Author Reading

Karen Doornebos

Motivated by a $100,000 prize, struggling divorced mother Chloe Parker
auditions for a trivia quiz about Jane Austen, only to find herself unexpectedly cast in a
public television reality dating show set in 1812, where competitors vie to win the money
and heart of Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a fabulous estate. To further distress Chloe,
contestants must dress and behave as if they were in the Regency year depicted in Pride
and Prejudice, without cell phones, indoor plumbing, or deodorant. It’s time for Chloe to
tighten her corset and flash some ankle to beat out women younger, more cutthroat, and
less clumsy than herself. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raved that “Doornebos
gives the historical romance novel a hilarious update in this delightful debut.”

Event date: 
Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sara Levine

When a nameless narrator in a dead-end job, a passionless relationship and a with
bad attitude, reads Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island on a whim, she decides to
turn her life around by following in the footsteps of Jim Hawkins. Her best friend is
flummoxed, her sister horrified, and her parents more than a little confused when she
moves back home, $900 Amazon parrot on her shoulder, and begins espousing the
novel’s core values of boldness, resolution, independence and, of course, horn blowing.
Outrageous, hilarious and original, Sara Levine’s debut novel will have you laughing out
loud. She is the chair of the graduate writing program at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago. Refreshments complements of Europa Books.

Event date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Laura Doherty

Story time Special Guest
Laura Doherty
Shining Like a Star
In her second release, award-winning children’s recording artist Laura Doherty

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:30am
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Solstice Salon Presents: The Lesbian Office Holiday Party

 

Sappho’s Solstice Salon Presents: The Lesbian Office Holiday Party

Benefitting Broadway Youth Center

$7-$10 includes refreshments.

Did someone spike the eggnog? Tonight’s installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends offers a playful spin on the annual holiday office party. Wear your worst holiday sweater for the bad sweater contest, and bring a donation to benefit this year’s charity recipient, Broadway Youth Center, and receive a Secret Santa gift in return. Broadway Youth Center is a not-for-profit social service organization serving Chicago’s queer and homeless youth populations. BYC specifically needs new socks and underwear in all sizes, scarves, hats, coats, mittens, and long underwear, new shampoo, soap, deodorant, tampons and pads, and prepaid CTA fare cards. Eggnog, cheese logs, and holiday cookies and treats will be served against a backdrop of classic holiday tunes. Special surprise guests will help make the Yuletide gay. Look out for the floating mistletoe! All of tonight’s proceeds benefit Broadway Youth Center.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Victoria Perez, Cristina Vitale, Matria Gamboa

 

Chicanas of 18th Street: Narratives of a Movement from Latino Chicago

Overflowing with powerful testimonies of six female community activists who have lived and worked in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Chicanas of 18th Street reveals the convictions and approaches of those organizing for social reform. In chronicling a pivotal moment in the history of community activism in Chicago, in tonight’s program, three of the contributors discuss how education, immigration, religion, identity, and acculturation affected the Chicano movement. Chicanas of 18th Street underscores the hierarchies of race, gender, and class while stressing the interplay of individual and collective values in the development of community change for social justice.

Event date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Jaclyn Friedman

 

What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety

What You Really Really Want is an educational and informative road map to sexuality for women, designed to help with everything from examining the formative influences of family and school to building sexual communication skills and defining boundaries. In this cutting edge guide, Jaclyn Friedman, co-editor of Yes Means Yes and executive director of Women, Action, & the Media, provides women with the tools they need to separate what they really want from what society tells them to want, and arms them with the skills to define and create their own sexual identity.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Harriet Clare Wadeson

 

Journaling Cancer in Words and Images: Caught in the Clutch of the Crab

Journaling Cancer is more than a stirring cancer memoir by an accomplished professor of art therapy; it also contains a memoir in art with an accompanying CD of 70 pictures in full color created by the author during her treatment. In addition to her personal memoir, Wadeson discusses many issues, encounters, and relationships unique to the cancer experience, including primary care givers, medical personal, support groups, death, dread, denial, hair loss, “playing the cancer card,” and embracing creativity in meeting the challenges of cancer. Wadeson has published seven previous books on art therapy. She directs the art therapy program at Northwestern University.

Event date: 
Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Salon Lesbian Poetry Showcase

 

Sappho’s Salon Lesbian Poetry Showcase

Featuring: cin salach, C.C. Carter, Karen Lee Osborne & Carina Gia Farrero

$7-$10 includes food and wine.

Tonight’s installment of our popular monthly salon night for lesbians and their friends features a showcase of brilliant lesbian poets all featured in the new anthology, Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast, edited by Sappho’s Salon curator and host Kathie Bergquist. Founder of POW-WOW, C.C. Carter is a spoken word poet of national prominence whose work has been anthologized in more than 12 collections. Cin salach has collaborated with poets and other artists for more than 20 years, in such groups as Loofah Method, Betty’s Mouth, and ten tongues, and was recently nominated for an Emmy for her voiceover work in the PBS documentary “Schoolboy to Showgirl.” Karen Lee Osborne is the author of the novels Carlyle Simpson and Hawkwings, and the prose poem chapbook, Survival. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Carina Gia Farrero holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Her poems were most recently published or are forthcoming in Verse Daily, Arsenic Lobster, and The Encyclopedia Project. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 7:30pm
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5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Parneshia Jones, Ellen Hagen, Dr. Kelly Norman Ellis

 

Conjure Women

For tonight’s program, three women writers discuss the city of New Orleans as a literary muse, and its unique and powerful impact on their creative development and processes. Parneshia Jones is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and her work has appeared in several anthologies. Sales and Subsidiary Rights Manager and Poetry Editor for Northwestern University Press, she also serves on the board of Cave Canem, an organization focusing on the many voices of African-Americans in poetry. Ellen Hagen is a writer, performer, and educator whose work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and showcased at the New York International Fringe and Los Angeles Women’s Theater festivals. Dr. Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English and associate director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chicago State University. A Cave Canem fellow, her poetry collection, Tougaloo Blues, was published by Third World Press.

Event date: 
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Lynn Powell

 

Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor’s Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response

Ten years ago, amateur photographer Cynthia Stewart dropped off film at a drugstore near her home in Ohio. The rolls included two pictures of her 8-year-old daughter, Nora, in the shower. The drug store reported the photos, leading to Stewart’s arrest on child pornography charges. Framing Innocence plumbs the perfect storm of events and people that threatened a loving family in a small American town. Featuring a determined prosecutor, a fundamentalist Christian anti-porn crusader, the local attorneys for whom the case would become a crucible, and the many neighbors – friends and strangers, republicans and democrats – who came together to fight for sanity and justice, Framing Innocence is a riveting and memorable tale.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Gerald Nicosia

 

One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road

Beat historian Gerald Nicosia spent years looking for Lu Anne Henderson, the woman who started Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on their journey, because he knew that if not for her, the two men would have never taken the road trip that became On the Road. Using his exclusive 34,000 word taped interview with Henderson as his primary source, and including 55 rare archival photographs, Nicosia tells the story of the beautiful 15-year-old-girl who loved both men and taught them how to love each other.

 

“An unsung teen-heroine of the time, Lu Anne Henderson, the young woman on whom the character ‘Marylou’ in On the Road is based, finally has her say. The book is an intimate and revealing portrait…” – Anne Waldman

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Caitlin Kelly

 

Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail

In 2006, Caitlin Kelly was laid off from her job at the New York Daily News. After a year of fruitlessly seeking another journalism job, in 2007 she was relieved to be hired by a North Face clothing store located in an upscale shopping mall. In this memoir of her subsequent two years, she recounts her experiences serving some of the country’s wealthiest shoppers and surviving three holiday seasons, two black Fridays, and Christmas Eve. Described by biographer Meryl Gordon as “rollicking and riveting,” Malled takes you behind the cash wrap and the stockroom doors.

 

Event date: 
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sue Schell

 

A Simplicity Revolution: Finding Happiness in the New Reality

In A Simplicity Revolution, Sue Schell offers a poignant and revealing account of America’s Boom and Bust decade, its causes, and its effect on our happiness. Schell says, “Few of us expected the economic slowdown would be more than a pause. No doubt some of our recent pain resulted from Americans’ need to ‘supersize’ everything, causing a personal debt implosion when millions of people lost their jobs, and some, ultimately, their homes. Our country began living in a heightened state of anxiety over the possibility that America’s best days could be behind us.” A Simplicity Revolution is an accessible, honest, humorous and thought-provoking look at the emotions, pains, and lessons learned during this time of transformation.

Event date: 
Friday, November 11, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Katherine Scott Nelson, J.M. Redmann, Anne Laughlin

 

Katherine Scott Nelson

Have You Seen Me

J.M. Redmann

Anne Laughlin

Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir

Tonight’s program presents new queer fiction. Katherine Scott Nelson is a Chicago writer whose work has been featured on Fiction at Work and The Rumpus. Her new novella, Have You Seen Me, introduces high school friends Chris & Vyv. Since Vyv is the only punk girl, and Chris is the only queer kid in their small Midwestern town, they’ve always depended on each other for support. But when Vyv runs away, their friendship is put to the test. Lambda Literary Award-winning writer J.M. Redmann is the author of six Micky Knight mysteries, the newest of which, Water Mark, was released in September 2010, and editor of the new anthology Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir. Joining Nelson and Redmann will be Women of the Mean Streets contributor Anne Laughlin, the Chicago-based author of the books Veritas and Sometimes Quickly, and the forthcoming Runaway.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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