Chicago and the Novel
Novelists Rebecca Makkai (The Hundred-Year House), Kathleen Rooney (O Democracy!) and Ian Morris (When Bad Things Happen to Rich People) discuss their novels set in the Chicago area. Kelli Christiansen, founder of the Chicago Book Review, is the moderator. Makkai’s first novel, The Borrower, was highly acclaimed and one of Chicago Magazine’s choices for best fiction of 2011. Rooney is a visiting assistant professor at DePaul, a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and the author of six books of poetry and nonfiction. Morris is the founder of Fifth Star Press.
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Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation
Cultural critic Laura Kipnis talks about her latest book of essays about masculinity. Kipnis, a Northwestern University professor, is also the author of How to Become A Scandal, Against Love: A Polemic and The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability.
Writing for the Screen, Stage, and Page
Writers Rachel DeWoskin (Foreign Babes in Beijing) and Zayd Dohrn of Northwestern University discuss their experience writing novels, plays, and screenplays, and adapting their own projects into television series for Fox TV Studios and HBO. DeWoskin teaches fiction and memoir at the University of Chicago and is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Blind and Big Girl Small, which won the 2012 American Library Association’s Alex Award. Dohrn’s plays include Outside People, Want, Sick, and Reborning.
Transitioning: Poetry from Slam to Bam
A group of local poets read poetry, and discuss poetry and performance, with Linda D. Gaddis (First Fruits Press), Nicole Bond, and Timothy Rey (Little Victories).
Michael Caplan (the director of the documentary Algren) of Columbia College and Bill Savage of Northwestern University discuss the literary legacy of Nelson Algren. Savage co-edited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm and the newly annotated edition of Chicago: City on the Make.
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The Art of the Short Story
Sharon Solwitz (Blood and Milk), Jac Jemc (A Different Bed Every Time) and Garnett Kilberg Cohen (Swarm to Glory) discuss the craft and market for the short story. Cohen directs the Creative Writing – Nonfiction B.A. Program at Columbia College, and is also the author of How We Move the Air. Jemc is also the author of My Only Wife and This Stranger She’d Invited In. Solwitz is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Nelson Algren Prize (three times), and the Carl Sandburg Prize.
1,001 Chicago Afternoons
Paul Dailing of 1,001 Chicago Afternoons (1001chicago.com) hosts a reading of essays, poetry, and fiction about neighborhoods around Chicago, with Megan Stielstra (Once I Was Cool), Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski (Painted Cities), Oni Woods (Speed Limit 55), Kush Thompson (A Church Beneath the Bulldozer), and Dan Campana (Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years). Stielstra teaches creative writing at Columbia College and is Literary Director at 2nd Story. Dailing is the creator of 1,001 Chicago Afternoons, a website telling a new, true story of Chicago life three times a week, and the winner of a 2013 Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism.
Chicago After Dark
Chicago-area college students read from a new collection of their stories, published by the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. The event includes readings by Caitlin Enos, Eric Houghton, Maggie McGovern, Nicole Montalvo, Phallon Perry, Lauren Silverman, and Megan Shattuck.
Ana Castillo and Cristina Henríquez in Conversation
Ana Castillo (the new novel Give It to Me and the 20th anniversary edition of Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma) and Cristina Henríquez (The Book of Unknown Americans) discuss their books and common themes of diversity and immigration. Castillo is a celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator, and independent scholar. Henríquez is the author of The World In Half and Come Together, Fall Apart. Her new book was named the best novel of 2014 by Amazon’s editors.
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Local mystery writers dish about writing in the Windy City, with Frances McNamara (Death at Chinatown), Patricia Skalka (Death Stalks Door County), Lori Rader-Day (The Black Hour), Michael Harvey (The Innocence Game), and Raymond Benson (The Black Stiletto: Endings and Beginnings). McNamara is the author of the Emily Cabot Mysteries series and a librarian at the University of Chicago. Harvey is the author of the Michael Kelly mystery series and owner of The Hidden Shamrock. Benson is the author of the Black Stiletto series, six original 007 novels, and The James Bond Bedside Companion.
The Marble Room Reading Series
Timothy Moore hosts this special edition of the popular reading series, including poetry by Joshua Young, Chris Green, Eugenia Leigh, and Evan Kleekamp. Green teaches at DePaul and is the author of The Sky Over Walgreens, Epiphany School, and Résumé. Leigh is the Poetry Editor of Kartika Review and author of Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows. Kleekamp is an MFA candidate at Columbia College. Young is Associate Director of Creative Writing at Columbia, editor-in-chief at The Lettered Streets Press, and author of four collections, including The Holy Ghost People.
The Chicago Teachers Strike
Journalists Micah Uetricht (Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity) and Kari Lydersen (Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%) discuss the Chicago Teachers’ Strike, Chicago politics, and the upcoming mayoral election. Uetricht is a contributing editor for In These Times and an assistant editor for Jacobin. Lydersen is a research associate for the Medill Watchdog Project at Northwestern and author of four books, including Revolt on Goose Island.
The History of Black Chicago
Gerald Butters, Jr. (From SWEETBACK to SUPER FLY: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago’s Loop) and Elaine Hegwood Bowen (Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago) discuss race in Chicago, with moderator Lowell Thompson (African Americans in Chicago). Butters is Professor of History at Aurora University and the author of Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966 and Black Manhood on the Silent Screen. Bowen is a veteran journalist who writes for the Chicago Crusader and filmmonthly.com. Thompson’s latest book is RaceMan Answers.
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The Rise of Reagan
Rick Perlstein, author of the new book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, discusses politics with WHPK host Mitchell Szczepanczyk. Perlstein is also the author of the highly acclaimed books Nixonland and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. (Room 837)
Bare-Knuckled Lit: The Best of Write Club
Write Club Founder and Overlord Ian Belknap and Mary Fons discuss live lit and the newly published book, Bare-Knuckled Lit: The Best of Write Club.
Falling Down Stairs: The Problem of Knowing in Memoir
David Stuart MacLean, author of The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia, reads from his book and discusses the art of the memoir from a craft perspective. MacLean is a Pen/American award-winning writer who teaches at Columbia College and is a co-founder of the Poison Pen reading series.
Special Event: The Center for Book & Paper Arts and the Columbia College Department of Creative Writing Present:
A Poetry Reading & Broadside Showcase
4pm, Floor 2, The Center for Book & Paper Arts, 1104 S. Wabash
featuring: Andre Price, Gillian Douple, Charles Pansino, Taylor Pedersen, Joshua Young, Harlee Kelly, Laurel Milburn, and April Sheridan.
Chicago Literary Walking Tour
The Pocket Guide to Hell’s Paul Durica leads a Chicago literary walking tour to the site of the 2014 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan (refreshments start at 6pm, ceremony starts at 7pm). The itinerary can be found at the Book Expo information desk or at http://www.chicagobookexpo.org. No reservations needed; meet at 5:15pm by the 1st floor lounge near the information table at the entrance.