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Author Reading

Roger Wright

Finding Work When There Are No Jobs

How do people really find work? Not by standing in a line or tossing resumes into cyberspace. Searching for work, as all who have done it know, is not a rational process. Having the best resume does not guarantee you a job. Instead of offering the same tired advice, Finding Work prompts individual action by using riveting stories and five key principles that will prompt the reader to start asking, “What if I did something different in my work search?" This book will help you find your own answer to the question “How do I find work when there are no jobs?” Roger Wright is a ghostwriter, leadership coach, and training developer and a former special education teacher and senior executive in the technology sector; he has done extensive consulting in talent and change management in business and government, as well as nonprofit and faith-based organizations. His Chicago Guy blogs appear on Fictionique and Our Salon. He is also the co-author of I Am Your Neighbor: Voices from a Chicago Food Pantry.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Audrey Niffenegger

Raven Girl and Awake in the Dream WorldThe Swedish Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., ChicagoAudrey Niffenegger will be discussing her two new books, Raven Girl and Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger (the latter is the catalog of her upcoming one-woman show at National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.). Raven Girl, an illustrated novella, is a dark story, full of wonderment and longing, the tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven and decides to take her home. The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child—an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. Raven Girl explores the bounds of transformation and possibility and challenges popular opinions of what contemporary families, romantic relationships, and bodies should look like, encouraging readers to open their hearts and minds to a new kind of fairy tale. Audrey Niffenegger is the author of the many books, including The Time Traveler’s Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Night Bookmobile.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark
60640-2122 Chicago
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Eve Ensler

In the Body of the World

The Swedish Museum, 5211 N. Clark St.,
Chicago

While working in the Congo, Eve is shattered by the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and during months of harrowing treatment she is forced to become first and foremost a body—pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. As she connects her own illness to other forms of devastation she has witnessed—of the Earth and other women—she is finally, fully, and gratefully, joined to the body of the world. Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, In the Body of the World is a transformative work that calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world. Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues and I Am an Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Seating is limited, and tickets are required. Purchase of the book (either online or by calling 773-769-9299) from Women & Children First comes with a ticket to the event.

Event date: 
Friday, May 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Swedish Museum.
55211 N Clark
60640-2122 Chicago
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Mary Hutchings Reed

Warming UpIn the novel Warming Up, former musical actress Cecilia Morrison (talented but unknown, functional but depressed) now can’t bring herself to audition for parts, even though she once won leading roles. In the end it's not therapy, but rather a runaway teenager who cons her out of sixty bucks, who changes her life and gives her the courage to do something’s she never thought she'd do. Warming Up asks the age-old question, “What’s it all about?” and answers it in surprising ways. Mary Hutchings Reed (Courting Kathleen Hannigan) is a lawyer as well as a novelist and playwright. Ten percent of the proceeds of all sales of Warming Up will be donated to the Night Ministry, which serves the homeless in Chicago.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Carol Horton

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and PracticeMaking Sense of Modern Yoga Have you ever wondered how to make sense of modern yoga and what it might offer you personally? Author, editor, blogger, and yoga teacher Carol Horton will lead an experiential discussion of her path-breaking new book 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice. Come prepared to move, breathe, think, share, and discuss. Carol will lead the audience through some simple movements to illuminate the difference between exercising with a distracted, preoccupied mind and practicing yoga in ways that consciously link body, mind, and breath. Carol Horton, a certified Forrest Yoga teacher, teaches yoga to women in the Cook County Jail with Yoga for Recovery and at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness in Chicago.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Enid Baron and Barbara Gazzolo and various contributors

Editors Enid Baron and Barbara Gazzolo and various contributors

Weaving the Threads: Discovering the Patterns in Our Lives

 Weaving the Threads is an anthology of memoirs from a colloquy of Chicago-area women who have supported one another’s writing four years in a workshop in Evanston. As Barbara Gazzolo, co-editor of the anthology, says, “We are women of a certain age. Our hair is gray. But we have lived long enough to reflect and now tell stories observing the significance of our experiences.” The women, all between 70 and 80 years old, urged one another to develop their voices and style to make their stories compelling. Their earlier achievements in teaching, business, arts and culture, philanthropy, religion, research and other disciplines--in addition to being mothers and grandmothers--inform stories of family, adventure, loss, renewal, and beginnings that also intersect with the arc of history they have witnessed: changing politics, social and cultural movements, technology, and war among them. These narratives connect memory to the present with a clear honesty that gives these writings a special authenticity. Enid Baron is a clinical psychologist whose book of poems, Baking Days, was published by Riverrun Press. She teaches memoir writing at Evanston’s Levy Senior Center. Barbara Gazzolo was a pastor in Lake Forest for 24 years, during which she raised four children.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Carol L. Gloor and Susanna Lang of the Egg Money Poets Collective

An Evening of Poetry  

Carol L. Gloor

Assisted Living

Susanna Lang

Tracing the Lines 

Gloor's chapbook Assisted Living was awarded Finishing Line Press's Starting Gate Prize for outstanding first book and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In this collection, memories of a mother and father intersect and collide, break and melt. A testament to the bonds of family,Assisted Living should be required reading for anyone with parents at or nearing the end of their lives, "fluttering toward death." Carol L. Gloor is a semi-retired attorney in western Illinois who has been writing (mostly poetry) for forty years. 

  

In Tracing the Lines, Lang mines the personal and historical geographies of a global citizenry, our collective missteps, and buried laughter. Lang observes the tenuous ritual of living and our struggle to make sense of it all somehow. Lang is the author of two previously published poetry collections, Even Now and Two by Two. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago, where she is a literacy coach in the Chicago Public Schools and offers poetry workshops in public libraries.

Egg Money Poets is a Chicago-area poetry collective. 

Event date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Aleksandar Hemon

The Book of My Lives

 

The Book of My Lives is part memoir, part love song to Sarajevo and Chicago, part heartbreaking paean to the bonds of family. Hemon's first book of nonfiction defies category and convention. It is a book driven by passions but built on fierce intelligence, devastating experience, and sharp insight. And like the best narratives, it is a book that will leave you a different person, with a new way of looking at the world, when you've finished. For fans of Hemon's fiction, The Book of My Lives is simply indispensable; for the uninitiated, it is the perfect introduction to one of the great writers of our time. Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, and Love and Obstacles. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation, and the PEN/W. G. Sebald Award. He and his family live in Andersonville.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings  

(This event was previously announced for a different date and time.) 

 

The Interestings chronicles the lives of six teenagers who become lifelong friends--beginning at a summer camp for the artistically talented and following them through adulthood. Over the decades, these characters realize that not everyone can sustain what seemed to be their adolescent specialness, and they can't help but see the divergence in their respective talents, fortunes, and degrees of life satisfaction. Examining the meaning of talent, the nature of envy, and the roles of class, art, money, and power, this ambitious new novel by Meg Wolitzer may well be the literary novel of the season. Meg Wolitzer's previous novels include The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife. Wolitzer's short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories andThe Pushcart Prize. Refreshments will be served.

Event date: 
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Salon

7:30 p.m. doors open, 8:00 p.m. showtime
Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Featuring M. Shelly Conner and a Coming Out Stories Open Mic
$7 to $10 admission includes food and wine  

 

Tonight's installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends features a reading by M. Shelly Conner and a Coming Out Stories Open Mic.  

M. Shelly Conner is a fiction writer at the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is revising her novel, everyman. Her short story "Hysteria" is forthcoming in Reverie: Midwest Journal of African American Literature. The second act of tonight's show will feature a Coming Out Stories Open Mic. Women: do you have a funny, weird, furious, unique, heartbreaking, or empowering story about coming out as lesbian or queer to family, friends, spouses, etc.? Whether rendered in poetry, prose, song, or simply sharing your story, all queer, bi, gender-variant, and lesbian-identified women are invited to step up to the mic and participate. Open Mic sign-up begins at 7:30. All proceeds benefit our featured artist and the Women's Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Mary Driver-Thiel

Mary Driver Thiel will be reading her new book The World Undone.

Event date: 
Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Pigeon Palooza Party

Pigeon Palooza Party

Hosted by Miss Linda and Miss Mack

 

Suggested ages 3 to 8. Join our celebration of the 10th anniversary of Mo Willems' pigeon character. Miss Linda and Miss Mack will give voice to Mo's characters in spirited performance. Also games, activities, and snacks. Pigeon Palooza Party

Hosted by Miss Linda and Miss Mack

 

Suggested ages 3 to 8. Join our celebration of the 10th anniversary of Mo Willems' pigeon character. Miss Linda and Miss Mack will give voice to Mo's characters in spirited performance. Also games, activities, and snacks. 

Event date: 
Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 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 Barrie Cole, Sapna Kumar, and Laura Stempel

 

$7-$10 donation includes food and wine

For tonight’s installment of our popular monthly salon night for lesbians and their friends, we welcome three Sapphic storytellers. Barrie Cole’s play, Clumsy Sublime, recently had a staged reading at the Rhinoceros Fringe Festival. She’s currently completing a short story called Fascinating Mistakes and regularly writes Love Letters to No One in Particular on her blog. Sapna Kumar performed in the 2012 Women in Comedy Festival and has been a featured comic on LOGO TV’s “One Night Stand Up.” She was a regional finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” season 4. Laura Stempel has been a writer, artist, teacher, critic, journalist, independent scholar, consultant, university administrator and sales associate. She has written and taught about women writers, TV and other media, style, feminist and queer theory, and has published and presented personal narratives since the 1980s. Rounding out the night, Sappho’s house DJ SpinNikki will play an eclectic collection of indie, electronic, soul, dance, and world beats. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund. 

Event date: 
Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Edward Kelsey Moore

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

 

Told with wit, style, and compassion, this is the story of three friends weathering the ups and downs of life in a small Midwestern town. When Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean meet as teenagers in the mid-sixties, the Civil Rights movement is just getting started. Their regular gathering place is Earl's All-You-Can-Eat diner, the first black-owned business in downtown Plainview, Indiana. Dubbed the Supremes by their friends, the inseparable trio is watched over by big-hearted Earl during their complicated high school days, and then every Sunday after church as they marry and have children and grandchildren. Sitting at the same table for almost forty years, these best friends grow up, gossip, and face the world together with pointed humor, some sorrow, and much joy. Edward Kelsey Moore's short fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell, among other journals. His short story, "Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix" was selected as an audience favorite on National Public Radio's Stories on Stage series. Edward, who is also a cellist, is originally from Indianapolis but now lives in Chicago.

 

"The deep friendship of three girls who hang out at a small-town diner, who laugh, cry, and grow up together, is a surefire crowd pleaser of a story, and this book delivers.

The supremely gifted, supremely entertaining, and supremely big-hearted Edward Kelsey Moore has conjured up the story of an entire community and, at its sparkling center, a trio of memorable heroines." -Julia Glass

Event date: 
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Taryn Hipp, JC, Kerri Radley, and Sarah Rose

Taryn writes the perzine Ladyteeth, a collection of stories about her experiences being depressed, getting divorced, getting sober, and falling in love. Tributaries is JC's perzine about growing up with rheumatoid arthritis. It focuses on how having a physical disability, and the surgeries and daily pains that accompany it, affects job choices, romantic relationships, and tricycle purchases. Kerri writes a perzine that examines her experience as a deaf person. It’s a sassy, informative, and comical exploration of deaf identity, disability politics, everyday annoyances, and the blessing of silence. Sarah's zine, Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric, deals with surviving sexual abuse, poverty, and addiction, as well as more uplifting topics like falling in love and making balloon animals for a living.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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