Author Reading

Caroline Preston

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

In her new book, scrapbooker, archivist and novelist (Jackie by Josie, Gatsby’s Girl) Caroline Preston creatively uses the scrapbook form to reveal the story of a spirited, ambitious heroine. Culled from the author’s personal collection of ephemera and memorabilia, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt follows Frankie, a young aspiring writer, from 1920s Vassar to Greenwich Village to Paris, where she rents a garret apartment above Shakespeare & Company bookstore. “The vintage scrapbook is an effective vehicle for an entertaining coming-of-age story steeped in the pop culture of the Roaring Twenties. A highly enjoyable read…” – Library Journal.

Event date: 
Friday, November 4, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Editor Kathie Bergquist and Contributors Sharon Bridgforth, Goldie Goldbloom, Robert McDonald, Achy Obejas, and Gregg Shapiro

Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast Release Party

Chicago’s contributions to LGBTQ literature have been invaluable yet largely
uncelebrated over the last century. This groundbreaking anthology charts a map of queer
Chicago and showcases its thriving urban arts community, which boasts a unique history,
legacy, and sensibility deeply rooted in the urban Midwest. For tonight’s program, editor
Kathie Bergquist is joined by contributors to the book: an outstanding array of award-
winning poets and writers culled from Chicago’s queer literary landscape.
Refreshments will be served.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Gina Frangello, Cris Mazza, Susan Solomon, and Kate Zambreno

Men Undressed and Green Girl Release Party

Female sexuality has long been explored by groundbreaking male writers, from
D.H. Lawrence to Philip Roth. Tonight, join a host of women writers as they imagine all
things sexual from the point of view of male characters. Playful, erotic, dark, funny, and
sometimes raunchy, the stories in Men Undressed are by acclaimed and emerging writers
who bare all. Kate Zambreno’s novel Green Girl is a Bell Jar for today: an existential
story about a young American in London who drifts between meaningless jobs, followed
by a mysterious narrator who is by turns violent and maternal. Join Zambreno and editors
and contributors to Men Undressed, for a release party celebrating both titles.

Event date: 
Friday, October 28, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Soraya Miré

The Girl with Three Legs

At age 13, Somalian Soraya Miré was forced by her mother to suffer the brutal
cultural rite of female genital mutilation. Amnesty International estimates that more than
130 million women worldwide have been affected by some form of FGM, with over
three million girls at risk each year. For Miré, the repercussions were far reaching,
affecting her sense of self and her interpersonal relationships. But according to
Miré, “abuse is not destiny.” A recipient of the UN’s Humanitarian Award, today Miré is
a human rights activist who has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, and other programs
and is a living testament to the empowerment of women. The Girl with Three Legs offers
a searing exposé of the culture of FGM, but is ultimately a tale of courage and hope.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 4:30pm
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 Kelli Strickland and DJ SpinNikki
$7-10 Sliding scale includes food and wine

This month’s installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends
features actor Kelli Strickland, performing her solo show, We’ve Got a Badge for That.
Recalling tales of near death experience, puppy love, pyromania, and peach schnapps,
We’ve Got a Badge for That is one girl’s story of the scouts. Strickland, perhaps
best known for her role as young Hannah in the feature film Hannah Free, is the
former director of Bailiwick’s Lesbian Theater Initiative, and a faculty member of the
Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University. Joining Strickland is
Sappho’s house DJ SpinNikki, playing an eclectic array of indie rock, soul, electronica
and world music, before and after sets. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s
Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Bonnie Nadzam

Lamb

Recovering from his failed marriage and the loss of his father, David Lamb is
depressed and struggling with his paradoxical nature; he is deeply self-centered and
mendacious yet oddly sensitive and reflective. Upon a chance meeting with an awkward,
outcast eleven-year-old girl, Tommie, David convinces himself that he can elude the
destructive fate that awaits her from a childhood lacking direction, and in the process,
redeem himself through his supposed act of good will. What develops is a compelling
and unsettling story of friendship, love, and manipulation set against the feuding
landscapes of urban decay and the promise of the American West. Of this brilliant and
harrowing debut, Aimee Bender raves, “Bonnie Nadzam manages to write gorgeous
prose about people and sky and mountains while still creating tension and suspense on
the level of a thriller, while also walking us into complex and delicate and unsettling
moral territory with brilliant subtlety and insight. Lamb is a remarkable debut, by a writer
to watch.”

Event date: 
Friday, October 21, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Maureen Tolman Flannery

Tunnel into Morning

From growing up on a Wyoming sheep ranch, to an infatuation with the rich
complexity of Mexico, to settling in Chicago to raise her family, Maureen Tolman
Flannery (Ancestors in the Landscape) has established her poetic terrain in the varied
landscapes of her life experience. Her poetry has been published in more than fifty
anthologies and over a hundred literary reviews, including Birmingham Poetry Review,
Calyx, and North American Review. Tonight we’ll be celebrating the release of her most
recent volume, Tunnel into Morning, which collects her best work from an international
array of publications.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Olga Trujillo & Christine Stark

Olga Trujillo
The Sum of My Parts
Christine Stark
Nickels

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) inordinately afflicts survivors of childhood
violence and sexual abuse. In these two bold and unflinching works, the authors reveal
multiple heretofore unspoken truths about living with and surviving DID. The Sum of My
Parts is the story of Olga Trujillo’s courageous struggle to understand and overcome the
psychological effects of her abusive childhood and ultimate triumph over the devastating
condition. Nickels, by Christine Stark, is told in a series of prose poems. Following a
biracial girl named “Little Miss So and So” from age 4 ½ into adulthood, it employs
lyrical, inventive language to convey the dissociative states born of a world formed by
persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. Presented together, these works will
enlighten and inspire anyone whose life has been affected by violence, abuse, or trauma.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sarah Schulman

The Mere Future

Join us to celebrate the paperback release of Sarah Schulman’s most recent novel,
The Mere Future. Sparkling with wit and provocative social commentary, The Mere
Future crosses many genres, including literary fiction, mystery, fantasy, poetry and stand-
up comedy. In her dystopian vision, New York has morphed into an idealized version of

itself. Rent is cheap, homelessness is over, and everyone works in Marketing. Despite the
utopian surface, however, there is a disturbing malaise that infects the population.
Meanwhile our heroine and her girlfriend, Nadine, just want to fall in love again, but
can’t help noticing that the social packaging may not be recyclable. The award-winning
author of twelve novels, Schulman (People in Trouble, Rat Bohemia) is one of
literature’s most important chroniclers of contemporary queer life. In The Mere Future,
she creates a story that is at once sexy and funny, while openheartedly reflecting the lives
we live.

Event date: 
Friday, October 14, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Rachel Shteir

The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting

In her new book, Rachel Shteir, author of the award-winning book Striptease and an
associate professor in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Theater School at DePaul
University, examines the rich and fascinating history of shoplifting from its modern roots in
Elizabethan England—when stealing was punishable by death—to today. Along the way,
she addresses shoplifting in its every iteration, from compulsive stealing as a disease, to a
representation of teen angst, to an act born out of desperate need, to a form of protest against
governments and corporations.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Women's Voices Weekend

Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16

Join us on Saturday for a full day of writing workshops with celebrated writers Staceyann Chin, Nami Mun, Achy Obejas, and Esther Hershenhorn, followed by a celebration reception with our featured authors and others from Chicago’s esteemed literary community. Sunday will feature readings, Q&A with our featured writers moderated byBooklist sr. editor and WBEZ book critic Donna Seaman, and book signings. Workshops and all conference events require a fee. Workshop enrollment is limited. Call or come into the store to register for workshops.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Amina Gautier

At Risk
In Amina Gautier’s Brooklyn, some kids make it and some kids don’t, but not in
simple ways or for stereotypical reasons. As young African Americans in complicated
circumstances, each of Gautier’s characters is pushed in many directions. To succeed
may entail unforgivable compromises; to follow their desires may lead to catastrophe.
Yet within these stories they exist and can be seen as they are, in the moment of
choosing. Gautier is an assistant professor of English at DePaul University. Her work has
appeared in Best African American Fiction, New Stories from the South, and numerous
literary journals.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Anna Solomon

Anna Solomon
The Little Bride
Special Guest Audrey Niffenegger
Set amid the American western expansion in the late 19th century, Solomon’s
acclaimed debut novel opens with 16-year-old Minna Losk preparing to leave Odessa
and begin a new life as a mail-order bride bound for America. Imagining a comfortable
life in New York society, upon arrival she quickly discovers that nothing is as expected.
Rather than stopping in New York, her journey continues to the desolate plains of South
Dakota, where she finds herself living in a sod house with a rigidly Orthodox and
penniless husband nearly twice her age. Subtle, elegantly written, and compelling, The
Little Bride is an immigrant story, a love story, and a coming-of-age story about a young
woman caught in a world she was unprepared for and forced to draw on strengths she
barely knows she has. New York Times’ best-selling novelist Audrey Niffenegger will be
introducing tonight’s program.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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