Literary Events

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Digital Writer's Festival

by Connor Goodwin
Digital Writer's Festival

Over the next few weeks (Feb. 13-24), there will be an "online carnival dedicated to what happens when technology and the written word collide." Otherwise titled, the Digital Writer's Festival. The festival itself will take place in Australia, but not to worry for all the events will be live-streamed. However, all events will happen in Australian Eastern Time (AEDT). For those in Chicago (CST), we are 14 hours behind. All those literary insomniacs will have something to preoccupy themselves with for the month of February. The festival is largely composed of panels that will be discussing all aspects of the literary sphere and its interaction with the digital sphere. This includes publishing with e-readers, sexting, teen blogs, the multilingual web, the ethics of digital journalism, and many more. There are dozens of writers, readers, and publishers involved in the festival. Many will be participating via video conference call. Included are authors such as Giancarlo DiTrapano (NY Tyrant Books/ Magazine), Blake Butler (HTMLgiant), Ken Baumann, and Mira Gonzalez. Not surprisingly, all of these names came across through their internet presence, via Twitter, blogs, and Tumblr. The authors mentioned above are only a small fraction of those participating—the festival is hosting an international array of speakers. This global scale emphasizes the kind of transcendence of boundaries made possible by the digital age.

Chicago Humanities Festival Literary Highlights

by: Connor Goodwin

The Chicago Humanities Festival is here. Events began October 13 in Evanston with Junot Diaz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

If you didn't get the chance to see Diaz there's still many more writers featured in this year's festival. Here are a few highlights:

1. Lemony Snicket, the mystery man behind the popular series A Series of Unfortunate Events, will be in Chicago for his first and last stop on his book release tour for When Did You See Her Last?

2. Anne Carson will be reading from her latest work red doc>. red doc> is a sequel to Autobiography of Red, a verse novel well received by critics.

3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the novel Americanah, will be receiving the 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction.

4. Jonathan Safran Foer will talk about his recent venture into nonfiction and food writing with his new book Eating Animals.

5. Sherman Alexie is a novelist, poet, and film maker. I read The Absolutley True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in one sitting on a couch, where the rest of my family sat watching a funny movie. I laughed more than them—I didn't look up once.

6. Nicholas Baker will recount his literary career in conversation with Sara Levine.

Besides writers, there are several lectures scheduled for October 19 at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. You can read an overview of the program here.

Come hang with us at the Pop-Up Book Fair!!!


BUY some freshly toasted BOOKS at the POP-UP BOOK FAIR on DEC 9TH!
In conjunction with Chicago Writers House and The Chicagoan, Another Chicago Magazine & Curbside Splendor Publishing present: 
Chicago's finest independent publishers will be on hand hocking their goods.  Quimby's Bookstore will also stock a table with a selection of books/zines penned by Chicagoans. The bar will be open so grab a cocktail and listen to live music all afternoon as you ogle some books and satiate your bibliophiliac needs!
FREE with an RSVP by clicking here!
Otherwise $5 at the door.  
This tasty event is 21+ unless minors are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Current list of participating Chicago publishers (check back for updates):
&Now Books
7 Vientos
Agate Publishing
Allium Press
Another Chicago Magazine
Anything Goes Publishing
Burial Day Books
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP)
Chicago Zine Fest
Convulsive Editions
Curbside Splendor Publishing
Dancing Girl Press
Dream of Things
Ginger Piglet
Graze Magazine
The Handshake
Kenning Editions
MAKE Magazine
Other Voices (OV) Books
Quimby's Books
Solace in So Many Words
Soup & Bread Cookbook
Switchback Books
Two With Water
Sweet Tunes provided by:
Good Evening
Mr. Mayor and the Highballers
Wooden Wing

This week in literary events

Check out these readings this week:

Tonight: Two Cookie Minimum, 9pm, The Hungry Brain (more info here)

Tuesday: WRITE CLUB, 7pm, The Hideout (more info here & here)

Wednesday: So You Think You Have Nerves of Steel, 8pm, The Empty Bottle (more info here)

Also Wednesday: The Encyclopedia Show, 7:30pm, Vittum Theater (more info here)

Friday: Waiting 4 the Bus, 7:30pm, Studio A (more info here)

Also Friday: Punk Rock Karaoke Benefit for the Chicago Zine Fest (ok, not a reading, but karaoke for a good cause), 9pm, Beauty Bar (more info here)

See you all there!

ACM & Curbside Splendor Publishing host a [pre]release celebration at the Uptown Book Expo!



ACM & Curbside Splendor host a reading of present and past contributors this Saturday, November 19th from 5-6pm, celebrating ACM's forthcoming Issue 50.2, the second in our all Chicago issue, Curbside Splendor's recent Issue 2, and Curbside Splendor's new book Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski, coming out April 2012.

Readers include:

Chris Bower 

Philip Jenks

Natalie Edwards

James Tadd Adcox

Ben Tanzer

Ben Spies

Paul Luikart

Sondra Morin

Come to this, but more important, come to the Expo running all day Saturday Nov. 19 and Sunday Nov. 20. Support Chicago Independent Publishing! 

For more information about the Uptown Book Expo, click here!!!