Slag Glass City Pop-Up Mini-Memoir Event This Sunday, June 7, at the Comfort Station in Logan Square

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Slag Glass City INVITES all Chicagoans to

Write ON Chicago/ HERE is WHERE

on Sunday 7 June. Drop in between Noon and 4:00 PM at

THE COMFORT STATION in Logan Square

2579 N Milwaukee Ave.

Write ON Chicago is a free pop-up creative writing event inviting you to document your Chicago-based memories by completing the phrase “HERE is where________.”

Participants will write their mini-memoirs on sticky notes and affix them to one of our large city maps, helping us create a living portrait of this city of memory, reinvention, and dream.

HERE is where you received a life-changing phone call.
HERE is where you lost your way on an unfamiliar street.
HERE is where you made your life better, or worse.
HERE is where you proposed to your beloved.
HERE is where you entered or exited the train.
HERE is where you cleaned up a mess and made yourself at home.

• ACCORDION MUSIC by Chicago theater artist Ruth Margraff.

• READINGS of brand new flash memoirs by Chicago writing students, on the topic of BECOMING.

• RECITATIONS of moments of wonder from CLASSIC CHICAGO LITERATURE.

• Free Chicago-made CANDY and Chicago-made LITERARY MAGAZINES.

Screenshot 2015-05-26 17.13.49AVAILABLE at this event for the FIRST TIME EVER is the premier publication in our new print series Slag Glass City Miniatures: Big Cities. Little Books.  This first edition is called IT IS NOT WASTE ALL THIS  (after the title of an essay in the compilation by Chicago author Kathleen Rooney).  The book is itty,  bitty, and pretty. Come get yours!

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Write ON Chicago urges us to consider the vital role city spaces play in our lives—open or dense, green or concrete, struggling or thriving, and everything in-between. By humanizing the city map with our stories, we hope to reveal ways our city might at once persevere and be remade.

THE COMFORT STATION—an historic municipal building re-purposed as an art gallery and performance space—is located right off Logan Square and easily accessible from the #74 Fullerton bus, the #76 Diversey bus, and the #56 Milwaukee bus, as well as the Logan Square Blue Line stop, and the event is happening during the weekly farmer’s market on Logan Boulevard.

Support for this event comes from the DePaul University Department of English and the DePaul Humanities Center.

Printers Row and the Chicago Tribune Welcome Judy Blume on June 17, 2015

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Judy Blume, literary icon and beloved author of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” “Forever” and “Summer Sisters,” discusses her latest book, “In the Unlikely Event” with Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens. Blume, honored in 2013 with the Chicago Tribune’s Young Adult Literary Award, returns to Chicago for this event, which is presented by the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row series and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

The event is being presented by the events arm of the Chicago Tribune newsroom, Trib Nation, and will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at Francis W. Parker School in the Diane and David B Heller Auditorium (2233 N. Clark St.).

Judy Blume, literary icon and beloved author of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” “Forever” and “Summer Sisters,” discusses her latest book, “In the Unlikely Event” with Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens. “In the Unlikely Event” is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times, and finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going. Blume, honored in 2013 with the Chicago Tribune’s Young Adult Literary Award, returns to Chicago for this event, which is presented by the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row series and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

TONIGHT! 24-Hour George Saunders!

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Please join the DePaul Humanities Center and the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences for a special event investigating the future of the humanities.

From 8:00 p.m. June 2 until 8:00 p.m. June 3, the DePaul Humanities Center will be hosting “24 Hour George Saunders,” a marathon, public reading of everything that best-selling author and MacArthur “genius grant” winner George Saunders has ever published, culminating in a new lecture by Saunders in the final hour entitled, “Why the Humanities? Why Art?” Celebrity readers include Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Academy Awardâ nominee Jesse Eisenberg, and a special surprise guest reader in the penultimate hour. Other DePaul faculty and students–as well as Chicago artists, authors, scholars, and celebrities–will also be reading for an hour according to the following schedule:

JUNE 2

  1. 8-9pm: Jeff Tweedy
  2. 9-10pm: Michael Arndt
  3. 10-11pm: Sara Levine
  4. 11pm-12am: Joe Gondolfi

JUNE 3

  1. 12am-1am: Elizabeth King
  2. 1am-2am: Danielle Meijer
  3. 2am-3am: Sean Kirkland
  4. 3am-4am: Rick Lee
  5. 4am-5am: Tristan Fischl
  6. 5am-6am: Logan Breitbart
  7. 6am-7am: Evan Edwards
  8. 7am-8am: Casey Hudetz
  9. 8am-9am: Shailja Sharma
  10. 9am-10am: Julie Moody-Freeman
  11. 10am-11am: Anna Vaughn Clissold
  12. 11am-12pm: Maryse Meijer
  13. 12pm-1pm: Lindsay Hunter
  14. 1pm-2pm: Jesse Eisenberg (via remote from NYC)
  15. 2pm-3pm: Kevin Madden
  16. 3pm-4pm: Christian TeBordo
  17. 4pm-5pm: Adam Levin
  18. 5pm-6pm: Lucy Rinehart
  19. 6pm-7pm: SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST READER
  20. 7pm-8pm: George Saunders, “Why the Humanities? Why Art?”

Following the 24-hour marathon, The New Yorker will be publishing Saunders’ lecture to us. You will also be able to watch highlights from the marathon as well as all of Saunders’ address on the DePaul Humanities Center’s YouTube channel.

If you are on Twitter, you can follow us @DPU_Hum_Ctr

We are using #24hrsaunders to promote the event.

24 HOUR GEORGE SAUNDERS

WHEN

June 2 at 8 p.m. until June 3 at 8 p.m.

WHERE

DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus

Student Center, Room 120

2250 N Sheffield Ave.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the 24-hour reading, and capacity will be limited.

WHO

George Saunders is a New York Times bestselling author who is known for his collections of short stories. His works include Congratulations, By the Way, Tenth of December, and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Saunders grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. He earned a degree in exploration geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. After spending time as a geophysicist on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Saunders returned to the United States to pursue a writing career. In 1992, his short story “Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz” became the first of many of his works that would be published in The New Yorker. In 2001, Saunders was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 most creative people in entertainment, and by The New Yorker in 2002 as one of the best writers 40 and under. In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship. In 2009, he received an Arts and Letters Award in literature (formerly Academy Award) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Saunders earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University, where he has been teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program since 1996.

More information on George Saunders here.


GUEST READER BIOS

June 2

  • Jeff Tweedy, 8-9 p.m. The singer, songwriter and producer will help open the event. Best known for the bands Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, Tweedy is currently touring with his son Spencer in their band, Tweedy.
  • Michael Arndt, 9-10 p.m. Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business, Arndt was previously senior editor and writer at BusinessWeek and business editor at the Chicago Tribune.
  • Sara Levine, 10-11 p.m. Levine is the Chicago-based author of numerous essays, the novel Treasure Island!!! and the short story collection Short Dark Oracles. Levine teaches in the writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

June 3

  • Lindsay Hunter, 12-1 p.m. Hunter is the author of Ugly Girls as well as the collections of short stories Daddy’s and Don’t Kiss Me. She is originally from Florida and currently lives in Chicago.
  • Jesse Eisenberg, 1-2 p.m. Eisenberg is an Academy Award-nominated actor who is best known for his starring role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the film “The Social Network.” He has also starred in “Zombieland,” “30 Minutes or Less,” and “Now You See Me.” He will be portraying Superman villain Lex Luthor in next year’s “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
  • Kevin Madden, 2-3 p.m. Madden is the Defense Intelligence Agency Chair at the United States Air Force Air University, and a professor at U.S. Air Force Air War College.
  • Christian TeBordo, 3-4 p.m. TeBordo is an author and director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Roosevelt University. His most well-known work is the short story collection The Awful Possibilities, which was nominated as an American Library Association Notable Book and received accolades from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
  • Adam Levin, 4-5 p.m. Levin is an author well known for his short story collection Hot Pink and the novel The Instructions. Levin teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Questions? Contact Alecia Person, DHC Office Manager, at aperson@depaul.edu.

2015 Printers Row Lit Fest Happening June 6-7, 2015

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The 31st annual Printers Row Lit Fest – the Midwest’s largest gathering of book lovers – will be June 6-7 in the South Loop (historic Printers Row district at Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets).

See below for some notable authors and visit the Printer’s Row Lit Fest website for full lineup and details!


LeVar Burton, winner of the Chicago Tribune’s 2015 Young Adult Literary Award, an annual award recognizing excellence in literature for young adults. Over the past two decades, Burton has inspired and entertained readers through his work as host and executive producer of the long-running PBS television show, Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton in conversation with Michael Phillips; Chicago Tribune Film Critic; Introduced by Gerould Kern; Senior Vice President and Editor of the Chicago Tribune.

June 6, 12 p.m. at Jones College Prep/South Auditorium

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, co-authors of “The Royal We” as well as co-creators of the hugely popular celebrity fashion blog Go Fug Yourself, in conversation with Elizabeth Fenner, Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Magazine.

June 6, 1 p.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Amber Tamblyn has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit awards. Tamblyn’s work has appeared in Interview, Cosmopolitan, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. She will be reading from her newest book of poetry, “Dark Sparkler”. Tamblyn will be in conversation with Megan Stielstra author of “Once I Was Cool” and contributing writer to The New York Times.

June 6, 2 p.m. at Arts and Poetry Stage

David Axelrod; author of ” Believer”, Clarence Page; author of “Culture Worrier” and Kristen McQueary; member of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, moderated by Bruce Dold; Editorial Page Editor of the Chicago Tribune.

June 6, 10 a.m. at Jones College Prep/North Auditorium

Stacey Ballis; author of “Recipe for Disaster”, Jen Lancaster; author of “I Regret Nothing”, Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton; co-authors of “The Status of All Things”, moderated by Courtney Crowder; Chicago Tribune Digital News Editor and Reporter.

June 6, 11 a.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of five books, including “Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name” and “The Lovers”, and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. Rebecca Makkai, author of “The Hundred-Year House” and Vendela Vida, author of “The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty” in conversation with Jennifer Day, Chicago Tribune’s Books Editor.

June 7, 2p.m. at Harold Washington Library Center, Multipurpose Room

Bob Saget is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, television host and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Dirty Daddy”; in conversation with Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune Reporter.

June 6, 7 p.m. at Jones College Prep/South Auditorium

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The DePaul Humanities Center presents 24 Hour George Saunders June 2-3, 2015

The DePaul Humanities Center is  proud to present an amazing event featuring New York Times bestselling author George Saunders! 24 Hour George Saunders is a marathon 23-hour reading out loud of everything Saunders has ever published (with 23 special guest readers) that concludes at 7pm on June 3 when Saunders delivers a new lecture on the future and the importance of the arts and humanities in higher education and in our culture.

See the event flyer below for more details!

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Professor and DePaul MAWP Director Michele Morano Reading at Sunday Salon this Sunday, May 31st!

A Literary Series in Chicago

May 31 at 7 PM

Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe Street

in the Roscoe and Damen Room

featuring

Jeffrey Condran, Aviya Kushner, Jillian Lauren, and Michele Morano

We’ll be bringing you four outstanding authors this month.

Please join us!

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Jeffrey Condran is the author of the story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated. His debut novel, Prague Summer, was published by Counterpoint in August 2014. His fiction has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon ReviewThe Missouri Review, and Epoch, and has been awarded the 2010William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Co-founder of Braddock Avenue Books.

Aviya Kushner’s first book, The Grammar of God, about the experience of reading the Bible in English after a lifetime of reading it in Hebrew, will be published by Spiegel & Grau (Random House) on August 18, 2015. Her essays and stories have appeared inThe Gettysburg ReviewGulf CoastPartisan ReviewPoets & WritersA Public Space, The Wilson Quarterly, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Her poems, reviews, and translations have appeared nationally and internationally. She teaches in the MFA program in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago and is a contributing editor at A Public Space.

Jillian Lauren is the author of the upcoming memoir Everything You Ever Wanted, the New York Times bestselling memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and the novel Pretty, all from Plume/Penguin. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris ReviewThe New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesVanity FairLos Angeles MagazineElle and Salon, among others. She is a regular storyteller on The Moth. Jillian blogs about motherhood and writing at the award-winning www.jillianlauren.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir, Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain, and her essays have appeared in many publications, including Fourth GenreNinth Letter, Georgia Review, Chicago Tribune, and Best American Essays. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Association for University Women, the Illinois Arts Council, MacDowell Colony, and others. She lives in Chicago, where she directs the graduate program in writing and publishing at DePaul University.

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Sunday Salon Chicago is a literary reading series held on the north side of Chicago at the Riverview Tavern, located at the corner of Damen and Roscoe. The Riverview is accessible by the brown line El, the Addison bus, and the Damen bus. Street parking is also available.

THIS EXCELLENT EVENT IS FREE!


The Open Door Readings at the Poetry Foundation in May (Tuesday, 5/20) feat. DePaul Prof David Welch and DePaul Student Laura Wagner!

The Poetry Foundation‘s Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students.

May’s Open Door Reading presents Eastern Illinois University’s Charlotte Pence and her student Derick Ledermann along with DePaul University’s David Welch and his student Laura Wagner.

For more details on the event, visit the event page at the Poetry Foundation’s website.


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Columbia College Chicago Story Week Festival of Writers 2015: March 15-21

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The 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers, presented by the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, will be held March 15-21.

This year’s theme is The Power of Words, and speakers include Edwidge Danticat, Chris Abani, Audrey Niffennegger, Marlon James, Mitchell S. Jackson, Regina Taylor, T. Geronimo Jackson, Samantha Irby, and more.

Download the full schedule (PDF) here.

The event is free and open to the public!