Upcoming Events: ‘Responding To A Slow-Motion Emergency: Communicating Climate Change’


How do you talk about a problem that’s too big to see? How do you demand action when it’s easier to delay? How does art speak in response to science? Come watch a wide-ranging group of artists and professors discuss these questions and more. From DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Paola Cabal, Liam Heneghan, Rebecca Johns-Trissler, and Kathryn Schaffer will pool their experience and expertise to help you understand how to grapple with something as daunting—and important—as climate change.

This program is a part of the 2019-2020 One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the theme Season For Change through the book The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. For more information, visit www.onebookonechicago.org 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
6:00PM – 7:30PM

Rm. 115
DePaul University Richardson Library

Visiting Writer: Allison Joseph


Please join the DePaul Department of English as we welcome poet and editor Allison Joseph to the Visiting Writers Program on

Thursday, October 5 @ 6 PM
Richardson Library 115
2350 N Kenmore Avenue

Joseph, director of the Southern Illinois University MFA Program in Creative Writing, is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) and Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers, and holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship.

Event Spotlight: Visiting Writers Kathleen Rooney, Martin Seay


by Robert M. Keding
contributor to the Underground

Packed in to a small meeting room in DePaul’s Richardson Library, a large audience gathered to hear authors Kathleen Rooney and Martin Seay read selections from their newest novels, and then answer questions on their creative processes and experiences within the literary world.

Martin Seay’s book is entitled The Mirror Thief, and follows three different con artists working in sixteenth-century Venice, 1950s Venice Beach, California, and modern-day Las Vegas in the Venice Casino. This bold debut novel, weaving together these three seemingly separate but mysteriously linked narratives, is a masterfully written tale, evoking comparisons to such work as Cloud Atlas.

Seay’s advice to aspiring writers is to do a lot of background research, especially for period pieces like The Mirror Thief. “Even if you have the facts and details right, you still have to make sure the dialogue flows correctly too. Otherwise you might just end up with characters that sound like the people faking British accents on the subway,” he told the crowd. To get the sixteenth-century portions of the story sounding right, he found himself reading a lot of literature of that time—especially Shakespeare.

Kathleen Rooney spoke about her recent novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. This is her second novel, and was just published by St. Martin’s Press in the first weeks of 2017. The story chronicles an aging Lillian, going for a stroll around New York City and recounting various moments during her life, from humble beginnings to a career as the highest-paid woman in American advertising.

Rooney’s advice touched on the differences between writing prose and poetry, another realm of literature which she is invested in. “It’s possible to accidentally sit down and write a great poem. It’s a task so durationally shorter and full of so many chances for happy mistakes… It is, however, much more difficult to sit down for an hour or two and come up saying, ‘Whoops, I just accidentally wrote a really well-crafted novel!’” The room, undoubtedly filled with aspiring writers, could certainly relate.

Be sure to look for The Mirror Thief and Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, in bookstores now.

A Few Quick Reminders for DePaul Undergrads…

Next Tuesday, September 24, is shaping up to be a busy day at DePaul. With an important academic deadline and a couple of campus events on the docket for that day, you’d better get your pens and calendars ready…

Students, remember that September 24 is the absolute last day you will be able to drop a course without penalty. Of course, who would want to drop an English class? Everyone knows those are the most fun….

714e7a7f3e9b01927bb88ffd0844be25023e545cSeptember 24 is also a big day for DePaul’s John T. Richardson Library. After months of preparation, the library will be having a special grand opening to celebrate the completion of the beautiful new Information Commons. Join library staff Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for behind-the-scenes tours, a meet and greet with the library’s peer tutor team, a raffle, and much, much more — including some button-making, for all you crafty types out there. And keep in mind, we are smack dab in the middle of Banned Books Week (September 22 through 28), so there are sure to be some interesting conversations at this shindig. Hope to see you there!

paternitiAnd finally, to wrap up your busy Tuesday, remember that DePaul will be hosting visiting writer Michael Paterniti September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall Room 103. Paterniti will be reading from his newest book, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese and discussing his illustrious career as a best-selling author and writer for some of the world’s top magazines. This is one event that’s not to be missed!



End of October DePaul Literary Events (10/22/12)

To round out the month of October, we an array of great Writing & Literary Events on campus!
In case you didn’t already know, check these out:


A World Away: Book Reading & Signing by Professor Nancy Grossman
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, 6:00pm
Barnes & Noble DePaul Campus Loop Store, State and Jackson
Nancy Grossman will be present for a reading and signing to celebrate the publication of her first novel, A World Away. A reception will follow the event. Copies of A World Away will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kosco at jkosco@depaul.edu.

“Q and Ale” Trivia Night for Undergraduates at the Newberry
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Newberry’s Ruggles Hall, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
If you’ve ever considered thinking and drinking mutually exclusive, take note of Francois Rabelais, who once said, “When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.” If that’s not convincing enough, prepare for the ultimate rebuttal. Serving up beer and braininess in equal measure, the event is part of the Newberry’s celebration of its 125th anniversary.
WGN Radio host Rick Kogan will emcee and Half Acre Brewing will supply the beer—although non-alcoholic drinks will be available for those under 21. Snacks will also be served.  All you have to do is show up. Match wits with your peers, and vie for the ultimate prize: bragging rights in perpetuity and a t-shirt.

Q and Ale” will be held in the Newberry’s Ruggles Hall; since seating is limited and we are holding our list of attendees to 250, please RSVP to attend. To RSVP, please email Q&Ale@Newberry.org. We hope to see you soon for some spirited thinking and drinking. For more information about the Newberry, check out: http://newberry.org

James Arthur Baldwin: Legacy
Friday, October 26th, 2012, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Schmidt Academic Center (SAC) 161, DePaul University

Click on image for event flyer!

A roundtable on the impact of thought, writing, and activism of James Baldwin of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Another Country and Down at the Cross and 25 years after his passing. The keynote speaker is Randall Kenan from University of Carolina, Chapel Fill. Panelists include: Ernest Hardy, writer; Laura Harris, Pitzer College; Tracey Hucks, Haverford College; Bill Johnson Gonzalez, DePaul University; Daniel McNeil, Ida B. Wells Barnett University Professor, DePaul University.
Co-sponsored by LGTBQ Studies Program and Department of English. FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC.
For more information, please contact: bjohns58@depaul.edu or dmoore1@depaul.edu

Career Panel: How to Become an Editor
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:15pm-7:15pm
Arts and Letters Hall, Room 308, DePaul University

A Reading for Kathleen Rooney
October 30th, 2012, 6:00pm
Richardson Library, Room 115, DePaul University

Don’t miss out on these free and awesome events/opportunities!