Warshawski is used to facing some serious
headaches, but these make for the worst one yet. Breakdown is Paretsky’s fifteenth V. I.
Warshawski novel and the 30th anniversary of the very first V. I. novel ever published.
Join us for the celebration as she takes on the most compelling – and dangerous – case of
her career. Champagne, of course, and other refreshments will be served.

“Warshawski presents an irresistible combination – a cranky, vulnerable woman with
a messy life, but a superhuman willingness to put herself in harm’s way for the sake of
justice.” – Chicago Sun Times

Event date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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