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In-person Book Launch: Please Be Advised by Christine Sneed

Join us for an in-person book launch in celebration of Please Be Advised: A Novel by Christine Sneed. Sneed will be in conversation with Rachel Swearingen.

Please note: Pre-registration for this event is required. By pre-registering, you are verifying that you are fully vaccinated and will wear a mask throughout the entirety of the event.


Please Be Advised is award-winning author Christine Sneed's bright, irreverent send-up of corporate America in the 21st century. Mixing cultural critique and formal inventiveness with wicked laughs and the sort of surrealistic mysteries only a novel about the corporate world could give us, Please Be Advised tracks the decline, fall, and possible resurrection of Quest Industries, one of the world's foremost purveyors of collapsible, portable, and (occasionally) dangerous office machines. Featuring a rogue's gallery of corporate cogs from drunk, womanizing, and often-delusional CEO Bryan Stokerly, Esq. to his executive secretary, the brainy, libidinous Hannah Louise Schmidt and his soon-to-be-rival, new office manager and disgraced former coroner, Dr. Ken Crickshaw, Jr., Please Be Advised will leave you laughing at a work world more like our own than most of us would care to admit.

Christine Sneed is the author of four books, most recently Paris, He Said and The Virginity of Famous Men. Her fifth book, Please Be Advised: A Novel in Memos, along with a short fiction anthology she edited, Love in the Time of Time’s Up, are forthcoming in October. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and O Magazine. She has received the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, among other honors. She teaches graduate creative writing at Northwestern University and Regis University and lives in Pasadena, California.

Rachel Swearingen is the author of the story collection How to Walk on Water and Other Stories, which received the New American Press Fiction Prize, and was named the 2021 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year, and a New York Times Book Review “New & Noteworthy Selection.” Her stories and essays have appeared in Electric Lit, VICE, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, Off Assignment, Agni, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. Her writing has won the Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and the Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction. In 2019, the Guild Literary Complex named her one of 30 Writers to Watch. She lives in Chicago and teaches in Cornell College’s low-residency MFA program.


Image Description: A light pink colored banner with a faint pattern of open books. The banner features a small cover image for PLEASE BE ADVISED centered between two photographs of the author and conversation partner, Christine Sneed and Rachel Swearingen. The text reads: "Women & Children First presents an in-person event for PLEASE BE ADVISED by Christine Sneed in conversation with Rachel Swearingen, Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination required."

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Event date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Please Be Advised By Christine Sneed Cover Image
ISBN: 9798985376265
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: 7.13 Books - October 18th, 2022