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Do you have an interest in graphic novels or discussing complicated issues in writing? Join Prof. Royster Prof. Shanahan for a free-form discussion about graphic novels, present and future, in the context of “Freedom to Read,” the One Book One Chicago theme for this year, and “Banned Books Week.” The discussion will take place from 10:10-11:10 Thursday, Sept. 22 in ALH 305. For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit the following links. If you’re interested in joining, please submit an interest in this google form, in order for us to get a headcount for the room.  https://forms.gle/PM6x7zSiquMRHrs79

Banned Books Week September 18-24, 2022

and https://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/freedomreadstatement

Veterans Spat On, Called ‘Baby Killers’: The Mythical Imagery of America’s Lost War in Vietnam

DePaul’s English Department and Big Shoulders Books are co-sponsoring an event on

Monday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.
Veterans Spat On, Called ‘Baby Killers’:
The Mythical Imagery of America’s Lost War in Vietnam
a lecture by Professor Jerry Lembcke, College of the Holy Cross
Richardson Library 400 (Dorothy Day Room)



Big Shoulders Books “I Remember” Memorial Day Event in DePaul Newsline

This Memorial Day, Chris Green and thirteen war veterans featured in the recent Big Shoulders Books anthology of poetry I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War will hold a reading at the National Veterans Art Museum.

See the Newsline article here and be sure to check out the event this Monday, May 30 from 3-5 pm.

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Big Shoulders Books Presents: Literary Citizenship and the Power of Collaborative Storytelling, Tuesday April 19 at DPAM

Big Shoulders Books, a new publishing venture whose goal is to produce quality works of writing by and about Chicagoans whose lives might not otherwise be shared, invites the DePaul English community to a discussion with the amazing writers/editors Audrey Petty, Peter Orner and Michele Morano. The event, “Literary Citizenship and the Power of Collaborative Storytelling,” takes place at 6 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton (next to the Fullerton Red Line stop).


Named the 2013 Chicagoan of the Year in literature by the Chicago Tribune, Audrey is the editor of the oral-history collection High Rise Stories: Voices of Chicago Public Housing.

An acclaimed novelist and short-story writer, Peter is the editor of two oral-history collections, including Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives.
Michele Morano is the author of Grammar Lessons: Translating Life in Spain and serves as the director of the MAWP here at DePaul. 

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I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War featured in NEWCITY’s Year-End Super-Issue

I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War, the latest release from Big Shoulders Books, was recently featured in a great review in the NEWCITY Year-End Super Issue.

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It is in fact the only lit selection in the issue. Read it here.

The volume of poetry by Chicago-area veterans of war, edited by Chris Green and with a foreword by Jim Fairhall, is free to anyone. Get your copy here.

Chicago War Veterans Focus of New Book | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

On this Veterans Day we hear from two men who served their country and are now featured in a new book of remembrances by Chicago-area veterans. The book, “I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War,” features the memories of 50 veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: Chicago War Veterans Focus of New Book | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

Undergrounders, the above comes from WTTW Chicago (which you may know as Channel 11). In the clip, Dept of English professor and editor of the anthology Chris Green talks to Eddie Arruza.

The segment was pitched by a member of the Big Shoulders Books/Publicity class on Topics in Publishing.

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Big Shoulders Books Launches ‘I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War’, Edited by DePaul Professor Chris Green | November 11th, 2015

This Veterans’ Day, DePaul’s own Big Shoulders Books will celebrate the launch of I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War, an anthology that collects the voices of Chicago-area war vets. Big Shoulders is a press affiliated with the DePaul Department of English that aims to produce one book each year that engages intimately with the Chicago community and, in the process, give graduate students in DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing program hands-on, practical experience in book publishing.

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The goal of Big Shoulders Books is to disseminate, free of charge, quality anthologies of writing by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared.

It’s fitting, then, that I Remember seeks to allow the voices of veterans to be heard; too often, we are quick to honor those who have served in the branches of our military but not as quick to really sit down and listen to what they have to say about their experiences.

The most amazing thing about BSB and its releases? They’re totally free of charge! Order yours here if you can’t make the launch this Wednesday, November 11th!
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Writing from Veterans Needed

Hello, friends of the English Department! As you may or may not know, the Department of  English here at DePaul has recently launched a new press called Big Shoulders Books.

Next weekend, Big Shoulders will release the 826CHI Compendium, Vol. IV, which is extremely exciting! What’s even more exciting is that more great things are already in the works at Big Shoulders–specifically, the next anthology.

We need your help! Big Shoulders Books is currently seeking the writing of Chicago-area veterans of war for a 2015 anthology entitled I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War. Please see the flyer below and pass it on to any veterans you know.