Author Reading

Miryam Kabakov , Goldie Goldbloom and Elaine Chapnik

Editor Miryam Kabakov and contributors Goldie Goldbloom and Elaine Chapnik

Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires

North Atlantic Books

Reconciling queerness with religion has always been a challenge. When the religion is Orthodox Judaism, the task is even more daunting. In her groundbreaking anthology, editor Miryam Kabakov gives voice to genderqueer Jewish women who were once rendered invisible by their faith. For tonight’s event, Kabakov will be joined by local contributors Goldie Goldbloom and Elaine Chapnik.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Eugene Cross

Fires of Our Choosing

Dzanc Books

A boy acts out the death of his father and abandonment by his brother through a savage playground beating; a young man confronts his own troubled history when asked to hire his girlfriend’s strung-out brother; and a babysitter works through a scorching hot summer afternoon that will prove to alter her life forever. Praised by Jill McCorkle, who calls Eugene Cross “a wise and wonderful talent,” and Dan Chaon, who called Fires of our Choosing “a memorable, beautiful, heartbreaking book,” Cross’s debut story collection is filled with dark humor and deep insight into the human condition. Cross is adjunct faculty in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago.

Event date: 
Friday, March 9, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Renée E. D’Aoust

Body of a Dancer

Etruscan Press

Told through interlocking essays, Renée E. D’Aoust’s memoir explores the brutal and passionate world of modern dance in New York City. As a student of Martha Graham Dance, the author tells of muscle and desire, day jobs and defeat. Dance history is interwoven with the stories of contemporary dancers as she explores the ties that bind her. D’Aoust’s essays were listed as notable essays in the Best American Essays collections of 2006, 2007, and 2009.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Jan Lisa Huttner

Penny’s Picks: 50 Movies by Women Filmmakers 2002-2011

FF2 Media

Because most professional movie critics are men, are moviegoers getting the full story about what films are being made and shown? And is the creative output of women who make movies, and the myriad life experiences that these films explore, being marginalized in the process? Writing under the blog name, “Penny,” Chicago film critic Jan Lisa Huttner has reviewed hundreds of movies by women filmmakers. In Penny’s Picks, she puts the spotlight on fifty movies released during the past decade, demonstrating the wide range of creative vision of contemporary female filmmakers.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Chicago Teacher’s Union Women’s Rights Committee

A Conversation with the Chicago Teacher’s Union Women’s Rights Committee

This informal program is for teachers, families, and anyone else interested in public education to learn more about CTU and women’s rights and the role of women in CTU’s history. There will be a brief presentation by a member of CTU and plenty of time for Q&A. Children are welcome and there will be a story time for children ages 2-10. Refreshments will be served and there will be a special discount on books.

Event date: 
Monday, March 5, 2012 - 10:00am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Shannon Cain

Shannon Cain

The Necessity of Certain Behaviors           

Event date: 
Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Patricia Henley and Myfanwy Collins

Engine Book Authors

Patricia Henley

Other Heartbreaks: Stories

Myfawny Collins

Echolocations: A Novel           

Patricia Henley’s first novel, Hummingbird House, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1999, and her subsequent novel, In the River Sweet, was a BookSense pick and named one of the best books of 2002 by the Chicago Tribune. In her new collection of elegant, moving stories, Henley explores the many bonds and betrayals among women: mothers, daughters, lovers, and friends.  Myfanwy Collins was born in Montreal but currently calls Boston home. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, Cream City Review, and others. Her debut novel, Echolocations, will debut at AWP. A collection of short stories, I am Holding Your Hand, is forthcoming from PANK Little Books.

Event date: 
Friday, March 2, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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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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