Sunday, November 13, 2016 events on the 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash. 2016 program pdf.


A Tribute to Roger Ebert, the Writer (Film Row Cinema)

To mark the 50th anniversary in the fall of 1966 of Roger Ebert’s hiring by the Chicago Sun-Times, we present a celebration of his writing, with Roger’s friends and colleagues discussing his work and reading some of their favorite passages. Featuring Chaz Ebert, Michael Phillips, Laura Emerick, Pamela Sherrod Anderson, Jim DeRogatis, and Rick Kogan. There will be refreshments before the event starting at 11:30am. This program is cosponsored by

In the Loop (Room 835-836)

This reading of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from students of the Creative Writing Department includes readings by Meg Caldwell, Josh Corson, Isabelle Davis, Alexis Franklin, Emma LaSaine, Dirk Marple, Beyza Ozer, and Marygrace Schumann.

Justice and Injustice in Chicago (Room 837)

Investigative journalist Alison Flowers (Exoneree Diaries) of the Invisible Institute and award-winning reporter Sarah Macaraeg discuss Chicago’s criminal justice system with reporter and author Kari Lydersen (Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%).


Chicago Music (Film Row Cinema)

Jim DeRogatis (co-host of Sound Opinions) moderates a panel about Chicago music, featuring Steve Krakow (My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music), Sally Timms (member of The Mekons), and John Dugan (The Empty Bottle Book).

Poetry and Protest (Room 835-836)

The poetry of protest movements, and poetry as protest, is explored by award-winning poet Angela Jackson and educator/poet Eve Ewing.

CHIPRC’s Wasted Pages Writing Program Presents Rut Bust (Room 837)

Break out of that writer’s block and get back on track! Join us for a workshop that will help get you get out of that rut and excited about writing again with exercises, tools, and a friendly creative environment. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged, especially anyone working on a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) project. This workshop is presented by Chicago Publishers Resource Center, a nonprofit that strives to build community and foster creativity by providing access to the space, education, and resources necessary to create and self-publish literary and visual work.


Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto (Film Row Cinema)

Educator and activist Bill Ayers and labor activist James Thindwa discuss Ayers’ latest book Demand the Impossible!

The Chicago Novel and a Sense of Place (Room 835-836)

Toni Nealie, author (The Miles Between Me) and Newcity literary editor, moderates a discussion about the role of place in the writing of three Chicago authors whose latest books are set here: Gint Aras (The Fugue), Gina Frangello (Every Kind of Wanting), and Shawn Shiflett (Hey Liberal!).

Writing and Translation: The Interrelationship (Room 837)

RoseAnna Mueller, Kolin Jordan, Rey Andújar, and Lucina Schell will explore the interrelationship between writers and translators, the art of translation, and its process. They will discuss how to approach a text, “good” vs. “bad” translations, and the experience of being translated.


RHINO Reads! in Chicago #RHINO40Readings40Cities (Film Row Cinema)

RHINO Poetry’s effort to host readings in 40 cities to celebrate their 40 years of publication continues in Chicago, with readings by Esteban Colon, Ruth Goring, Todd McCarthy, Marty McConnell, Faisal Mohyuddin, Rachel Slotnick, Arne Weingart, and Bill Yarrow.

New to the Crime Scene: Emerging Chicago Mystery Writers (Room 835-836)

Four local writers of Chicago-based mysteries talk about their work. Cheryl Honigford is the author of The Darkness Knows, set in late-1930s Chicago; Renee James is the author of A Kind of Justice, a contemporary mystery featuring a transgender protagonist; Kate Hannigan is the author of The Detective’s Assistant, a middle-grade mystery set in the mid-19th century and based on the life of Kate Warne, the first female detective in the U.S.; and Michelle Cox is the author of A Girl Like You, set in mid-1930s Chicago. Allium Press publisher Emily Victorson moderates.

Chicago History: Hogs, Block Clubs, and World War One (Room 837)

A look at confrontation, community, and Chicago with historians Amanda Seligman (Chicago’s Block Clubs: How Neighbors Shape the City), Dominic Pacyga (Slaughterhouse: Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made), and Joe Gustaitis (Chicago Transformed: World War I and the Windy City).


Our Voices: Encouraging Diversity (Film Row Cinema)

The demand for high quality diverse books is greater than ever. Small presses and independent publishers have risen to the occasion with an explosion of books by and about diverse people. Join members of the Our Voices advisory council from the American Library Association, which represent roles from across the spectrum of the  publishing industry, to discuss the issue of diversity in publishing and the work the Our Voices initiative is doing to promote and support diversity in publishing. Panelists will include Curt Matthews, Founder and Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Review Press/Independent Publisher’s Group; Jeff Deutsch, Director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, which includes 57th Street Books; Felicia Shakespeare, best-selling author and library media specialist; Joy Triche, Founder and Publisher of Tiger Stripe Publishing; and Jody Gray, Director of the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services for the ALA.  Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books at Booklist, moderates. This panel is cosponsored by the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and the ALA Office of Diversity.

High and Dry: Chicago, from Saloons to Sobriety (Room 835-836)

Bill Savage will be discussing The Old-Time Saloon: Not Wet – Not Dry, Just History, a book originally written in 1931 by George Ade and annotated in a new edition by Savage; Neil Steinberg will be discussing his new book Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery.

Beyond the Lines: Comics, Animation, Collage, and Re-Imagining the Book (Room 837)

Explore the boundaries between books and other artistic disciplines with comics writer and artist Marnie Galloway (In the Sounds and Seas), artist and animator Scott Roberts, and literary collagist Kelcey Parker Ervick (The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová).

Myth-Ink “So You Want To Be An Author”

Sunday, November 13, 8th floor foyer of 1104 S. Wabash

11am – Noon: Meet & Greet

All guests and attendees are invited for free refreshments.

Noon – 1pm: Common Submission Errors

Panelists: Michael Damian Thomas, Geoff Hyatt

Panelists will talk about the common errors they see in submissions and what makes something immediately get rejected.

1pm – 2pm:  Practice Your Novel Pitch

Panelists: Alex Weiss, Lisa Rodgers

Attendees will present a short novel pitch in front of the audience and a panel of book publishing editors and agents. Panelists will give feedback on the pitch. Free to attend, but advance registration required at to make a pitch.

2pm – 3pm: Creating a Career

Panelists: Jody Lynn Nye, Keith Kappel, Jay Bonansinga

Advice on how to break into the field, make a name and brand for yourself, and get steady work as a freelancer.

3pm – 4pm: The One Page Test

Panelists: Richard Thomas, Tina Jens

Attendees read the first page of their short stories in front of the audience and a panel of editors who will give feedback on whether they’d keep reading or put the story in the reject pile and why. Free to attend, but advance registration required at to read from a story.

4pm – 5pm: Breakout Tables

Each table will be hosted by a professional with a specific focus. Table topics will be: Comics (Onrie Kompan), TV Writing (Michael Niederman), Freelance Game Writing (Keith Kappel), Novels (Jay Bonansinga), Science Fiction (Richard Chwedyk), Fantasy (Jody Lynn Nye), Magazine Editing/Publishing (Michael Damian Thomas), Playwriting (John Weagly)