Book Launch Party: THE LISTENING ROOM by Kathleen Rooney

In this flash fiction novel, local author Kathleen Rooney invites readers to look at the paintings and life of the Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte from the perspectives of his wife Georgette and their shared series of beloved Pomeranian dogs, all named Loulou. The hybrid book draws heavily on Rooney's recent work as the co-editor of Magritte’s Selected Writings, a lost manuscript that she rediscovered, edited, and published.

A founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of the typewriter poetry-on-demand collective Poems While You Wait, Kathleen Rooney is the author, most recently, of the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. Married to the writer Martin Seay, she lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul University.

Rachel Slotnick received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She teaches at Malcolm X College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her murals and sculptures are can be seen in public spaces all over Chicago. Her work has appeared in Mad Hat, Thrice Fiction, and Driftwood Press, among others. Rachel won RHINO Poetry’s Founder’s Prize and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015 and 2017. She is also the author of In Lieu of Flowers.  

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640