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Salon Classics Book Group discusses their October selection, The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler
Old Saint Pat's book group discusses their October selection, A Man Called Ove, by Fredrick Backman
Young Adult Book Group discusses their October selection, Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendra Blake.
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The Book Cellar is very excited to welcome Gina Frangello and Audrey Niffenegger as they discuss the process of writing characters whose identities (be they cultural, gender, background, etc.) differ from their own. The discussion will follow a short reading from each author.
GINA FRANGELLO's last novel, A Life in Men, was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series, has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah, and was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies, which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press, Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community, The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, the Executive Editor for Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies. She is currently the faculty editor of The Coachella Review, and teaches at Roosevelt University, the University of IL-Chicago, and the University of CA-Riverside Palm Desert’s low residency MFA.
Every Kind of Wanting explores the complex intersection of three unique families and their bustling efforts to have a "Community Baby." Miguel could not be more different from his partner Chad, a happy-go-lucky real estate mogul from Chicago’s wealthy North Shore. When Chad’s sister, Gretchen offers the couple an egg, their search for a surrogate leads them to Miguel’s old friend Emily, happily married to an eccentric Irish playwright, Nick, with whom she is raising two boys. Into this web falls Miguel's sister Lina, a former addict and stripper, who begins a passionate affair with Nick while deciphering the mysteries of her past.
But every action these couples take has unforeseen consequences. As Lina faces her long-hidden demons and the fragile friendships between Miguel, Chad, Nick and Emily begin to fray as the baby's birth draws near, a shocking turn of events—and the secret Lina's been hiding—threaten to break them apart forever.
Audrey Niffenegger is a writer and an artist. She is also a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago. Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, was a national bestseller. Her Fearful Symmetry, her second novel, is set in London's Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, she acted as a tour guide. Niffenegger has also published graphic and illustrated novels including: The Adventuress, The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Night Bookmobile, and Raven Girl. Raven Girl was adapted into a ballet by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and the Royal Opera House Ballet (London) in 2013. A mid-career retrospective entitled "Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger," was presented by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington D.C.) in 2013. An accompanying exhibition catalogue examines several themes in Niffenegger's visual art including her explorations of life, mortality, and magic.
The French Book Group meets to discuss their October pick, The Wicked Go To Hell by Frederic Dard
The Book Cellar is excited to welcome back Stephanie Strohm and celebrate the launch of her new book, It's Not Me, It's You.
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink and the Confederates Don't Wear Couture. She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. She spent much of her childhood dressing up in bonnets. While attending Middlebury College in Vermont, she blossomed into a full-fledged Civil War buff and was voted Winter Carnival Queen. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states, primarily in shows where she got to wear corsets. Currently she lives in Chicago, where her closet is almost big enough to hold all of her shoes. When she’s not writing, she loves baking, shopping, cuddling her dog Lorelei, and dragging her boyfriend to chick flicks.
It's Not Me, it's You
Avery Dennis is a high school senior and one of the most popular girls in her class. But a majorly public breakup with the guy she's been dating causes some disastrous waves. It is right before prom and Avery no longer has the perfect date. She runs the prom committee, how could she not show up with somebody? Post-breakup, Avery gets to thinking about all of the guys that she has ever dated. Why have none of those relationships ever worked out? Could it be her fault? Avery decides to investigate. In history class she's learning about this method of record-keeping called "oral history," and she has a report due. So Avery decides to go directly to the source. Avery tracks down all of the guys she's ever dated, and uses that information along with her friends, family, and even teachers' thoughts, to compile a total account of her dating history. Avery discovers some surprises about herself and the guys she's spent time with just in time for prom night.