Author Reading & Conversation: Claudia Casper in conversation with Christine Rice

Join us for a free, in-store author event featuring Claudia Casper in conversation with Christine Rice about Claudia's new book, THE MERCY JOURNALS.


This unsettling novel is set thirty years in the future, in the wake of a third world war. Runaway effects of climate change have triggered the collapse of nation-states and wiped out over a third of the global population. One of the survivors, a former soldier nicknamed Mercy, suffers from PTSD and is haunted by guilt and lingering memories of his family. His pain is eased when he meets a dancer named Ruby, a performer who breathes new life into his carefully constructed existence. But when his long-lost brother Leo arrives with news that Mercy's children have been spotted, the two brothers travel into the wilderness--a journey that will test their moral code. Claudia Casper is the author of two previous novels, The Reconstruction and The Continuation of Love By Other Means. She is writing a screenplay adaptation of "The Reconstruction" for a 3D feature film co-production. She teaches writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. For this event, Claudia will be in-conversation with local author Christine Rice. Rice’s story collection, Swarm Theory was named as a finalist in the Chicago Writers Association’s 2016 Book of the Year Awards. Her writing has appeared in the The Big Smoke, Chicago Tribune, Metro Parent, The Good Men Project, and her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine ( and the director of Hypertext Studio Writing Center (  She has taught at Columbia College Chicago since 1992.  Chris was recently awarded the 2015 the Ragdale Rubin Fellowship. You can find out more at

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
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The Mercy Journals By Claudia Casper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551526331
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - May 10th, 2016

Swarm Theory By Christine Rice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938753206
Published: University of Hell Press - March 9th, 2016